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VES THESIS EXHIBITION 2012: ATTACHED
April 27—May 24, 2012
Opening reception: Friday, April 27, 5:30-6:30 pm
Rebecca Levitan | Juliet Macchi | Ingrid Pierre | Scott Roben |
Chappell Sargent | Sara Stern | Altan Daniel Yavuzkurt
The Laws of Physics Demand It (XII)
Silkscreen ink on linen
16 x 25 inches
Folded paper stars
Statement A (You Should Definitely Read) Its purpose is to look interesting. It is ambiguous; whatever you take out of it is fine by me. You don’t need to know and understand everything, or anything, in order to appreciate it - it’s art for enjoyment. Yes, I am avoiding specificity on purpose.
Destiny, Manifest (Detail)
Viewed through my multi-ethnic identity and Western upbringing, my thesis contains works that contrast Mahayana Buddhist principles of transcendence with contemporary culture. Through a collision of media and cultural cues I hope to raise significant questions about what it means to live and practice as a Buddhist in a world of technological goods, material concerns, and complex cultural histories.
Oil on canvas
85 x 72 inches
Oil on masonite
11 x 14 inches
The works in this thesis seek to capture the experience of late-night window shopping, focusing on our strange, ephemeral impression of the form of the female mannequin—fragmented both in its own world and by reflections from ours.
Skyping into a Late Night Talk Show in the Daytime
13 minutes looped
Altan Daniel Yavuzkurt
The Memory of Trees
Wood is the memory of trees. The jungles and forests retreat as civilization advances, leaving behind only precious mahogany, fragrant rosewood.