Barnes MFA Exhibition Opens at Bingham Gallery

Monday, November 18, 2019 8:00am

Bingham Gallery, Fine Arts Building, 505 Hitt Street

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Exhibition: November 18-December 5, 2019

Artist Talk & Reception: Thursday, November 21, 4:30-6:30 p.m. 

The George Caleb Bingham Gallery is pleased to present Pentiment, the MFA thesis exhibition of nessi alexander-barnes. Using a dense personal mythology aggregated from idiosyncratic engagement with pop culture and a long history with online participatory cultures, nessi's work allegorically catalogues xyr experiences as a neurodivergent genderqueer and generally queer person attempting to interface with a frequently hostile and alienating social world. At issue are questions as to whether and how it is possible to be understood; as authenticity to nessi's experience increases, legibility decreases. Through the use of painting, diaphanous fabrics, projection, and deeply nested knots, Pentiment claims that there is worth in trying to bridge that gap and interfacing in cultural objects clearly designed with someone else in mind.

nessi is an MFA candidate at the University of Missouri. Xe received a BFA in studio art and a BS in art history at Towson University, in Maryland.

Museum hours are 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m., Monday–Thursday, and 8:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. Friday.
For more information, contact Catherin Armbrust at the George Caleb Bingham Gallery at 816-718-3742 or