This annual exhibition showcases work by the graduating students of the Corcoran School of the Arts & Design at the George Washington University. NEXT includes the thesis work of undergraduate and graduate students.
Visitors to NEXT are invited to engage with the next generation of catalysts, provocateurs, and visionaries as they participate in gallery talks and deliver thesis presentations. The exhibition closes May 15.
Experience a new generation of creativity.
Ayobami Adeyemo BA Art Studies
The Appropriation of West African Textiles within the Realm of Globalization
Marisol Ardon MA Art and the Book
Statement Unclear & Divided
Growing up in the United States within a Salvadoran family was quite challenging. My identity is wrapped around the struggle with societal assimilation and acculturation, while still remaining true to my family’s culture. My artist’s book, entitled Unclear & Divided, speaks to my reflection in understanding my identity as a Salvadoran-American.
The writings are based on true occurrences in my life that questioned my identity through my appearance, behavior, actions, mentality and composure. The graphic dynamics in my book depict my frame of mind during and after these events, and the impact words can have on a person.
The book is letterpress printed using polymer plates techniques. The book structure is inspired by post-colonial Mesoamerican codices.
Elana Casey BFA Fine Arts
Statement A Vision in Black Space, Visions in White Space, Saamerikeshetep
My work stems from an accumulation of experiences and interactions with people from the African diaspora. My subjects run the gamut of family to associates. Following behind the black feminist philosophies of prominent thinkers, I envision the black body as both empowered and healing with the use of texture and symbolic color. The idea of healing is referenced by visible scarring of the figure and its environment. The scars speak to ritual practices in certain African communities and to the history of slavery. Color symbolism and clothing are the differentiating factor between human and deity, as in the use of gold and halos in the portraits. Deities are referred to as visions. Visions are inspired by West African Folklore and Religious practices in African diaspora. My research has included the deities of the Santeria church and Candomblé. When envisioning or reflecting my subject, I am synthesizing information relevant to their narrative. This information may include the subject’s personal history, Christian aesthetics, West African Folklore, African-American history, scarification and the deification of the rap/hip-hop icon.
Nabby Cheung MA Art Education
Why do we create so much waste? What happens to all of our trash after we throw it away? How are the easily discarded pieces of our lives affecting the world and our future?
My work explores the world of trash. As the art teacher at my school, I noticed that brown paper towels and food created a lot of trash. After researching trash, landfills, greenhouse gases, recycling, composting, and decomposition, I experimented with using the school’s trash and my personal trash in my work. I also used scraps of thread and leftover fabric from my sewing projects. I interviewed my peers about the reasons why they sometimes don’t recycle, and their responses became the text on the fabrics. Throughout this capstone project, I became more aware of my own production of trash and recycling habits, and have worked on creating less food waste and trying to find a use for things that would have been thrown away.
Magdalena Cordero MA Art and the Book
Statement Long Chilean Gaia
As an artist I have a big interest in landscapes, especially from Chile, my homeland. Chilean writers are also a constant inspiration to me in this matter, especially Gabriela Mistral’s work. She is a remarkable female icon in not only my country, but also in Latin America. She wrote poetry, essays, and articles that where published in different countries in America and Europe. She was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1945. Mistral is well known within Spanish-speaking countries but because of the lack of translation of her work and associated complexity, she is almost unknown in the English language, especially in the United States, where she lived for many years. This work is based on Mistral’s last publication Poema de Chile ”Poem of Chile” (1967). I want to show part of the work that represents Chile, and to introduce its landscapes to the reader as well, but also, to get English speakers close to her work.
Olivia Harding BFA Photojournalism
On September 4, 2015, my mother called my sister and me and began to tearfully speak the words, “I have breast cancer.” My whole body went numb. I was eight years old when I lost my father to a heart attack. With the onset of my mother’s diagnoses came the flooding fears that I would be losing another parent and the memories of her would soon begin to fade.
This work creates a portrait of my mother, Lauraine Harding, capturing the moments of beauty and strength within a middle aged woman who has experienced loss, an empty nest, and chronic pain. The relationships she holds with her daughters are the foundation upon which she has continued to push forward despite the recent diagnosis of breast cancer.
In addition to the photographs, I chose to make a book in order to create a more intimate experience for the viewer. The book gives a deeper, more tangible look into the life of my mother and the relationships she holds with her daughters.
Pam Kaplan MA New Media Photojournalism
Statement Silk Stories
Silk Stories is a multimedia documentary project exploring the impact of shifting global markets on the daily lives of those entwined in the silk production process of southern India through the stories of the farmers, reelers, weavers and consumers of this hundred-year old tradition and art form.
