Presented by BFA Fine Arts

Across the Surface / On the Edge

October 3 - 31, 2020
A humanoid figure with two faces and horns leads a sheep comprised of various animals and humans.
Credit: Farwah Rizvi


Thu, Oct 29; 7:00 - 8:00pm

School of Visual Arts (SVA) presents “Across the Surface / On the Edge” an exhibition of painting, sculpture, video and multimedia by BFA Fine Arts students. Curated by the department’s staff, Ian Burnley, Evan Durkin, Alejandro Chen Li, Luis Navarro, Amy Stienbarger, Tarah Rhoda and Tyler Rowland, the exhibition will be on view from Saturday, October 3, through Saturday, October 31, online at A slideshow projection of the artwork will also be on display in the windows of the SVA Flatiron Gallery at 133/141 West 21st Street.


“Across the Surface / On the Edge” brings together artworks that center around the depiction of inhabited spaces, whether they are real, imagined, occupied, contested or neglected. Through the experiences of quarantine, social distancing and civil unrest of the past several months, these artists have created works that bring our surroundings into new perspectives and raise awareness of the transforming spaces we share. The first selection of works paints an image of the streets and appropriated popular and folk cultures highlighting the tension of our social reality, while the second group takes us through feelings of confusion and anxiety reflected through imaginary and historical narratives.


Artists featured in this exhibition are Ryan Cosbert, Srishti Dass, Bryan Fernandez, Darius Dyson, Yizhi Liu, Emmanuel Massillon, Natalia Oliani, Farwah Rizvi and (Lupo) Byron Smith.


On Thursday, October 29, at 7:00pm ET, join BFA Fine Arts for a closing reception on Zoom, during which the exhibition curators and exhibiting students will gather for discussion and to answer questions from the attendees.