The second exhibition to be featured in our "From the Archives" series, Begged, Borrowed, and Stolen is our 2009 Master of Fine Arts Exhibition. Originally featuring 19 MFA candidates, we have selected some of their works from our archives to highlight again:
Anna Laurie Mackay
Mackay’s thesis project focused on creating containers for intimate spaces. This piece is from a series of works of mental maps that represent memories of specific spaces she has occupied.
About this piece, Elephant,Hoffman wrote “I have been working with the image of an elephant. I am attempting to create forms that embody a sense of wonder. The materials I choose to work with and the process I utilize allows me to create gestural forms.”
In this piece, Melt, Ostrander described the meat of a body and the ice as the skeleton. He was interested in how over time all things would dissolve and what once was a body would soon be considered waste.
This piece from Jason Gallegos thesis project sticks to his artistic goals in in human agency, representation for the underrepresented, social justice, progressive politics, equality, the cultural significance of a diverse populous, revolutionary thought, direct action, respect for the natural world, peace, creative expression,experimentation, community building, youth, music, collaboration, spontaneity, and improvisation.
In this piece, Maryannsworld, Jessica Brandl explores the idea of home, and how items can remind us of home but at the same time home is never the same original experience. She says, “Home is transformed into a place in my mind where the boundaries of time overlap creating a collaged experience.”
Yes Please (Apache Top)
Speaking about his thesis project, Braun wrote “Some of my recent bodies of work are driven conceptually by investigations of comfort and power. I am interested in the American lifestyle. In who we are and how we work together.in the speed and agility built into this nation. I am interested in the infrastructures that we build and maintain.”
Molly Burke is a glass artist who through her thesis project sought to explore containments used for social insects, seeds, and other related specimens. She was interested in how we contain and display objects we consider precious or in need of safe keeping.
In this untitled piece by Paul Simmons he sought to build structural representations through layering materials that alternate to create erect negate space to reveal elemental letterforms.
Just a Glance, Nothing More
Talia Shabtay’s thesis project investigated how words and painting could interact. About this investigation she wrote, “My current obsessions are the group of words that have the ability to levitate both in the mind and off the tongue, the phrase that is between declaration and question, the physicality of a letter, and the punctuation mark that hovers in space apart from its subject.”
Tucker’s thesis project centered around the contingencies of electronic networks to location of resource extraction, focusing on Appalachia. By showing wires and other modes of connection for producing energy, Tucker questions the idea of “energy independence.”
Saturday | May 9th, 2009 | 6 to 9pm
The Master of Fine Arts Exhibition returns to the OSU Urban Arts Space with Begged, Borrowed, and Stolen. This year's exhibition presents the work of all graduating MFA students in the OSU Department of Art. Showcasing research work in art + technology, ceramics, glass, painting + drawing, photography, printmaking, and sculpture, this exhibition celebrates nineteen emerging artists.
Begged, Borrowed, and Stolen is organized by Jennifer Wulffson Bedford, independent art historian and former senior editor of the Bibliography of the History of Art at the Getty Research Institute, with Christopher Bedford, Curator of Exhibitions at the Wexner Center for the Arts.
Molly Jo Burke
Daniel F. Hoffman
Anna Laurie Mackay
Jennifer Wulffson Bedford is an independent art historian and the former senior editor of the Bibliography of the History of Art (Getty Research Institute). She continues to contribute to the International Bibliography of Art (formerly BHA) and she occasionally writes for such publications as the Sculpture Journal and X-tra Contemporary Art Quarterly. She is a co-curator (with Christopher Bedford and Kristina Newhouse) of the exhibition Superficiality and Superexcrescence (opening June 2009) and is the co-recipient of a Fellows of Contemporary Art curatorial grant. She and Christopher Bedford are editing a volume of essays on art in response to 9/11 for Duke University Press. Jennifer Wulffson Bedford received her BA in Art History and English from the University of California, Berkeley, and her MA in Art History from George Washington University. She is working on a PhD dissertation (University of Bristol) on the topic of Henry Moore, under the advisorship of Stephen Bann.
Formerly Assistant Curator in the Department of Contemporary Art at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, as of November 2008 Christopher Bedford is Curator of Exhibitions at the Wexner Center for the Arts, The Ohio State University. Current curatorial projects include a retrospective of Chris Burden, a mid-career survey of LA-based artist Mark Bradford's work, Mixed Signals: Artists Consider Masculinity in Sports (a touring exhibition organized for Independent Curators International), Hardware: Machine Aesthetics in the Digital Age, and Silvia Kolbowski: an inadequate history. Along with co-curators Jennifer Wulffson and Kristina Newhouse, Bedford was the recipient of the 2008 Fellows of Contemporary Art Curators' Award for the traveling exhibition, Superficiality and Superexcrescence: Surface and Identity in Recent California Art. He holds a BA in Art History from Oberlin College and is a PhD candidate in Art History at the Courtauld Institute of Art, where he is writing his dissertation on Chris Burden's early performance work with Dr. Mignon Nixon. Christopher has published essays, book reviews, editorials and exhibition reviews in The Burlington Magazine, Artforum, Artforum.com, Art in America, Tema Celeste, the Sculpture Journal, Frieze, The Art Book, Afterall, October and caa.reviews. He is currently working on edited volumes for Duke University Press and the Sculpture Journal. Bedford is on the editorial board of the Los Angeles-based journal, X-TRA.
Cosponsored by the Department of Art and Colleges of the Arts and Humanities; funded by a grant from the Efroymson Family Fund, a CICF Fund, and supported by the John Fergus Family Fund.
Image: Provided by Luke Snailham