I wanted to start by saying I enjoyed all the pieces in both shows. I had a hard time with choosing a piece from the MFA show. I was torn between Ben's work and Bart's work. I ended up Choosing Bart Vargas' Visual Spectrum piece. I was very interested in his choice of latex paint because I had previously never seen a work of art using latex. This piece was made up of a large amount of square panels about 12" ea, that made up a larger shape. Each individual panel have perspective lines in many great spectrum colors, that had drips going over some of the other colors. In each panel I was drawn to the outsides of the square where you could see all the layers of colors overlapping each other. Lately I have been seeing crazy shapes and objects in tiles, and the way that he placed these panels to form a larger unified shape was great.
For the BFA show it was hard to decide a single piece, because I was in the show I was able to speak to everyone about their work in greater detail. I actually have to choose the works as a whole. So I will write about*spoiler alert. I feel that the selection of work that each artist chose in this group worked well with their own works as well as the whole group. From entering the Quarter gallery to making your way to the end and back to the beginning is an amazing journey. The artists utilized their given spaces very well and I believe this show show travel around the country to show how well the University of MN helps the BFA students grow not only in their work but as artists themselves.