NYU’s second 2008 Master of Fine Arts thesis show will be opening Tuesday, April 11th from 6-8 PM. The show features 5 artists working in diverse media: Yung Ho Ji, David Matorin, Alex McQuilkin, Max Razdow and Viktoria Sorochinski. The show is playfully titled “Bag of Tricks,” a phase that both exalts and cast doubt upon the idea of the artist as a revealer of “Mystic Truths.” This is a notion that the included artists consider multivalently within their projects, meandering toward an eerie coherence amid the show’s many juxtapositions of form and intention. Yong Ho Ji’s therianthropic tire sculptures both resist and collapse into the painted mythic / science fictive landscapes of Max Razdow, who’s polyglot geometries converse in a mode of silent conversation with the existential theosophy of David Matorin’s digital videos. Matorin, in turn, finds convergence in his critique of spiritualized media with Alex McQuilkin, who’s ephemeral collections and drawings exude a visceral sense of the personally spiritualized. This dialog is taken up as well by Viktoria Sorochinski, whose quixotic folk tales of femininity exist in staged photographs and installations.
Including work by: Yongho Ji David Matorin Alex McQuilkin Max Razdow Viktoria Sorochinski