Mixing It Up
Bertha and Karl Leubsdorf Art Gallery at Hunter College
April 2- May 9, 2009
Curated by Tracy L. Adler, Mara Hoberman, and Julia Moreno
Mixing It Up presents recent work by eleven alumni of Hunter College’s Masters in Fine Art program. Selected from the hundreds of graduates since 2000, this group shares a common tendency to push beyond the traditional classification of art according to distinct mediums: drawing, painting, sculpture, video, performance, etc. But, rather than disregard the physical specifics of the art object as a container for ideas or images, these artists deliberately fuse diverse artistic practices. The artists in this show fit into a generation of artists widely hailed as “post-medium” who take the concept and application of combined-media to the next level. Their work calls for a new vocabulary of compound terms such as “animated-painting,” “sound-sculpture,” or “photographic-drawing” in order to aptly describe the variety and blending of mediums and processes that are so essential to all of the works on view. The works included in Mixing It Up illustrate the collision of the flat and three-dimensional, the static and the animated, the handmade and the mechanically reproduced while testing the limits of old mediums and also locating new possibilities.
Artists: Ian Burns, Jules de Balincourt, Helen Dennis, Ezra Johnson, Tom Kotik, Jessica Mein, Bjorn Meyer-Ebrecht, William Powhida, Asya Reznikov, Ryan Roa and Rosemary Williams.