First Friday Art Trail: May 2015
"The repetitive form, the degraded record, the partial reproduction, the conflation of image with word all get at the heart of the archive and the print."
Image courtesy of Kristen Swartz
Overall, May’s was an artistically arid First Friday Art Trail; thoughts on the only two exhibitions of any note follow. Yasaman Moussavi’s master’s thesis exhibition, “Shadow Facing the Light” was among the most substantial new bodies of work hanging among the FFAT galleries. Her works lure the viewer into engaging with it by simply immersing her into the compositions themselves. Walking through the space, partitioned to form a miniature labyrinth, one walks on Moussavi’s work, between it (the pieces form walls), and depend on it to navigate (the space’s only light emanates through pinholes in her medium, a Tyvek-like white plastic sheeting. The organic compositions swirl in visualization of epiphany, realization, or in a dreamlike whirl of action, recognizable faces and shapes periodically emerging from and disappearing into the ethereal mass. For a more in-depth consideration, see Ashley Busby’s comprehensive review.
On Texas Tech’s campus was an exhibition of recent works from the graduate printmaking program. “Ink This: Curation of Prints” by graduate students Victoria Marie Bee, Brandy Gonzáles, Kristy Kristinek, Jessica Moore, and Amy Porter. Broadly an examination of the process and purpose of archiving, the works take into consideration the ways in which cultures, individuals and, to some extent, social structures collect, store, and disseminate information within and among themselves. The repetitive form, the degraded record, the partial reproduction, the conflation of image with word all get at the heart of the archive and the print. Much of what qualifies the printmaking medium depends on the value of an archive for validation. Changes in information to be stored and methods of storage lead to a continual need to update our about the archiving function, though, and the graduate students working under Professor Sang-Mi Yoo each address this change in disparate ways.
Image courtesy of Victoria Marie Bee
*The author's opinions are their own. Images by Kristen Swartz and Victoria Marie Bee