Intermediaries – The 2017 First Year MFA Exhibition – Opens 1.25.17


The 2017 First Year MFA Exhibition

Maggie Lawson
Nancy Sayavong
Nicki Green
Olivia Ting
Rachel Cardenas Stallings
Sarah-Dawn Albani

Wednesday, January 25th – Thursday, February 9th, 2017
Opening Reception: 4 – 7pm, Wednesday, January 25th, 2017
Worth Ryder Art Gallery, 116 Kroeber Hall, UC Berkeley Campus

Night of Live Performance: 7 – 9pm, Friday, January 27th, 2017

Note New Gallery Hours: 12pm – 5pm, Mondays – Thursdays
Free, Accessible, and Open to the Public

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The Worth Ryder Art Gallery and the UC Berkeley Department of Art Practice are excited to present INTERMEDIARIES, an exhibition of works by our six first-year graduate students.

The MFA program encourages experimentation with new methods, media, and modes of artmaking, and the artists have each built on their existing practices to create an exciting new body of work while immersing themselves in contemporary theory, seeking out new interdisciplinary influences, and responding to intense critical feedback by peers and mentors. The result is an exhibition that is fresh, vital, and immediate.

Maggie Lawson, “100 Strong”  2015. Table, Chairs, Variable Size.

Maggie Lawson is an Oakland-based artist and chef whose work spans social sculpture, performance, and portraiture.  Maggie’s nostalgia for the beauty of the past is a way to acknowledge the contributions, and the limitations, of the ancestors. The aim is to do this through opening up avenues for audiences to reflect on the past in relation to the future, and how to have a life and community of their own making.

Nancy Sayavong, “Keep It Here”, 2016. Maple, house paint can, and steel. 36” x 32” x 67”.

Nancy Sayavong’s work has moved her interest in semiotics and structural remnants that represent socioeconomic identities as it once was in history. Objects and infrastructure in specific spaces hold its status but what happens when they are allowed to step outside of where they allegedly come from? Sayavong’s work tries to interrupt established ideologies of social belonging.

Nicki Green, “Poisonous Mushroom”, 2016. Glazed stoneware. 24” x 14” x 14”

Nicki Green is a transdisciplinary artist based in San Francisco whose work focuses on craft processes and explores topics of history preservation, ornamentation and queer, trans and Jewish community dynamics. Originally from New England, she received a BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2009 and has exhibited her work nationally. She is a current MFA candidate at UC Berkeley, and is represented by [ 2nd floor projects ] in San Francisco.

Olivia Ting, “The Threshold”, 2016. Interactive projection, printed cards, 14’ high x 25’ long.

A native San Franciscan, Olivia Ting is a local media artist with roots in pre-med science and graphic design. She examines the role of digital technology in the fabric of contemporary lives, rearranging how our memories are collected and formulated in our consciousness. She has degrees from Pomona College and Art Center College of Design. In a previous life she was a graphic designer in New York, Los Angeles, and currently collaborates with theater experiences in San Francisco.

Rachel Cardenas Stallings, “Push”, 2016. Mixed media on panel, 24” by 24”.

Rachel Cardenas Stallings is an Oakland­-based artist primarily working in painting, textile, and performance. Many points of interest converge in her work, including Mormon Feminism, anomalous healing practices, and her personal experience with laughing seizures. She views her work as an obsessive inquiry into how her body functions and moves, what it is made up of, and its relationship to its different parts and everything outside of it. She is also the co-­founder and co-­director of an artist-run gallery called Lago Projects in Oakland, CA.

Sarah-Dawn Albani, Still image from “The Fathomers”, 2016. Digital video.

Sarah-Dawn Albani is writing a screenplay- is building the set- is using the earth. World may be what we make- so she is operating on that premise. She is a fiction, a theory, and a model for something else, could be a mutant space traveler, could be a sea witch poet- material of choice is mud. 

Please join us for an opening reception on Wednesday, January 25th, 2016.

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