Opening Reception: Wednesday, March 23 from5pm to 8pm
The Stamp Gallery presents Midpoint, an annual exhibition featuring work by artists in the second year of MFA candidacy in the Department of Art at the University of Maryland, College Park. Midpoint 2016 includes work by Zac Benson, C.W. Brooks, Kevin Hird, and Dominique Wohrer. The four artists have collectively curated the exhibition, selecting among their own recent work and producing new artworks in dialogue with the Stamp Gallery’s distinctive space. Midpoint 2016 is on view March 24 through May 4, 2016, with an opening reception Wednesday, March 23, 5–8 pm.
About the Artist
Zac Benson recently discovered the sincerity of immersing his personal faith and beliefs into his studio practice and has since started a new body of work. He primarily deals with reclaimed, manufactured materials and collaborates with the material’s history to explain the relationship between his personal faith and beliefs and his engagement with society. For Midpoint 2016, Benson is producing a new work—God is Greater—that deals with the 2014 demolition of the oldest Christian monastery in Iraq, Dair Mar Elia (Saint Elijah’s Monastery), by the terrorist group ISIL. Learn more about Benson’s work: zacbenson.com
C.W. Brooks is a Chicago-born artist who focuses on material manipulation. Often engaging place, location, placement, reading, or identities they work to create space within materials through subtle manipulation. Humor is a strong but secondary element which allows entry to their network of ideas. Learn more about Brooks’s work: www.brooks202.com
Kevin Hird presents a series of investigations into the results obtainable through an expected interaction being repeated to unreasonable lengths on a common construction material. These pieces developed from a larger idea of finding something remarkable about or within the commonplace, and the principal concepts being explored within these works are the identity of objects, the search for the unexpected, the relationship between the natural and manmade, work, and the artist’s personal history. Learn more about Hird’s work: kevinhird.tumblr.com
Dominique Wohrer makes work inspired by the fractures of her life. Embedded in her creations, the multiple scars heal slowly. The mixture of paper, pigments and adhesives hardens as it cures. In the drying phase, the forms—slaves of time—are distorted by gravity. Ultimately Wohrer works to leverage the arbitrary. Learn more about Wohrer’s work: dominiquewohrer.com https://dominiquewohrer.com/home.html
About the Stamp Gallery
Located on the first floor of the Adele H. Stamp Student Union—Center for Campus Life at the University of Maryland, College Park, The Stamp Gallery is dedicated to exhibiting contemporary art, especially the work of emerging and mid-career artists. The Gallery supports contemporary art that is challenging, academically engaging, and attuned to broad community and social issues. Through meaningful exhibitions and programming, the Gallery offers outside-of-the-classroom experiential learning opportunities. It functions as a laboratory where emerging artists and curators experiment and work through their ideas. The Gallery’s programming aims to emphasize the importance of process to contemporary artistic practice and to provide a forum for dialogue.
The Stamp Gallery at the University of Maryland is located at 1220B Adele H. Stamp Student Union, University of Maryland, College Park, MD. For more information visit thestamp.umd.edu/stamp_gallery.