Emerging artists at Columbia MFA Open Studios

The question is, where are they emerging from? The underworld, their shells, obscurity? Let’s say all of the above. It’s like baby sea turtles or Monarch butterflies—there’s a real vulnerability to the process. It’s a challenge to get everything cleaned up and presentable, and serve as an ambassador for your work, while you’re still in the middle it. In general the artists at this crowded event performed that task very well. I was there to see Emily Henretta’s work, but also enjoyed much more not pictured here.

Emily Henretta

Emily engaged with her material, paper, in many ways, including burning, ripping, scoring, carving, plastering, lasercutting, weaving and leafing. In deliberate contrast to the rich tactile expression was the mostly monochromatic color schemes of the built landscapes.

Emily Henretta's light and shadow world, Columbia Open Studios

Emily Henretta, silvered detail, Columbia Open Studios

Emily Henretta's work in scale, Columbia Open Studios

Emily Henretta, burnt column, Columbia Open Studios

Emily Henretta, from above, Columbia Open Studios

Emily Henretta's lasercut paper installation, Columbia Open StudiosEmily Henretta weaves paper scraps, Columbia Open Studios

Emily Henretta's woven paper, Columbia Open Studios

Brie Ruais

Brie impressed by realizing her loose sketches exactly in her finished sculptures.

Brie Ruais' sketches, Columbia Open Studios

Brie Ruais' shrouded plastic figure, Columbia Open Studios

Nick Paparone

In a metatextual gesture, Nick displayed a live feed of his visitors watching his work (an odd and compelling video of him manipulating a mask). The inside of the studio had a green screen and the feed played outside in the hall.

Nick Paparone watching his watchers, Columbia Open Studios

Nick Paparone's green screened studio, Columbia Open Studios

Matthew Fischer’s studio

Sorry I didn’t photograph the work, but I was struck by the purity of process on display. Besides the paintings, all that could be seen was a line of paints and a Pollocked floor.

Matthew Fischer's paints, Columbia Open Studios

Matthew Fischer's paint-splattered floor, Columbia Open Studios

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