FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

“Fantastic”
MFA Thesis Exhibition

Natalie Henderson-Alton
Chris Oatey
Marcela Rofey-Hobbs
February 19 – March 2, 2007
Opening Reception: Thursday, February 22, 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Bolsky Gallery
Otis College of Art and Design
9045 Lincoln Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90045
E-mail, otis@otisgrads.com
Web site, http://www.otismfagrads.com
Gallery hours are 11:00am to 6:00 pm Monday-Sunday



Natalie Henderson-Alton's work explores the multifaceted and often surreal relationship we have with photographs (both as image and as object).  Her recent body of work, the "Family Pictures Project", investigates our relationship to pictures of ourselves and of our lives.  Alton's work in collage, installation, and drawing suggests an uncanny relationship to photographs of the self, from the duality of attachment to projection to the perception of the fantastic.
 
Chris Oatey presents an installation consisting of numerous elements.  His drawings become more sculptural while the remnants of making each drawing become reified as objects.  The repeated marks of his installation force the viewer to focus on the duration of the whole project while still addressing the singularity of the individual drawing.
 
The use of fragility in Marcela Rofey-Hobbs work transfers into being monumental.  She elevates the humble to fine art.  The remnant is no longer a limited material.  It is deliberate.  Her work is not a cultivation of the pathetic but a modification of the marginal. The work is apologetic yet, aggressive.  It suggests the idea of being complete.  It has collective power.  It believes that politeness is a fantasy.



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