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Otis College of Art and Design 2011 BFA Fine Arts Exhibition Catalogue

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Unknown Unknowns 2011 Otis Fine Arts BFA Degree Exhibition May 8-16, 2011

Printed in the United States by BurdgeCooper

CATALOGUE STAFF Editor: Holly Tempo

CONTENTS Print Committee: Rebecca J. Edwards, Chair Saskia Leigh Darnell Lindsey A. Schulz Design: Carlos A. Avila Typefaces: Rotis type family, Synchro LET (modified)

Adriana M. Collazo

Astrelle C. Johnquest

Melba P. Saunders

Patricia Salcedo

Paul A. Jebian

Jessica M. Martinez

Abdón Valdez Betancourt

Saskia Leigh Darnell

Soo Kim

Soo Y. Lim

Lauren N. Martinez

Senior Studio Visiting Mentors:

Forrest M. Smith

Winter J. Jenssen

Lindsey A. Schulz

Jaynie Lynne Sanchez

Rebecca J. Edwards

Melissa Mae Cox

Maricela Aviña

Alex Becerra

Vickie I. Thomas

Jane Kilcullen

SENIOR STUDIO Senior Exhibition Coordinators: Dana Duff, Alex Slade Exhibition Design Committee Coordinator: Alex Slade Senior Studio Mentors: Carole Caroompas Dana Berman Duff

Linda Burnham John Sonsini Chris Wilder FINE ARTS DEPARTMENT; Chair: Meg Cranston Assistant Chair: Alex Slade Department Coordinator: Kate Harding Office Manager: Michelle Chong


Dereck S. Seltzer

GeoVanna J. Gonzalez

Special thanks to the Provost’s Office and Interim Provost’s Debra Ballard and Randall Lavender

J. Catarina Gates

Jamie L. Kimbrough


Samantha Gregg

Alexandra Rose Kornblum


First Infantry (Detail)


First Infantry, 2010 Deconstructed army apparel 96 X 144”

Adriana M. Collazo ¬ ¬ 562.639.8970

Module (#2), 2011 Acrylic on canvas Dimensions variable

Untitled (#9), 2011 Acrylic on canvas 48 X 60” With A Shot to the Head, 2011 Watercolor, coffee and acrylic on watercolor paper 22 X 28”

Melba P. Saunders ¬ ¬ 562.308.8332

Paul A. Jebian ¬

Big Bang of Galilee Discovers String Theory, 2010 Pencil on glued A4 printer paper 60 X 72”

Real or Not, 2011 Video projection installation Dimensions variable 2:00 minute loop with sound Untitled, 2010 Found wood, canvas, guitar, glue, nails, screws and acrylic paint 48 X 60 X 86”

Abdón Valdez Betancourt ¬ ¬ 760.556.6812

Soo Y. Lim ¬ ¬ 714.393.3237

Loop de Loop, 2010 Oil on Dura-lene 72 X 36”

Cheerios, 2010 Inkjet luster print

It’s the Edge!, 2010

20 X 30”

Oil on Dura-lene 36 X 21”

Forrest M. Smith ¬ ¬ 267.226.3443

Rebecca J. Edwards ¬ ¬ ¬ 818.517.5682

Life on Galaladies, 2011 Oil on canvas 48 X 72”


(From the Series It’s the Coffee Grounds, Charlie Brown), 2011 Whiteout and calligraphy ink on inkjet print 44 X 34”

Untitled (Childhood), 2010

What Seemed Like Hours, 2011

Inkjet print

Oil on canvas

60 X 60”

48 X 72”

Lindsey A. Schulz ¬ ¬ ¬ 707.477.9620

Vickie I. Thomas ¬ ¬

Untitled, 2010 Acrylic on panel 18 X 24 “

The ultimate woe, 2011 Acrylic on canvas 14 X 34 “

Untitled (from the Strata series), 2011 Inkjet print on clear film 24 X 24”

Maricela Aviña ¬

J. Catarina Gates ¬ ¬ 661.378.7159

LA River Neapolitan, 2010 Acrylic, enamel, spray paint and reclaimed wheat paste on panel

33 X 96”

now, 2010 Silk flowers on canvas 96 X 114” What We Do Is Secret (Detail), 2011 Lithograph and graphite on panel 40 X 80”

