Friday, December 09, 2005

Serious Business

Some old classmates of mine had the gumption to post an announcement for a thesis show where I could see it. I drove to Philly this afternoon, prepared to crack heads if I didn't see any good art. (I supplemented my trip with a visit to the Temple U. library, a museum visit, and some used record and book shopping.) When I got to the Tyler campus, I decided I did not have to incite violence.
They were all spared.

Maggie VanScoyk

Lauren Marsella

Austin Lee

Bob Gonzales


Ryan Scheidt said...

i don't know man, maybe it's hard to tell from the pictures you posted, but the paper cut-out of the woman's head and the bunny picture are pushing it just a little don't you think? what's that all about? this is supposed to be master's thesis work not kindergarten cut-n-paste hour.

for sure it's only my opinion, but i hate shit-artwork that tries to pass itself off as regressive childlike behavior. it's a waste of my time and i hope those grads have fun coloring in their coloring books while they have to pay off their student loans.

Pete said...

*smiles faintly and drums fingers*
Well, these are buh-fahs not muh-fahs, but that doesn't really matter. It's not like art-making secrets are withheld until one gets into a master's program. So our standards should be the same.

I found the work unpretentious and I'm confused about what you think it's trying to "pass itself off" as.
Mr. Lee's piece was enough of a visual pun to make me chuckle. The "skin" of the painting is lascerated, showing its guts, which is the perdicament of that morose bunny trapped in the picture. Mr. Gonzales' pieces are glam, he's quoting old hair salon art, but in not-so-slick materials, these women are used-up, and not as glamorous as they think they are.

Tyler isn't the place to find academic work. You'd have more success finding paintings with clean edges, glazing, and dense poly-sylabic artists' statements at the other schools in Philadelphia, like PAFA and University of the Arts .

Ryan Scheidt said...

i was a little charged up already the day i wrote that Pete, so sorry if I sounded a bit heckily. I actually had a much longer post, but towards the end I thought of something different to say. What you get out of an acedemic experience (MFA, BFA,etc.) is related to the amount of time and effort (or lack of) someone puts into it. it's not art making secrets that are different pete, but don't you think there would be a little distinction from undergraduate work. I went to MICA'S MFA show in Baltimore and noticed the same thing. I was a little let down.

Pete said...

You weren't out of order voicing your opinion, Ryan. Don't worry about that.
I'll add to this discussion tomorrow...

Pete said...

I see what you're saying about your experience with the MFA show in Baltimore, although I haven't the foggiest idea what MICA's output looks like these days.
I think a lot of the tenets of art brut are still quite valid. I don't think production values and craftsmanship neccesarily correlate to artfulness. Though I don't know if someone with art brut or expressionistic tendencies could make a terrible amount of headway inside of a structured MFA program.

These kids got to show more work than students in, say, the SAIC BFA show. They had two gallery rooms to fill, rather than being allocated a couple yards of wall space. So there was a lot more work then I think you're assuming.

Maggie Van said...

HA! I look myself up on the internet and I find this... people not making fun of my work! surprised and thankful.