By Asanté Mills (Art ’19)
DeVonn Francis (A ’15) and Angus-Buchanan Smith (A ‘16) unveil their collaborative independent business practice, Enroot, in the colonnade. Enroot is their collective desire to strengthen ties between communities and agriculture. In the colonnade, a familiar atmosphere envelops the space. Stretching for much of the length of the colonnade, wooden tables bring warmth, and give presence to the otherwise vacant space. Moments of laughter and conversation fill the alley. As visitors converse over food and drink, looped videos are displayed, marking the two’s journey in creating Enroot. Among their videos is a list of a staggering number of backers and supporters—more than two hundred mentions. Yet this gesture shows the importance of community and making—the crucial backing of their endeavor.
Sam Kaufman opens his senior show Sam’s Club on the 2nd floor landing of the Foundation Building on Tuesday, November 17. Kaufman uses a myriad of building materials including drywall, sheet metal, wood, and glass along with warped paintings and lenticular images within his installation. There is a level of comfort in the resemblance to home, and we have been given an opportunity to find ourselves within the work. The configuration of materials redefines and changes our perception of space, as distinctions between interior and exterior are blended. Kaufman contorts our orientation within the space, as he re-configures passages and creates openings with windows and shutters between columns. Movement through the space becomes more eventful as you move past, forcing thirteen images of bathers to appear and disappear from view.
“Oversized and Unidentified”
Katherine Magradey holds her show in the 6th floor lobby of the Foundation Building, filling the vacuous space with three towering membranes of wax paper. She has transformed the mundane material with heat and scale. As we move through the channels between these sheets, the room becomes almost cavernous, yet it is contrasted by the delicacy of the material. The colossal ten-foot high and thirty-foot long creations tower above us. Magradey’s use of lighting accentuates the semi-opacity and undulations of these pieces. Arranged on the left, Magradey’s smaller prints echo and play with texture and materiality of unconventional media. Her prints contain many color variations with repeated overlapping cloth texture. Magradey’s prints create spaciousness within two-dimensional media.