Matter as Fallen Light

2023 Parsons Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition
Curated by Kaegan Sparks

Location: Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Gallery

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  1. Bel Andrade
    Sitpipe I (rest/now/love), 2023
    birch plywood, tung oil, steel, paint
    25 x 13.5 inches // 63.4 x 34.3 cm

    Sitpipes speaks to the inaccesability of public spaces in New York, creating a site of rest that is accessable to anyone who needs them. Please feel free to interact with the sculptures.
  2. Hali Nelson
    You will never know if this was all a show, 2023
    oil on canvas
    48 x 72 inches // 121.9 x 182.9 cm

  3. Shay Salehi
    Sensitive Dependence//Initial Conditons, 2023
    stainless steel, 6V motor, 1400 ft cable
    5 x 3 x 3 inches // 12.7 x 7.6 x 7.6 cm

  4. Noah Zhou
    Zài nǐ fāngbiàn de shíhòu (WHEN IT’S CONVENIENT FOR YOU), 2021.
    acrylic on canvas with Toyota Camry door.
    72 x 72 inches // 182.9 x 182.9 cm

  5. Henrik Nordahl
    01101000 01100101 01101100 01101100 01101111 00100000 01110111 01101111 01110010 01101100 01100100 (Hello world)
    burned drywall paper tape, methyl cellulose, aluminum flashing, concrete foot, steel pole, bluetooth transducers generating frequencies based on IP addresss
    120 x 18 x 18 inches // 304.8 x 45.7 x 45.7 cm

  6. Fiel Guhit
    primer-01 FROM_LISTENERS, 2023
    interactive sound and visual installation
    Dimensions variable

    In collaboration with Tianyi Sun
  7. Hali Nelson
    Here is where I learned that words can live in your mouth forever and not make a sound, 2023
    oil on canvas
    60 x 48 inches // 152.4 x 121.9 cm

  8. Evelina Nolin
    In order to keep, 2023
    pine, fence tape, white stoneware, orange underglaze, clamp, poplar dowels
    78.7 x 3.9 x 15.7 inches // 200 x 10 x 40 cm

  9. Evelina Nolin
    Forest/h, 2022
    sand paper, pine frame, poplar dowels
    11.8 x 11.8 inches // 30 x 30 cm

  10. Evelina Nolin
    Harvest, 2023
    sand paper, orange tree marking paint, pine frame, poplar dowels
    7.1 x 27.6 inches // 18 x 70 cm

  11. Molly Bliss Kiefer
    Venus in the Blindspot, 2023
    ceramic tile, paraffin candles, beeswax, glass beads, silicone rubber, found safety glass (financial district), found office chair (5th precinct), found end table (Inwood), Oculus Quest 2
    Dimensions variable

    Or, woman encircled by the flight of a bird. - Joystick to move - ꙮ to reset - Look where you want to go
  12. Evelina Nolin
    Fence Post, 2023
    pine, soap, zip ties, table leg, particle board
    7.9 x 59.1 x 7.9 inches // 20 x 150 x 20 cm

  13. Aliya Al-Adwani
    Intexo, Obtexo, Detexo, 2023
    charcoal and pastel on vellum.
    96 x 48 inches // 243.8 x 121.9 cm

  14. Aliya Al-Adwani
    Intexo, Obtexo, Subtexo, 2023
    yarn and wood
    84 x 36 inches // 213.36 x 91.4 cm

  15. Fahmy Shahin
    First Person Perspective, 2023
    video projection, 3D animation
    2:50 minutes

  16. Fahmy Shahin
    If You Could Only See The Effort I Make To Speak To You, 2023
    concrete, ceramic, pIgment powders, steel, aluminum, brass
    72 x 12 x 12 inches // 182.9 x 30.5 x 30.5 cm

  17. Pauline Rossignol
    Dislocated Conversations, 2023
    used tea bags, red cotton thread, pine wood and multi-channel video projection
    14:56 minutes 72 x 78 inches // 182.9 x 198.1 cm

  18. Hali Nelson
    Some places don’t have names and aren’t real (1), 2022
    oil on canvas over panel
    16 x 12 inches // 40.6 x 30.5 cm

  19. Hali Nelson
    Every window is a placeholder for someone’s life and you will never know if it’s true, 2023
    oil on canvas
    24 x 16 inches // 61 x 40.6 cm

  20. Hali Nelson
    This is what it’s like to be cocooned in sunlight and hear every ghost screaming in your head at the same time, 2023
    oil on canvas
    36 x 40 inches // 91.4 x 101.6 cm

