MFA Thesis Exhibition - Please Stand By
January 12—February 3, 2007 space other, 63 Wareham Street, Boston, MA
This exhibition is the second of an ongoing series of MFA thesis exhibitions shown annually. In 2007, this exhibition is being held at Boston gallery space other as part of the joint graduate degree program of Tufts University and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
About the exhibition: Please Stand By features the thesis projects of seven M.F.A. candidates, which were originally conceived as individual presentations. Acting as a platform where things can happen, develop and change, Space Other was approached by the seven artists, the result being a mutual engagement that activated potential spaces and true collective. The ability to tell stories and to take them beyond the personal level is a shared characteristic of the works. We discovered different approaches toward common notions of identity, and an interest to put the mediums of photography and installation under investigation. The group attempts to not to limit their production by textual definitions of a specific medium. These artists are self-conscious, well informed and keen observers, in an effort to act outside the parameters set by the institutions, curators and the audience. By sharing a poetic impulse to disregard and subvert traditional systems, the seven artists take an active stand as producers within their community. Action results in a defining commonality, namely, the group’s play with expectations. These graduates follow a romantic course of communication which is essentially theirs and an attitude which is not only promising but defining for the artists of the future: Please Stand By.
About the artists:
Leigh Brodie presents an interactive installation that addresses the photographic notion of the ‘decisive moment’, first introduced by the French photographer Cartier-Bresson. She translates this notion into the ‘chosen moment’ performed by a computer program controlled by an algorithm. As in previous work, she investigates the nature of the photographic medium.