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239 Days: SVA MFA Show

January 3, 2013

New talent is the lifeline of contemporary art and we’re excited about seeing this new talent together in one show at Allegra LaViola Gallery. Be sure to check this show opening tomorrow evening, and if not, see it before it comes down.

details and press statement below

239 Days
School of Visual Arts MFA Fine Arts Class of 2012

Curated by Stephen Maine
January 4-12, 2013
Opening reception: Friday, January 4, 6:00–9:00 PM

Allegra LaViola Gallery and The School of Visual Arts are pleased, proud and pumped to present “239 Days: School of Visual Arts MFA Fine Arts Class of 2012,” featuring new work by recent graduates of this distinguished program.

The exhibition will occupy both levels of the gallery. Reflecting the interdisciplinary nature of SVA’s Graduate Fine Arts program, the show includes work in painting, drawing, sculpture, installation, photography, video, and sound—all of it completed within the 239-day period between the artists’ official receipt of their Master’s degree on Graduation Day and the exhibition’s January 4, 2013 opening.

A strong undertow of comedy courses through the show, but the borderline tragic and the deadly serious are represented as well. Curator Stephen Maine is not totally sure he can tell the difference, but he’s pretty certain that it’s all in the eye of the beholder, anyhow. The works range in scale from the modest, genre-inflected paintings of Hee Won Seo and the cryptic, semi-narrative sculptures of Kim Smith to the environmental scope of Eric Mistretta’s ceiling-based installation and a monumental color-centric grid painting by Hyun Soon Kim.

The connective tissue that binds these works together is their steadfast refusal, individually and collectively, to be bound to anything. The exhibition is as multi-faceted and agonistic as the Class of 2012 itself. It attests to the continued vitality and innovativeness of Graduate Fine Arts at SVA and to the creative achievement of the program’s recent graduates.

Featuring work by:
Chie Araki
Nick Bakita
Victoria Batey
Eleni Beristianou
Andrew Brischler
Steven Chapman
Eli Gabriel Halpern
Herhsuan Hsieh
Elan Jurado
Eun Jung Kim
Hyun Soon Kim
Sharon Kirby
Jonas Lara
Kacie Lees
Amelia Midori Miller
Eric Mistretta
Augustus Nazzaro
David Ostro
Jenny Santos
Hee Won Seo
Kim Smith
Hunter Speagle
Miryana Todorova
Ken Wahl
Christina Wang
Rebecca Ward
James Brendan Williams

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