My MFA thesis show, Cosentinoworks, depicts my inquiry into self and object through conceptual explorations in the mediums of video, performance and sculptural installation. I use the title of the exhibition as a cue to explore the double meanings and multiple interpretations at play. I explore identity through relationships and narratives employed in the use of recorded performance and exhibition display. I discuss how symbols and symbolism operate in creating a tapestry of meaning and interpretation through associations to historic form, particularly Minimalism and Romanticism. I explore the role of the observer in finding and understanding double meanings through my exhibition display choices and historic associations. Throughout this exploration I refer to personal stories and biographical reference in my artwork. Finally, I describe the dangers and rewards of this approach to art making in contemporary art practice.
Library of Congress Subject Headings
Installations (Art)--Themes, motives; Video art--Themes, motives; Symbolism in art
Department, Program, or Center
School of Photographic Arts and Sciences (CIAS)
Cosentino, Daniel, "Cosentinoworks" (2009). Thesis. Rochester Institute of Technology. Accessed from
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