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Nov. 5, 2015
Memphis College of Art Presents Michele Noiset’s Conceptualizing Dystopia at Playhouse on the Square
MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis College of Art is pleased to present Conceptualizing Dystopia, an exhibition of works by MCA Associate Professor Michele Noiset, Nov. 6 through Jan. 10 in the MCA Gallery at Playhouse on the Square, 66 S. Cooper St.
Through pastel illustrations of “visual metaphors,” Conceptualizing Dystopia examines human fallibility in the quest for establishing a utopian society. “Many believe utopia is attainable if we strive for an agreed upon truth,” said Noiset, “a virtual state of bliss can exist where hatred, jealousy, malice and negativity are controlled and where tolerance is encouraged and cultivated.” The often disastrous means to obtain perfection, however, is where Noiset derives her inspiration. “Beneath this desire for an ideal society lies human imperfection. Our ironic descent into evil propelled from the utopian pinnacle of perfection is what interests me in my visual exploration,” said Noiset.
With over 25 years of Illustration experience, Noiset received her BFA degree in Illustration from Rhode Island School of Design and her MFA degree from the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth. Noiset has freelanced for publishing, advertising and editorial companies across the nation, and brings a wealth of experience to MCA where she currently serves as chair of the Illustration department.
Playhouse’s MCA Gallery is open Monday to Saturday from 9 a.m.–5 p.m., Sunday from 1–5 p.m. and on show nights.
Photo: “Censored,” Michele Noiset, pastel on BFK Rives paper, 18” x 24”
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