Title

Real Goner

Date of Graduation

5-2018

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts in Art (MFA)

Degree Level

Graduate

Department

Art

Advisor

Bethany Springer

Committee Member

Marc Mitchell

Second Committee Member

David Chioffi

Third Committee Member

Ana Pulido-Rul

Fourth Committee Member

Alexander Hanson

Keywords

Celebrity, Contemporary, Death, Music, Sculpture, Spectacle

Abstract

The purpose of this thesis paper is to tell the story behind, and outline the theoretical and conceptual framework underlying the exhibition, Real Goner. The exhibition combines a number of elements drawn from music and art history, as well as the theoretical writings of Albert Camus, Guy Debord, and Joseph Kosuth. Together, these elements produce a cryptic exhibition that attempts to address the inherent chaos, and apparent meaninglessness of existence; and to see art as a proposition, a performance, and a practice. The exhibition addresses issues of celebrity, the production and consumption of culture, and where that cycle leaves us as lesser participants within the spectacle.

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