Dereck S. Seltzer ¬

Astrelle C. Johnquest ¬ ¬

Axonometric Blueprint, 2011 LaserJet print 36 X 39” Pocket Rushmore, 2010 Epson Inkjet matte print 30 X 30”

Samantha Gregg ¬ ¬ 630.254.5959

Jessica M. Martinez ¬

The Party Palette: An Impermanent Installation (Detail), 2011

Mixed media installation Dimensions variable

Residual Series No. 3, 2011 Soap and pigment on watercolor paper Collapse In Time, 2009

19 X 24”

Oil on panel 16 X 20”

Patricia Salcedo ¬ ¬ 310.675.7331

Lauren N. Martinez ¬ ¬

I Woke Up Into A Dream, 2010 Mixed media installation 120 X 96 X 72”

Stained Glass, 2011 Mixed media installation (coffee filters, markers and resin) Dimensions variable

Optical Opposites (video still), 2011 Video 45 minute loop

Saskia Leigh Darnell ¬

Jaynie Lynne Sanchez ¬

BitGlitch (video still), 2010 Video

Monument to Joe Pesci, 2010

4:00 minutes

Wax, faux wood finish and heat lamp

36 X 48”

Sound Check, 2010 Speaker/wire/sound installation 48 X 10 X 10” Boom For Real, 2010 Cibachrome print 8.5 X 10”

Winter J. Jenssen ¬

Alex Becerra ¬ ¬ 805.816.5712

Memories (Detail), 2011 Ektachrome Super 8 film cast in resin Dimensions variable

Lay beyond the easy reach of existence, 2011 Ink on paper 130 X 103”

Melissa Mae Cox ¬

GeoVanna J. Gonzalez ¬

All it says is “disappear here”, 2011 Acrylic, pen and cut paper on Mylar

27.5 X 23 X 1”

Grot, 2010 Chromogenic print 12 X 9” Wood Floor, 2011 Acrylic, enamel and cut mylar on Yupo mounted on wood panel 64.5 X 55.5 X 2.5

Jane Kilcullen ¬

Alexandra Rose Kornblum ¬ ¬ ¬ 307.690.3295

Studio, 2011 Removable wall, desk, chair 95 X 112 X 75�

Jamie L. Kimbrough ÂŹ

Over the past few years, I have developed an intense interest in art criticism. Although a visual art major, I have found that I am more interested in discussing art rather than making it. Possibly as a by-product of having been trained as an artist, I am reluctant to reduce art criticism to reviews or journalistic essays. Consequently, I have made a concerted effort to suss out different avenues that can facilitate critical reflection. These efforts have culminated in a wide variety of different media, from a collaborative video of a faux talk show to works of marginalia within contemporary art magazines. The parasitic structure of this practice examines the institutions of art and uses them as a means by which to point out their own inherent shortcomings. The work functions as a form of cultural critique that addresses a specific audience: the art world.

I am interested in the relationship between architectural space, landscape, and the psyche. My work explores ideas of conflict through the use of contradictory techniques such as the disintegration or fracturing of visual information, that in turn creates a feeling of instability. My intention is to transport the viewer into an ambiguous, sometimes associative, and disjointed landscape or environment made up of interiors, exteriors, things found in nature, and abstracted forms. I create compositions that reverse and manipulate traditional representations of space. I do so by playing with and distorting color, line, perspective, and scale. My intention is to warp and distort space derived from personal memories and experiences. My work gravitates towards creating unsettling and dysfunctional depictions of environments and architecture.

My work revolves around encroaching on the uncanny within a seemingly mundane void of everyday imagery. I deduct pre-existing material from my surroundings as opposed to creating new material and, thus, imbue my video and photographic work with a newfound significance. I look for images as opposed to staging them and, for me, this act of preservation is what instills value in the imagery. My HD video work functions as a databank that informs my photographs. Through manipulation, the footage and photographs imply a narrative that never culminates. There is a tension established by the viewer’s sense that something is constantly about to happen, or that the piece will evolve into a satisfying answer to some unseen, posed question.