The project unfolds on location in India in the states of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu across several of the small towns and villages just outside of the cities of Bangalore and Chennai.
The narratives are developed through a combination of photography, short-form video documentaries, writing and social media. The project is hosted on an interactive website and encourages the viewer to learn about the silk production process through an ancient and colorful craft and to consider the impact of rapid change and volatile markets.
Fred Lameck BFA Graphic Design
Art director Helmut Krone began his career in the 1960s during the height of advertising’s Creative Revolution. His work spans several decades and includes the famous “Think Small” Volkswagen campaign. In 1979 he was inducted into the Art Directors Club of New York’s Hall of Fame. A contrarian, Krone produced advertisements that stood out against the mainstream, emphasizing unique never-seen-before creative solutions over personal style. Krone Magazine explores his design philosophy and highlights the graphic design principles and formal elements at play in his work.
Lucien Liz-Lepiorz BFA Graphic Design
Statement Making Bits into Typographic Beauty
The digital age has transformed both the creative development and visual transmission of typographic form. Final rendition rests in the consumer’s hands, as they determine each device and every context, limiting the creator’s control of fidelity. To address these newfound complexities, designers collaborate with engineers in an interdisciplinary process that questions, stresses, and strengthens the work. Form emerges from a soup of iterative concepts, extensive development, and creative dialogue.
Meghan O’Loughlin MA Exhibition Design
Statement Dance! The Exhibition
My objective as an exhibition designer is to create immersive experiences that transport visitors through multi-sensory engagement. Exhibition design is a platform for storytelling, and I seek to create narratives through the creative use of space as well as kinesthetic, audio, and visual elements. I am particularly interested in designing experiences which take place outside of the traditional museum setting. My designs invite visitors to experience space in new and unexpected ways and ask visitors to reconsider their surrounding environments.
Britney Segermeister BFA Fine Art Photography
Rubatosis is a term that describes the awareness of your own heartbeat; as you stop to notice your heart, you become aware of how alive you are with each beat. Similarly, I feel that these images are alive, that they are the result of an awareness of the light and energy that exist in any photograph.
These hybrid photographs were created using both analog and digital processes, but neither required a camera. Historically, cameraless photography has always existed since the first discovery of light-sensitive materials. The materials have simply expanded and so have the possibilities. Unlike my historical precedents, in which the image is the final product, these images contain the possibility to evolve, like all living beings evolve. As technology changes, as will the interpretations of these images. They are only the possibilities of now, but are eternally limitless.
Elizabeth Shannon BFA Fine Art Photography
Statement There Is No Zipper
Ever since I was a child I felt hostility toward my body. When I was in elementary school, I would imagine finding a zipper on my hairline. I would be able to open up the zipper and allow myself to step out of my body and have the one that I’d always imagined. From infancy through adulthood women are consistently expected to be attractive. This was something that I never considered myself to be.
Some days I look in the mirror and feel beautiful. On other days, I reach up and feel for a zipper. It is a day in and day out endeavor. This work is about the struggle women go through to feel beautiful and accept themselves as they are.
I chose to create self portraits to confront my own issues with body image. In addition to the photographs, I created this book to give the viewer a more complex look into my own journey of acceptance.
Madeline Smit MA Exhibition Design
As an exhibition designer my main goal is to create immersive environments that are both intriguing and accessible to a diverse audience. For me, exhibition design truly embodies the essence of human centered design by visually conveying a narrative that can be appreciated through multi-sensory engagement. My designs seek to challenge the role of exhibition design, using it as a tool to break down barriers of differences and facilitate positive relationships that heighten a cultural institutions’ ability to reach diverse communities.
Haley Zimmerman BFA Interior Design
Statement Breaking the Cube
Breaking the Cube explores extending the boundaries of space within the spectrum of a confined cube. Generally people spend large amounts of time in occupancies that are no more than a box on the interior. It is the interior designers primary goal for form to follow function. Breaking the Cube explores the visual results of abstracting basic geometry, merged with organic form with the emphasis on function.
Design Lab offers a select group of undergraduate design students the unique opportunity to design and oversee production of NEXT’s branding and identity program for the GW Corcoran School of the Arts & Design. Design Lab serves as a design practicum course. Students gain real-world experience interacting with clients, managing deadlines, and working within project parameters.
plan your visit
The Corcoran School of the Arts & Design is located at 500 Seventeenth Street NW in Washington, DC. Visitors should enter via the main entrance, located on Seventeenth Street between New York Avenue & E Street NW.
|Dates||April 6 – May 15|