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.