Project Description

Self-Calibration: University of Oregon MFA Thesis Exhibition

Artist: Group Exhibition
May 4th, 2012 – June 3rd, 2012

An exhibition featuring work by six University of Oregon master of fine arts students will be on view May 5 through June 3, 2012. “‘Self-Calibration’ presents the culmination of three years of exceptional work by these six emerging artists,” says Laura Vandenburgh, Swindells chair and Department of Art head. “Each has developed a distinct material and conceptual approach.”

Artists in the show include Brooks Dierdorff, Courtney Kemp, Lily Martina Lee, Robert Mertens, Lyle Murphy, and Lyndsay Rice. Their media include photography, sculpture, fiber art, and jewelry and metalsmithing.

Their approaches vary widely. For example, Lee, a sculpture major, “explore(s) the paradox of identity” through five portraits made from automobile hoods matching the year, make, model, and color of vehicles belonging to actual fugitives from the law, along with tattoos each fugitive wears. For his work, Mertens used fiber art processes to create two monolithic hanging columns from beadwork, crochet, and twisted rope made from VHS tape that represent “traces of histories … left behind on old hard drives, lost broadcast waves, and miles of magnetic tape.”

Vandenburgh says that “being in an MFA program is a unique, bounded time for immersion in the studio and exposure to new ways of thinking and seeing. The resulting work represents six engaging responses to this cultural moment and the start of six promising creative practices.”

Sponsors of the MFA exhibit include the Ballinger family in memory of Court Ballinger; Geraldine Leiman; the UO Duck Store; Gamblin Artist Colors; and the UO Alumni Association.

About the University of Oregon:
The University of Oregon is a world-class teaching and research institution and Oregon’s flagship public university. The UO is a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU), an organization made up of the 61 leading public and private research institutions in the United States and Canada. The University of Oregon is one of only two AAU members in the Pacific Northwest.

About the Department of Art:
The Department of Art offers an innovative curriculum in both studio and digital media – ceramics, drawing, fibers, metalsmithing and jewelry, painting, printmaking, sculpture, photography and digital arts. The sixth most popular major at the University of Oregon, the department encourages breadth and interdisciplinary investigation, as well as depth and discipline within media. The art department has more than 450 majors and 20 regular faculty members.

More information about the UO Department of Art.