October 18 – November 10, 2012
Reception: October 24, 6 – 8 pm
SVA Gallery

School of Visual Arts (SVA) presents “un/common skin,” an exhibition of thesis work from the 2012 graduating class of the Master of Professional Studies (MPS) in Digital Photography Department. Curated by NYC gallerist and educator Michael Foley, “un/common skin” is on view October 18 through November 10 at the SVA Gallery, located at 209 East 23 Street in Manhattan.

“The students showing in the exhibition have a wide range of photographic interests, including fine art, commercial, fashion and editorial, making un/common skin so fascinating,” saying MPS Digital Photography Chair Katrin Eismann. “This year’s graduating class mirrors the great diversity of the School of Visual Arts and New York City. Students came from Brazil, Canada, Costa Rica, Lebanon, India, Italy, Mexico, Singapore, South Korea, Russia, Ukraine and, of course, the United States, to delve into contemporary digital photographic techniques and practices.”

Un/common skin brings together 19 beautiful, creative and expressive minds in a coherent visual examination of their worlds,” says Foley. “As artists, we share in common our need and desire to make sense of our existence by creating a visual language and yet we are all capable of expressing a profound vision of the world that is clearly unique to each one of us.”

In his work Reflections of a Collective Memory, Fadi Asmar explores how a group of immigrants of Armenian descent in the greater New York area constructs its identity on a common memory of the Armenian Genocide from almost a century ago. Mariana Becker’s Chrysalis is a vital exploration of how young women experience the tenuous and transitional stage of puberty through intimate environmental portraits that reveal these young women’s passions, desires, ethnicities and hopes. With Glimpse, Christopher Borrok considers the fragmented nature of presence and embraces the poignant normalcy of life's in-betweens. In Thoughts Unsaid, then Forgotten, Gaia Danieli, reveals signals and gestures that develop between intimate partners that may belie their intentions. John Delaney presents a series of environmental portraits of the few remaining family owned businesses in Hoboken NJ in Hoboken Passing.

David Forney’s My Son explores the beauty of classic black and white portraiture using natural, directed light with visual interest in expression. Lauryn Gerstle’s The Well of Renewal explores the feminine vulnerability and strength of contemporary women drawn to New York City using refracted, multilayered photographs within lush, yet urban environments. Tanya Ghosh explores and celebrates the very primal yet highly refined connection between the sensations that we experience with food and sex in Recipe for Hunger. Giovanna Grueiro’s series Bound to Be explores the everyday rituals and self-imposed torture of women’s beauty regimen, questioning whether the cost of forcing the female body into an idealized state of beauty is too high.

In Tabula Rasa, Maryana Hordeychuk presents a visual and poetic journey exploring human emotions through dance in a dream-like environment moving through chaos, fear and change towards the ultimate fresh start. Hyun Suh Kim explores her fascination with America’s contemporary food culture’s obsessive relationship with confectionery desserts with its toxic pleasure and addictive gluttony in Sugar High. Jenna Miller’s Within explores, through the photographing of dance, that within every relationship there is a story to tell and that story is often not seen on the surface. Alexandre F. Nunes presents Greener Grass, a series of black and white portraits that explores connections between ordinary people, their occupations and their dreams.

Charles Putnins' In Search of the Divine is a series of landscape images that captures the beauty, power, and spiritual aspects of nature. In Making the Unconscious Conscious, Lisette Ranga presents a metaphorical series of conceptual portraits that reveal deep and hidden emotions, combining the natural world with the human face. Rebeca Saborio’s Voiceless addresses the state of domesticated and abandoned animals in a world devoid of humankind. In Desire of Men, Chris Sellas looks at the gay male encounter through observed moments of solitude, relaxation and intimacy from men he met through gay social iPhone apps Ksenia Tavrina’s alone | TOGETHER explores the modern trend of living alone through environmental portraits of single people living in New York City. Marsha Wilcox’s Perception shows figurative views of the woods one might experience running through an early morning fog.

The Master of Professional Studies in Digital Photography is a concentrated course of studies in both commercial and fine art digital photography that addresses the entire digital imaging workflow, from image capture and enhancement to creating high-quality large-format prints and secure archiving strategies. Under the guidance of leading photographers, retouchers, designers and studio managers, students master the latest tools and techniques to create technically outstanding and conceptually compelling images. In addition to developing a body of work, students become versed in image reproduction, issues in contemporary fine art photography and current business practices.

The SVA Gallery, located at 209 East 23 Street, is open Monday through Saturday, 9:00 am to 7 pm. Admission is free. The gallery is accessible by wheelchair. For further information, call 212.592.2145.

School of Visual Arts in New York City is an established leader and innovator in education of artists. From its inception in 1947, the faculty has been comprised of professionals working in the arts and art-related fields. SVA provides an environment that nurtures creativity, inventiveness and experimentation, enabling students to develop a strong sense of identity and a clear direction of purpose.