Second Annual Juried Summer Exhibition June 10–July 31, 2005
The Tufts University Art Gallery is pleased to present its Second Annual Juried Summer exhibition celebrating the vitality of the arts in Somerville and Medford, Tufts’ host communities. The exhibition includes the work of 25 artists who offer innovative perspectives and foster new dialogues through their art of varying mediums and techniques. It was juried by Amy Ingrid Schlegel, director of galleries and collections, and Pascal Spengemann, Taxter & Spengemann Gallery, New York.
About the artists:
Stacey Alickman explores the possibilities of playful personal narratives, visual puns, and elaborate doodles that develop through the process of building up and breaking down forms in gouache paint. She has studied in certificate programs at Massachusetts College of Art and the SMFA and received a BA from Brandeis University in 1986. She was a finalist in the Massachusetts Cultural Council Artist Grants Program in 2004. Her studio is in Somerville.
Resa Blatman’s paintings are indebted to images of landscape and the figure in addition to a strong emphasis on organic and atmospheric forms. Currently an MFA in painting candidate at Boston University, Blatman, founder of Blatman Design, continues to work as a graphic designer and teaches at the Massachusetts College of Art. Her work has been shown throughout Massachusetts and is included in private collections worldwide. She lives in Somerville. http://www.blatmandesign.com
Catherine Bowen’s attention to physical surface and illusion of space encourage the viewer to compare an understood physical reality to a geometric construct of perfectly measured symmetry. Her painted surfaces play with thin, residual marks and thicker, built marks. She received her MFA from the Massachusetts College of Art and has taught extensively at area universities, most recently receiving a Certificate of Distinction in Teaching from Harvard University. She lives and works in Somerville.
Taken from his We All Have Something to Do series, Matt Brackett uses ambiguous action and metaphors from his carpentry trade to explore both familial demolition and reconstruction in settings from his late grandmother’s childhood home. His paintings emerge from a stream of consciousness sketching process and evoke a narrative uncertainty. Earlier this year he completed a residency at Yaddo in Saratoga Springs, NY and a two-person exhibition at The Art Complex Museum, Duxbury, MA. He received a BA from Yale University and lives and works in Somerville.
Using humor to express the incongruous and mine the unpredictable, Jan Corash’s drawings appropriate hand gestures from Leonardo Da Vinci paintings and present them as eye charts or hand signal charts. She participated in the 18th Annual Drawing Show at the Boston Center for the Arts and the Somerville Arts Council Windows Art Project in 2004 and holds a BFA from the Massachusetts College of Art. She lives in Somerville.
Kathleen Driscoll’s metaphorical installations and sculptures are a combination of sarcastic and humorous commentary on the interactions of humans with the natural and the built environments. Site specific sculptures in Massachusetts include works at the DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park, Boston Parks, The Fuller Museum, the Revolving Museum, and Chesterwood. She has work in many private and corporate collections and was awarded an Artist’s Resource Trust Grant from The Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation. Driscoll is gallery director at Mount Ida College, and holds an MFA in sculpture from Indiana University. She lives in Medford.
Intrigued by spirituality, tranquility, childhood, and aviation, Kei Egan’s magnetic board collages explore the universe and focus on the subject of time. He studied at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts. Egan lives in Medford and has a studio in Somerville.
Jennifer Erbe’s Polaroid photographs investigate “what can just be seen.” Visual echoes are formed by allowing the objects to create their own personal dialogues. Erbe has studied at the Art Institute of Boston and the San Francisco School of Art, and has received a diploma from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts. She has recently participated in group exhibitions at Muskat Studios, Boston and lives in Somerville.
Part of a photo diary begun in 2003 that documents her journey of physical and mental spaces, Stephanie Goode’s photos are about inhabited spaces, light, and documenting the vernacular. She holds a BFA from the Massachusetts College of Art and lives and works in Somerville.
Miriam Goodman’s series of elevator portraits frame the picture-taking occasion in space and time–the elevator’s architecture provides a visual frame and the journey up or down constraints the time in which the picture can be taken. Goodman, a poet, editor, and photographer, has participated in area group exhibitions at the Griffin Museum of Photography and the Cambridge Art Association. She studied in the Photography Atelier program of the Radcliffe and Lesley Seminars and in the Evening Workshop Program of the New England School of Photography. She lives and works in Somerville.
The places in Alice Grossman’s photographs have a mysterious life of their own and seem to have the hyper-real immediacy of dreams. They are at once specific and universal and suggest conventions of 19th century landscape painting through a 21st century lens. She is a 2005 recipient of a Visual Art Fellowship from the Somerville Arts Council. Grossman holds a BFA from the Massachusetts College of Art and has studied at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts. She lives in Somerville.
This project is funded in part by a grant from the Somerville Arts Council, a local agency supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council.