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.”
Part product launch, part exhibition, part interactive event, “Reserved for Engineering” is a meditation on the speed, quantity, and spectacle of production and distribution. Wallace intervenes in these systems by addressing labor through the self-created company “Amazing”, recording testimonials of employees hired by the artist, and displaying a video of the first delivery of artwork by drone. Viewers will shuffle through the gallery turned Fulfillment Center, navigating a space of customized pizza boxes, drone surveillance, and employees sorting and stocking cultural goods, all the while feeding the network created by the space that is “Reserved for Engineering”.
City of Ghosts is an exhibition that represents the culmination of a year-long residency at Washington DC’s Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library. Billy Friebele (MFAST ’08) and Mike Iacovone (MFAST ’09), founders of Freespace Collective, have collaborated on a series of artworks that use technologies available in the library’s digital fabrication lab to explore the areas surrounding the library and Flashpoint Gallery.
Visit BmoreArt to read the feature story and interviews with the artists. For more information on the exhibition visit culturaldc.org.
MFAST alumna Emily Harris has been featured in a recent article in the Huffington Post, “Artist Emily Harris Investigates How a Body Imprints Itself on an Environment, and Vice Versa” written by Jacqueline Bishop (’16.)
For more articles by Bishop on MFAST alumni, visit the links below:
“Context Contingent,” a group exhibition of works by recent MFAST alumni, was recently reviewed in The Buffalo News and Step Out Buffalo. From The Buffalo News: “Working in a loose thematic framework, the artists present views of human interactions, big and small, wildly fantastic and deeply interpersonal. Each artist seizes on a particular facet of what it means to be in a place, whether that is alone, among strangers in a crowd, or facing down industrial environmental destruction.” To read the full reviews, visit www.buffalo.com and www.stepoutbuffalo.com.