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Phases and Passings MFA Thesis Show
By John Barnabas Lake
April 17-25

Phases and Passings, the MFA thesis show of John Barnabas Lake, explores the being human through photography, installation, and text. Each piece of art work acts as a meditation, trying to connect to the viewer parallel and paradoxical considerations of life. Worship, dreams, shame, love, memory, and other topics are explored through various materials and photographic processes. Interactivity is encouraged. Free and open to the public.


Nathan Lyons on white horse

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  Project Space Visiting Artist
Laurie O'Brien
through Friday, May 1, 2015
Project Space

Laurie O'Brien's project is a series of collages that explore a world that is becoming both increasingly more connected and distant. She responds to this complexity by working with pre-existing images and texts that are subject to extreme stress or dislocation in time and space to help them reveal their hidden meanings. Laurie is using figures and landscapes from the magic lantern slides and the Soibelman Archive at Visual Studies Workshop. Her process explores collaboration, “Patacritical Interrogation Techniques”, the word “random”, and post-facto rationalization.

Laurie O’Brien is an artist working in video, installation, animation, and performance. Her interdisciplinary media work is collaborative, sociopolitical, exploratory, hand-made and digital. She is interested in hybrid forms of expression that combine and defy definitions and categories. Her animations, performances and video installations have been exhibited in numerous galleries nationally and internationally. Her work often focuses on the blurring of fact and fiction. A metaphor that continues to influence her work, the puppet, finds expression in unexpected forms with links to technology, identity, duplicity and deception. She is an Assistant Professor of Visual Media at RIT.
    Artist Talk with Laurie O'Brien
Wednesday, April 29, 6pm
VSW Research Center

Join us for an artist talk with Laurie O'Brien about her body of work. Free and open to the public.
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Hybrid Cinema with Michael A. Morris
Friday, May 8, 7pm
VSW Auditorium

Dallas-based filmmaker Mike Morris combines analog and digital technologies to create a unique form of audio-visual phenomenology. His work in film and video responds to the rapid changes in how moving images are experienced in the 21st century. Filmmaker in attendance.
Event is open to the public, $5 donation suggested.

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Live Cinema Performances
Saturday, May 9, 7pm
VSW Auditorium

A multi-media event including live film, video, sound, and light performances by local and national media artists. Event is open to the public, $5 donation suggested.

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Films by Rose Lowder
Curated by Tara Merenda Nelson
Friday, March 29, 7pm

16mm films by French experimental filmmaker Rose Lowder. Curated by VSW Artist-In-Residence Tara Merenda Nelson. Event is open to the public, $5 donation suggested.

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