Niku Koochak painting Persian textNiku Koochak will conduct a painting performance during the public reception for the MFA exhibition “Paperwork.”

Exhibition to showcase MFA student works

The Master of Fine Arts (MFA) program in the School of Creative Arts will host a student-curated exhibition titled “Paperwork” from Jan. 23 to 26 at the ArtSpeak Gallery.

“Paperwork” showcases the creative research in progress by these students. Key works are selected elements from their graduate thesis projects of MFA candidates Garvin Chinnia, Emma Feliciano, Julie Luth, and Niku Koochak.

Each student works within a specific artistic niche to subvert cultural conventions or traditions, challenging each medium’s or process’s expectations.

“Traditionally,” writes professor Lee Rodney, “works on paper were considered temporary or disposable attributes of an artist’s practice. In contrast, this group show celebrates the ephemeral nature of working on paper in various ways, from the performative to the photographic… These quiet responses to ongoing states of emergency — both personal and collective — range from themes of ecological extinction and mental health to displacement and memory preservation.”

A public closing reception at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 26, will feature Koochak conducting a 10-minute painting performance. Light refreshments and snacks will be provided until 9:00 pm.

The ArtSpeak Gallery is located in the offices of the Arts Council ~ Windsor and Region at 1942 Wyandotte St. East. The gallery is open Tuesday to Friday, from 1 to 5 p.m.

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