The Last Show On Earth: 2012 Mills College MFA Exhibition

The Thesis Exhibition for the 2012

Master of Fine Arts Degree Recipients

Opening Reception:

Saturday April 28, 2012 6pm - 9pm

Refreshments provided by Gerard’s Paella.

Music by The Local Honey Swing Band.

The Last Show On Earth, the culmination of two years of study by a promising group of
emerging artists, alludes to both predictions of an imminent global apocalypse and the smaller
cataclysm of the completion of graduate school. The body of work presented is a testament to
the artists' short but prolific lives as graduate students.

Through her painting, video and crochet work, Madelyn Covey explores the connection between metaphorical extensions of the body as well as tangible extensions of the body, and how they express one's identity. She is interested in the intersection of the medical with the magical, and the power of transformation.

Sofia Sharpe re-purposes tools and hardware as nonfunctional, aesthetic objects.
By discarding the idea of their intended function she explores their ability to play with imagination.

Kent Rodriguez Segura addresses the collective memory of people living under present day Mexican narcoterrorismo.
Through observation and the collection of stories from family, friends and people he encounters during trips to Central Mexico, Segura constructs a visual reinterpretation of how these people navigate the social, physical and psychological Mexican landscape today.

Jocelyn Meggait presents Utopian Free Economy Project ( a socially interactive installation
in which all objects are offered for free
with one small caveat— consider the object’s past, present and future economic and ecological presence.

Matthew Gottschalk creates stand-ins, decoys, props and doppelgangers for art.
His studio is a stage where he plays many roles, some tragic and others heroic;
such as the saint, the demon, the genius and the idiot.

Seth Murchison creates outlines for events, projects and activities designed for friends and his community.
These include elements of art history, theater, food or film and rely on
participation to create content and direction.

Camilla Newhagen stacks objects in a way that emulates a natural process—a geological layering of strata.
Using clothing as a historical and a cultural layering of strata,
challenges gravity and documents the growing structure, exposing its own possibility of collapse.

The act of blurring fact and fiction is inherent in being a photographer.
Tressa Pack explores this duality in her images by revealing her photographic tools
within otherwise impersonal landscapes.

Michael Koehle uses existing medium or technology, such as photography,
video or medical imaging in a new way to reveal an unseen depth and complexity in seemingly mundane objects.

Michael Mersereau investigates the formal and mythological
aspects of cinema, dissecting critical parts such as sound and image
and revealing new meaning through time and structure.

Samuel Levi Jones is interested in power structures and
specifically how decisions are made in giving various forms of public recognition.

By intervening in the commonplace, Susanna Corcoran creates temporary situations to photograph.
Her work reveals the gap between one's memory of an experience and what actually happened.


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