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docPress release: Carnegie Mellon School of Art’s MFA Thesis Exhibition, “Lossless,” Opens March 28

March 2014 eNews > Lossless: CMU MFA 2014, Alien She tours to Vox Populi, Intimate Science at Parsons + Up Next


The Tartan: "Lossless isn’t an exhibit for the visitor who’s in a rush. At face value, Cohen’s work might seem like a mismatch of beautifully captured, but random snapshots. Without context, viewers might fail to find meaning in the colorful crystals of Bajandas’ oxidizing canvas. If you plan to make the trip, take the time to wander the space; watch the interviews; read the placards on the walls. " - Rachel Cohen, "Miller Gallery exhibit features multi-sensory work across various mediums that range from calm meditation to fragmented chaos" The Tartan Pillbox, March 31, 2014











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Past exhibition

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Carl Bajandas
Between a Stone and a Shrine, Oreen Cohen.Video Still from the Gilding workshop held at the Braddock Community Center, Braddock, PA with the Braddock Youth project, led by master atelier, Josef Youss Kadri. December 13, 2013
Video Still, Yunmi Her


Carnegie Mellon 2014 MFA Thesis Exhibition

Organized by the School of Art
March 29 - April 20, 2014

Artists: Carl Bajandas, Oreen Cohen, Yunmi Her


Reception: March 28, Fri. 6-8pm
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Critique with Dan Byers, 
Richard Armstrong Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, co-curator 2013 Carnegie International, Carnegie Museum of Art

April 10, Thurs. 6:30 - 9:30pm

Exhibition + events are free and open to the public.

About the Exhibition

"One of the most challenging, yet exciting aspects of art education is encouraging risks and accepting unpredictability. These three artists certainly embrace that ethos. For this culminating exhibition of their three year MFA, they are all exploring new territory. An inventor of kinetic mechanical metal machines decides to go multi-sensual. A sculptor recycling post-industrial waste creates a ritualistic performance for an immersive video experience. A videographer concerned with the perceptual relationship between the virtual and the real, delves into the psychology of the quotidian.

The MFA program at Carnegie Mellon University is a life changing journey, where assumptions and ideas are challenged and tested. It allows time for research, and reflection. There is no route map, and no one can predict the discoveries or outcomes of the experience. However the experience equips graduates with the skills, knowledge, awareness and commitment to succeed as independent artists and to be critical creative contributors in myriad cultural contexts. At this point of departure, I would like to congratulate Carl, Oreen and Yun Mi on their achievements at Carnegie Mellon, and wish them success for the future."

- John Carson
  Regina and Marlin Miller Professor, Head of the School of Art

About the Artists

Carl Bajandas’ practice is directed by the act of discovery and the desire to create large scale poetic work. With each project, he employs entirely new production methods resulting in diverse works that contain thoughtful elements of levity and introspection. Loss / Recovery / Decay consists of a chemically unstable crystal color field that slowly shifts from blue to black; in reaction to this change, custom sound generation software creates a corresponding soundscape. This work explores entropy and our relationship to change.

Oreen Cohen’s sculptural and video works stimulate poetic reflections in the built environment. As an observer and explorer, Cohen draws insight from her surroundings by unpacking the embedded meanings, histories, and identities of place. Urban interventions are created using metaphor and physical material to cultivate social allegories that re-interpret the past, solidify the present, and anticipate the future. The Video project, Between a Stone and a Shrine was supported in part by funding from the Carnegie Mellon University Frank-Ratchye Fund For Art @ the Frontier.

Yunmi Her works with video-installation and interactive art to explore the daily internal conflict of individual lives. This is explored by examining environmental limitations, social systems, and relationships which help to construct individual identity. Yunmi Her’s videos depict recordings of incidental encounters as well as interviews with people about their everyday lives. Research, analysis, and observation are an important processes of her work. Contrary to this however, her video installations create a dreamlike ethereal mood that conveys not only the emptiness, loneliness, but also the hope, and satisfaction that occurs in the cycle of one’s daily life.