Carnegie Mellon University
March 17, 2014

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon School of Art's MFA Thesis Exhibition, "Lossless," Opens March 28

Contacts: Lauren Goshinski / School of Art / 412-268-1533 /
Pam Wigley / Media Relations / 412-889-6238 /
LosslessPITTSBURGH-Carnegie Mellon University Master of Fine Arts (MFA) candidates present their final work in "Lossless," the School of Art's 2014 MFA Thesis Exhibition, opening from 6 - 8 p.m., Friday, March 28, in Carnegie Mellon's Miller Gallery. The exhibition, which runs through April 20, features large-scale installations, video and generative sound art by artists Carl Bajandas, Oreen Cohen and Yunmi Her.

Dan Byers, the Richard Armstrong Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art and co-curator of the 2013 Carnegie International at the Carnegie Museum of Art, will lead a critique and public Q&A 6:30 - 9:30 p.m., Thursday, April 10, in the gallery.

"For this culminating exhibition, they [the artists] are all exploring new territory," said John Carson, head of the School of Art. "An inventor of kinetic mechanical metal machines decides to go multi-sensual. A sculptor recycling post-industrial waste creates a ritualistic performance for an immersive video experience. A videographer concerned with the perceptual relationship between the virtual and the real delves into the psychology of the quotidian."

About the Artists:
Carl Bajandas' large-scale work consists of a chemically unstable crystal color field that slowly shifts from blue to black; in reaction to this change, custom sound generation software creates a corresponding soundscape. This work explores entropy and our relationship to change.  

Oreen Cohen's sculptural and video works stimulate poetic reflections in the built environment, unpacking the embedded meanings, histories and identities of place. Urban interventions are created using metaphor and physical material to cultivate social allegories that re-interpret the past, solidify the present and anticipate the future. Her thesis project, "Between a Stone and a Shrine," was supported in part by funding from the Carnegie Mellon University Frank-Ratchye Fund For Art @ the Frontier.

Yunmi Her's video installation and interactive art to explore the daily internal conflict of individuals' everyday lives examine environmental limitations, social systems and relationships that help to construct individual identity. Research, analysis and observation are important processes of her work. Contrary to this however, her video installations create a dreamlike ethereal mood that convey not only emptiness and loneliness, but also the hope and satisfaction that occurs in the cycle of one's daily life.