UIC’s School of Art & Art History welcomes you to join us for the reception of “Adaptations for the Understudy,” the first in a series of three UIC MFA Thesis Exhibitions in Studio Arts, Photography, Moving Image, and New Media Arts. Artists Jose Luis Benavides, Lorenzo Gattorna, Liz McCarthy, and Roni Packer will participate in a discussion moderated by Maggie Taft in the Gallery 400 lecture room at 5pm.
Jose Luis Benavides is a writer, filmmaker and visual artist. He explores narratives of identity, place and community through an extensive research and archival practice. He writes for New City and teaches for Community Arts Partnership in Education. He is a 2016 Luminarts Finalist and his work has shown most recently at Links Hall.
Lorenzo Gattorna is a filmmaker and programmer originally from New York. Recently, his cinematic work engages with extended temporality, eludes narrative causality and embodies the confluence of lived experiences and embellished counterparts. He also attempts to capture flawed, fleeting scenarios, and the bittersweet sentiments that accompany their passing. His films have screened at venues worldwide, including CUFF, Echo Park Film Center, Image Forum, LOOP Festival, Maryland Film Festival, Microscope Gallery, NYFF, Open City Cinema, The Nightingale, TULCA and VIDEOMEDEJA.
Liz McCarthy is a transdisciplinary artist. Through research and studio production, she explores how different materials develop meaning through use and origin, and applies physical performance as a potential agent to re-inscribe meaning.
Born and raised in Tel Aviv, Israel, Roni Packer is a painter who prefers the paint and canvas to the pictorial space. Tearing, flipping, re-weaving, and carving are in the spectrum of her practices, through which she maintains an active-passive-aggressive relationship with the images and objects of her production.