Location: UCF Art Gallery
Domestic Imports is a group exhibition showcasing the thesis work of Master of Fine Arts candidates in the UCF School of Visual Arts and Design.
The exhibition includes Nicholas Kalemba, Theresa Lucey, Ericka Sobrack, Sean van Zyl, and Mauro Wieser.
Please join us for the Opening Reception on Thursday, February 28 from 6 – 8 p.m. CLICK HERE to RSVP!
Nicholas Kalemba, Corporal Funishment, Acrylic and Oil on Canvas, 60” x 96”, 2018
“My paintings immerse viewers in a familiar but skewed version of reality to expose the painfully humorous decay of our social institutions. They aim to be cryptic, humorous, macabre and seducing all at once. I’m driven by an overwhelming desire to capture and examine the moments, events and environments that define our experience as modern human beings. Often fraught with dualities and contradictions, my paintings seek to hold a mirror to the society that produced them, in order to expose some of the unseen decay within that society and within myself. They are reflections not only of myself but moreover, reflections of the painful comedy and beautiful detritus of it all.” – Nicholas Kalemba
Theresa Lucey, Self, Acrylic on birch panel, 24” x 24″ x ¾”
“I paint to better understand myself and my experiences. Self portraiture, as well as the portraiture of others, allows me to address physicality and intangibility. In exploration of my personal struggle with Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD) I address perceptions of the body tied to mortality, gender politics and mental health. My paintings investigate the appreciation of others and the daunting experience of selfdom.” – Theresa Lucey
Ericka Sobrack, Playground No. 2, Acrylic and Oil on Canvas, 60″ x 96″, 2016
“I challenge traditional depictions of reality by orchestrating juxtapositions between the mundane and the eerie to create conflict and tension. By deconstructing and reassembling nostalgic domestic imagery with stark lighting and selective color, I suggest unanticipated narratives and psychological experiences that may be considered “suburban nightmares.” – Ericka Sobrack
Sean van Zyl, King, Digital Sculpture and 1997 Hasbro Toy, 28″x12″x20″, 2018
“I believe Dinosaurs serve an important role between technology and creativity. These creatures are separated by vast amounts of time, and our best method of understanding their existence utilizes the technology most distant from them. By utilizing digital modeling and animation techniques, my work subverts popular media’s appropriation of these animals and imparts our constantly growing knowledge of the subjects through the evolution of technology.” – Sean van Zyl
Mauro Wieser, V-man, Engraving on Birch plywood panel, 71” x 71”, 2018
“The visual of the human machine serves as a symbol for the changes that occur in society through innovation. My work is about humanities connection to technology, and its place in human evolution. I employ wood and technological components on machined surfaces to create moving sculpture and engravings. By forcing encounters between man and machine I want to provoke feelings of contentment or discomfort.” – Mauro Wieser