Syn Ger Xiong and Cierra Redding MFA Thesis Exhibition 2021

When:
April 23, 2021 - May 16, 2021

Category:
Exhibits For the Community University Art Museum

Location:
UNIVERSITY ART MUSEUM AT NEW MEXICO STATE UNIVERSITY

Details:
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Syn- Ger Xiong & Cierra Redding MFA Thesis Exhibition 2021
April 23 – May 15, 2021
Virtual and live opening reception Friday, April 23, 6PM

Syn- 2021 MFA Thesis Exhibition OPENS AT THE UNIVERSITY ART MUSEUM AT NEW MEXICO STATE UNIVERSITY
 
Las Cruces, NM–The University Art Museum (UAM) is proud to present Syn- 2021 MFA Thesis Exhibition, featuring the work of MFA candidates Ger Xiong and Cierra Redding. Syn- looks at how each artist navigates their identities differently through the use of materiality, form, and objects. Within the exhibition space, viewers are confronted with histories of loss and absence. NMSU Assistant Professor Joshua Clark interprets, “Between them exists an engaging discourse, which feels timely and timeless […] both artists are wrestling with one of the oldest human conundrums: how to conserve the worthy aspects of our past, both collectively and personally.”
 
Each artist explores their everyday lives as they navigate the spaces around them. Xiong’s work depicts the navigation and negotiation of his cultural identity of being Hmong American. Through the lenses of assimilation, migration, colonization, commodification, and resilience of being Hmong, his finely crafted textiles and wearable objects are visual narratives, telling stories of his and his family’s migration. As stateless people within dominant spaces, his work becomes a tool of documentation and storytelling to preserve his identity, history, and culture, connecting stories of our past to the present. 
 
Born with a rare eye condition, called Nystagmus, Redding explores her surroundings through touch. In this body of work, Redding focuses on lost interactions in a world of human separation  and social isolation. To deal with her own isolation, Redding was inspired by a quote from family therapist Virginia Satir that prescribes a regimen of eight daily hugs to maintain our emotional well-being. In search of a remedy, Redding followed this guidance by sculpting eight “hug” impressions to document and display the loss she has endured, while paradoxically giving herself the opportunity to experience the feeling of physical touch. 
 
Clark writes, “The days of our past are now irretrievable, some events tear us apart, others bring us together. In the space between the works rests an acknowledgement that ‘we shall never pass this way again,’ but perhaps also hope that all will not be lost if we record, remember, and pass on our experiences as the world continues to wave goodbye.”
 
Join us for the virtual opening reception of Syn- 2021 MFA Thesis Exhibition on Friday, April 23, 2021. 5:30p.m – 7:30p.m. In conjunction with this event, the BFA and JSS exhibition opening will be happening simultaneously. To attend the event, please register here: https://nmsu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJcucuqrrzgtHtUYM64ffolAXjaNOls5oxuO. All receptions are free and open to the public.

Programming for this exhibition includes a joint Artist Talk on Thursday, May 6th at 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. For more information about this and other free, community-wide events, visit the UAM’s website for more information. https://uam.nmsu.edu/ . Visit our timed-ticket website to register for free tickets to this exhibition https://uam.nmsu.edu/timed-tickets/

 



Contact:
Jasmine Herrera, Art Museum Coordinator
575-646-2545
artmuseum@nmsu.edu