My work centers on translating reality into the imaginative through means of abstraction. An inner desire for escape and discovery is the underlying theme. By morphing realistic and abstract forms together– utilizing imagery that references, deep-sea creatures, microorganisms, children’s books, and botanical sketches– I illustrate dualities of life and death, growth and decay. It also can be seen as having a faint surrealistic quality, which has a delirious innuendo and feels oneiric, through order and disruption, and hide and seek. I create something outside of everyday reality, space or an environment to invent another realm of order. I investigate notions of order by creating a parallel tension through forms that both define but eventually disrupt each other; echoing the way humans function in relationships and families. At the same time my work strongly refers back to nature and science because, however much we seek the fictional, we live in a tangible reality.

I have been working with Super 8 film for almost two years now, making autobiographical short films. The mini-documentary, titled What’s to say if all the days I cannot bear?, tracks how I go through the phases of my depression. Recently, I have been experimenting with film as a physical medium and creating objects out of it. The images imprinted on the film are just as important as the object generated, so I attempt to create a certain consistency between the two. For example in the piece Memories, cut up strips of Super 8 film are suspended and cast in resin cubes. The images on the pieces of film are of my puppies and the Palm Springs Mountains covered in snow, both of which recall my childhood home.

Game day three for $5 and chips Bud Ice wrapped brown seems better Money, well enough Why hasn’t it made that noise Come On It’s like those bitchin’ cantina ballads Got one on standby on 12’’ Is this a joke Fuck no, I am trying Things are looking bright I think Just hang out and listen Got a smoke?

My work currently focuses on the mechanics of sound and combines this with the visual. I find this synthesis of sight and sound very provocative because sound seems to have a very different effect on perception. It can provide a particular kind of engagement that brings life to form and gives atmosphere to space. Sound, and the way we experience it, has greatly changed within the last few decades with the advent of digitalization and sound production techniques. We have a deeper understanding of how sound functions and have pushed it into further realms of abstraction that were not previously possible, realms that exploit the unconscious. Sounds without recognizable form provide openness within visual interpretation by blending the lines between the known and the unknown.

The dominant element that I base my practice upon is the notion of distortion. My inspiration comes from the materials chosen and my ability to transform them into something new. I predominantly work with materials that have a specific utilitarian purpose in everyday life (e.g. coffee filters or buttons), which I can transform and deconstruct through experimental processes that differ from traditional modes of production (making a watercolor without paint or a brush). I strive to deconstruct or abstract these materials into works that, in turn, perform visually and rise above the banality of their original function. My greatest desire is to alter the viewer’s perception of the material based on the distortion, transformation, or abstraction created by the work of my own two hands.

Process, motion, and interstitial space have been an ongoing investigation in my work. My current work focuses on the experience of kaleidoscopic imagery through mediums such as video, drawing and sculpture. I experiment with color, light, and space–using everyday found and craft materials. For my recent videos, I have been using a kaleidoscope iPod video filter and later layering the videos to make one happening. Conceptually I have been intrigued by the speed at which we culturally consume information. My position is one of observation and not critique of this consumption. I am trying to humanize the virtual interstitial experience. I often change the scale relationship between the works and the viewer’s body to attempt to make the involvement visceral and tangible. Similar to the experience one has visiting a movie theater, I am creating a hypnotic space that transports the viewer and allows for suspended disbelief.

Observing the daily entropic action of squeezing toothpaste out of the tube, we neglect to acknowledge the performance of what cannot be undone. I attempt to recreate events with residual evidence; any common, personal experience that is shared collectively from person to person, separated by the thinnest membrane. My impermanent installation is based on the relationship of an in-group, an out-group and the separation (membrane) in between, creating a space in which life and art are blurred. I empower campy materials, transforming and redirecting their function but allowing them to exist as well. I look at Cy Twombly for his line quality, Allan Kaprow for his theologies on play, Felix Gonzalez-Torres for addressing universal issues through personal experience, and Pipolotti Rist for her perspective. As children we obtain a simple perception of the world’s complexities that is forgotten with experience. It is my job to exasperate this personal experience based on a collective nostalgia.

