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Presented by BFA Visual & Critical Studies

The Visible Surface

January 11 - February 1, 2020
Image of the sun in outer space with text "The Visible Surface" superimposed above it.
Credit: Stella Song and the Visual Arts Press


Thu, Jan 16; 6:00 - 8:00pm

School of Visual Arts (SVA) presents “The Visible Surface,” an exhibition of work by the BFA Visual & Critical Studies class of 2020, curated by program graduate Margo Greb. The exhibition is on view Saturday, January 11, through Saturday February 1, at the SVA Flatiron Gallery and Flatiron Project Space, 133/141 West 21st Street, New York City. 

As a sailor on my ship I wish always for the surface to remain below me. 

As a diver I urge the surface to greet me.

As a sculptor I force into presence new surfaces.

As the sun I show you only my third surface, the visible one. Our relationship to a surface is defined by what we do.

As creators and critical thinkers, the surface is an endless and shifting concept, one which can be explored and questioned from every angle. In “The Visible Surface,” 10 fourth-year students define their relationships with a multitude of surfaces. Using media like installation, video, crochet, felting, silicone casting and augmented reality, they explore the moments before the surface, fabricate new surfaces to indulge in and to push against, and question and delve into already existing surfaces to reveal what lies beneath. 

Artists include Jacob Blauner, Joey Gonnella, Lily Guan, Esther Jeong, Max Kornfield, Carol Li, Giulia Lisi, Mikayla Smith, Stella Song and Taylor Zarif.

Free and open to the public