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Senior Thesis Exhibition 2022: Nothing is Where it Ought to Be

May 5, 2022 - May 23, 2022

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Start: May 5, 2022 - 12:00 am
End: May 23, 2022 - 11:59 pm
Venue: String Room Gallery
Location: 170 Main St.
Aurora, NY 13026 United States

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The Visual Arts program of Wells College is proud to announce the opening of “Nothing is Where it Ought to be,” a group exhibition of thesis work developed and crafted by our 2022 Studio Arts seniors: Avery Avalos, Ellie Beavers, and Angiee Otterbein.

May 5 – May 23, 2022

Opening Reception: Thursday, May 5, 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.  Light refreshments will be served.

The exhibition will remain on view until May 23, 2022. Please note that all individuals are required to wear masks indoors on the College’s campus.

What is our own? What is authentic? “Nothing is Where it Ought to be” is a collective show tracing connections between individuals and our values on both a personal and social scale. We are not asking viewers to simply observe the work, but to experience the sensations of interaction beyond sight. We are seeing, being with, and occupying space, consumed with value and memory.

In an effort to reclaim their own fading memories, Avery Avalos delves into the connection between photography, memory, and time in order to develop artworks that would allow their mind to retrieve moments they thought they had forgotten. Do you want to see the real thing, or do you want to see the fake thing? Through her research into looted artworks at the British Museum, and creative practice as a printmaker, Ellie Beavers suggests that replicas can be an ethical and respectful way to appreciate the arts of colonized cultures. Angiee Otterbein has been investigating how the time, effort and thought that goes into handmade objects increases the value of what could be an everyday object in terms of sentiment, quantifiable labor, physical presence and aesthetic impact.