“Work it out”: Solo exhibition of new paintings by Caitlin Albritton (MFAST ’18) now on view

In her recent paintings, Caitlin Albritton examines the gym as a stage-like, artificial space where competition, gender issues, body politics, and the propaganda of progress are intensified.

As gym culture continues to grow, the grounds are quickly shifting with regard to gym fashion, body trends, and the commercialization of strength, self-confidence, and happiness. Taking inspiration from trips to her local gym, Albritton is interested in exploring the politics of looking through both male and female gazes

 CUNSTHAUS is housed at Tempus Projects, 4634 N Florida Avenue, Tampa FL 33603.

This exhibition will run until Friday, October 6, 2017.

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Chris Sims (MFAST ‘08) featured on Atlas Obscura

For over a decade, Chris Sims has been photographing the simulated war zones where US soldiers train for deployment. On these dusty back roads at American military bases, live scenarios and constructed sets are designed to resemble urban centers and villages in the war zones of Iraq and Afghanistan to prepare soldiers with believable immersive experiences.

Sims, who serves as the undergraduate education director for Duke University’s Center for Documentary Studies, has photographed training grounds at Fort Polk, Louisiana; Fort Bragg, North Carolina; Fort Irwin, California; and the Hohenfels base in Germany. His forthcoming book, Theater of War: The Pretend Villages of Iraq and Afghanistan, is a compilation of his photographs.

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Bart O’Reilly (MFAST ‘12): Guest Artist Lecture at McDaniel College

On Thursday, September 14 at 7:00 p.m. Bart O’Reilly will give an artist lecture at McDaniel College. The event will be held in in Peterson Hall, Room 104.

McDaniel College is located at 2 College Hill in Westminster, MD 21157.

“My work is concerned with the actions of time, light and human activity on places and their objects,” says O’Reilly.  “Within this framework I try to open a space for imaginary and poetic intervention.  Using physical objects or specific places I explore their history and materiality.  A claim to truly know or understand seems at best arrogant and at worst extremely dangerous.  I try to explore the slippage between what we perceive and what we claim to know.”

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“Targets and Trophies”: Damon Arhos (MFAST ’17) featured on Matthew Shepard Foundation blog

Damon Arhos reflects on his recent thesis exhibition,  Targets and Trophies,  on MatthewsPlace.com, the official blog of the Matthew Shepard Foundation.

Through a series of mixed media two and three-dimensional works, Arhos conducted an investigation of gay culture as an ongoing target of discrimination and violence.  ­­­

“As a studio artist, I wanted to emphasize how horrific events often make things better for others — how the tragedy of someone like Shepard (or Harvey Milk, whose portrait I also painted for the exhibition) also creates hope.”

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