MFA THESIS EXHIBTION + BOOK LAUNCH PARTY
MAY 30TH 6-9P
UCSD VISUAL ARTS
STRUCTURES, MATERIALS & ENGINEERING BLDG.
(SME) 3rd Flr. Rm #304
Ela Boyd’s video installation work explores issues of representation and visual perception in terms of the body, time and space. In her exhibition catalog, Instances Instantiate, she considers the ways in which instances of multiplicity instantiate the actuality of simultaneous modalities of embodied presence. Outlining her research and practice, Boyd looks to constructions of cinematic production, (character, set, context and linear succession) as an analogy for our experience of perceiving, apprehending and simulating a continuous reality. Whereas the formal aspects of film/video media, such as frames, pixels, editing/remixing and spatial presence substantiate properties inherent to space-time outside of our perception of it. Boyd rejects canonical film theories of semiotics and psycho-analysis and utilizes Gilles Deleuze’s philosophy of film and Henri Bergson’s philosophy of time to evince her own ontological theory of actuality and multiplicity. Boyd develops this theoretical trajectory to posit multiple selves as proliferating and ‘time-traveling’ via mediated spaces, conscious apprehension and projection. Her categories of presence include the metaphysical/ephemeral body, the cinematic/iconic body and the fantasy body (imagined or dream self). Boyd uses the body-in-space to address what is considered to be actual/viable embodiment, new forms of inter-subjectivity and to generate a sense of a de-centralized presence. Through film theory and her installation strategies, Boyd unfolds three temporal scenarios; multiplicity, parallel and potential. Lastly, her research and practice expand upon and offer an experience of the ontological implications of flattened, extended and multi-dimensional/ conceptual space. To this end, Boyd is able to advance her theory of the image as an actual instance of embodied presence instantiated in the moment of conscious perception.
4.9.13 ANNUAL UCSD OPEN MFA & PHD STUDIOS
Mirroring MyselfVideo Installation2013
Graduate Student Artists Highlight the New Initiatives at UC San Diego Visual Arts
La Jolla, California–The UC San Diego Department of Visual Arts welcomes scholars, prospective students, and community members to the annual graduate student conference and open studiosevents, taking place on March 9, 2013. With the recent launch of visual arts initiatives in the Structural and Materials Engineering (SME) building, this year’s activities will showcase the research and artistic practice of students both in the Visual Arts Facility (VAF) and new SME building.
Running from, 9:00am until 3:30pm, the day will begin in the SME building with the 6th Annual Graduate Student Conference titled The Nature of Space. As the discipline of geography has slowly withdrawn into a discrete department, issues of space have been integrated into other fields of study. Fittingly, this conference will investigate issues related to space and place within the visual arts. The panel sessions will explore the unique and critical position of the arts and the ability to work outside of imposed structures. Conference coordinators, Sascha Crasnow and Elizabeth D. Miller, have planned two panels with a diverse array of speakers and a keynote address by Dr. Mark Linder, Associate Professor and Chancellor’s Fellow in the Humanities at the Syracuse School of Architecture.
Also taking place in the SME building, from 2:00-5:00pm, the department will present an openhouse of the nine research initiatives housed in the space. The Department of Visual Arts shares this 183,000 state of the art square foot building with structural, biomedical, and nano-engineers from the Jacobs School of Engineering.
“By bringing together members of the Visual Arts faculty with researchers and teachers in engineering, we call attention to the ways our creative artists are working with both traditional and innovative materials. In many ways, our Visual Arts department is a group of materials engineers. Our sculptors, our painters, our digital artists and our social theorists all work together to understand the place of engineered materials in culture and the imagination.”-Dean of the Division of Arts and Humanities, Seth Lerer
Running from 3:00-8:00pm at the Visual Arts Facility and SME building, graduate student artists will welcome the public into their studios. Featuring 37 graduate student artists, Open Studios is an opportunity for MFA and Art Practice students to engage the public into the process of their artistic production.
Open Studios will showcase the breadth of talent at the department and will act as a platform for conversations about the work on display. In addition to the ongoing Open Studios, graduate student artists have scheduled a formal social hour with light refreshments on the second floor of the VAF from 5-6pm. Activities will continue into the evening and a presentation of performances and film screenings will take place from 6-8pm at the VAF Performance Space.
For more information about the participating artists at Open Studios please visit: http://ucsdopenstudios.
