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Downside Up & Parking With A View

  • Author(s): Amery, Trevor
  • Advisor(s): Adler, Amy
  • Brown, Sheldon
  • et al.

My MFA exhibition, downside-up and parking with a view, is about cultivating vulnerability and presence through experience and form. The show contains sculptures in myriad materials, many of which I have a personal history with. Whether it’s the steel skeleton of a camper shell I used as a shelter when driving to Alaska or a jade plant I grew from a clipping I made on my first visit to California seven years ago, object ontologies intermixed with direct experiences become the locus from which each work grows out from. The sculptures are informed by research into the sublime, broken-tool being, and Claire Bishop’s theories on social sculpture.

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