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Alternative Views: MFA Thesis Exhibition April 29 – May 28, 2017

Painting looking down a tunnel made of sparse scaffolding. Through one side of the scaffolding we see soft greens and blues in vague shapes--vague black and grey shapes on the other. At the end of the tunnel the canvas grows lighter in color.

Zarina Zuparkhodjaeva, Tunnel Vision, 2017. Acrylic, sharpie, graphite, pen and highlighter on stone paper, 13.5" x 19." Courtesy of the artist.


Exhibition Overview

AU's Department of Art presents the work of current MFA Thesis candidates. The multidisciplinary Studio Art Program showcases an exciting range of emerging artists' work in painting, sculpture, collage and material studies, photography, and new media. From April 29 - May 28, Alternative Views shows the work of Yaroslav Koporulin, Sarah O'Donoghue, Aaron Eckstein, Mills Brown, Zarina Zuparkhodjaeva, Sarah Norman and Jen Noone.

See also: Year One: MFA First Year Exhibition

Bits of real tree bark trail into the white space around an off-center photo of a tree knot. Inside the tree knot and between the branch that trails off it are photos of a wooden staircase and a home's brick exterior. A real lamp shines in the bottom left

Mills Brown, Den (detail), 2017. Acrylic, collaged magazine and photographs on layered canvas, bark, LED lights, fabric and thread, 12" x 18." Courtesy of the artist.


A shallow trough is littered with broken glass, crumpled dollar bills, figurines, jewelry, and bottles of wine and cognac. In the center sits a plastic sign that says "Faith."

Aaron Eckstein, Trap, 2017. Mixed media, dimensions variable. Courtesy of the artist.


Two ends of a long boardlike work start red and get black at the center. The black middle is raised and textured like fur, meeting in a peak that drips off the board.

Yaroslav Koporulin, Untitled, 2016-17. Acrylic and caulk on canvas, 32" x 120." Courtesy of the artist.


Seven shrunken t-shirts are pinned to the wall: warped, wrinkled, delicate.

Jen Noone, Unraveled, 2016. Men's t-shirts, dimensions variable. Courtesy of the artist.


Fuscia fabric with salmon-colored phallic object on blue background.

Sarah Norman, Pink Champagne, 2016. Spandex fabric, cotton thread, and a pink champagne fishing lure, 6.5" x 4" x 4.5." Courtesy of the artist.

The small figure of a woman swims in a pool of green and blue with a yellow dripping bank. A red dot floats in the upper right of the pool.

Sarah O'Donoghue, plato's cave II, 2016. Oil on canvas, 30" x 40."