How do you define a work of art? Is it outlined by media, by materials, or by message? Artists working today are both burdened and enriched by the vast landscape of information and media that saturates our collective and connected global culture. The result is a wholesale re-definition of what an artist is and what tools they employ to create and communicate. Sculptural and environmental paintings, unique photographic and print installations, and site-specific ephemeral encounters that rely on a shared history and specific experience have emerged as the conduits of artistic expression.
The concepts and themes that these artists consider are as varied as the media they employ in their work. Familiar tropes of gender, social politics, and religion are reinterpreted through installations that blur the preconceived classifications of traditional technique. Contemporary ideas about communication and shared experience have emerged as both the artist’s subject and the vehicle to engage with the viewer.
Neither Confirmed Nor Denied, the annual exhibition of the master of fine arts thesis candidates from the School of Art and Department of Transmedia at SUArt Galleries, featured the work of 18 artists working in a variety of traditional and new media. As with any true thesis exhibition, there was no curatorial rationale: the artwork was selected by the artists as the culmination of three years of artistic research and practice. In all, the artists of Neither Confirmed Nor Denied exemplify the multidisciplinary approach and the contemporary ideas that are shaping the art world today.