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- ItemEntropic Construction(2020) Thron, Michael Richard; Shasn, Foon; Art; Digital Repository at the University of Maryland; University of Maryland (College Park, Md.)ENTROPIC CONSTRUCTION Michael Richard Thron Master of Fine Arts 2020 Professor of Sculpture, Foon Sham, Department of Fine Art ABSTRACT “Entropic Construction,” is an exhibition of an installation at The University of Maryland College Park. In this written component to my Thesis, I address the combination of the theory of my creative practice, material research, object ontology, personal history, and inspirations for the exhibited work.
- ItemMingling Echoes(2020) Koch, Lauren Grace; Craig, Patrick; Strom, Justin; Art; Digital Repository at the University of Maryland; University of Maryland (College Park, Md.)Mingling Echoes is an exhibition comprised of written word, alchemic reactions, found and repurposed objects, as well as sculptural forms of my own creation. All are abstractions from my subconscious, and they are blended with influential objects from my past in an intuitive manner. The following abstract gives a glimpse into my inspirations and personal experiences that have led to how I perceive memories are connected, intertwined, and ultimately, triggered. Additionally, I included two contemporary artists in whose work I find correlations with my own. The found and repurposed objects come from my personal collection that I have amassed over the past three decades from myriad places including my grand-parents’ property, gifts, flea markets, junk yards, antique/vintage shops, and roadsides.
- ItemThe Novelty Search of Prior Art Requires a Lawyer(2013) Earnhart, Mark Leslie; Sham, Foon V; Art; Digital Repository at the University of Maryland; University of Maryland (College Park, Md.)ABSTRACT Title of Thesis: THE NOVELTY SEARCH OF PRIOR ART REQUIRES A LAWYER Mark Earnhart, Masters of Fine Art, 2013 Thesis Directed By: Professor Foon Sham Department of Art "Things are complicated" is a very true statement in which the vagueness is fitting, the utterance reprehensible and the implications impossible. But, things are complicated. They are not simply objects, although they might take the form; they might have mass and volume, substance and presence. But the object is tied to the act of perception, the thing is not; the thing can exist in no physical way but still maintain presence. What happens when encountering a thing? Does one rely on the tools of perception solely? Or is there something immeasurable in combination with what is present? Encountering a thing requires an ability to make connections, relate personally and internalize the situation. If the thing is known we put to work a relation of familiarity and if unknown the mechanism required for retrieval becomes infinitely complex.
- ItemOPERATOR ADVANCES INTO BRUSH AT FULL THROTTLE(2020) Kunkel, Jeremy Thomas; Sham, Foon; Art; Digital Repository at the University of Maryland; University of Maryland (College Park, Md.)I am compelled by the underlying conflicts that feed conditions into the contemporary landscape. Conflicts stemming absurdities such as abuse and neglect by fostering a false sense of disconnect into the sedentary individual. Structures of power, progression and control are hegemony framed as ideology that demands a mass and momentum; Like sedatives, dulling cognizant intuition, codified rhetoric is seductively buried into objects, digital feeds, and other means. This pulls the individual away from the reality of the world, creating a false landscape and redesigning individual habitus to align with a given narrative, or purpose, outside of the self. As these conflicts evolve in broad strokes through society into conditions, I am compelled to look beneath the surface, distilling the foundational corruption that I perceive. My work collides with and disrupts this momentary intersection, where objects and other processes, imbued with the language of society, are apprehended by individual intuition.
- ItemRural Decay Almanac(2016) Winkler, Dane; Sham, Foon; Art; Digital Repository at the University of Maryland; University of Maryland (College Park, Md.)Rural Decay Almanac is an exhibition comprised of sculptural objects and video/sound documentation. The following is an explanation of inspiration and personal history, a proposed schematic/manual for the objects in the gallery, and other contemporary artists I frame myself within. The front half of The Art Gallery at the University of Maryland as well as the atrium space directly outside the gallery hosts the work: four large scale Site-Responsive sculptural objects, and one video/sound loop projection. The library of materials comes from a farm site in Ijamsville, MD which has been re-purposed into the structures. As a sister work, the process of dismantling documentation is shown alongside the objects in a sound/video installation. The gallery space is transformed into a meticulously controlled environment via hard objects, sound, light, and video.
