Musings on art and life.
Okay, so it’s been quite some time since my last post. It turns out that doing a Masters is no easy feat. Not that I expected it to be, but you know, time off becomes quite valuable when you’re trying to read Foucault and Amelia Jones, simultaneously, through your eyelids at 3am. It’s a good time. I urge anyone interested in testing the limits of their knowledge, emotional stability and general endurance to go for it. Needless to say, I’ve had no time for my blog, even though I’ve thought about it often, longingly…
So, my MFA is in Criticism and Curatorial Practice. We get to choose a stream to complete a thesis. Currently, I am a curator who has some critical inclinations. I am part of a small cohort of really talented people from a variety of backgrounds (although I am the only non-Canadian). We have had the privilege, over the last few months, of working together on a couple of pretty big projects, which has been the ultimate baptism of fire in some ways, but it worked. It’s not easy being a seven curator team. We made it work. And now, I am able to say that twice over the last two semesters, we have produced something that I feel we can all be proud of.
The first project (and unfortunately the only one I will be posting about in depth due to a distinct lack of images) turned out to be pretty apt for our first term in grad school…What Are You Made Of? opened in early November, and had a five day run. We exhibited work from the incoming Interdisciplinary Art Media and Design (IAMD) MFA Candidates, and we also had the pleasure of having a couple of classes with these fine folk (and some others who are not featured), so displaying their art had the added warm and fuzzies of new friendship.
I think ultimately we all learned (are learning) one important thing – we are all made of pretty tough stuff.
Kris Brandhagen, Legs, Video installation
We also had a separate projection room running a loop of ad reels by Juan Bonilla. We installed a couch (a la living room layout) that visitors could sit on to watch the reel. Ultimately, this was our intent….
**please accept my apologies for the bad quality of the images** I took them all, and I am not known for my stellar photography skills… Hey! At least they all have a consistent yellowish tint! With time my installation photography will get better. I promise.
I strongly encourage anyone reading this post to follow links to artists websites by clicking on their names under each artwork. I have not gone into detail with descriptions because I know that they are all still exploring the possibilities for their practices. They are all talented, wonderful people and I am honoured to have worked with them all.
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