February 7, 2020

Fin Simonetti at Mason Gross for Spring 2020 Visiting Artist Lecture Series

Fin Simonetti will present a lecture in the Visiting Artist series this week.
Wednesday, February 12th from 7:00 P.M. to 8:15 P.M.

Rutgers - Mason Gross School of the Arts
Department of Art & Design
Civic Square Building, Room 110
33 Livingston Ave, New Brunswick, NJ.

DID YOU KNOW? Interesting tidbits* about Fin Simonetti:

1. Fin makes music (in addition to being a visual artist).

2. Simonetti envisions landscapes of outdated data equipment from her young adulthood (we're picturing rolling hills of LaserDiscs, VHS tapes and floppy disks).

3. Fin's work has given "surprisingly empathetic treatment" to the "wages of masculinity."

4. Simonetti is interested in the use of "coded imagery as a tool to disseminate moral narratives."

5. If you are a "tender psycho," follow @_____fin on IG.


6. Fin has created collaborative performances.

7. The artist examines how "safety" can adversely lead to violence even if we intend for it to be a protection from it.


Image description: The artist, Fin Simonetti in all white (overalls over a white t-shirt with boots) and a punk and blue dust / chemical mask as they chisel a white stone on a tall white table. White wall behind (image from Cultured Magazine).

"Fin Simonetti (b.Vancouver, British Columbia, lives and works in Queens, New York). Recent solo and group exhibitions include: Head Gusset, Cooper Cole, Toronto, ON, Pledge, Company Gallery, New York, Dog Days, CLEARING, Brooklyn, NY, New Moon, Hotel Art Pavilion, Brooklyn, NY, Pastoral Emergency, SIGNAL, Brooklyn, NY, Eye to Eye, Arsenal Contemporary, New York, Altered, Company Gallery, New York, Cerrajeria, Lock Up International, Mexico City, MX. Her work has been reviewed by the New York Times, ArtForum, Art in American, The New Yorker, and Cultured Magazine." - biography provided by the artist

Image description: Stained glass house-like sculpture. Taupe, beige, gray, brown and other natural hues (image from the artist).

The Visiting Artist Lecture Series is organized by the Rutgers MFA program and includes weekly lectures, studio visits and critiques by luminaries working across a wide spectrum of mediums.

Free and open to the public.

Wheelchair Accessible; ASL/CART available on request.
Contact Cassandra one week prior to event:
coliveras@mgsa.rutgers.edu or 848-932-5399

*Sources: TheFADER.com/2017/03/08/fin-in-silver ; timeout.com/newyork/art/fin-simonetti-pledge ; artforum.com/picks/fin-simonetti-79070 ; ssiiggnnaall.com/exhibitions/fin/

Artist Talk by Mason Gross PTL and Alum, Young Sun Han, at Print Center (PA)

This week, Mason Gross School of Art + Design Part Time Lecturer and MFA alum, Young Sun Han delivered an artist talk and conversation with curator Ksenia Nouril the Print Center in Philadelphia. Young discussed “the development of my work and current exhibition which examines stories of migration on the 70th anniversary of the Korean War and contemporary issues surrounding the island of Jeju.”

Young Sun Han's solo exhibition, "The Unforever Parallel," is on view at Print Center through March 21, 2020.



Image description: The artist, Young Sun Han standing in front of a whiteboard wall with handwritten text that is amidst large color photography prints of landscapes: Passages From a MemoirDadaepo Beach, Dadaepo Horizon, and Busan Harbor (image from https://www.instagram.com/youngsunart/ ).

Statement from the event website: "Approaching loss from both personal and collective points of view, Han explores his family narratives through the geopolitical history of North and South Korea in the 20th century. He traces the immigrant experience across the 38th parallel north (the border between these two countries). His photo-based installations poetically depict the places rooted in these histories."


Image description: Young Sun Han writing on a whiteboard wall amidst photographs framed in simple white frames: Passages From a Memoir: Dadaepo Beach, Dadaepo Horizon, and Busan Harbor. A ladder is to the left of Young (image from https://www.instagram.com/youngsunart/ ).

