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Auxiliary Constructions: Alicia Marván’s MFA Thesis Exhibition Opens Friday at Buffalo Arts Studio

May 19, 2015  by: Natalie Fleming


A U X I L I A R Y   C O N S T R U C T I O N S

volume 1: aggregation

May 22 – July 1, 2015

Please join MFA student Alicia Marván for the opening reception of her thesis exhibition on Friday, May 22nd, from 5:00 – 8:00 PM at the Buffalo Arts Studio, Tri-Main Center, 2495 Main Street, Suite 500, Buffalo, NY.

Volume 1: aggregation is a playscape inspired by aggregate forms found in nature, such tree rings, crystal formations, and graded landscapes. The installation triggers complex stimuli for the viewer/participant, enabling a cross-dialog between architecture and the senses. Staggered connections within a celular-like system create resistance and possibility through simple yet stable joinery modules. The public is encouraged to endlessly modify the structure, allowing for multiple interpretations of the piece, and an ongoing invitation for possible architecture.

Part of a new series of works framed by the psychological term auxiliary constructions, used to describe objects, activities, systems, situations and environments we humans create to cope with distress and achieve happiness — what is referred to as “the pleasure principle.” Such constructions take various forms in life: art, architecture, furniture, technology, order, power, scientific inquiry, gardening, sports and recreation, yoga, community, religion, love, beauty, sex, and intoxicating substances. Volume 1: aggregation integrates several of these concepts, as an opportunity for people to play, interact, find comfort, and participate in designing their own environments.


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