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"Battle of the Masters" Group Show

  • Open Gallery Space 355A Bowery New York, NY, 10003 United States (map)

One night only!

An independent group show featuring special works by participants and graduates of the SVA MFA Fine Arts and SVA MFA Art Practice programs.

Featuring Kristen Bisson, Hovey Brock, Donna Troy Cleary, Simone Couto, Alexandra Hammond, Bryan Anthony Moore, Qinmin Liu, Anthony Donatelle, Art Vidrine, Susan Sechler Luss, Nadine Faraj, and Eli Barak.

Location: Open Gallery Space, 355A Bowery, NY, 10003

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Announcing “Battle of the Masters” a pop-up group show that pits the best of the School of Visual Arts MFA in Art Practice against the best of SVA’s MFA in Fine Arts in an epic showdown.

In the Art Practice corner, Kristen Bisson duels with notions of home, belonging, and memory with keen esthetic moves. Poetry, bones, flesh, wood, clay, water, and steam collide in Simone Couto’s multidisciplinary meditations on the fundamental forces of nature. Alex Hammond’s architectonic installation aims squarely at the soft solar plexus of childhood’s innocence. Qinmin Liu skewers the logic of binary computer code in a live virtuosic performance of slashing brushwork—stand back. Bryan Moore’s ironic rope-a-dope with the images of American exceptionalism bring it crashing to the floor under the weight of its own contradictions. Hovey Brock channels the spirits of the Pre-Socratics in a display of possessed painterly frenzy.
In the Fine Arts corner, Art Vidrine takes music as his weapon of choice to rip away the hidden conventions of political theater. Donna Cleary snares domestic detritus with nets of fibers and new contexts, creating hybrids that bring the marginal and denigrated to life. Nadine Faraj thrashes the trivialization of sexual connection with images that conjure living touch. Anthony Donatelle obliterates the gaps between unlikely objects with devastatingly subtle technique. Eli Barak fuses performance, installation, sculpture, and image into a fearsome engine of social critique. Susan Luss weaves found objects, drawings, photography, and light into a dizzying assault on the senses.
Let the Battle begin!