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Art work by UConn graduate degree candidates on display (Released: 4/10/96)

by Sherry Fisher, Office of University Communications.

STORRS, Conn. -- Works by master of fine arts degree candidates at the University of Connecticut will be displayed at the William Benton Museum of Art April 16 through 30 and May 3 through 19.

Associating Functions showcases work by Jason Ian Moriber of Larchmont, N.Y., Fred Spaulding of Manchester, Charles Beneke of Suffolk, Va., Roy Koh of Poquoson, Va., and Afarin Rahmanifar of Mansfield.

Moriber and Spaulding will exhibit their work April 16 through 30. An opening reception will take place at the museum April 19 from 5 to 7 p.m. Beneke, Koh and Rahmanifar will show their work May 3 through 19. An opening reception will take place May 3 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the museum.

The exhibit reflects these artists success in learning about themselves and how to most effectively convey individual creative concerns in personal and social contexts, said Laurie Sloan, program coordinator and associate professor of art.

Moriber, a graduate degree candidate in drawing, will show large- scale, wall-like constructions. "My work is a study of urban decay and the emotional responses that witnessing this decay creates. These emotional responses are informed by a study of theology and a familial connection to an immigrant, Jewish culture," Moriber said.

Spaulding, a graduate degree candidate in ceramics, will show sequential masonry constructions. "My work responds to the concept of site as a dynamic construct. It proposes site specific solutions which reflect the continual demolition and rebuilding of the urban environment,' he said.

Beneke, a graduate degree candidate in printmaking and mixed media, will show etchings, woodcuts and mixed media drawings. "I am interested in our willingness to suspend our disbelief when we are presented with images which we cannot fully comprehend. Using forms that are not specifically identifiable despite their internal, biological references, I present the viewer with images that are seductive, yet difficult to resolve because of their often absurd existence," he said.

Koh, a graduate degree candidate in photography, will show photographs incorporating text.

"My work represents the reconciliation of my Korean heritage and Western upbringing. I photograph interior spaces in which I portray characters whose actions represent a liberation from their obligations to the world outside their rooms," he said.

Rahmanifar, a graduate degree candidate in painting and mixed media, will show mixed media paintings on wood and etchings. "My painting is a personal examination of the effects of American culture on my identity as a woman raised in Iran. The work expresses my need to reconcile these two cultures which reflect both my past and present, she said.

The William Benton Museum of Art is open Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. The museum is closed on Mondays.

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