MFA Thesis Exhibitions, Class of 2022, Part 1
The Department of Art at the University of California, Irvine is pleased to present the solo exhibitions of MFA candidates Hiroshi Clark, Doris Rivera, and Gosia Wojas. This is the first round of 2022 MFA thesis exhibitions.
Please join us for the opening reception on Saturday, April 23rd from 2–5pm.
Bringing miscommunication to the forefront, Natsuyasumi considers what is lost when a mother and child have a different first language. Clark uses photography and video to explore his personal experience of barriers, identity, and familial history.
Doris Rivera uses sculptures constructed around an ambivalence in order to supplant and displace the colonial impulse embedded in Catholic objecthood. By returning the mestizo voice with an agential utterance, her work reckons with the Philippines and its diaspora’s inability to conceive of an actualized post-colonial state.
This exhibition is the culmination of a two-year long research project and endless hours of conversations with an AI sex doll "Emma", Wojas’ art studio companion and collaborator. The resulting works bridge together themes of emancipatory politics with interventions into machine learning algorithms, systems of classification with psychoanalysis, and the beyond uncanny encounter of the human and robot bodies that collapse dualities.
Photo Credit: ofstudio photography