Graduate Symposium: “Mythology Assembled, Dispelled”

We are pleased to present Mythology Assembled, Dispelled, an exhibition of new and recent work by 46 artists in Pratt Fine Arts second-year graduate department. Mythology Assembled, Dispelled is curated, installed, and organized by all the second-year MFA artist as part of the practices of their Symposium class – it expands its contemporary program. The exhibition emphasizes the featured artists’ diverse styles and approaches, also creating an active environment and parallels between them.

Mythology today divides itself into two– as presence and absence. It can be used as epistemological lens to better understand ourselves and the world around us. For example, in Connie Fu’s work, self-mythologizing serves as a constitutive absence pointing towards the uncertainty of individual identity. Conversely, it could be used as a utilitarian construct to redistribute power. In Shohei Miyachi’s photographs, the artist’s private life has the deeply affecting presence of a mythology that subverts the power dynamics of contemporary sexual encounters. How do we position ourselves as artists within these two modalities?  
Storytelling in art offers an authorized access to the artist’s narrative. But as with any attempt at narrative, it’s also subject to the peril of reductionism: there’s entry only at the cost of describing. Cultural myth making has been historically driven by those positioned with societal power, however, art-making has both the potential and responsibility of carefully harnessing that power. Through acts of subversion and manipulation, but also integration and imagination, myth-making is a method of relaying complicated observations that do not necessarily have to result in a doctrine of conclusions. In Santiago Giralda’s paintings, fictional landscapes are constructed to question our contemporary experiences of place. In Lizzy Lunday’s work, imageries of the feminine grotesque are assembled to subvert our notions of femininity and agency.   In our current age which no longer has active pursuits for overarching theology or stable moral values, how can mythology provide artists with an agency that could define a politics of the future?
Mythology Assembled, Dispelled will be on view from October 31 through November 15, 2018.
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Dates on view:
October 30th – November 16th 
Tuesday, October 30th, 5:30 – 9pm
Participating Artists:
Daniel Barragan
Mathilde van Nuffel d’Heynsbroeck
George Skoufas
Xingze Li
Janae’ Sumter
Danil Gertman
Monika Monika
Chutian Shu
Maria Elizabeth Janasz
Michele Rushfledt
Mitsuyo Okada
Brittney Lyons
Aomi Kikuchi
Wenting Tao
Allen Ball
Shohei Miyachi
Santiago Giralda Sato
Fernanda Falcao de Barros Carvalhos 
Jessica White Niello
Alanna Fields
Isabelle Brourman
Bradley Ward
Jiwon Rhie
Lizzy Lunday
Connie Fu
Hank Ehrenfried
Chae Won Moon
Philip LaValle
Alp Oz
Erik Wangsvick
Jamaal Peterman
Devin Johnson
Dayeon Kim
Brian Napier
Jean Oh
Shinhee Yu
Katreen Sorokina
Neta Bar-Zion
Devin Utah
Guanqi Chen
Madeline Rupard
Emmanuel Castillo
Christina Thurston
Aubrey Roemer