• When: November 1, 2016 - December 4, 2016
  • Where: Autzen Gallery, Neuberger Hall, 2nd Floor 724 SW Harrison Street
  • Details:


    Of No Essential Consequence
    MFA Returning Show

    November 1- December 4, 2016
    Opening Reception: November 3, 4-7pm

    Performance by Sam Sanderson 12am-5pm
    Performance by Kayley Berezney 5:30-6:30pm

    The School of Art & Design at Portland State University presents the returning exhibition of new work by the six MFA candidates in the Contemporary Art Practice: Studio Practice program graduating in 2017. On view in the Autzen Gallery from November 1 – December 4, 2016, Of No Essential Consequence is a showcase for the experimentation, development, and focus of dedicated artists who work across the disciplines of painting, sculpture, drawing, photography, digital media, performance, video, and installation.

    This group of ambitious artists – Kayley Berezney, Carlin Brown, Jordan Clark, Melanie Flood, Megan Hanley, and Sam Sanderson – has taken advantage of the interdisciplinary environment of the program to explore how art can be of influence. They have found innovative ways to drive ideas and concepts while honing their skills, techniques, and use of materials. Together, they set high standards for themselves, pushing and pulling each other beyond personal and cooperative goals. What they found is that they have affected each other’s practices in new and profound ways. Whether they are translating ideas into physical objects or creating an experience through performance, each artist is working with the transformative nature of art, manipulating mind and matter. In essence, the exhibition Of No Essential Consequence discusses the idea that no matter how ephemeral the material of art can be, it has the power to cast reverberations of new understandings to the group and to continue to spread a web of influence throughout the world.

    The MFA Studio Practice concentration is a two-year, full-residency program located in downtown Portland, OR. Built around a research-intensive creative investigation, this interdisciplinary program heavily encourages experimentation and exploration of ideas through the experience of making. In a program where every aspect of their developing artistic practice is analyzed, the exhibition represents a year of work influenced by hours of critique, countless presentations, studio visits, research papers, and a close tie to faculty, visiting artists, and scholars. Students are supported in a range of production disciplines, from the traditional to the emerging, as they as they consider the multiple ways art can live in and beyond the studio.

    Please enjoy the show and we hope to see you all back in Spring of 2017 to experience this group of graduating MFAs’ solo exhibitions and gallery talks.