RAFFMA Exhibits Work of CSUSB MFA Students

Mayte Escobar presents her work in the exhibition. "The Body as Border: El Cuerpo Como Frontera" through April 15

By LatinoLA Contributor
Published on LatinoLA: April 13, 2015

RAFFMA Exhibits Work of CSUSB MFA Students

The season of project exhibitions by master of fine arts students in studio art has begun at Cal State San Bernardino featuring five exhibitions.

Beginning April 7 and running through June 12, the exhibits will show in the Robert and Frances Fullerton Museum of Art's Dutton Family Gallery and the CSUSB Department of Art Gallery 106.

This is the second class of M.F.A. students to present project exhibitions. The art department is in its fourth year of offering a three-year master of fine art in studio art, which is the highest degree given in the field of art.
The work of this year's graduate students ranges from mixed-media assemblage sculptural works, projected video, photography with hand and machine stitching, distressed cardboard wall pieces with text, and an installation of handmade domestic ceramic ware.

Thematically, the work in the exhibit is equally wide-ranging, examining anime and spirituality, Mexican-American heritage, personal grief and redemption, the phenomena of poetry and sexual/cultural biases.

Mayte Escobar (pictured) will be the first to present her work in the exhibition. "The Body as Border: El Cuerpo Como Frontera" runs April 7-15 with an opening reception on Thursday, April 9, from 4-6 p.m. in the Dutton Family Gallery. Escobar's exhibition includes four series of works that give insight into her Mexican American experience.

Also in the Dutton gallery is Andrew K. Thompson's "Light Sensitive," which runs April 20-30, with an opening reception on Thursday, April 23, from 5-7 p.m. Thompson's artistic practice consists of simultaneously pulling apart and mending the seams of the photographic medium. In this way he explores the perforated edges where technology meets alchemy to produce sculptural photo-objects that contradict and expand upon the traditional function of a photograph.

Price Hall will present his exhibition, "Transmutation: One Thing Becoming Another Thing," in Gallery 106 April 20-29, with an opening reception on Thursday, April 23 from 6-9 p.m. Hall's artwork explores the material resurrection of the banal into the province of the sublime. Cardboard, servant of commerce, freed from the role of a product container, becomes an object of contemplation bearing allusion to poetry and aesthetic considerations.

Alan Van Fleet's exhibition, "The Hero's Journey," will be on display May 20-27, with an opening reception on Thursday, May 21, from, 4-6 p.m. Van Fleet describes his series of assemblages as expressions of modern mythology through the juxtaposition of esoteric symbols and his collection of beloved action figures. Though myth is founded in partial truths and allegories, it has the unique capability to speak about our relationships to one another and the universe. Van Fleet's artwork conceives of anime, comics and video games as part of our contemporary mythology.

Humberto Reynoso will present the final exhibition in Gallery 106, "Performing Binaries." This exhibition runs from June 4-12 with an opening reception on Thursday, June 4, from 4-7 p.m. It will explore heteronormative binaries derived from socially constructed ideas that allow for problematic hierarchies to form.

The Robert and Frances Fullerton Museum of Art is a nationally recognized museum accredited by the American Alliance of Museums. The only accredited art museum in San Bernardino, RAFFMA has accumulated a permanent collection of nearly 1,200 objects focusing on Egyptian antiquities, ceramics and contemporary art. Located at Cal State San Bernardino, RAFFMA houses the largest permanent and public display of Egyptian art in Southern California.

General admission to the museum is free. Suggested donation is $3. Parking at Cal State San Bernardino is $6 per vehicle and $3 on weekends as of April 4.

For more information, call (909) 537-7373 or visit the RAFFMA website at http://raffma.csusb.edu.

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