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Press Release

Abstractions: Sculpture, Video and Sound

June 24 - July 9, 2005

School of Visual Arts (SVA) presents “Abstractions: Sculpture, Video and Sound,” an exhibition of abstract works by MFA and BFA Fine Arts students and recent graduates and a BFA Film, Video and Animation recent graduate. Curated by Rachel Gugelberger, the artists included in the exhibition are: Morgan Croney, Moo Kwon Han, Yasuko Shingu and Ange Thielke.

Grounded in mathematical equations, Morgan Croney’s interest is in the space between thought and creation, the mental and the physical. Constructed primarily of Lexan plastic in bright colors and mirrors, Croney’s sculptures transport an idea--how you imagine a number, for example--into a physical realm. His process begins with a list of numbers obtained from his stream of consciousness, which he then transforms into equations and ultimately fashions into a form determined by an algebraic formula. His writings on the wall combined with shadows generated by the colored sculptures transform the three-dimensional into a two-dimensional drawing, alluding to a world beyond the three-dimensional altogether. Croney is a recent graduate of the MFA Fine Arts Department.

Philosophy, phenomena and process inform the performance videos of Moo Kwon Han. In Equalizer, 2005, Han combines segments from war films with images of his body, whose hands and feet appear to be composing the music from the films depicted. The video consists of three segments that address: the process of sorrow; greed and catharsis; and a criticism of mass media. Moo Kwon Han is a second-year student in the MFA Fine Arts Department.

Rendered in the minimal form of handcrafted boxes, Yasuko Shingu focuses on issues of psychological expression and communication. The black boxes contain three-dimensional interpretations of the human mind. Attached to each box are traditional brass door peephole lenses, which one must bend down to peek into. This seemingly voyeuristic act reveals a miniature vista of crossing lines, mirrored spaces, an infinity of reflections and figurative references to physical pain and turmoil. Yasuko Shingu is a fourth-year student in the BFA Fine Arts Department

As part of a series titled Line and Color, 2004-05, Ange Thielke has created six short abstract videos accompanied by music composed for them. Vertical lines dance on the screen, appearing at times solid and at other times light and fluid. Each video is a unique investigation of color; the colors in turn shaping a meditation on the rhythm of movement and tempo. Ange Thielke is a recent graduate of the BFA Film, Video and Animation Department.