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You Are the Universe in Ecstatic Motion: The 2018 Senior Exhibition

May 22, 2018 to June 17, 2018


The Department of Art & Art History presents You Are the Universe in Ecstatic Motion: The 2017 Senior Exhibition, on view in the Coulter Art Gallery from May 22 through June 17, with a reception on Thursday, May 24, 2018, from 5-7 PM.

Taken from a quote by noted 13th Century Persian poet, scholar, and mystic Rumi, this year’s Senior Exhibition highlights the work of nine graduating seniors majoring in Art Practice at Stanford. In an age of ubiquitous selfies and pervasive self-absorption, these artists point to repositioning the self beyond the individual, questioning what lies beyond themselves. Exploring the physical motion of the individual and of groups (both real and fictional), borders and isolation, and the fragmentation and healing of the human body, their work collectively contends with issues greater than the single individual, asking viewers to consider stepping outside of themselves for a moment. “Stop acting so small. You are the universe in ecstatic motion.”

Eric Huang brings current trends in entertainment and digital design into the fine art context. Conceptually, he explores how elements of the digital world can be used to augment or distort images from physical reality, as well as the narrative potential of digitally-rendered images. Anika Nagpal works between multiples mediums including painting, textiles and photography to create art that is inspired by health and medicine, centered around the fundamental question: what does it mean to be human? Tori Parrish uses techniques of figurative and abstract oil painting to explore the ways identity and memory often fall apart upon investigation. Through her silhouette photo series, Yoojin Rhee explores self portraiture, creating presence through absence. The series is also a reflection of her own body and identity as a woman, which she continues to explore in her second portrait series. In her oil paintings, Yae-Rang Schumacher explores the inside and outside of pair-bonding and social discrepancies between a dual self and other. In her uncanny drawings and paintings, Isabel Skau explores darkened perceptions of self and the world and the ways in which they interact, while also illustrating the dissonance of such perspectives against the backdrop of realism. In his installation, Bernardo Velez Rico explores the ways in which the US-Mexico border reproduces itself in the lives of Mexican-Americans and maintains boundaries between “American” and “other” identities. In this mixed media sculpture in two pieces, Nora Wheat uses abstracted organic and mechanic forms to break down the boundaries between biology and technology, parent and offspring, input and output. Meagan Wu’s hand sculpture and eerie photographs that strip those hands of their original context attempt to capture the beauty and mystery of the most expressive of body parts.

VISITOR INFORMATION: The Coulter Art Gallery is located in the McMurtry Building at 355 Roth Way, on Stanford’s campus. Visitor parking is free all day on the weekend and after 4pm on weekdays, except by the oval. Alternatively, take the Caltrain to Palo Alto Transit Center and hop on the free Stanford Marguerite Shuttle.

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