2015 UCSB Department of Art, MFA Thesis Exhibition

Event Date: 

Saturday, May 16, 2015 - 12:00pm to Sunday, May 31, 2015 - 5:00pm

Event Date Details: 

Opening Reception: Friday, May 22, 2015. 5:30 - 7:30 pm.






photo by Jenalee Harmon


Peripheral vision operates far from the center of focus, perceptively fabricating a suspended idea of reality. In this place, spatial and conceptual definition is in aconstant state of flux. It is pulled and torqued between fixed points of awareness and unmarked territory, and morphs into new and highly saturated terrain that suggests an endless supply of potential directions in which to move. Accessing the peripheral with a sense of clarity, the 2015 MFA students of UCSB have become both critical of, and reliant upon, the geographical proximity to Los Angeles, employing multi-faceted means of orientating themselves amongst the constantly shifting territorial centers and edges.

Mystical Absolutes centers on the suspended places and objects located
somewhere between fixed and unfixed, real and unreal, place and


This exhibition, and the work of Emily C. Thomas, have been partially supported by funding from the Interdisciplinary Humanities Center (IHC), UC Santa Barbara.