For one showing only, four MFA graduate students and nine undergraduate students studying Studio Art at the University of Arizona’s School of Art – present VARIANCE – a compilation of video art and experimental documentaries produced in the Spring of 2016. The four MFA graduate students include Stephanie Burchett, Erinn Nordeman, Dustin Shores and Galen Trezise. The undergraduate students featured are Summar Alsemeiry, Priscilla Beck, Karen Cooper, Arielle Garcia, Olivia Goldson, Adelina Mendoza, Andrea Scheck, Lucas Stevenson and Brittany Williams.
A celebration of the multiple uses of video art formats including mise-en-scène, the long shot, performance, collage/ montage and experimental documentary, this screening advances the creative capacity and flexibility of the medium explored by the participants. With individual backgrounds in sculpture, printmaking, photography, social sciences, chemistry and film/television, the works in VARIANCE situates each artist’s stunning visual vocabulary within a conceptual framework of their own choosing. For the majority of the students, this is their first foray into time-based media, and video art in particular. The themes explored draw upon diverse elements that the artists are concerned with in their creative endeavors and lives.
VARIANCE is a screening that exhibits evidence of the students’ exertion in finding their own unique voice within a medium they employed in their practice. Under the mentorship of video artist and Associate Professor Sama Alshaibi, the students produced all the technical, aesthetic and conceptual components authored in their final video artworks. VARIANCE is a realization of a semester of storyboarding, performance, fabrication of sets, lighting, shooting, editing and scoring. These devices each carry the intent of the artists, and build meaning in time. (Dir. by Various, 2016, USA, Approximately 120 mins, Not Rated)