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Presented by SVA Galleries

Consuming Entities

August 3 - 23, 2021
Yan Jin, #1064567G-0, detail, 2021, typewriter

Yan Jin, #1064567G-0, detail, 2021, typewriter

School of Visual Arts (SVA) presents “Consuming Entities,” a juried exhibition of multidisciplinary works by eight SVA students. Organized by SVA Galleries, the exhibition will be on view online from Tuesday, August 3, through Monday, August 23, at galleries.sva.edu.


“Consuming Entities” features eight artists using commercial products and displays as vehicles for personal narratives. In this exhibition, artists examine the role of the consumer within a transactional world. These works study the processes of consumerism while contemplating the preoccupation and potential loss of perspective induced by the pursuit of constant acquisition. A nuanced commentary on our present times emerges through the appropriation and ingestion of raw and manufactured objects, often used to create the pieces themselves. These artists critically analyze cultural urges to obtain new content and possessions while considering their own relation to these systems of desire through illustrations, photographs, videos, and sculptural installations.


Artists featured in this exhibition are Flora Bai (MFA Illustration as Visual Essay), Kakei Chong (MFA Design), Yan Jin (MFA Photography, Video and Related Media), Sohee Kim (MFA Fine Arts), Changhe Liu (MFA Photography, Video and Related Media), Mengmeng Ma (MFA Photography, Video and Related Media), Alexander Si (MFA Fine Arts) and Xuemeng Zhang (MFA Photography, Video and Related Media).


Juried exhibitions are a way for SVA students to recognize the achievements of their most distinguished classmates. Artists are selected from a large pool of applicants to the annual SVA Galleries call for entries, whose submissions undergo a rigorous examination of presented materials, including documentation of work and artist statements.