Maisie Ogata ’14, perhaps Middlebury’s most prolific performance artist, will perform two new pieces at M Gallery tonight.
Maisie writes in her artist statement:
“I make work that makes me uncomfortable. My work is self involved and a bit obsessive. It’s messy. It’s ugly. It’s probably boring to a lot of people. It’s pathetic. It won’t let go. And it’s a bit crazy.”
Maisie’s work is almost guaranteed to make you uncomfortable. Her pieces tend to be raw and unforgiving. Discomfort, on the part of the artist and the viewer, make her performances refreshing and engaging. She avoids pretension, I think, by acknowledging that her work is self-involved not covering up her own discomfort while she performs. Her pieces feel direct and honest, and that makes them worth seeing.
Guaranteed you will not find a performance like this often on Middlebury campus. In four years at Middlebury, I have never seen something in the realm of Maisie’s work.
Date: TONIGHT (Thursday, March 13) Time: 8 PM Place: M Gallery (in the same building as Storm Café/The Old Stone Mill) To be expected: Cheese, nudity
Ally Silberkleit ‘13.5, who has created some of the most compelling and well-crafted pieces to come out of Midd’s studio art program in recent years, is showing her thesis work in Johnson on Thursday afternoon.
To see some of Ally’s past work, check out a Baltimore (her new hometown) art blog’s coverage of her Fall 2013 M Gallery show here.
Virginia Yarboro ’14, Sally Caruso ‘15.5and Dylan Otterbein ’16will also have new work on display in Johnson, including video, sculpture, and painting.
Date: Thursday, 1/30 Time: 4:30-6 PM Place: Johnson Pit Space Free Food: Carrot cake, rice crispy treats, spring rolls, much cheese
Artist (that’s her up there in that picture!) and peer Sally Caruso ‘15.5 wants to let you know about something awesome and important:
Head to Johnson to see oil paint and ceramic portraits based on people of power and influence. Jim Butler, the professor of the class last spring, claimed that they “are the best group of student paintings he’s seen in 20 years.” RADICAL. Definitely worth a trip.
If you don’t get to Johnson much you are missing out–incredible, amazing things happen over there. This show is a prime example and it closes tomorrow so get down there ASAP.
Date: Closes Tuesday September 24 (tomorrow!) Time: Open all day Place: Johnson
Tonight (Monday), Sanford Mirling’s Advanced Studio Art class will present their independent work in the Johnson Pit Space, starting at 7PM. Expect performance, video, 3D and 2D pieces.
We’ve followed this class’s work over the course of the semester (they had a separate show up for the spring symposium), and we’re expecting tonight to feature some of the more radical and exciting stuff to come out of Midd’s Studio Art department in a while. If you make it to Johnson once this semester, this is probably the night you want to be there.
Also, some of the posters around have noted that the opening will feature “chicks” with power tools. seems worth noting.
There will be free pizza, doughnuts, coca cola and other drinks.
Dylan Redford (video begins at: 7:00) Hannah King Maddie Dai Maisie Ogata Spencer Brown Sophia Gubernick Annie Ulrich Evio Isaac Ally Silberkleit