Presented by BFA Visual & Critical Studies

cloud 9

July 2 - August 17, 2020
painting of 2 race cars crashing into each other

Julia Garcia (BFA 2014 Visual & Critical Studies), The Kiss, acrylic and gouache on panel, 2019.

BFA Visual & Critical Studies presents "cloud 9," a virtual exhibition of paintings and photographs by program alumni Julia Garcia, Kate Jones, Lichi Wo and Lisa Saeboe. Curated by The Third Project, a curatorial experiment led by BFA Visual & Critical Studies alumni Gabriella Moreno (2016) and Victoria Hristoff (2016), the exhibition will be on view from Thursday, July 2, through Monday, August 17, at the Virtual Flatiron Project Space.

"cloud 9" pokes holes at the definition of paradise and explores the nuanced projections of the term. The yearning intertwined with paradise lends itself to a maladaptive escapism, where one continuously reaches for unattainable bliss. One holds onto this Eden as they develop, yet it remains just beyond reach. The lack of tangibility feeds the cycle.

Historically, paradise has functioned as a doctrine, as a reward, as a coveted end-point, a place. However, this location holds no physical space. One cannot arrive at paradise, one can only see their own physical context and desire as an idealized elsewhere.

Highlights from the exhibition include Julia Garcia’s The Kiss, an expressive rendering of a two-car collision, and Lisa Saeboe’s meticulous Alter Distillations. To visit the show, please go to:

Please note: This is a 3D exhibition requiring significant bandwidth to load. For the best experience, please load the exhibition on a computer rather than a smartphone.

Free and open to the public