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.
Dates on view:
October 30th – November 16th
Tuesday, October 30th, 5:30 – 9pm
Mathilde van Nuffel d’Heynsbroeck
Maria Elizabeth Janasz
Santiago Giralda Sato
Fernanda Falcao de Barros Carvalhos
Jessica White Niello
Chae Won Moon