SACI’s Graduating MFA in Studio Art Exhibition: Long Distance
GWYNNETH ALLDIS, JESSICA DAYNES, MOLLY DI GRAZIA, CHRISTINA GEDNALSKE, WALKER KEITH JERNIGAN, HORACIO LIZARDO JR., DANIELLE M. SCHAEFER, RADHA ROSE TAGUE
Long Distance (April 2-25, 2015), curated by Daria Filardo, presented work completed by students in the Master of Fine Arts in Studio Art (Painting or Drawing) degree program at Studio Art Centers International (SACI) in Florence. This two-year program instructs and guides students who intend to pursue careers internationally as artists, and focuses especially on contemporary Italian and European art and culture.
The title Long Distance alludes to geographical distance: a path from which one can see far away, movement leading to a place distant from one’s point of departure. Long Distance evokes multiple directions and suggests different analyses and reflections on painting. In each of these works by eight young American artists, the medium has been processed, deconstructed, and made into a spatial object while retaining a pictorial component. Materials, shapes, colors, and spatial research are presented in complex and differentiated forms that require clear and careful scrutiny. The exhibition raises the question: How to be an artist? To answer this simple question, we must reassess the role that education plays in stimulating and nurturing emerging artists. We must deepen our understanding of the creative process so that we can foster artistic growth by encouraging independence of spirit, coherent dialogue, openness, and experimentation.
The show was hosted at Le Murate Spazio Arte Contemporanea, a public cultural space in the city of Florence which in past centuries used to be a monastery and then a jail, and has now been converted into cultural spaces. Six artists showed in the Sala delle Colonne and two had their work in two former cells. Each piece points to a different path that the artists have taken in these two years, and each piece is at the same time a synthesis and a point of departure for new research.
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