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Opening Reception: Remnants: 2019 Undergraduate Honors Thesis Exhibition

Thursday, April 18, 2019 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm
Coulter Art Gallery

Free and open to the publicOn view: Tuesday–Sunday, 12–6 pm Opening reception: Thursday, April 18, 4–6 pm

The Department of Art and Art History presents Remnants, the 2019 Undergraduate Honors Thesis Exhibition, on view April 16–May 5. Join us for the opening reception on Thursday, April 18, 4–6 pm.

As the culmination of the yearlong honors thesis program in art practice, Remnants presents the work of Noah Hornik, Vivienne Le, Ali Vaughan, and Jeramiah Winston.

Noah Hornik wants you to jump down the Reddit rabbit hole with him. The internet’s collective visual memory defines Hornik’s work. In 2019, servers are memory. The cloud and the brain have an unprecedented intimacy. Through an amalgamation of personal photographs and found imagery, Hornik seeks to visualize contemporary memory. A dive into Hornik’s iPhone camera roll reveals his inspiration—mid-century furniture, deep-fried memes, drunken half-memories.

Vivienne Le’s current project is an homage to the resilient women who have shaped her life. She was born and raised in Vietnam with three older sisters until the age of six, when her family immigrated to Southern California. Her mother and sisters were sources of strength as the family faced the difficulties of working class immigrant life. These memories inspire her interdisciplinary practice in painting, sculpture, and performance. Her present work aims to highlight the overlooked narratives and craftsmanship of beauty service, automotive and domestic workers.

Ali Vaughan: Being from the Central Valley, one gets the sense that they live in a sort of sedimentary repository. Everything settles there, for better or for worse. Dust, smog, and memory alike mix and stew together in the large, arid bowl that constitutes the San Joaquin Valley, a place marked by the deeply interwoven histories of its landscape and the human interventions made upon it. My current series of sculptures mine the history of this place, which is inextricable from my own past, and in the process attempts to articulate how remnants of natural and personal processes can come to be intermixed. What results is the architecture that holds memory, which is both successful and unsuccessful at fully containing the occasionally unruly images, objects, and associations that are placed within it.

Jeramiah Winston grew up in Inglewood, CA, a city full of community, resilience, and love. But as rent costs increase and people are driven from their homes, the city is quickly changing. In a decade or two, it is unlikely the city will be recognizable for what it once was. Channeling this looming sense of loss, Jeramiah has created a body of work that both pays homage to his experience of the place that raised him, as well as the inevitable reality of its loss and the ghosts of memory that will remain.

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