Sometime Later: An MFA Alumni Show

This May, CCAD’s MFA program will send it’s sixth class out into the world of post-grad life. There are many things for our students to look forward to after graduation. One of them is becoming part of a close-knit community of successful and active alumni.

The work of our alums can be seen all over the world, but lucky for us, we’re able to view some of it right at home in Sometime Later – an alumni show currently on view in CCAD’s Canzani Center Atrium Gallery.

Included in the show are Jovanni Luna (2015), Liz Roberts (2014), Elena Harvey Collins (2012), Dalong Yang (2015), Jill Raymundo (2015), and Jason Schwab (2014).

Jovanni Luna’s installation, tsp: one-six, is perhaps his largest to date. Spanning nearly 40 feet, the work truly is a feat of patience, time, and skill. Thousands of colorful, intricate cylinders made of rolled acrylic paint skins line 90 white wood shelves. Behind the shelves hang massive sheets of white paint skin that manage to command attention without distracting from the populace of its smaller cousins.

This body of Jovanni’s work has certainly seen much success. In 2015 he was featured in issue 117 of New American Paintings, and made the Juror’s Shortlist at ArtPrize Seven. Jovanni currently resides in Nashville, TN where he continues to create.

Liz Roberts and Elena Harvey Collins collaborated for their five channel video projection, No Barbarians. The piece, constantly moving but still in all the right ways, encompass a series of indoor glass panes that are a constant in the atrium. Roberts and Collins utilize the segmentation with masterful skill in such a way that causes the viewer to assume the original purpose of the glass was for this work.

Regarding this collaboration, Elena writes,

“Right down on the beach flats in south Santa Cruz county there is a 12 foot high, privately owned sea wall that stretches maybe a quarter of a mile. Million dollar houses sit behind it. The wall is just one of several layers of security that include a gate and a private security patrol; private property laws exerted in the tsunami zone. The wall is constructed from curved concrete, which arcs towards the water, engineered to both repel and mimic a wave. The fortress-like blankness of the wall and the shuttered houses behind it is broken by the charcoal graffiti scrawled upon it by people who make fires on the beach. A collaboration between the two artists, the video was shot by Harvey Collins, who recently moved to the area, and edited blind by Roberts, processing the landscape out of context. Place-specific narrative breaks down as the scene passes through multiple mediations, the piece evolving as a conversation between the two artists. A visual transference occurs, commuting the distance between the West Coast and the familiar landscape of wealthy suburban anywhere, engaging broader questions of self-isolation, cultural and aesthetic sameness, and public space.”

Liz Roberts resides in Columbus and has worked as Visiting Assistant Professor in Cinematic Arts at Dennison University and as a visiting lecturer at CCAD. Roberts recently was awarded an Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Grant. Elena Harvey Collins recently moved to Santa Cruz, CA where she continues to make work, curate, and write about contemporary art for platforms such as Daily Serving and MOCA Cleveland.

Placed strategically around the gallery you will encounter ghostly images by Dalong Yang. The Others consists of digital prints inspired by Yang’s own supernatural experiences and his attraction to surrealism. Always one to push the boundaries of fashion photography, the photographs possess an air of editorial gloss. Dalong’s career as a photographer and creative director continues to impress as he produces work for designers and publications such as Alexander Wang and Vogue.

In Jill Raymundo’s Vulnera, Libertatem, Per Pacem et Libertatem, viewers will also encounter a ghostly experience, but not in the supernatural sense. The nostalgia evoked in Jill’s work brings about connotations of ghosts of memories past. Laser cut cardboard reveals remnants of photographs and paintings that want to be remembered, but are perhaps fighting an uphill battle as only time will tell how long the disintegrating material will last. Over the past year, Raymundo attended a residency at the Banff Center in Canada, and recently became the recipient of The Greater Columbus Arts Council 2016 Artist Exchange Program that will take place in Dresden, Germany.

The final piece, Stage Fright, by Jason Schwab (recently featured in our blog here), reminds viewers of the importance to be observant. At first glance, one sees a wood table with a photograph underneath. The mediums listed on the artist label are modestly stated as “Digital Print, wood.” But upon further inspection, one becomes shocked, and then giddy, realizing that the “digital print” is not just underneath the table, but in fact wrapped around the entire table and its legs. This technique allows Jason to successfully spark conversation about the ever-changing meaning of reality, and the minor moments that get overlooked in its wake. Jason currently teaches at CCAD and OSU. This summer, his work will be shown in a group show at the Columbus Museum of Art.

Sometime Later will be on display until April 28th 2016.

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