Memphis College of Art Fall MFA Exhibition

by - October 24, 2013

Memphis College of Art Fall MFA Thesis Exhibition

Justin Bowles


Katie Whitfield

Hyde Gallery, Nesin Graduate Center, 477 South Main
Opening reception Friday, November 15, 6-8pm
Work on display November 13 through December 14

MFA candidates Justin Bowles and Katie Whitfield present their final exhibitions as MCA graduate students in the Fall MFA Exhibition, which will be on view Nov. 13 through Dec. 14 in the Hyde Gallery, Nesin Graduate Center, 477 S. Main. An opening reception will take place on Friday, Nov. 15 from 6–9 p.m.
Justin Bowles’ exhibition, XENOBIA, is inspired by her influences and experiences as a member of Generation X. Combining magazines, scraps of paper, shopping bags, drawings and screen-printed patterns, Bowles creates a fun, low-fidelity environment filled with crinkly paper poppies, tessellated raspberry polygons, movie stars and space lettuce living together in duct-taped harmony. “I work intuitively with the ephemera around me,” says Bowles. “It’s a continual process of deconstruction and transformation.”
Katie Whitfield’s exhibition is titled (IM)MATERIAL MATTERS and will feature a “Happening” during the Nov. 15 reception at 7:30 p.m. “Yves Klein wrote, ‘The link between spirit and matter is energy,’” says Whitfield. “Using light as my primary medium, I am creating gelatinous, translucent works that provide an alternate experience of this energy. I am forming the formless, urging the viewer to question the matters at hand.”
Additional work by Bowles and Whitfield can be found on their and
Hyde Gallery hours are Wednesday–Saturday, noon–5 p.m. The gallery will be open from 6–9 p.m. on Nov. 15 for the opening reception. The exhibition and reception are free and open to the public.
Corsage Communicator by Justin Bowles;
Detail, Drip, Flow, Freeze, Gel, Melt, Spin, Splash…Drip by Katie Whitfield

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