For release, April 20, 2009
For press information, contact Simone Notter Wilson (901) 678-4164
U of M Bachelor of Fine Arts candidates will exhibit their senior thesis works in
Jones Hall Gallery and Building 47, the Department of Art's new gallery on U of M's
Park Avenue campus. The exhibition, entitled "XII," owing its name to the number of
BFA seniors who will show their work, runs from Monday, April 20 through Saturday,
May 2. Opening receptions on Saturday, April 25 from 4:30 to 6:30 pm in Jones Hall
Gallery and from 7 to 9 pm in Building 47, are free and open to the public. For more
information about the event call (901) 678-2925.
Jones Hall Gallery is located on U of M's main campus, in room 109 of Jones Hall at
the intersection of Alumni and Desoto. Building 47 is located at 4097 S. MSU-C Street
on U of M's Park Avenue campus at the corner of Park and Getwell.
About the BFA Candidates
Laura Breeden presents a collection of photographs that depict scenes from classic fairy tales
that have been translated through modern eyes into contemporary settings. Her constructed
tableaus investigate current social issues through the fairy tale characters, and
invite the viewer to contemplate and debate sometimes uncomfortable themes.
Anna Brown creates paintings that dramatize and oversimplify social gatherings and human behaviors.
It is her position that these events and actions have been influenced by personal
decisions as a means to find humor in lost inhibitions. Brown's ideas are presented
through the use of vibrant, flattened imagery, which form energetic spatial movement
Lauren Coulson presents Portraits of Alternate Personas, a multi-medium project combining photo transfers and paintings on wood panels. Through
this combination, Coulson creates surreal environments that present unique personas
of her subjects transformed through her mind's eye.
Adam Gilliland presents Still Matters, a series of digital black and white photographs that investigate the metaphors of
human spirituality found in the plant kingdom. These ominous and metaphorical images
place the viewer into new relationships with the natural world, and inner states of
mind. His images create an interpretive realm that is at once strangely familiar,
and traditionally contemporary.
In her series of manipulated photographs, Kristen Guffey transforms the Baroque paintings of Johannes Vermeer into contemporary statements
about today's "modern woman." By inserting symbolic and actual representations into
the images, Guffey asks the viewer to realize the confluence of today's society compared
to that of Vermeer's.
Nikole McMinn's works portray the lack of attention given to our cultural and entrepreneurial heritage
by examining dilapidated juke joints, restaurants, and theaters throughout the Memphis
area. Influenced by both Walker Evans and Lee Friedlander, McMinn creates documentary
art that provides the viewer with a sense of place and time, as well a new understanding
of the history and cultural politics of Memphis.
Jennifer Nickole Pope uses her thoughts and personal experiences to portray African American female figures
as characters of emotion. The women depicted in Pope's oil and acrylic paintings stand
in stark contrast to the vibrant environment and color-fields she uses to represent
the character of her subjects.
Heavily influenced by comics, graphic novels and Japanese animae, Brandon Stokes presents Relics, a constructed environment based on his original story. Using ink and watercolor
on paper, Stokes provides the viewer with a glimpse of his text, energetic characters
and the imaginary world in which they reside.
Matthew Sulcer shows post-apocalyptic abstract landscape paintings. Sulcer has created large panel
pieces using a variety of textures with the use of a primary color palette. Influenced
by The History Channel and other modern documentaries, these works display the artist's view of the world
thousands of years from now, after the human race is long extinct.
Clare Torina's large-scale figure paintings address ritual versus instinct in both the human and
animal subconscious. Drawing references from behavioral sciences, religious art, caricaturing,
and nature illustrations, she creates interactive scenes that are at once witty, sensual
and savage. Torina is the recipient of the 2009 Dean's Creative Achievement award,
and Yale University's Ellen Battel Stoeckel Fellowship. She has exhibited her work
in Bruges, Belgium; Rome, Italy, as well as at solo show at the Brooks Museum of Art.
Personal treasures are the subject of Tracy Welch's photographs. She explores abandoned homes, buildings and factories in search of
the things that people leave behind. Through her images, Welch imbues these found
objects and environments with respect, and elevates them to the status of treasures.
Kyle Wingo's works are based on various aspects of contemporary music, which he abstracted through
an intuitive and systematic process. His work is founded on a simplistic, yet formulated
approach to making art. Using elements of shape, color and space, the works act as
rhythmically patterned progressions. Wingo's paintings have been shown in numerous
local galleries, and at the Brooks Museum of Art.