More about the artist from youngsunhan.com: "Young Sun Han is a visual artist, lecturer, and curator who articulates human stories through intersecting media: photography, moving image, durational performance, rituals, installation, and found objects. His work aims to reveal how individuals and communities negotiate and adapt to cultural forces in order to locate their sense of place within society and history. Projects also arise out of happenstance experiences by responding to these events through collecting, cataloging, and transposing related imagery and materials. His interdisciplinary practice is borne out of experimentations with different modes of photography, historical research, and gestures of exchange."

November 17, 2019

Troy Michie at Mason Gross This Week

Troy Michie will present a lecture in the Visiting Artist series this week.
Wednesday, November 20th from 7:00 P.M. to 8:15 P.M.

Rutgers - Mason Gross School of the Arts
Department of Art & Design
Civic Square Building, Room 110
33 Livingston Ave, New Brunswick, NJ.

Troy Michie presented by Company Gallery, New York (Photo by Ruben Natal-San Miguel for arcade project)

Image description: The artist, Troy Michie, standing in front of a white gallery wall with a collage hanging on either side. The left collage includes photos of body parts and yellow, gray, black and green modules. The collage on the right has a cut out of a torso and an arm as well as smaller photographs and modules in purple, blue, yellow, green and blue (image from troymichie.com).

DID YOU KNOW? Interesting tidbits* about Troy Michie:

1. Many of the images in Michie's collages are derived from porn magazines.

2. In their work, Michie is constantly thinking about discrimination. Specifically, they are thinking about discrimination against trans people and women facing discrimination in spaces that are predominantly male.

3. The artist has juggled their practice while holding all kinds of jobs, including working at a bookstore; working as an art assistant; and working in retail.

4. While receiving their MFA, Michie had trouble feeling comfortable thinking about art while watching people struggle to find housing and food.

5. Michie realized while pulling images for their collages that images of nude black and brown men are used as fetish objects for white men and that this is often fueled by the silencing of the identities of the bodies represented.

6. As a third-generation American, Michie voices that many statements made in our society about immigrants are "just blatant lies."

7. In the past two years, Michie has been looking at their upbringing in El Paso in order to address race in their work.

Riots (June 4th, 1943), 2019, Cut paper Collage,11h x 8.5w in
Image description: Off-white background with grayscale images of figures and fabrics collaged onto its surface: figure against hedge—only their head and barefoot are showing because the rest of the image is covered by an image of dark gray fabric; shirtless figure of person laying on the ground with a mustache. The photo of the figure on the ground may have been taken in the 1970s based on image quality and haircut. Front image is of hands with sleeves rolled up holding up fabric in front of the figure laying down (images from troymichie.com).

"Troy Michie is a Postwar & Contemporary artist who was born in 1985. Their work was featured in numerous exhibitions at key galleries and museums, including the Whitney Museum of American Art and the El Museo del Barrio. Troy Michie has been featured in articles for the Art Asia Pacific, the ARTnews and the ARTnews. The most recent article is Display Cases: Greg Tate on a Whitney Biennial Haunted by Warren Kanders and Mamie Till written by Greg Tate for the ARTnews in September 2019." - mutualart.com

The Visiting Artist Lecture Series is organized by the Rutgers MFA program and includes weekly lectures, studio visits and critiques by luminaries working across a wide spectrum of mediums.

Free and open to the public.

Wheelchair Accessible; ASL/CART available on request.
Contact Cassandra one week prior to event:
coliveras@mgsa.rutgers.edu or 848-932-5399

*The "tidbits" in this list may or may not be true and have been inspired by this interview with the artist: i-d.vice.com, "troy michie is making collage art a little more queer" by André-Naquian Wheeler, March 30, 2018.

November 2, 2019

Katherine Bradford at Mason Gross

Katherine Bradford will present a lecture in the Visiting Artist series this week.
Wednesday, November 6th from 7:00 P.M. to 8:15 P.M.

Rutgers - Mason Gross School of the Arts
Department of Art & Design
Civic Square Building, Room 110
33 Livingston Ave, New Brunswick, NJ.

