Heather Chloe Wallace
Published on June 19, 2015
The seven artists included in this year’s Art Studio Masters of Fine Arts exhibition, jjmwmnl, create works that demand time, blur boundaries, and spill over into the realm of the everyday. As we become increasingly preoccupied with the instantaneous and echnological, their art offers a space of reprieve and reflection; these emerging artists encourage us to momentarily unglue our eyes from our devices and look anew at the world we inhabit. All seven artists are committed to experimental processes, improvisational outcomes, and antihierarchical forms of making. Matthew Debbaudt, Wesley Miller, Lauren Rayburn, and Jonathan Sprague use two-dimensional media in order to conjure dynamic bodies, fluid texts, and abstracted landscapes. Charged issues of historical and contemporary violence, environmental ruin, and gendered and national identities percolate through their works’ surfaces. James Angello, Nuno Correia, and Matt Gilbert create environments and sculptural works with multisensory effects and strong psychological resonances. Their use of sight, sound, smell, and movement animates space and gives ordinary objects new life. jjmwmnl. provides a chance to absorb these diverse forms of artistic practice and participate in their experimental spirit. The exhibtion catalog for jjmwmnl. marks the second year of a fruitful collaboration between the Art Studio Masters of Fine Arts students and the Art History Masters of Arts students, under the direction of Bridget Gilman (Visiting Lecturer in Art History) and Robin Hill (Professor and Graduate Advisor in Art Studio). Each artist partnered with an art historian, engaging in an extended dialogue about the artists’ process and practice. The results, seven interpretive essays written by the Art History students, are featured in this catalog alongside the artists’ own statements.