University of Oregon

Department of Art

2014 MFA Thesis Exhibition

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In Medias Res, the 2014 University of Oregon Master of Fine Arts thesis exhibition, presents the new work of five artists. The title of the exhibition, In Medias Res, is from Latin and is translated as “in the midst of things.” In storytelling, it refers to the technique of starting a narrative in the middle, rather than from the beginning. The exhibition encompasses a broad range of practices and ideas, and for the artists, it represents both the culmination of their studies and the launch of their professional careers.

Dates: May 3–25, 2014
Opening Reception:  Friday, May 2, 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Location:
Disjecta
8371 N Interstate Avenue
Portland Oregon 97217
503-286-9449
disjectaarts.org

Hours:
Friday–Sunday, Noon–5 p.m. or by appointment

 

Untitled 6 (from 'Varying Degrees of Truth'), 2012, digital photograph
Untitled 6 (from 'Varying Degrees of Truth'), 2012, digital photograph, archival pigment print, 40 x 26.5 in.
Untitled 47 (from "Varying Degrees of Truth"), 2013, digital photograph
Untitled 47 (from "Varying Degrees of Truth"), 2013, digital photograph, archival pigment print, 40 x 26.5 in.
 

Jonathan Bagby
Orlando, Florida

My explorations of the photograph are grounded in photography’s varying capacity for representation in relation to perception and memory. I am drawn to the tension created by the photograph’s ability to be poetic or indexical and its possibility for both flatness and illusory space. I construct new physical relationships between phenomena and collapse them into photographic space to exploit the slippage of meaning between objects, perceived space, and a viewer. 

www.jonathanbagby.com
 

 

 


Wet Socks and Cheeseburgers, 2014, installation
Wet Socks and Cheeseburgers, 2014, installation, cardboard, marker, animation, acrylic, rejected furniture, dead plant
Wet Socks and Cheeseburgers, 2013-14, animation still
Wet Socks and Cheeseburgers, 2013-14, animation still, paper, marker, sand
 

Samantha Cohen
Ridge, New York

Through autobiographical narrative I explore the complex realm of cartoons, creating tragi–comic, stop–motion animations that rest on themes of displacement, heartbreak, and catharsis. Using the language of cartoons and comics, I build domestic installations with rejected furniture using painted bold outlines in order to fictionalize objects. By blurring the line between artifice and reality, I attempt to make sense of the boundaries within our imagination.
 

 


Untitled, 2014
Untitled, 2014, plywood, found book, 12 x 12 x 12 in.
Untitled, 2014
Untitled, 2014, plywood, MDF, 2 X 4s , 10 x 3 x 6 ft.
 

Alexander Keyes
Bellingham, Washington

From the Depths is an accumulation of the memories and imagery from a space of fantastical speculation. In imagining an expedition out to sea, I am attracted to the romantic longing of the quest as well as the futile nature of such an endeavor. By looking to the sea as a representational and symbolic unknown, my work is a confrontation with the anxiety of transitions and rites of passage we face from birth through death.
 

 


Log Mama (detail), 2014, sumi ink and gouache on paper, 30 x 20 in.
Log Mama (detail), 2014, sumi ink and gouache on paper, 30 x 20 in.
Drift, 2014, sumi ink, etching, cut paper collage, gouache, and pastel on paper, 70 x 48 in.
Drift, 2014, sumi ink, etching, cut paper collage, gouache, and pastel on paper, 70 x 48 in.
 

Bryan Putnam
Methow Valley, Washington

Relishing in the narrative tendencies of drawing, I craft an idiosyncratic tale of wilderness and man. As a primal ‘site of imagination,’ drawing allows me to materialize visions of my folk–myth as feverishly as they appear in my mind. The works themselves trace this process—as mark and line act as cairns in a round trip voyage between imagination and image. My hope is to catalyze a nuanced process of speculation, to wander and to wonder.

www.iamrainier.com
 

 


133, 2014, graphite on paper, 11 x 14 in.
   133, 2014, graphite on paper, 11 x 14 in.
Signal, 2013, video still
Signal, 2013, video still
 

John Whitten
Princeton, Indiana

A Life on the Ocean Wave mines survival manuals, distress signals, and stories of misadventure to explore both the psychological allure of being lost at sea and its philosophical implications. Through drawing and video, I mediate and objectify safety instructions and signs of duress (e.g. flares, smoke signals, rescue dye), dislodging the hope placed in them to embrace what is revealed when faced with failure.