Thursday, March 5, 2009

Melting Sideways

Rachel Hooper, curator of the recent Center for Land Use Interpretation show at the Blaffer Gallery, has a great rundown of the MFA artists at University of Houston- their show will open at the Blaffer for a short run on April 10th.

It is rare to find artists who are straightforward and sincere. Our culture often prizes skepticism and an ironic, detached attitude. Yet the 2009 graduating class of the Master of Fine Arts program at the University of Houston School of Art has meaningfully engaged the university and Houston community in their practice, making art that truly speaks to their passions.


Some have discovered a fascination with everyday objects and how they evoke our memories and awaken our desire.


Other artists reflect on the natural world as a site for self-discovery.


Like nature and the quotidian, our culture and family bonds have a profound influence on our identity and how we communicate with others.


It is an honor for Blaffer Gallery to present these talented graduates with what is for many their first museum exhibition. The entire Blaffer staff has worked hard to coordinate all aspects of the exhibition under the leadership of our director Claudia Schmuckli. Exhibition designer Kelly Bennett deserves special recognition as she has spearheaded the organization of the student exhibitions at Blaffer for years; she will be leaving us this summer to pursue graduate studies, making this her last MFA exhibition.

Check out her blog Wax by the Fire to see who she's talking about!