The School of Art & Art History welcomes you to join us for the reception of Shadowboxing the Axis, the last in a series of three UIC MFA Thesis Exhibitions in Studio Arts, Photography, Moving Image, and New Media Arts. Artists Soohyun Kim, Meredith Lackey, and Sherwin Ovid will present artist talks at 5pm.
Images of the domestic space, the slick interior of a skyscraper, and the cables of dispersed networks create hybrid propositions for living in the global, neoliberal systems of now. The works in Shadowboxing the Axis engage with myriad complexities in the physical and symbolic spaces of communication, capital, and culture. Soohyun Kim’s photographs of Guryong Village in Seoul, Korea document the intersecting social and political issues in the refurbishment of this district and the everyday lives of its citizens. Using sound, image, and text, Meredith Lackey charts the path of a submarine fiber optic cable and the global centers of finance it connects. Sherwin Ovid draws from the experience of immigration as a space of contingent exchange, using the domestic space and its ornaments and heirlooms as a study of migratory aesthetics. Shadowboxing the Axis is an encounter with the postmodern sublime, teasing apart cultural imagery and systems of power felt physically and digitall