Master of Fine Arts student showcases talents

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    This is Bradly Brown's week to shine in the Moudy Gallery.

    At the end of the two year Master of Fine Arts program, Brown, along with other graduating seniors, put on a week-long thesis exhibit showcasing his works.

    Brown's exhibit "For A Limited Time Only" has seven pieces that deal with ideas that range from the science of attention to tactics for survival. He said the exhibit also traces back to basic animalistic instincts including eating food, drinking water and mating. 

    "We can pretty much do whatever we want [in the exhibit]," Brown said. "But it needs to be kind of a curated show that speaks to each other and creates a common tread or conversation between the works."

    Brown spent 10 years doing advertising work in New York before he decided to go back to school and get his MFA. He said he plans on teaching after he graduates as well as continuing his freelance work.

    Brown is a co-founder of the group homecoming committee, which is an assembly of artists who seek to develop collaborative projects in conjunction with their individual artistic production, according to the committee's website.

    "We've only been together for about a year and half now, and right now we have four shows lined up. One of them with the Dallas Museum of Art. So after only a year and half, to have four shows lined up is a significant achievement," Brown said.

    Brown said he likes to take art and incorporate function into it in case something happens. This is where his piece "Purification Retention" comes from. 

    The purification system uses water from the Trinity River and runs it through three levels of purification including sand, marble chips and homemade charcoal. 

    "Several Ways To Start A Fire" alludes to the exhibit's survivalism aspect. Brown said all the objects on the wall can start a fire if a person was stranded. It includes fire kindling and a water-filled condom, which can start a fire when light is reflected off of it. 

    "All the objects are insignificant to each other but still have a conversation with each other," Brown said. 

    Studio art faculty member Nick Bontrager said he helped Brown set up his "Best Idea" piece.

    "This piece is a great example of new media," Bontrager said.