Kristine Strawser MFA '12: Intrusive Thoughts
Jul 21—Sep 12 2014
President’s Office Gallery
When faculty member/alum Kris Strawser MFA ’12 (Studio Art) is making what she considers higher-minded artwork, other primitive tendencies find her again and gnaw their way through layers of better intentions. Her higher self uses materials that are often ready made, a bit more elegant, loaded with metaphor she hears like a dog whistle. By contrast, the unruly work in “Intrusive Thoughts” is a compact with her political self—and comprises silent mutterings and cartoon retorts—aimed at various news outlets. It’s a world of play and free association and desires that won’t be met—a collage with news, an old obsession. For this brand of stunted and indirect commentary, there’s a constant supply of material.
A rural westerner adrift in Philadelphia, Strawser lives between high brick walls in Philly’s loft district. Her views are razor wire and chain link. Phantom trees from somewhere else take tortured forms. This show is made to acknowledge her world, urban and rural, spliced together in attempts at better work. “Intrusive Thoughts” is unrefined, unedited, unvarnished.
Closing Reception: Thursday, September 11, 3 - 5 p.m.
Above: “Everything’s Jake," basswood, drawing paper, packing paper and ink; dimensions variable; 2012-2014.Hamilton Hall
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