Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Solve For X: MFA Thesis Show

RIT’s William Harris Gallery hosts exhibit ‘Solve for X’
An MFA Group Thesis Exhibition

In the group thesis exhibit, ‘Solve for X’, it is the questions, perspectives, frustrations, and wonderment of the journey, not the destination, that the works of four Imaging Arts graduate students explore. Featuring the works of Yuxiang Dong, Catherine Hellsten, Yuanyuan Liu, and Jason Reimer, ‘Solve for X’ is the culmination of their graduate education work at RIT in the field of Imaging Arts and Related Media. Hosted by RIT’s William Harris Gallery, the opening reception will be held from 5 – 8 p.m. on April 23, and the exhibition will run through May 7.

From photography to video, glass sculpture to photo books, these four artists use a range of media to communicate their creative perspectives within their individual bodies of work.

In Identity Aperture: Self-portraits, Genealogy and Other Archives, Yuxiang Dong re-encounters his journey through life with the particular and unique experiences that make up the life of an individual. Dong uses a variety of media to explore the representation of identity in photographic images.

Catherine Hellsten’s body of work, Mnemonic Waters, explores episodes from the personal mythology of others by visually translating vivid memories into narratives of surreal imagery set within a glass landscape.

 无法抗拒-Untranslatable is an expression of Yuanyuan Liu’s pessimistic and helpless feelings towards an individual’s inner struggle against the powerful, external dynamics of societal and cultural influences and the mutual manipulation that takes place among people.

In his book 197_ , Jason Reimer utilizes a discordant mix of cinematic, personal, and evidential photographs to prompt a meditation of how we understand the most fundamental of human experiences—birth and death.

William Harris Gallery is located on the 3rd floor of Gannett Hall at RIT. The gallery is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and by appointment on weekends. The gallery is handicapped accessible and all exhibits are free and open to the public. For more information, call 585-475-2884 or visit http://cias.rit.edu/william-harris-gallery.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Graduate Walk Through

Shortly before spring break, our grad students again had the opportunity to share their ever-growing bodies of work to the MFA faculty and have some in-depth discussions about their projects. The first year grads each had a studio to themselves to hang their work in, and the second year grads exhibited their in-progress thesis publication prototypes.

Gail Goers

Some of Gail's work

More of Gail's work

Ciara Duffy laying out some of her photographs

Part of Ciara's display

More of Ciara's work

Ciara preparing for the day's events

Faculty members Ken White, Meredith Davenport, and Michael Frank taking a look
at the second year grads' thesis publication dummies.

Christian Kasners taking notes from his discussions with faculty

Cory Fitzgerald's studio

Cory getting set for the day

More of Cory's display

Some of Sarah Weiss' photographs on display

Part of Sarah's display

More of Sarah's work

Three of Naharin's video installations

Another angle of Naharin's video installations

The viewer's first peek into Naharin's studio

Friday, November 21, 2014

Fall Graduate Work Share

This November, the William Harris Gallery at RIT hosted a work share for the first year photo grads. Lots of great work was shown, and quality feedback shared with the artists.

Cory Fitzgerald

Some of Cory's work

Naharin's work

Naharin Shech

Sarah Weiss in deep conversation
with MFA Director Christine Shank

Gail Goers' work

Ciara Duffy with her photographs

Sarah Weiss

Christian Kasners

Professor Laurie O'Brien and Naharin 
discussing her work

Professor Frank Cost examines Gail Goers' work
while Cory takes a seat and Gail and Christine Shank
discuss the images

Cory contemplating

Ciara's work

Christian Kasners and Professor Michael Frank

Michael Frank and Sarah Weiss 

Christian's work

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Alumni Feature: Jessica Todd Harper

Jessica Todd Harper, a 2001 graduate of the RIT MFA program was featured on the RIT Photography blog recently talking about her career and life after graduate school. Take a look.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

In other RIT alumni news, Stefan Petranek was commissioned by the Indianapolis Airport to create the video installations "Approach" and "Gray Wing".

Stefan Petranek will be displaying two one-minute video works entitled Approach and Gray Wing at the Indianapolis’ International Airport starting on July 1. The exhibition of video works will be on display until December 31. The panoramic videos respond to the immediate surroundings of the airport grounds as well as the concept of flight as it relates to one’s personal experience. Petranek spent many days over the previous year filming on the airport grounds and within the terminal itself. As someone who started traveling on airplanes early as a child, Petranek has long felt a connection to the liberty and transcendence that traveling on airplanes brings to the individual. Petranek states that, “It is truly an amazing experience to be able to look out of a window at 30,000 feet and see the world below. But it is also one that most of us just deem as ordinary in our modern lives.” Following this line of thought, Petranek is also interested in the disconnect that occurs between time and space as we travel through the modern architecture of airports. He points out, “It is often a beautiful but dehumanizing experience to walk through an airport. It is a transient place, often inspiring and spacious but not one where you can easily imagining existing permanently.”

Finally, RIT alum Sandi Haber Fifield was chosen by the Women's Committee of the Philadelphia Museum of Art as one of six winners of the 2014 Photography Competition. Fifield will receive a $1,000 prize, and her winning photograph will be part of the collection of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Congratulations, Sandi!

RIT alum John William Keedy was featured on NPR recently, discussing his thesis work "It's Hardly Noticeable" and his struggles with anxiety.

When photographer John William Keedy was first diagnosed with an anxiety disorder, he says he had a hard time coping. It was difficult to accept. It was difficult to explain to friends and family. He felt utterly alone.
"I hate to say it, but I was embarrassed by it," he tells Shots.
Years later, Keedy, 29, started shooting a series of photographs about his condition. The images are deeply personal, and striking.
You can read the whole interview here.

Friday, May 23, 2014

End of Semester BBQ

This past weekend, the first and second year grads and some of the faculty and staff of the MFA program got together for a little bbq to celebrate the end of the semester. For the second year grads, it was a time to relax and savor the accomplishment of completing their MFA degree, and for the first year grads, a chance to relax after a challenging year of growth. There was plenty of food and good company. Congratulations to Michelle Bablitz, Justin Fondrie, Nick Hruby, Jay Tyndall, Maggie Pinke, and Yuwen Wang as they graduate today!