The Advanced Studio course prepares our Juniors and Seniors to create and exhibit art. This is often the first instance where the guides given as course assignments are not available. What has historically occurred was a spasm of creation that was at once a protestation against authority but was also a dance of emancipation, and then came Covid 19.
This year’s iteration of the course, and exhibition, began 10 months into the ostensive shutdown of all we deemed normal, and yet the normal conversations began, the fits and starts rolled through, and the video filtered discussions seemed comfortable. My expectation was not that Covid 19 or the shut-down would be the theme of the exhibition, but I couldn’t help but suggest that it was a ripe melon sticky with possibilities.
The resulting work was more a mindscape than a work production. The confines of the Zoom calls forced an inward exploration that seemed to not only defy a viewer but invert the notion of public display when considering an exhibition. This work is merely a brochure to the holiday that left you home alone.