EVENTS

Calendar

Aug
28
Mon
FLUX MFA All Media Exhibition @ Gallery 101 & 114, Kresge Art Center
Aug 28 – Sep 22 all-day
Sep
25
Mon
Andrew Somoskey, MFA 2nd Year Exhibition Gallery 114 @ Gallery 114, Kresge Art Center
Sep 25 – Oct 6 all-day
Andrew Somoskey, MFA 2nd Year Exhibition Gallery 114 @ Gallery 114, Kresge Art Center | East Lansing | Michigan | United States

STATES OF BEING

A solo Exhibition featuring the work of second-year MFA Candidate, Andrew Somoskey.

Exhibition Reception Friday, October 6, 6PM-8PM

 

Artist Statement

At its core, my work examines identity and social constructs within society through the language of abstraction. Does the individual form society, or does society form the individual? What constitutes identity and the values of society; and ultimately determines who one is? What is the true representation of ‘self’; is it physical or digital? Is meaning gained or lost through these multiple representations?

My process is heavily influenced by my experience in construction and demolition. I use the grid as a surrogate for humanity and social structures. The grid has a power to harness a multiplicity of identities and existences in various stages of completion. Through these multiple modes of representation, I am not just questioning what makes something complete or incomplete, but what dictates the standard by which it is judged.

 

Oct
9
Mon
Lauren Brady, MFA 2nd Year Exhibition @ Gallery 101, Kresge Art Center
Oct 9 – Oct 20 all-day
Mary Peacock, MFA 2nd Year Exhibition @ Gallery 114, Kresge Art Center
Oct 9 – Oct 20 all-day
Oct
23
Mon
STA 330 – Lithography @ Gallery 114, Kresge Art Center
Oct 23 – Nov 3 all-day
Oct
30
Mon
Chelsea Markuson, MFA 2nd Year Exhibition @ Gallery 101, Kresge Art Center
Oct 30 – Nov 10 all-day
Nov
20
Mon
Apparel & Textile Design Exhibition @ Gallery 114, Kresge Art Center
Nov 20 – Dec 8 all-day
Mehrdad Sedaghat, MFA 2nd Year Exhibition @ Gallery 101, Kresge Art Center
Nov 20 – Dec 8 all-day
Jan
8
Mon
STA 112: Art & Design: Concepts and Practices @ Gallery 101 & 114, Kresge Art Center
Jan 8 – Jan 26 all-day
Jan
20
Sat
IN THE ABSENCE OF SIGHT Exhibition @ (SCENE) Metrospace
Jan 20 – Mar 10 all-day
IN THE ABSENCE OF SIGHT Exhibition @ (SCENE) Metrospace | East Lansing | Michigan | United States
IN THE ABSENCE OF SIGHT
A Solo Exhibition featuring the work of Alejandro T. Acierto, MSU Artist-in-Residence: Critical Race Studies
January 19 – March 10, 2018
RECEPTION January 19, 6-8PM, REMARKS 7PM

Join us Friday, January 19, 2018 from 6-8PM for the opening reception for In the absence of sight, a solo exhibition featuring the work of Alejandro T. Acierto at (SCENE) Metrospace. Opening Remarks will be offerd at 7PM.

Artist Statement:
In the absence of sight is a new body of work that draws on the erasures of Pilipinx people by American occupiers during the era of US colonialism in the early 1900s. Through an investigation of American archival photographs, postcards, and images housed in various collections in Michigan and Washington DC, this work reimagines erasure as an opening to speculate other forms of presence. While early depictions and characterizations of the Philippines projected a “savage” people “unfit for self-government”, US colonial officers, journalists, and writers used images of Indigenous Pilipinx people as a mechanism of persuasion to justify their sustained occupation to the American public. Though visual abjection often manifested in images of Pilipinx people either dead or in captivity persisting over three decades, this intervention draws on Pilipinx mythology of the Aswang, a shape shifting ghost-like spirit that wreaks havoc on its targets and their communities. In positioning Indigenous and mestizx resistance to US occupation as a metaphorical permutation of the Aswang, this work foregrounds Pilipinx sovereignty as a way to begin to challenge the formations of representation by the American colonial political agenda.

Alejandro T. Acierto is a Michigan State University, Artist-in-Residence: Critical Race Studies. Acierto joins us from Chicago, IL for the 2017-2018 Academic Year. His exhibition is sponsored by the Department of Art, Art History, and Design along with the generous support of others including the College of Arts & Letters, Creating Excellence Funding Program from the Office for Inclusion & Intercultural Initiatives, Office of the Provost, and the MSU Federal Credit Union. Additionally he will be offering a public lecture about his work on February 13 at 6PM in 107 S. Kedzie Hall.