  21. Hali Nelson
    Some places don’t have names and aren’t real (2), 2022
    oil on canvas over panel
    16 x 12 inches // 40.6 x 30.5 cm

  22. Noah Zhou
    DERAILED, 2023.
    mixed media and acrylic on canvas.
    72 x 72 inches // 182.9 x 182.9 cm

  23. Shay Salehi
    Road Casualties: I-80, 2023
    Google maps recordings
    60:00 min

  24. Katie Chin
    Shift, 2023
    steel, drains, vents, labor

    My art practice is social. While today it appears to be a metal sculpture, it’s a lot more collaborative than it looks. This is not an all-inclusive list, but I would like to specifically thank: - Damien Vera, Ben Dimock, Ting Lau, and Ben Gould for expert technical advice on metal fabrication. - Daniel Chou, Daisy Wong, and Jesse Harding who were instrumental in installation strategy and execution. - Caroline Kindelt, Clipber Tran, Ramon Mussenden, Tony Petrillo, Valeria or oscar, Shay Salehi, and Becky Song for your labor at critical moments where I needed four arms. - My physical therapists Craig Feuerman, Ari Neulander, and Matthew Procopio who made sure my two arms got through it all. - My partner Myles Lawrence Briggs for unfaltering patience, emotional support and cooking most of our meals this year. - My classmates and professors who helped conceptualize and understand what this project wanted to be, especially: Yasi Alipour, Kris Grey, Lan Thao Lam, Le’Andrea LeSeur, Rit Premnath, Catherine Telford Keogh, Stefanos Tsivopoulos, Ashleigh Abbott, and many more. - All those who participated in the part-time faculty strike at The New School.
  25. Ash Moniz
    Distance Fom Zero, 2023
    video installation
    dimensions variable

  26. Evelina Nolin
    Borderline, 2023
    pine, swivel base, table top, zip ties, chalk reel tips, string
    47.2 x 78.7 x 23.6 inches //120 x 200 x 60 cm

  27. Nat Peterson
    Shower Reiteration #7 (Good Grief), 2023
    sculptural drawing installation: 3/4" EMT steel conduit, 3/4" EMT unthreaded elbow pull-ins, 3/4" pipe hangers, 1/16" aircraft cable, wire rope ferrules, white stoneware handmade ceramic tiles, ceramic glaze
    164 x 55 x 32 inches // 416.6 x 139.7 x 81.3 cm

  28. Lisa Hennig-Olsen
    Body of Evidence, 2023
    multi media installation
    120 x 120 inches // 304.8 x 304.8 cm

    Body of Evidence consists of multiple video essays and sculptures, exploring our current advancements in the Anthropocene. The extended collection of video essays will be available to view during the exhibtion at As we are flesh, so we are transient and ephemeral. Or are we? Will I be a fossil? Will I be fuel, as we know it? What will become of my bodily remains? Of my spiritual ones? How will the Anthropocene alter my fossil to-be state and use? Do I have any agency in this? As both the cause and recipients of climate crisis, who do we look to for rescue? Improvement? Salvation? Astronauts or archaeologists?
  29. Xianfan Zhu
    The Apple II, 2023
    interactive installation
    Dimensions variable

  30. Henrik Nordahl
    Gjallarhorn, 2023
    drywall paper tape, methyl cellulose, aluminum flashing, bluetooth speakers playing recordings from a cave
    68.4 x 33.6 x 43.2 inches // 173.7 x 85.3 x 109.7 cm

  31. Yifei Wang
    Imaginary Landscapes, 2023
    mixed media on paper
    9 x 12 inches // 22.9 x 30.5 cm

  32. Ashleigh Abbott
    Natural laws of paradise: Hope is a thing with wings, dancing, 2023
    steel, synthetic hair, salt
    36 x 144 x 60 inches // 91.4 x 365.8 x 152.4 cm

  33. Shining Zhu
    Living, one knot at a time, 2023
    Installation of twine sculptures, clay formations, and wood with sunprints
    168 x 120 x 96 inches // 426.7 x 304.8 x 243.8 cm

  34. Luke McCusker
    Luke McCusker’s Piece for the Parsons School of Design Master of Fine Arts in Fine Arts 2023 Thesis Exhibition, After Two Semesters in Studio 37
    bench with set of instructions
    18 x 28 x 14 inches // 45.7 x 71.1 x 35.6 cm

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