Chaotic Good: MFA Winter Exhibition

exhibition opening photograph.

Chaotic Good

2020 first year MFA candidates joint exhibition curated by Tina Rivers Ryan

UB ART GALLERIES

Ulysses Atwhen, Jason Contangelo, Leanne Goldblatt, Karis Jones, Tanner Petch, John Santomieri, Felipe Shibuya, DaVideo Tape, Sara Zak

Our lives are ruled by chaos. Against the backdrop of endless humanitarian catastrophes, we wrestle with the daily disruptions of complex economic, political, and technological forces beyond our control. Inequality, disinformation, virality: ours is an age of destabilization, of rapid change that never stops crashing over us and shifting the sand under our feet. What does it look like to grab a hold, to come up for air?

The artworks in this exhibition explore what it’s like to live with chaos, each wresting order from disorder—or disorder from order—in different ways. Whether the chaos is emotional or physical, temporal or spatial, bodily or environmental, they make meaning out of the messiness.

As Eve learned when she bit into the apple, chaos can be evil. Death haunts the living. Objects atrophy. Gods play games with us. Relationships turn to shit. The paranormal becomes normal. And yet artists persist: they translate pain into painstaking embroidery; displacement into the taking up of space; shadowy memories into concrete layers of paint; electronic signals into signs of life. The only way forward is through.

- Tina Rivers Ryan

Chaotic Good wall text by Tina Rivers Ryan and art work by Felipe Shibuya.

Wall text (and art work by Felipe Shibuya)

Several of the works that greet you on your entrance to the gallery. (left to right) Felipe Shibuya, Karis Jones, Leanne Goldsblatt, Sara M Zak.

View as you enter the gallery.

As you round the corner past Sara M. Zaks work you find yourself facing the works of, Left to Right, Leanne Goldblatt, Jason Contangelo and Ulysses Atwhen (né dietrich-olivier delrieu-schulze).

The second section of the gallery.

Looking back from the second section of the gallery. Works by Tanner Petch an Felipe Shibuya.

Looking back from the second section of the gallery.

As you enter the corridor to the screening room you encounter the work of John Santomieri.

The corridor to the screening room

Entering the screening room you encounter DaVideo Tape's installation.

The screening room

SHIkebana (from the Japanese shi: death; and ikebana: giving life to flowers), 2019.

Felipe Shibuya

SHIkebana (from the Japanese shi: death; and ikebana: giving life to flowers), 2019.

 Felipe Shibuya

Press Them Against the Floor, 2020 Watercolor on paper.

 Karis Jones

It’s Purely Coincidental, 2020 Watercolor on paper.

 Karis Jones

Collected works of Leanne Goldblatt.

Leanne Goldblatt

Relationshit, 2019-20.

Leanne Goldblatt

Swinging Dick, 2019.

Leanne Goldblatt

MILF, 2019.

Leanne Goldblatt

Bald Headed Bitch, 2020.

Leanne Goldblatt

No Pussy for Pigs, 2019.

Leanne Goldblatt

Jewish American Princess, 2020.

Leanne Goldblatt 

Filthy, 2020.

Leanne Goldblatt

eat the man in the boat, 2020.

Leanne Goldblatt

Provocation, 2019.

Leanne Goldblatt

Droopy Bitch, 2020.

Leanne Goldblatt

Forget-Me-Nots, 2019.

 Sara M. Zak

Forget-Me-Nots, 2019 (detail).

 Sara M. Zak

 Jason Contangelo's collected work.

 Jason Contangelo

From left to right: Confessions vol. 1.1, 2019 Confessions vol. 1.2, 2019 Confessions vol. 1.3, 2019 .

Jason Contangelo

 Edenic Shroud, 2019.

Jason Contangelo

From left to right: Commended, 2019 Hung, 2019 Forsaken, 2019.

Jason Contangelo

HOARDER: Too New For Now, 2020.

Ulysses Atwhen (né dietrich-olivier delrieu-schulze)

HOARDER: Too New For Now, 2020 (detail).

Ulysses Atwhen (né dietrich-olivier delrieu-schulze)

HOARDER: Too New For Now, 2020 (detail).

Ulysses Atwhen (né dietrich-olivier delrieu-schulze)

Prometheus and Aetos K., 2020.

Tanner Petch

Prometheus and Aetos K., 2020 (detail).

Tanner Petch

9. why else be an artist, 2019 10. bones n’ all, 2020 11. william gibson, 2020 12. i miss the time before i professed to be an artist, 2019 .

Tanner Petch

‘Otherhood, 2020.

 John Santomieri

‘Otherhood, 2020.

John Santomieri 

Unexplained Anomalies in Upstate New York, 2019-2020 (entry).

DaVideo Tape

Unexplained Anomalies in Upstate New York, 2019-2020, TV Monitors.

DaVideo Tape

DaVideo Tape Unexplained Anomalies in Upstate New York, 2019-2020 (corkboard and maps).

DaVideo Tape

 DaVideo Tape Unexplained Anomalies in Upstate New York, 2019-2020 (video still).

DaVideo Tape