Fourth Annual Juried Summer Exhibition May 31 –July 29, 2007
The Tufts University Art Gallery is pleased to present its Fourth Annual Juried Summer Exhibition celebrating the vitality of the arts in Somerville and Medford, Tufts’ host communities. Twenty-three artists who either live or maintain studios in Medford and Somerville are included. This year’s exhibition was juried by the Tufts University Art Gallery, Amy Ingrid Schlegel, Ph.D., director of the galleries and collections, and curated by Rachael Arauz, Ph.D., an independent curator and art historian from Somerville, MA who recently curated the exhibition Keith Haring: Journey of the Radiant Baby.
About the artists:
Elaine Bay received her MFA from the joint degree program of Tufts University and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts. Her alter ego, PRINCESSDie, is a member of the Somerville-based art collective theMiracle5. She transforms found materials into sculptures that mix religious connotations with dark humor.
dieLUCKY*RABBITconejo, 2007 (detail)
Mixed media and found materials
72 x 18 x 8”
Meg Birnbaum’s nostalgic sepia-toned photographs revive the mystery, magic, and wonder of childhood summers by using natural light and a plastic toy camera. Meg studied photography, illustration, and graphic design at Montserrat College of Art and is very involved in photographic organizations. She lives and works in Somerville.
Sheep in Hoods, 2006
Sepia-toned silver gelatin print
10 ½ x 10 ½”
n. noon coda
N. Noon Coda relates her art objects to the “whispered hints of poetry.” The diminutive sculptures, made from objects that are meaningful to the artist, tell the stories of her life, history, and loves. A recipient of the Fifth Year Certificate at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, she lives and works in West Medford.
Antique French silk purse and fiber
5 ½ x 7 x 7”
David Colombo received his BFA from Tufts University and attended the School of the Museum of Fine Arts. His droll flora and fauna etchings (some of which he hand-watercolors) are composed without the use of perspective. Imaginary plants and animals are stacked like little toys on a table.
Landscape#1, 2005 (detail)
Etching and chine collé
8 x 10”
Brian Corey lives and works in Medford, attended art school at Massachusetts College of Art, and is a middle school art educator in Arlington. His black and white drawings layer ink and acrylic on wood to explore the composition of man-made structures, biological systems, and abstract ideas (such as what a thought looks like as it travels through the body).
Unrestriced Network , 2006 (detail)
Ink on paper
18 x 24 ”
In Jesa Damora's drawings and prints of bold, single flowers and teeming gardens, the wildness of nature is a metaphor for our inherently untamed spirit. Under the pseudonym Belle Wether she also does drawings that raise questions about the depiction of the male body in art and its cultural interpretations. She lives and works in Somerville.
Fred's Dream , 2006 (detail)
Pencil on mylar
40 x 60”
In addition to her own work, stained-glass artist Kate Gakenheimer has restored Louis Comfort Tiffany windows and the windows at Boston’s Trinity Church. She received her degree at Boston University, studied preservation carpentry at the North Bennet Street School, and currently works at Daniel Maher Stained Glass in Somerville. This series of stained glass panels is based on vintage Japanese textile prints.
Blue Sarasa Flowers, 2006 (detail)
21 x 24 ”
Randy Garber has a Bachelors and a Masters degree in English literature, a Masters in Library Science, and a diploma in Studio Arts. She combines traditional printmaking techniques with unique surfaces and mixed media. Based on a personal experience with auditory distortion, the works explore the shifting, difficult nature of communication. Randy has a studio in Somerville.
Woodcut, intaglio, relief roll and wax on okawara
paper and player piano scroll
90 x 76 x 3”
Jane Goldman is an accomplished painter, printmaker, and public artist represented in an impressive array of collections. She calls herself a “lyrical realist” and is inspired by imagery from the natural world of flora, fauna, and weather. The Tidal Pools watercolors are metaphors for the rich tapestry of life’s origins. Jane is based in Somerville, MA.
God Realm I, 2007 (detail)
Watercolor monotype on paper
30 x 22”
Raul Gonzalez is a member of the Somerville-based art collective theMiracle5. In his Moneyland series of paintings he explores the personalities of his fellow group members by designing oversized currency filled with coded imagery and language. He is a graduate of the University of Texas, El Paso and has worked in animation studios.
one dollar bill (front), dec 2006 (detail)
Acrylic and ink on paper
30 x 72”
David Harris is a Medford-based photographer who began taking photographs in the late 1960s with his 35mm. His color photographs feature abstracted details of rusted metal found in construction sites throughout Boston. He explores the accidental images embedded in natural surfaces. He is also the Managing Director of the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice at Harvard University.
