School of Visual Arts presents “Sight Seen,” an exhibition of thesis projects by members of the MPS Digital Photography class of 2016. Curated by SVA faculty member and gallerist Michael Foley, “Sight Seen” is on view Friday, September 30, through Saturday, November 5, at the SVA Chelsea Gallery, 601 West 26th Street, 15th floor, New York City.
“Sight Seen” features work by students who participated in the MPS Digital Photography online program and those who completed the New York City campus-based program. “The exhibition showcases the commitment and imagination required from each student to successfully conceptualize and complete a unique body of photographic or time-based work,” says MPS Digital Photography Chair Katrin Eismann.
“Strong-minded and fiercely independent, this group of students achieved outstanding work with great diversity of topic, medium and approach,” says curator Michael Foley. “Sight Seen’ is full of punctuation and defined style. There are voices heard loud and soft, each distinctive and appropriate to the subjects they share with us.”
Angelique Ambrosio’s series “Ingest” uses stylized still lifes to address the use of genetic modification, pesticides, antibiotics and hormones in food production.
Boyz Bieber’s virtual reality project Rush Hour transports viewers onto the streets of Manhattan to eavesdrop on disjointed conversations.
Conceptualized and designed by Quartz Brown, By Oath magazine is a contemporary print and electronic media platform for emerging musicians and fashion designers.
Stanley Cadet’s sports photography series “Elemental Space” celebrates ambition, perseverance and the personal drive to overcome limitations and challenges.
Neal Corman’s “Smoke Filled Rooms” documents barbecue restaurants from Texas to Brooklyn.
“Unfinished” by Camila Cossio is a study of how nature continuously alters manmade structures.
The large-format black-and-white images in Haoran Fan’s “Displacement” depict layered landscapes, textures and figures.
Ellis Gaskell’s “Over 80” is a survey of octogenarians and nonagenarians who embody an active and positive life philosophy.
“Gotham” by George Golub captures the variety of architectural elements and urban form in New York City.
Kenneth Greenwood’s “The Wrestlers” examines the worlds of amateur and Olympic-level wrestling.
“Out of Transit” by Shravya Kag documents New York City subway musicians, commonly referred to as buskers.
Peter Killeen’s “Sunbelt” explores regional identity in the southern and southwestern United States.
“The Old Harem” by Hao Liu is based on imagined impressions of what life was like for women in the harems of the ancient Chinese emperors.
In “Edges,” Circle Lu blurs the boundary between photography and painting by applying pigments to inkjet prints.
Maya Luo’s “Passing Beauty” is a series of still-life photographs that addresses the culture’s obsession with youth and superficial beauty.
“Us” by Chloe Ning explores the differences and similarities between identical twins.
Ang Ong’s “Hong Kong Café” expresses her conflicted emotions about New York’s Chinatown neighborhood.
In “Crossing Thresholds,” William Ortega explores the idea of masculinity and gender as it is defined and modeled by younger boys.
Nieves Roadcap’s “Things Fall Apart” surveys American culture through glitch photography and refined enhancement techniques.
“Beyond Limits” by Diana Sancho documents Special Olympic, Paralympic and able-bodied athletes in Costa Rica.
“Superlatives” by Timothy Smith portrays Generation Z through classic archetypes of modern Americana, with references to the 1970s and 1980s.
Ashli Wallace’s self-portrait series “Miss Pretty” depicts her experience as a beauty pageant contestant and addresses the pageant’s impact on young women.
Ping Wang’s The Nostalgia of the Infinite is a conceptual fine-art and fashion project.
“For My Girls” by Nichole Washington is inspired by female hip-hop artists from the 1990s.
The Master of Professional Studies in Digital Photography is an intensive one-year graduate degree program that addresses digital image capture, workflow, exhibition printing, sound, video and visual storytelling skills required of professional photographers and educators working at the vanguard of the commercial, fine-art, portrait, and fashion photography fields. Graduates are ideally positioned to pursue gallery representation, editorial or commercial work, as well as high-end digital retouching and consulting careers. The School of Visual Arts offers the MPS in Digital Photography program on-campus and on-line.