Opening Reception | Where here: 2018 Stanford MFA Thesis Exhibition

Thursday, May 17, 2018

5:00 pm


Sponsored by:
Department of Art & Art History

The Department of Art & Art History presents, Where here, on view May 15 through June 17, 2018 with a reception on Thursday, May 17, 5-7pm. This group exhibition is curated by Gail Wight and features the thesis artwork of five graduating art practice MFA students.

Where here brings together the diverse practices of this year’s Stanford MFA Art Practice candidates. W makes here look different, it complicates here and transforms it into the question, Where?  We have collectively sought to use questions to propel our artistic endeavors. The works in this exhibition reach widely across disciplines to address intersectional notions of identity, time, place, and perception alongside our real and imagined engagements with contemporary issues that affect our every day. Together these works offer up rich possibilities for new futures that answer the question of where and place them in the here and now.

Joe Ferriso a native of Long Island, NY, and a graduate of Cooper Union, moved to San Francisco in 2009. Utilizing building materials like plywood and house paint, he creates colorful objects that play with ideas of perception and merge with existing architecture and the natural landscape. Sean Howe is a painter and sculptor focused on the interaction of objects and animals within fantastical landscapes. His art is as way of exploring growth, transformation, and development of a being or site, through studies of ecology, deep time, spontaneity, and imagination. Sean graduated from University of Washington in 2007 with a BFA in ceramics. He has exhibited in numerous group and solo shows in Seattle and the Bay area. Amber Imrie-Situnayake's work reveals a vested interest in the culture and politics of rural living. Born from the Ozark Mountains region of Northwest Arkansas, where she grew up, her treatment of craft-based materials and domestic goods explores the tensions between natural surroundings, domestic space, feminism, and rural American culture. Amber is an alumni of UC Berkeley and has shown in several solo and group exhibitions nationally and internationally. Natani Notah is an interdisciplinary artist, poet, and graphic designer. Inspired by acts of decolonization, environmental justice, Indigenous feminism, and Indigenous futurism, her sculptures, installations, and performances explore contemporary Native American identity through the lens of Diné (Navajo) womanhood. Natani graduated from Cornell University with a BFA in Fine Art and a minor in Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies in 2014. Victor Yañez-Lazcano is a multi-disciplinary artist whose work explores the various intersections of the formation of his family’s first and second generation Mexican-American identities. Through performance, sculpture, installation, video and photography his practice poses a poetic treatment of the ways in which language, time and performativity have necessarily shaped these  myriad identities. Yañez-Lazcano received his BFA from Columbia College Chicago in 2008.

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Thursday, May 17, 2018
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm



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