To Paula Cisneros: My work fills me with the spirit to deal with the obstacles that I have experienced in my life. I often use religious iconography in the paintings to tell a story. I reference the Old Masters and attempt to build a new visual language that expresses intense emotions. My mother suffers from a mental condition and lives in the streets of Mexico. Everyday she is in my mind when I make art. My goal is to build her a house like the two birds are doing in Collapse in Time. Thanks, Mom. You are my muse for making art‌

For me, creating art is a type of visual journal. The subjects I use are pulled from my various thoughts, encounters, and places I wish to remember. My piece, Pocket Rushmore, shows a found souvenir that illustrates both my desire and inability to visit Mount Rushmore at that moment. The montage shows a giant open coin purse above four fallen coins, the faces of which coincide with those of the presidents on the mountain. They represent a fake "souvenir", one that evokes the thought of that place and is easily created from loose change. This piece, as well as my other work, exists to give physical form to thought. Overall you could call them my own personal memory objects.

My work examines mainstream cinema to find moments that convey a distinct correlation to fine art. The content is deeply invested in the production of a specific genre within film. I see the boundaries of genre as a choice vehicle with which to consider the poetic vision of the film’s writer and director. I often look at period films, such as American Graffiti, and am greatly influenced by their ability to discuss current trends and fears through displacing an audience from the present into an unattainable and less familiar place in time. I begin with a systematic process, choosing a film as a starting point and subsequently branching out from it until I arrive at a collection of data that draws a parallel to fine art practice. The chosen methods to execute each process are inherent to the content and have taken on various forms including architectural video installations, movie posters, and character study performance pieces.

For several years my practice has focused on exploring the relationship between fine art and design, specifically through the use of traditional craft methods. However, craft has recently evolved into a means to discuss exchange and consumption. My current series titled, now Project, uses the conventional pop-up shop model as a vehicle to examine consumerist ideologies surrounding the corporate retail outlet. Each shop is intended to be unique, flexing in response to our vacillating economic climate. The current incarnation of the project challenges ideas relating to branding, art as commodity, and methods of exchange. The shop attempts to achieve this by selling two types of products: manufactured products in exchange for a good deed and my handmade now brand products for cash. By employing these alternative methods of exchange, my intent is to distort product associations and ideologies.

My work negotiates contemporary city life, exploring a lexicon of images that are over-determined and self-impeded by cultural meaning. I use a loose combination of graffiti, illustration, and found objects to re-animate existing visual codes through installation, trying to capture the sense of isolation and bombardment an individual may feel while in transit in a metropolitan city.

We are constantly over-saturated with imagery. It has become easy to feel dismissive towards the photograph. The singularity of the image seems to slowly be fading. In my practice, I create image objects that use tactics and tactility in an attempt to breathe new vitality into the life of the photograph and settle my personal frustrations with the medium’s flatness. I do this through methods of construction, such as layering transparent images in space to give the viewer a different composition from every angle. I also layer non-opaque images with tactile materials mounted behind the image, to give it a new dimensionality. Exploring this theme of layers and layering has been a recent fascination of mine. The imagery in my constructions is relatively simple. I do not intend the image to be singular. My intent is to let the way it is displayed make what would otherwise be a democratic image, memorable.

In my recent work, I investigate the beauty of the grotesque through figuration. I am especially interested in how the disfiguration of the body caused by illness informs our cultural relationship to death. I grew up around hospitals and ill relatives, an experience that made me question how the body works and why it deteriorates. I am fascinated by the relationship between organs and the pain (physical or mental) that people suffer when the body’s functions are compromised. This fascination has also led me to create images of figures transformed by body modification practice. In the paintings, I focus on the part of the body that is being altered and, thus, fetishized. This work allows me to reconcile human suffering by highlighting the beautiful moments in an otherwise painful process.

My artwork alludes to the intangible elements found in nature, and reflects the mystical and fantastical worlds I have floating around in my head. I focus on opposing forces like darkness and light, the visible and unseen, encroaching danger and the sublime. Historically, I am influenced by art of the Late Baroque and Romantic eras, and the American Luminist painters. Like many of the artists I have studied, using oil paints has become a valuable tool for me. The medium’s ability to transmit light helps to bring the environments I create to life. The paintings become less about being objects and more about visual experiences. I try to translate nature, spirituality, and the supernatural in playful and unusual ways. I want to inspire people like life has inspired me.

Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Artist Statements DSM-VI Diagnostic Criteria for 300.6 Lindsey Schulz

A. A process that severs a connection to a person's thoughts, memories, feelings, actions, or sense of identity. B. A particular interest in psychological fragility and behavior, along with the compulsion to expose vulnerability. C. An emphasis on emotional entanglement.  D. Adapts a clinical approach to one’s practice manifesting through ritualistic and rigorous controlled methods, often attempts to communicate in codes (e.g. Morse code, Braille, ambiguous text).

E. (Either of the following):

1. An exploration of the phenomenon of memory, imagination and time, and the imprint they have on materials. 2. Preoccupation with relationships between materials, oneself, images, strangers, memory, family, text, thought, history, and time. 

F. Evolution of a fantastical inner landscape into a perceived reality. Specific examination or attention to the limitation of materials.

In my paintings, I look at the relationship between memory and place. I use photographs of landscapes as a trigger for my recollections of specific environments. Rather than simply translating the image to paper or canvas, I use it as a reference for the colors and shapes that I associate with the space portrayed. To do so, I paint with the photographs behind me while I am working to create a balance between remembering and forgetting. This allows me to abstract from both the visual reference and the memory to create a composite representation of the location.

Imagination is really important to me. When we distort our view of the present we are open to new ideas and ways to approach the world. In my work I shoot a lot of portraits. I enjoy dressing friends in elaborate costumes and creating imaginary scenes for them to act in. Sometimes this is based on an aspect of their personality or experience that they have recently encountered. Through my lens I try to push these situations to the point of fantasy. I create conditions where we might better consider the experience of the person and/or character. My photographs often include sculptural props. These are usually fashion based and used to extend the reach and ability of the body. They are meant to support the fantasy but lose their purpose and shape once removed from the photograph. Lately my work has involved creating meaning by exploring how images reflect and connect via video and photo installation.

In my practice, I am interested in how people perceive the world around them. I start by deconstructing images of mundane things and then alter them with color, texture, pattern, light and sound to create fluid, abstract compositions in my paintings and videos. I experiment with materials within the context of the work with the hope that the viewer will gain a multi-level experience that takes them beyond the everyday. My work reflects how I receive my environment, filter it through my perception, and finally present it to the audience.

My artwork deals with identity. I do not know who I am, what I am capable of, or where I am headed. I would like to sound reassuring and comforting, but I cannot. Art is a huge thing, and I have sophomorically chosen it as a path: spiritual, philosophical, and psychological. I make what comes to mind—usually it is deep and all encompassing, but what leaves my hands is something that feels as uncertain as time. I want to be remembered, and live as though I have already died: a memory as the now continuously becomes a past occurrence. As with improvisational performance art, I cannot act without an initial percussive action. I have questions and, as a specter, I seek questions that I do not know to ask.

My practice manifests as photography and painting. The photographic work consists of abstracted images from magazine articles, which appear soft and blurry. As the viewer approaches, the images will eventually reveal themselves. They are torn, tattered, and burned; and smell of ash and corrosion. My paintings consist of large multiple panels. I use chiaroscuro and scale to create drama. The paintings are dark, erotic, and confusing.

I am a colorist. I am interested in the process and systems that lead to an optical illusion or visual clash. Simultaneous contrast is used in my work to create a push-pull effect that generates a conversation between colors’ vibrancy, contrast, and harmony on a plane of geometric structure. An all-over composition is created that in turn creates energy and movement. My work is about the mechanical versus the natural, color clash and harmony, and painting as object. I explore how geometry and the grid function in the form of a pattern and system, while still being synchronized with the harmony that color creates. What results is a conversation between the painting and viewer, movement and energy, and optics and cognitive psychology.

My mom was a nurse and taught me how to read despair. When looking at the exterior of an individual, I presume a narrative of identity; a narrative that often speaks of hard times. My background in theatre and fashion gives me insight into the different personas people use to function in society. Using a labor-intensive process, I figuratively and literally deconstruct found materials such as army jackets, Mexican textiles and industrial materials, which have powerful cultural associations. These deconstructions represent fluid narratives that shift from the individual crisis to larger conversations about politics, social norms and culture.



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Each artist is represented by several visual and textual cues:

– an image or images of their artwork

– contact information for each artist

– a photograph of the artist concealed in a space

– an artist statement

– a tandem photograph revealing the artist


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Otis 2011 MFA Catalog  

Otis 2011 MFA Catalog

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