Date of Award
Master of Fine Arts (MFA)
Although I was familiar with works by both McKinzie and Phil, their prints still caught my attention during the Printmaking Graduate Biennial at Rhode Island School of Design in January 2019. In contrast to the numerous talented artists who employed strategies to affirm the relevancy of printmaking in a contemporary discourse, McKinzie and Phil seemed to desire something different. Their collaboration series of Ten Identical Prints was predictably “printerly” and perilously unexciting, betraying a fraught and commonplace relationship between an expressive artist and a scrupulous master printer. How could these two artists showcase such mundanity? What was the stake of not stepping out of bounds when the ease of doing so was enticing and risk-free? Wasn’t it their privilege to be showing work in a graduate student gallery which did not embody a shared style or stricture?
Qian, Tongji, "Art beside a single handshake : can you believe it?" (2020). Masters Theses. 498.
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