In Situ, object by Kaleena Stasiak, photo by Stephanie Sutton (MFA 2017), archival inkjet print, 2017
The exhibition The Game Show at the Lyndon House Art Center includes work by Dodd Professorial Chair Paul Pfieffer and MFA candidate Kaleena Stasiak. Pfieffer contributed a video work and Stasiak created a scavenger hunt. The Game Show also includes interactive work by Esteban Patino, sculpture by Curtis Ames and Lea Purvis, paintings by Meg Aubrey and Noah McCarthy, and photographs by Nicole Jean Hill. Mike Landers used LEGOs to create wall-hangings. These artists investigate notions of leisure, competition, physicality, and sport.
Artist Paul Pfieffer is the Lamar Dodd Professorial Chair. A pioneer and exemplary practitioner working in the fields of installation, photography, and video, he is best known for digitally manipulated images of athletes and celebrities, which he uses as an occasion to plumb the depths of contemporary culture, assessing its racial, religious, and technological dimensions. At the same time, Pfeiffer’s acclaimed objects and images function diachronically, establishing profound genealogies that connect contemporary culture and its many particularities—professional sports, televised game shows, Michael Jackson, etc. —to the long, seemingly remote histories of art, media, religion, politics, and nationhood.
Kaleena Stasiak is a MFA candidate focusing in Printmaking and Book Arts. Stasiak recently organized sumHER slam, a performative evening of women’s wrestling intended to challenge traditional notions of gender limitations, on Saturday, August 26. Earlier this summer, she attended a two-week woodworking workshop at the Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina on a scholarship co-sponsored by the School of Art and the Penland School of Crafts.
The Game Show is on view until October 17, 2017. A reception for the exhibition will be held September 7, 2017 from 6 to 8 pm at the Lyndon House Art Center. Kaleena Stasiak, Esteban Patino, and Mike Landers will host activities during a “Field Day at Night” event for Third Thursday on September 21, 2017 from 6 to 8 pm.