Root Division presents the MFA Now 2013 Slide Slam, featuring presentations by 12 current MFA candidates in seven Bay Area programs.
MFA Now began in 2012 in efforts to create dialogue and community between the Bay Area schools that are listed in a US News and World Report survey from 2012, as part of the top one hundred MFA Programs in Visual Arts in the country: California College of the Arts, Mills College, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco State University, San Jose State University, Stanford University, and the University of California, Berkeley. This year’s presentation includes a comprehensive archive catalogue, juried exhibition, and slide slam.
The Slide Slam offers another opportunity for professional development in which emerging artists gain exposure and meet and interact with audiences. It also allows for the community to gain further insight into the work of up and coming local artists.
SLIDE SLAM PRESENTING ARTISTS:
Sieglinde Van Damme
Interview by Jesse Taliaferro from Talenthouse. Enjoy!
The painting shows the Getty Museum blown up or ripped apart. Out of the white marble building comes a flying oil platform lifted by the power from the oil pressure. I have used raw linen canvas in order to show the real natural material and structure. I have kept the pallet in a gray scale except for the foundation of gold spray. In February 2012 I visited The Getty Center. The museum is located in the hills of Brentwood just outside of Los Angeles. It is built by the J. Paul Getty Trust founded by the oil mogul J. Paul Getty.(1892-1976). The center cost more than 1,3 billion dollars to build. It is designed by architect Richard Meier and opened in 1997.
The Danish artist Pabi tells about his inspirations and what motivates him to make art. This short-movie delivers an insight in the daily life as an artist and Pabi reflects on the very beginning, the never-ending progression, the ups and downs, and the unknown future awaiting around the corner.
Production by: Camilla Møller Poulsen, ©2010 Millefilm
Music by: Gotan Project: Chunga’s Revenge
In many ways the Danish well fare society seems like an “El Dorado”. As a Dane I can proudly say that I live in one of the richest and safest countries in the world. In several studies we have shown to be the happiest people in the world. But underneath or in between; “there is something rotten in the state of Denmark”. Just like Shakespeare said many years ago.
“The Fairytale” 150×60 cm. 2010
In my latest work I have focused on the theme separation. I question the cohesiveness in different structures of societies. When something is mythically perfect such as El Dorado, I question the truth of this infinity. I don’t trust the unscarred surface. I believe there must be something lying underneath that’s about to burst. Like a boiler that’s reached its limit. This will inevitably happen and when it does the imperfections will come crawling from every possible crack and ruin the image.
“The Fairytale”; the perfect story about a Tasmanian girl that becomes a real princess in the kingdom and well fare society of Denmark. It all sounds so romantic and beautiful, but maybe she´s just entertainment for the mob and not even happy about it. Maybe the fairytale has a bad ending?
“Under the Shell”; In 1966 the Danish architect Jørn Utzon left his own project “The Sydney Opera House”. There were to many demons hidden under the shell. But on the surface it still looks so polished and flawless, just like the state of Denmark.
“Under the Shell” 150×60 cm. 2010
A gallant knight,
In sunshine and in shadow,
Had journeyed long,
Singing a song,
In search of Eldorado.
But he grew old-
And, as his strength
“Over the Mountains
Edgar Allan Poe