DID YOU KNOW? Interesting tidbits* about Katherine Bradford:

1. It was harder for Bradford to come out about being a painter than to come out about being gay.

2. Bradford's 1970s studio in Maine was also a barn.

3. Bradford once jumped out of a window and ran to her studio to get out of a schmoozy lunch.

4. Some of Bradford's early inspirations include: Marsden Hartley, John Marin, Milton Avery, Fairfield Porter and Alex Katz.

5. Rather than dirt or pigment, Bradford sees paint as having properties of alchemy.

6. Throughout her career, Bradford has taken upon herself to schedule studio visits with artists and she still refers to her notes from these visits.

7. One of the most difficult lessons Bradford has endured as an artist is to take ownership of being her own unique type of artist.


Image descriptions: (Left) The artist, Katherine Bradford, covered in paint strokes. She is wearing red round glasses, a pinkish red shirt cut down the neck and black pants with an orange stripe down each side. The artist has short gray hair and is sitting in a chair on a drop cloth (both also covered in paint splatter). (Right) Painting by Katherine Bradford of abstract figures and forms: a green starry night represented by tiny mint green splatters and faint forrest green large star shapes; a white tent with various people swimming and lounging tipping their toes in a blue and purple body of water. (Images from Erin Little Photography)

"Katherine Bradford is a contemporary American artist known for her luminous paintings which merge abstraction with representational motifs, as seen in her work Fear of Waves (2015). Referencing outer space, Superman, Albert Pinkham Ryder’s nocturnal paintings, and the glowing colors of Mark Rothko, Bradford builds up her surfaces in thin washes that absorb and emanate light with an eerie beauty. 'What interests me the most is the language of painting—how people are able to say things using paint,' she reflected. Born in 1942 in New York, NY, she attended Bryn Mawr College and later received her MFA from SUNY Purchase. The artist currently divides her time between Brooklyn, NY and Brunswick, ME. Today, Bradford’s works are held in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, Smith College Museum in Maine, the Worcester Museum of Art, and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia, among others." - artnet

The Visiting Artist Lecture Series is organized by the Rutgers MFA program and includes weekly lectures, studio visits and critiques by luminaries working across a wide spectrum of mediums.

Free and open to the public.

Wheelchair Accessible; ASL/CART available on request.
Contact Cassandra one week prior to event:
coliveras@mgsa.rutgers.edu or 848-932-5399

*Source: Hyperallergic.com, "Beer with a Painter: Katherine Bradford" by Jennifer Samet, September 17, 2016.

October 27, 2019

A.L. Steiner at Mason Gross

A.L. Steiner presented a lecture in the Visiting Artist series last week.

In an engaging presentation of works and artist history, A.L. Steiner shared still images and videos of their work, much of which uses low-scale production image making to examine queer culture. The artist also shared anecdotes from their negotiations with institutions, resulting in fervent notetaking and laughter amongst the Mason Gross audience.

Artist bio (from the artist's website).

A.L. Steiner utilizes constructions of photography, video, installation, collage, collaboration, performance, writing and curatorial work as seductive tropes channeled through the sensibility of a skeptical queer ecofeminist androgyne. Steiner is co-curator of Ridykeulous, co-founder of Working Artists and the Greater Economy (W.A.G.E.) and collaborates with numerous writers, performers, designers, activists and artists. She is Senior Critic in Film/Video at Yale University's School of Art, and serves as faculty in the MFA Photography program at Bard College. Steiner is based in New York + Los Angeles, and is featured in permanent collections such as The Brooklyn Museum of Art, Marieluise Hessel Collection of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, The Hammer Museum, Institute of Contemporary Art Miami and The Museum of Modern Art. She is the recipient of the Art Matters Foundation Grant, Tiffany Foundation Award, Berlin Prize, Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grants to Artists Award and Presidential Visiting Fellowship in Visual Arts at Yale University's School of Art.


Image description: Animated .GIF of the artist, A. L. Steiner, and three or four crew members installing a photographic collage in a three-walled exhibition space. Photographs in the collage include bodies in various settings wearing various degrees of clothing. Installation equipment also moves through the space: a rolling desk, a red ladder, a push broom, blue tape, a trash can and a spray bottle assist with the artist's installation.