FORT WORTH CONTEMPORARY ARTS
Transmissions: New Work by TCU MFA Students
April 21 – May 5, 2012
Artist Reception: Saturday, April 21, 6-8pm
The event of putting on a group show of graduate students’ work is a complicated act. Seeing the students’ work together, one can certainly see shared approaches to creating meaning and questioning our contemporary world. Personal and cultural mythologies emerge. Ideas about the human body unfold, some through the direct presence of the human form, others through an absence or remnant of the human form. A deep and focused concern with process is felt in a number of these works. A conceptual and material rigor flows through much of the show.
And yet, friction and disagreement are felt here, too. Some of the ideas are still cooking, simmering up, and looking at the work can be like dipping a spoon into a bubbling sauce, tasting it right before it’s done. This is one of the unique pleasures and privileges of a show like this for visitors.
This show is also intimate event, for the artists and visitors. By academic standards, these artists might be considered young. Each one is working on (or finishing) an Master of Fine Arts, the terminal degree for a studio artist. They now share a kind of unfrayable history, and perhaps unlike other group shows, the exchange, friction, and absorption of ideas feel fertile and complex with such diverse works in close proximity. It is for these reasons – complexity, intimacy, freshness of works and ideas – that I hope an experience with a show like this is already (or soon becomes) an essential cultural experience for the Fort Worth-Dallas community.
Artists in the exhibitions are: