School of Visual Arts presents “Fuse,” an exhibition of work by students of the MPS Digital Photography class of 2015. Curated by faculty member Michael Foley, “Fuse” is on view Friday, October 16, through Saturday, November 14, at the SVA Gramercy Gallery, 209 East 23rd Street, New York City.
Inspired by the diversity of nationalities, ethnicities and cultures represented in New York City, the exhibition features work by 24 students from across the globe who have studied in the MPS Digital Photography Online/Summer Residency program, as well as the campus-based program. By bringing together such a diverse and talented group, the exhibition showcases “several genres and approaches to photography, yet it flows seamlessly,” Foley says.
In “Vanishing Lives,” Ecuadorian biologist Diego Acosta uses macro photography to explore the wide variety of abstract patterns on the skins of endangered frogs and bring attention to threatened and hidden worlds.
“Jouissance,” by David Cade, uses classic studio photography to capture transgender individuals, validating their expressions of gender and sexuality.
Sonali Daga’s “Unmasking Zodiac” is a series of photo illustrations that use scenic portraits to depict the characteristics and personality traits of each Zodiac sign.
The photographs in Elisa Gallego Picard’s “GLORIOUS, or The Places That Never Are” depict how memories are present in the architecture and landscape of off-season seaside resorts and communities.
“Shred Til You’re Dead” is Kathleen Hayes’ candid, colorful and gritty exploration of the culture of diehard, middle-aged skateboarders.
“Naissance” by Eusung Jeon explores the beauty of life and nature with images of water droplets, ink flows, flowers and nudes.
Jony Kanter’s “TRANS VISIBILITY” is a personal photographic essay that expresses Kanter’s experience as a transgender woman and struggle with gender dysphoria.
Kenyan artist Tahir Kamali’s “Displaced” is a series of environmental portraits of individuals who have emigrated from their homelands to New York City.
“A Man and His Barge” by William King is a collection of documentary images focusing on Captain David Sharps and a 101-year-old historic vessel, the Lehigh Valley Barge of Red Hook, Brooklyn.
Agnieszka Korbica’s “Equilibrium” explores the duality of the male and female forms using images of circular shapes that express complementary, interconnected and interdependent forces.
“Growth” is Franklin Liranzo’s series of photographs capturing people emerging from being buried in sand.
Gale Martineau’s “Translocated to the Strange Land” chronicles the debris and mechanical waste of barren cornfields in Illinois via fantastical photo composites.
Alexander Marinescu’s “Persona Obscura,” influenced by history, film noir and graphic design, is a series of 12 intricate, macabre photographic illustrations that focus on the way physical gestures are used to express human emotion.
In “Nigerian Identity,” Ima Mfon presents formal studio portraits that examine the idea of what it means to be Nigerian.
“Hey Sailor! New In Town?” is Kathryn Mussallem’s focuses on the nostalgia, cliché and humor of sailors on shore leave.
Jeff Shaffer’s “Apocalyptech” is a dystopian sequence of photo composites that explores the future consequences of developing technology through the story of two survivors.
“Semblance” by Josh Shagam uses X-ray photography and digital enhancement to reveal the decaying structure of plants.
Using photographic elements from her trip to Myanmar, Jane Sheng’s “Awakening” is a visual interpretation of Buddhist concepts.
In “One Road Back | Exploration of a Village Divded,” Alyson Smith investigates the concept of “outside-ness” in post-apartheid South Africa.
Patricia Somera’s “Tides” contrasts the bustle of New York City with the memories of her childhood at Tali Beach in the Philippines.
Anjola Toro’s “If Eyes Were Shut” is a series of self-portraits depicting the emotional distress a woman feels after a significant crisis or loss.
“Revelation,” by Aaron Wei, is a one-minute video of a young man’s introspection on the subway about something missing from his life.
Possessed by a deep curiosity about the ways in which people create their homes, Laura Wilson’s “Now We’re Home Again” investigates issues of domestic life and personal identity in the home.
Stefan Ziegler’s “In Search of Nothing” uses a minimalist approach to explore what happens when one stops searching, and whether one finds more the less one searches.
MPS Digital Photography is a concentrated course of studies that addresses the comprehensive digital imaging workflow, from image capture and enhancement to creating high-quality, large-format prints and secure archiving. The program is designed for students from a diverse range of photographic genres and practices, including commercial, documentary, editorial, fashion, fine art and studio. Under the guidance of leading photographers, retouchers, designers and studio managers, students master the latest tools and techniques to create technically outstanding and conceptually compelling images. In addition to developing a body of work, students become versed in image reproduction, issues in contemporary fine art photography and current business practices.