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Two Recent MFA Grads Exhibit Work at Irvine Contemporary in Washington Aug. 8-Sept. 5

Introductions5 features new artists selected from leading MFA programs across the country

Posted 08.13.09 by MICA Media Relations

Wayne Toepp '09


WASHINGTON-Christopher LaVoie '08 (MFA Rinehart School of Sculpture) and Wayne Toepp '09 (MFA in Studio Art) are two of  the eight invited artists for Introductions5, the fifth curated "MFA annual," at Irvine Contemporary, 1412 14th St., NW. Introductions5 brings a highly select group of new artists from leading art college programs to Washington, D.C., Saturday, Aug. 8-Saturday, Sept. 5. An opening reception with the artists took place Saturday, Aug. 8, 6:30-9 p.m. Gallery hours are Tuesday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. and by appointment.

LaVoie de-familarizes everyday objects by remaking them with new materials and questions the materials used in traditional sculpture: a suspended "cross" can be a milestone or a headstone but formed of concrete, and the familiar brass knuckles shape he creates from cast eggshells. In LaVoie's works, the stability of objects and materials are disrupted and recreated.

Toepp works with images taken from surveillance cameras, which he transforms into paintings on a larger scale. He transfers the familiar details of surveillance TV monitors--shadows, contrast, graininess--into haunting paintings of the "found imagery" of a panoptic world: the viewer of a painting is now in the position of a CCTV viewer, but distanced from the original scene.

More than 200 recent MFA graduates had applied for Introductions5. Finalists were selected through thesis exhibition visits, artist studio visits and open submissions.

Other exhibiting artists include: Jonathan Dankenbring, MFA, Indiana University; John Hill, Jr., MFA, University of North, Carolina; Paris Mavroidis, MFA, Pratt Institute, New York; Matt Sartain, MFA, Academy of Art University, San Francisco; Yi-Hsin Tzeng, MFA, Savannah College of Art + Design, Ga.; Stacey Lee Webber, MFA, University of Wisconsin-Madison.

For more information about the exhibition, contact Irvine Contemporary at 202-332-8767.

For more information about the MICA-affiliated artists or any of MICA's programs, call 410-225-2300.

Image Caption: Wayne Toepp '09, Monitor no. 8 (detail), oil on canvas, 2008.

Founded in 1826, Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) is the oldest continuously degree-granting college of art and design in the nation. The College enrolls nearly 3,500 undergraduate, graduate and continuing studies students from 49 states and 52 countries in fine arts, design, electronic media, art education, liberal arts, and professional studies degree and non-credit programs. With art and design programs ranked in the top ten by U.S. News and World Report, MICA is pioneering interdisciplinary approaches to innovation, research, and community and social engagement. Alumni and programming reach around the globe, even as MICA remains a cultural cornerstone in the Baltimore/Washington region, hosting hundreds of exhibitions and events annually by students, faculty and other established artists.