Early Abstract, 1985 (detail)
12 ¾ x 19 ¼”
Somerville-based artist Bradford Johnson received his MFA from Hunter College and his BA from Wheaton College. His paintings based on historical photographs explore the effect of photography on memory. They balance the documentary nature of photography with expressive brushwork and other traces of the artist’s hand.
Elliot, 1956 , 2006
Acrylic paint/medium on canvas
131 x 34"
Véronique Latimer is an encaustic painter based in Somerville who received her MFA from Parsons School of Design and her BFA from Vassar College. Her encaustic paintings encapsulate layers of images from fragments of family photos and natural elements, with a muted color palette to suggest the hazy depths of memory and ancestral history.
La Maison, 2006
Encaustic and mixed media
12 x 12”
In Medford artist Joan McCandlish’s photographic studies, plant material seemingly floats within saturated fields of color. The works contain silhouettes of the photographs’ original subjects that have been altered by the digital imaging process. Joan received her BFA from Rhode Island School of Design and is a Library Technician in North Reading.
Garlic conflag, 2006 (detail)
15 x 11”
Rachel Mello received her MFA from Brandeis University in Theater Arts and her BFA and Bachelor of Architecture from Rhode Island School of Design. In her relief paintings, Boston-area locales are painted then cut into silhouettes, casting intricate shadowy patterns on the wall. Rachel lives and works in Somerville.
We Live in the City and dDeam of the Sky, 2006
Oil on hardboard, cut to silhouette
43 x 53 x 2 ½” ”
Sculptor Greg Mencoff received his BFA from the joint program of Tufts University and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts. He lives and works in Somerville and is represented by the Bernard Toale Gallery, Boston. His small, wood relief sculptures are delicately balanced studies of the materials’ formal qualities and are based on the Japanese philosophy of “all things to center.”
24 ounces, 2006
Basswood, aircraft plywood, rice paper, alkyd enamel
8 x 8 ½ x 3 ¾”
Courtesy of Bernard Toale Gallery, Boston
Sandys Moore received her BA in Art History from Harvard University and has studied painting and printmaking extensively. Her moody canvases layer daubs and swaths of oil paint to create an imaginary landscape that is part natural and part dream. The transformative effect of light is a key element in the works. Sandys has a studio in Somerville, MA
Dawn, 2005 (detail)
Oil on canvas
18 x 24"
Sculptor Riki Moss got her BA from University of Chicago and studies ceramics at San Francisco Art Institute and Vermont College. The Paper Forest installation is made of abaca pulp, reed, nests, and wood. The individual sculptures resemble abstracted natural forms that capture tensions between transformation and stasis and light and shadow. Riki has a studio in Somerville.
The Paper Forest, 2006 (detail of installation)
Abaca pulp, reed, wire, grape vine
Mary O’Malley’s intricate ink on black paper drawings teem with hybrid natural elements. Inspired by the “wild side” of nature, the artist creates imaginary landscapes of fecund abundance. Based in Somerville, she received her MFA from the School of Visual Arts and her BFA (both in painting) from Massachusetts College of Art.
Mental Map #6, 2006 (detail)
Ink on paper
19 x 25 ½”
Tina Riedel’s collage-like digital photographs deconstruct the recognizable surface image and recombine elements to reveal a deeper meaning. Tina, who refers to her work as “digital painting,” received her BFA from Indiana University and is a technical writer and senior web editor at Tufts University.
excellent birds, January 2007 (detail)
Inkjet print (digitally manipulated photo)
12 x 36”
Medford-based painter Geoffrey Stocking received his BFA at the University of Montana and studied Museum and Gallery studies at San Diego Mesa College. He is the Corporate Program Associate at the DeCordova Museum. His acrylics on canvas are studies in color relationships that create pictorial depth on a two-dimensional plane.
Untitled #7, 2004
Acrylic on canvas
48 x 48”
Sarah Wentworth’s installation The History of Art (abridged), with its empty frames, wrapped packages, and unpainted canvases, symbolizes the vastness of the field of art history and suggests its significant influence on today’s artists. Sarah received her MFA from the joint degree program of Tufts University and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts and has a studio in Somerville.
The Complete History of Art (abridged), 2007 (detail)
Mixed media sculptural collage
96 x 192 x 6”
Barbara Zeles’ installation Flirtation consists of repurposed tin ceiling parts that have been manipulated by the artist to suggest fallen stars. Each metal form shows the effects of time and modeling differently. Barbara studied at Massachusetts College of Art, the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, and Boston University. She lives in Medford.
Recylced tin ceiling