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Sunday, April 18, 2010

Midpoint at Stamp Gallery

The Stamp Gallery presents Midpoint, an exhibition of works by four artists in their second year of MFA candidacy at the University of Maryland. Showcasing the work of Jesse Burrowes, Zac Jackson, David Knobel, and Jonathan Monaghan, Midpoint offers a glimpse at the diverse works being produced in the program.

Exhibition from April 15th-May 14th 2010
Opening Reception on April 22nd 5-7pm

About the Artists:
In his work, Jesse Burrowes contrasts many different types of hair, combining the natural and the synthetic in order to compare or negate the uniqueness of hair as an ideological form of identity. Burrowes considers his recomposed works, unidentifiable groupings of hairs, dirt, and dust, as a strange series of jokes, pieces that anticipate the ambiguous and do not follow the rules of standard narratives.

Zac Jackson’s work explores the different ways our bodies react to the tangible, physical anxieties as well as the mental, often dream-like stressors of human life. Employing kinetic elements that reference the sounds and physical movements of the human body, the artist presents the variety in which stress manifests itself, some pieces being loud, confrontational and industrial, while others, delicate and silently clinical.

Informed by the tradition of cultural experiments with digital technologies, David Knobel attempts to recreate the experience of the digital realm through the use of the analogue techniques of watercolor and gouache. The tensions within his works, which appear stacked and piled, as though in danger of collapsing at any moment, allow viewers to escape reality and enter the realm of a fantastical illusionary space.

Through the tradition of Christian art, artists have materialized divinity in order to endow religious objects and images with authoritative visual power. Using 3D computer graphics, Jonathan Monaghan expands on these conventions by citing contemporary references and aesthetics in order to revisit, reinterpret, and reconfigure the ancient themes of sacrifice, death, and the transcendence of the body.

The Stamp Gallery is located on the first floor of the Stamp Student Union on the campus of the University of Maryland, College Park. The gallery is free and open to the public Mondays-Thursdays 10:00am – 8:00pm; Fridays 10:00am – 6:00pm, and Saturdays 11:00am – 5:00pm.

For more information please visit the gallery’s website http://thestamp.umd.edu/gallery/ or call (301) 314-8493.

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