STILL, AND:Class of 2022 Thesis Exhibition

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August 19, 2022 - September 22, 2022

Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Gallery

Opening Reception: Thursday, August 25, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Through photography, film, philosophy, and other multimedia elements, this Parsons MFA class offers viewers time to pause: if we are the purveyors of change in the world, what do we do with this responsibility, with this life? Moving from more microscopic, individualized experiences into more macro observations about culture and the physical spaces humanity occupies, Still, And does not ask for answers, but gives something far more valuable: an open space to think, to choose, to be in-progress and imperfect. For as much time as each artist within this exhibition spends carefully crafting their perspective, they are ultimately at the mercy of the viewer. Whether or not their intended message was what resonated is uncontrollable, and arguably, it is of little consequence. What is photography or art writ large but an endless loop of subjective interpretation upon subjective interpretation? Still, And invites that messiness and uncertainty, that impartiality, that openness. The exhibition is not a solicitation for answers, but an echochamber, a microbiome where the interactions between viewer, art, and artist are not a means to an end, but the means themselves–where it ends is for us to decide.