All Events are FREE and Open to the Public with FREE parking at UCSD on the Weekends
Schedule of Events on Saturday March 9:
6TH ANNUAL GRADUATE STUDENT CONFERENCE, The Nature of Space, // 9AM-3:30PM,
SME, Ground Floor Auditorium #149
SME INITIATIVES OPEN HOUSE // 2-5PM, SME (Floors 2, 3 and 4)
MFA/PHD OPEN STUDIOS // 3-8PM, Visual Arts Facility & SME (Floors 2, 3, and 4)
MFA SOCIAL HOUR // 5-6PM, Visual Arts Facility, 2nd Floor, Studio #452
MFA PERFORMANCE/SCREENING PROGRAM // 6-8PM, Visual Arts Facility, Performance Space #306
286 Stanhope St., BrooklynOpens: Saturday, Dec. 15 from 5-10PM. Runs through mid-January.Artists include:
Sarah Adams, Liz Ainslie, Eleanna Anagnos, Inna Babaeva, Jessica Bizer, Ela Boyd, Erik den Breejen, Patrick Brennan, Martin Bromirski, Maria Calandra, Julian Calero, Ned Colclough, Holly Coulis, Andy Cross, Marikke Dau, Sarah Dornner, Chris Dunlap, Lacey Fekishazy, Amy Feldman, Shannon Finnegan, Matthew Fisher, Ryan Franklin, Jay Gaskill, Jaime Gecker, Sam Gibbons, Ethan Greenbaum, Jesse Hamerman, Leslie Hatten, Hugh Hayden, Mike Hein, Jane Fox Hipple, Fran Holstrom, Ridley Howard, Gabriel Hurier, Laura Hunt, Baseera Khan, Tatiana Kronberg, Desiree Leary, Elisa Lendvay, Lia Lowenthal, Matthew Mahler, JJ Manford, Chris McGee, Saira McLaren, Kaveri Nair, Julia Norton, Mike Olin, Robe de Oude, Meghan Petras, Jen Plaskowitz, Janine Polak, Carrie Pollack, Alexandra Rubinstein, Carolyn Salas, Ian Sarver, Shira Schwarz, Ben Seretan, Elisa Soliven, Cameron Stuart, Leah Tacha, Jeff Williams, Letha Wilson, Lizzie Wright, Mitchell Wright
THE REFLECTED SELF
Experience multiplicity via mirroring, projection, reflection, media and consciousness
UCSD Visual Arts Facility Commons Gallery #404
Opening Thursday April 5 2012, 7:00pm-10:00pm
UCSD Visual Arts Gallery
Coinciding with the PhD conference of the same name, this exhibition investigates ways that artists are exploring alternative methods for producing and exhibiting work that extend beyond the traditional conceptions and boundaries of the “institution.” Many of the works move outside the institution to intervene directly with and within communities such as North Park, Tijuana, and the UCSD Visual Arts Facility. Other projects seek to manipulate the viewer’s experience and challenge their expectations from within the institutionalized space. Throughout the exhibition, which takes place both within the traditional gallery space and across campus, these artists are examining the idea of a “New Institution” as both a way to reinvent the traditional space and think beyond its boundaries.
curated by Lara Bullock, Sascha Crasnow and Elmira Mohebali
Misael Gio Diaz
There Goes the Neighborhood (David White/ Stephanie Lie/
Jessica Sledge/ Megan Willis/ Liz Chaney/ Micki Davis)
Opening April 6th 6-9P
Ela Boyd and Matt Savitsky pull together various works from the UCSD MFA program into a framework that seeks to illuminate how digital tools and networked systems affect art practice. Taken as a starting point, artists were asked to name, in a hypothetical sense, central concepts in their research as they might be interpreted by the semantic web. In other words, to identify which “keywords” make their work “searchable”.
HYPERSTUDIO is a look into the self-reflexivity felt while funneling oneself through a sieve of networks and presets. By bringing varied practices under one umbrella, participating artists will show how this recent cultural activity -and all of its accompanying phenomena – can complicate their relationship to making in a spectral range of approaches, including works that do not necessarily deal with these issues head on. Within this scope, we present a survey of projects that investigate artworks as generative tools in and of themselves, but to which an indefinite number of associations are also attached.
DANNY CANNIZZARO, JESSE HARDING, ELMIRA MOHEBALI, J NOLAND, MATTEO ORSINI, EMILY SEVIER, JESSICA SLEDGE, NICHOLE SPECIALE, JOE YORTY
UCSD OPEN STUDIOS
UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, SAN DIEGO
2012 MFA/PhD OPEN STUDIOS
5th ANNUAL GRADUATE STUDENT CONFERENCE:
SATURDAY, APRIL 7th, 2012
1:00PM – 7:00PM [MFA/PhD Open Studios]
10:00AM – 6:30PM [New Institutions Conference]
Visual Arts Facility
University of California, San Diego
9500 Gilman Dr. La Jolla, CA 92093
Current MFA and PhD Art Practice candidates will open their studios to the public.
Additional information about the UCSD Open Studios event and participating artists can also be found at–
For information about the Graduate Student Conference–
For additional questions, please contact Sheena Ghanbari [firstname.lastname@example.org 858-822-7755]