Post-Baccalaureate 2013: things made for real life
The 2013 post-baccalaureate exhibition features new work by:
Michelle Chen (B.F.A. '13), was born in Changsha, China but spent her childhood growing up in various places around the world. She has lived in China, Germany, and Canada before moving to the U.S. in 2005. Chen recently graduated from Cornell University with a bachelor of arts in comparative literature and a bachelors of fine arts. Currently she is pursuing her M.Arch. at the Yale School of Architecture.
Being part of a family that moved frequently rendered her understanding of place as a constantly shifting phenomenon that required her continual observation and adaptation. Chen’s keen curiosity for changing cultures and environments can be seen to manifest in her sculpture and installation works which most fundamentally explores her necessity to mark presence in transient places.
Mike Picos (B.F.A. '13), grew up in Fishkill, New York where he attended local schools. Picos graduated from Cornell University’s College of Architecture, Art, and Planning in 2013 with a bachelor of fine arts. He currently lives and works in New York City.
Picos’s recent work is part of a long-term exploration of painted abstractions derived from observation of the architected and designed world that we inhabit. The paintings are part object, part window frame, and vacillate between tricking the eye and plainly revealing their own making.
Anne Wu (B.F.A. '13), was born and raised in Queens, New York. Wu graduated from Cornell University with a bachelor of fine arts. In her studio, you can find cartons of blister packaging, lots of empty plastic bottles, a couple of cardboard candy display cases, miscellaneous containers, and a sizable pile of old newspapers. Wu makes sculptures that attempt to create new visual experiences of the ordinary objects we encounter in everyday life. Through material play, assemblage, and arrangement, these objects are transformed into building blocks from which fresh sets of formal combinations can be made.