- ItemSHOULDER DEEP(2021) Zenisek, Heidi; Collis, Shannon; Art; Digital Repository at the University of Maryland; University of Maryland (College Park, Md.)This body of work reexamining my relationship to home-past, present, and future- involves seeing beyond the untarnished façade of memory to the unflattering reality, whose rough edges have been smoothed. With the realization that home no longer feels like home and carrying with me the guilt of abandoning my family heritage, I’ve embarked on a search for a new place to dwell. To help with this, I’m creating an obscure pseudoscience to extract information from the land. Coaxing out those indescribable, nearly incomprehensible elements of a place, tapping into what we don’t know and can’t see to guide me towards home, wherever that may be.
- ItemThe Space Between(2016) Wyszomirska, Jowita; Collis, Shannon; Art; Digital Repository at the University of Maryland; University of Maryland (College Park, Md.)I approach my practice through the truth that art is inseparable from reality. Reducing art to a single idea is an unnatural limitation because the creative process and its manifestations result from many parallel ideas, instincts, emotions and reflections. In the following, I trace the central sources of the inspiration for work and attempt to bridge the experiential and intuitive processes that concurrently fuel my creative process.
- ItemTUCK YOUR BOOTS IN(2013) McGowan, Patrick James; Sham, Foon; Art; Digital Repository at the University of Maryland; University of Maryland (College Park, Md.)This thesis discusses my labor experiences and the acquired skills that have been an influential part of my art making process. Developing my own technique and ways of working are very important to me. By nature, I am driven to acquire as many skills as possible. Skills are valuable. It is the desire of still wanting more that has led me to make art.
- ItemVOICES TO BE HEARD(2017) Benson, Zachariah Chyanne; Sham, Foon; Art; Digital Repository at the University of Maryland; University of Maryland (College Park, Md.)My work serves a purpose. I have a desire to build things, as most of my pieces show, to lift people up, to redeem people and to redeem materials. My work captures the aspects of life that I feel need to be highlighted, whether those be hardships, turmoils, conflicts, boldness or civility. Pieces have explored the Syrian refugee crisis, the US/Iraq war, persecution of religious groups, US elections, and faith-based ideas such as Holy Communion and the Ten Commandments. I want my work to inject emotion and possibly even change in my viewer. I have toiled over these aspects of life and society that are concerning, meaningful, or just overwhelming and I want the viewer to have the opportunity to grapple with these ideas as well.
- ItemWake Up, We're Not Asleep(2020) Robertson, Matthew Hunt; Richardson, William C; Art; Digital Repository at the University of Maryland; University of Maryland (College Park, Md.)Title of Thesis: WAKE UP, WE’RE NOT ASLEEP Matthew Hunt Robertson, Master of Fine Arts in Studio Art, 2020 Thesis Directed By: Department Chair W.C. Richardson, Department of Art Wake Up, We’re Not Asleep is an exhibition of painted images and installations that explore the nature of memory. The following is an explanation of the inspiration and creative process that produced the work, as well as a description of the pieces themselves.
- ItemA Well Within A Sinking Ship(2018) Bryant, Hugh Condrey; Collis, Shannon; Art; Digital Repository at the University of Maryland; University of Maryland (College Park, Md.)A Well Within A Sinking Ship is an exhibition of sculptures in The Art Gallery at the University of Maryland. It comprises four sculptural works exploring formal and structural possibilities within the context of destruction, reclamation, and salvage. In the following, I explain the basis of my creative practice and subject matter referenced and then provide descriptions and reasoning behind the sculptures presented in the exhibition.