MFA Student Exhibition 2011 | Justin Martin | “An Investigation into Place Through Walking”

Margaret Miller views work from USF MFA grad, Justin Martin

What’s showing at USFCAM? The 2011 MFA Graduation Exhibition, that’s what!

2011 MFA Graduation Exhibition
2011 MFA Graduation Exhibition
Each year at USFCAM we feature an exhibition of works by our MFA Candidates in the USF School of Art and Art History. The MFA show is an annual favorite because we get to showcase the school’s very own special talent. The event also provides an opportunity for graduate students to have their work viewed by the public, as well as University faculty and colleagues, in a professional environment. This year’s show is entitled Starting Fires, and it’s a show you should really see! It’s a great place for a quiet study break, and a chance to experience contemporary art from your contemporaries!

So, since we have this creative and unique show on view, we wanted to take some time to feature a few of our graduating MFA artists here on the blog. We’ll try and post a little work from everybody in the exhibition, but we’ll start with Justin Martin, since he has been our student intern handling video projects for us here at Graphicstudio and CAM. Yay Justin!

Below are links we found on the internets of work from more students. Unfortunately we weren’t able to find a link for everyone. We’ll add any links if you send them our way!

The 2011 MFA graduating class includes:
Robb Fladry
Ryan Foster
Zak Hemsteger
Lin Li
Francis Marquez
Bruce Monroe
Daniel Moore
Ellen Mueller
Chris Otten
Jordi Williams
and Justin Martin

Justin Martin | An Investigation into Place Through Walking

As I was walkin’ – I saw a sign there
And that sign said – no tress passin’
But on the other side …. it didn’t say nothin!
Now that side was made for you and me!

~ THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND words and music by Woody Guthrie

Justin Martin offers a unique creative perspective with a focus on neighborhood walking tours and site-specific public interventions. His performance work is an investigation of how a place is constructed, both socially and physically. He writes:

In my work, I investigate the construction of manmade urban environments and our relationship to it. Through my observation, performance and dialogue, I analyze issues of control, power, surveillance, and physical and social barriers. I use relational strategies to activate my audience/participants toward a renewed sensitivity to the nature of community and communal space.

My performances range from organized walks to public interventions. The immediacy that happens from social exchange has become important to my practice. An investment into place leads to the unearthing of hidden structures and sometimes easily overlooked socio-political issues. Spending time in a place, leads to asking more questions that in return generates material that guides my work. My interest in how environments are constructed, stems from being raised in Montana, a rural landscape marked by private property and no trespassing signs. 

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Catch Justin’s work in person at USFCAM! Now through May 7th, 2011.

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