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The Katherine E. Nash Gallery at the University of Minnesota presents 4, 5, 6, the 2020 Master of Fine Arts thesis exhibition featuring the work of Lauren Flynn, Kevin O’Meara, Roger Ourthiague Jr., Simcha Smith, Erika Terwilliger, and Kuab Maiv Yaj - Koua Mai Yang.
Lauren Flynn’s work comes about through the creation of structures which make room for and are transformed by play and coincidence. Working with photography and books, Kevin O’Meara’s meditative approach to image-making explores the relationship between spirituality, addiction, and grief. Driven by a desire for novelty and learning new techniques, Roger Ourthiague Jr.’s interdisciplinary practice is constantly changing yet centers on our shared experience regarding mass media. Simcha Smith’s sculptures and performances use food, sacred objects, and language to create fragile and temporal installations. Using a variety of materials, Erika Terwilliger creates systems that interrogate the collecting of objects and ephemerality. In my practice I investigate what we consider worthy of collection and how the perceived preciousness of an object can lead to its removal from cycles of growth and renewal. Kuab Maiv Yaj - Koua Mai Yang engages with multiple mediums and disciplines within Western and Hmong notions of art to investigate recurring themes surrounding her bi-cultural identity, history, home, female experiences and Hmong patriarchy.
Roger Ourthiague Jr.
Through choir music, prose, colored lights, strange sounds, and candles within the pamphlets, Roger Ourthiague Jr. introduces the character, Propaganda, both an embodiment of its definitions and tropes, and an infinitely complicated entity with corporeal account. This work is an investigation of a formattable persuasion tactic and is political at its core. It is not political in a specific sense; it mediates the complexity of today’s polarization giving space for apolitical contemplation. Watch the full video animation of Propaganda as part of the installation [here].
Through laborious processes of dyeing, weaving, and forming clay, Erika Terwilliger’s installation, Second Stomach, investigates the evolving relationship between tool and maker, utility and value. For months, Terwilliger sorted, recorded, weighed, dryed, and stored all her food waste. Terwilliger is interested in domestic systems that move in cycles, in processes of generation and preservation.