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The Willing Participant examines rules of conformity

R. Eric McMaster
Untitled, from the The Willing Participant

Photo by R. Eric McMaster

January 31, 2008

R. Eric McMaster, Master of Fine Arts candidate in the ASU Herberger College School of Art's sculpture program

R. Eric McMaster's thesis exhibition, The Willing Participant, examines the questions of power and vulnerability, and their relation to societal structures. The exhibition features clear sports uniforms made of acrylic and vinyl, as well as photographs of athletes wearing the uniforms.

R. Eric McMaster is interested in roles defined by societal structures in daily life. Using sports as a metaphor for society, McMaster investigates the participation and uniformity inherent in group relationships. Players in sports submit to rules and regulations; these willing participants abide by particular structures in order to more fully engage with the group activity. By creating clear sports uniforms, uniformity is traded for individuality; simultaneously, the intimidating icon is rendered vulnerable.

Harry Wood Gallery
School of Art Building, 120
ASU Tempe campus
Forest and Tyler malls

Exhibition: Feb. 4–8, 2008 
Reception: Mon., Feb. 4, 7–9 p.m. 
Gallery Hours: Mon.–Thurs., 9 a.m.–5 p.m.; Fri., 9 a.m.–3 p.m. 


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Lise Hawkos
Director, Harry Wood Gallery

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Lise Hawkos
Director, Harry Wood Gallery