Van Tran: So to start, please introduce yourself.
Rimas Simaitis: I'm Rimas, and I am an MFA student.
VT: Hi Rimas. How do you feel about the show?
RS: I'm coming down from being flustered and not having everything set up. But everything is going smoothly so I feel good right now. And I'm trying to take a step back and actually enjoy myself.
VT: What did you need?
RS: It was just a matter of not coming in 10 minutes early. All my commitments today I was right on time, but... I needed 10 extra minutes.
VT: What is your perception of an MFA show?
RS: I don't feel like the show is cohesive and so it has to serve some other purpose rather than being a well curated exhibition that people can be pulling away from... it's like an introduction. It's like introducing all of us and what we do. Some of it clashes, some of it doesn't. I mean, I think the work is really strong, but it doesn't all mesh.
VT: Is cohesion something you look for in a show?
RS: Not necessarily. A well curated show is going to present a multitude of ideas that ultimately point towards some revelation or discovery that is wide open. That will shift your perception a little bit and the way you think about something.
We're a show of 14 artists, and given a limited selection, a limited amount of space. It can get noisy.