The Helen E. Copeland Gallery and the School of Art at Montana State University are pleased to announce the opening of Ontogenesis, the Master of Fine Arts thesis exhibition of Megan Sprenger. The exhibition will take place at the Helen E. Copeland Gallery in Haynes Hall on the Montana State University campus in Bozeman, Montana, March 11th -15th, 2019. Sprenger’s thesis defense will take place March 11th at 11:00 am in the Helen E. Copeland Gallery. There will be a public reception for Ontogenesis on Thursday, March 14th, from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm. All events are open to the public.
Ontogenesis is a body of work comprised of sculptural objects and drawings that allude to architectural spaces as a mirrored and collective subconscious communication within the human growth. This development is both an internal and external growth of humans as they are shaped by the spaces they live and breathe.
Sprenger’s interest in phenomena of space stems from the idea of independence as well as mutual development of both the city and the self. Ultimately, she views this development of humans in comparison to the city as being a sotto biological organism rather than a cog in a machine. According to Sprenger, “I have found great inspiration looking back to my time in Turkey, more precisely Istanbul. One place that left a lasting impact on me was the Hagia Sophia. Within the Hagia Sophia, there was an interesting juxtaposition of the layers exposed, scaffolding being used to uncover as well as restore the building. There is a beauty to the chaos that is happening within the space. Crowds of people gawked at the immensity of the place where they stood. There were so many different materials used, but one thing stands out — the fragility of how the scaffolding looked. At times, it was as if the only thing supporting the parts of the interior were the intrinsic structures of the scaffolding. In connection to this fragility I believe that humans grow both externally and internally through the influence of the spaces where we reside.”
Megan Sprenger received her BFA from the University of Minnesota Duluth in 2016. Her work stems from her experience abroad in Turkey, Italy and many other European countries. By participating in workshops at Anderson Ranch in Snowmass Village, CO; Red Lodge Clay Center in Red Lodge, MT; Northern Clay Center in Minneapolis, MN; as well as her time living in both Duluth, Minnesota and Bozeman, Montana, she has been afforded time to reflect on her own culture in relation to the others she has observed and studied. For more information on Sprenger and her portfolio please visit: www.megansprengerceramics.com
Finally, Ontogenesis is the second of the five MFA candidates. Following Ontogenesis will be Alyssa Willard, who will be presenting her thesis exhibition on Monday, March 25th – 29th, 2019.