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Jun 7, 2019 at 6:00 pm

Juan Bastardo: äb-jekt


First Year MFA Review Exhibition

June 5–7, 2019, 12–3 p.m.
Reception: June 7, 6–9 p.m.

Over the past almost two decades, I have produced work in diverse media. Now in a rigorous exploration and significant observations of daily life, as well as the politics and conditions of display, and image and objects-making, this presentation is composed by images and objects—apparently non-commonplace items. Through documentation, digitization, and repetition with subtle changes of color, perspective, and shifts of scale, I frame the everyday and the non-quotidian in ways that challenge the viewer to reexamine the image, the object, the artifact. I have sampled imagery from common or irrelevant objects to digital allocations—all translated into diverse techniques, which include digital rendering and editing, also photostats. For me, they serve for questioning and challenging traditional and digital notions of artifacts creation. Then, generating experiences, challenging conventions and deeply committed to visual possibilities, with suspicion I have risen a skepticism that freed me to experiment with the medium, apparently not taking it too seriously, that way, my work draws one fundamental question awakening our minds to the act of creation. As a result, “äb-jekt” intended to give a broad overview of my perspective. To summarize, in this research the work is displayed to look out at a place and examine it from multiple viewpoints, to recognize, understand, and describe that which we are now seeing. I encourage the audience to consider the images and the objects themselves as sites for questioning their cultural, social, economic, and political conditions. Thus, this inquiry offers an opportunity to reflect about our perception, experimentation, and our own relationship to the world.

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Jun 5, 2019 at 12:00 pm
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Commons Gallery, 404 Visual Arts Facility

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