Photos by Ash Tanasiychuk
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Lossless is an exhibition featuring graduating projects by MFA candidates at Simon Fraser University’s School for the Contemporary Arts. Video, sculpture, performance and installation projects by this year’s graduates share a number of related concerns, while formulating distinct frameworks for individual investigation.
Deborah Edmeades’ video work and Luciana D’Anunciação’s performances pursue questions of subjective and sensory experience. Edmeades enacts numerous tests, designed to coax out perceptual and physiological responses, in an attempt to make subjective experience visible. Working with various objects, materials and projected video, D’Anunciação makes the body and its innate sounds and rhythms strange, a visual disfiguring that generates peculiar and disconcerting embodied effects.
Videos by Jeffrey Langille and sculptures by Avery Nabata explore temporal orders and perceptual modes. To engage with the subjects of Langille’s videos—atmospheric and geologic elements—is to yield to an altogether different temporality and assessment of “events.” Nabata’s wood sculptures are sparing, uneven and anticipatory forms that encourage the viewer to pick up where the exposed armatures leave off, bridging the distance between what’s presented and what’s perceived.
Nathaniel Wong draws on compressed histories and formal conventions as his subject matter and material. Invoking the codes and established practices of music and cinema, the installation, video and sculptures by Wong relate engrained creative habits, ritual acts and blithe theatricality.
The exhibition of a graduating project represents the culmination of a candidate’s studies, and is presented in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Fine Arts.
When will my hands become roots?
On the Validity of Illusion
How is it that there is always something new?
Growth, Endlessness, Blocks
Thus Spoke Death and Transfiguration
The exhibition runs from Sept 4 to Sept 27, 2014
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