Who are you?

"Identy Construction" at G-A-S-P, "Sensorium II" at MIT, "Traveling Scholars" at the MFA
By RANDI HOPKINS  |  January 30, 2007

Jack Schneider, Black Sabbath
I’d hazard that when most of us think of pictures with “hidden meanings,” we don’t envision portraits, a genre that usually entails straight-ahead representations of, well, heads, at least. But it is the mysteries and the ambiguities of images of identity that unite the 12 artists of “WE ARE WHERE WE ARE NOT,” which is curated by participating artist Jason Kalogiros and will open at Brookline’s G-A-S-P on February 9. In his press release, Kalogiros reveals that he’s interested not only in “the way in which people, places, objects, and time all inform each other in complex and layered ways” but also in the ambiguities of time and the effects of the past on the present. He goes on: “As firmly rooted in a present moment or place as someone or something seems, they always carry with them the residue of the past.” Luke Butler’s œuvre includes moody portraits of the late president Gerald Ford and actor William Shatner. Andrew Tosiello borrows forms from the past to explore people from the present, as in his series “25 Silhouette Portraits of Italian-American Mobsters.” Jack Schneider makes engaging interventions into media that found their way into his hands from the entertainment arena.

It’s not “who we are” but “how we know it” that fuels the investigation in Part II of “SENSORIUM: EMBODIED EXPERIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, AND CONTEMPORARY ART,” which opens at MIT’s List Visual Arts Center on February 8. If Part I was any indication, you can expect a full-body experience here — curators Bill Arning, Jane Farver, Yuko Hasegawa, and Marjory Jacobson bring together an international group of artists to address the influence of technology on the senses. Among the sensations at this show: Natascha Sadr Haghighian’s Singing Microscope, which mixes hearing with vision in a “look” at scientists’ desire to view the mysteries of the universe; Christian Jankowski’s vision of love and the chat room; the inflatable tearoom of architect François Roche and team R&Sie(n).

This year’s “SMFA TRAVELING SCHOLARS” opens at the Museum of Fine Arts on February 10 with work by School of the Museum of Fine Arts graduates Bethany Bristow, N. Sean Glover, Audrey Goldstein, Aric Mannion, and Asuka Ohsawa, each of whom received one of the prestigious travel scholarships awarded annually by the SMFA to a juried group of alumni and participants in its Fifth Year Program. Works range from Bristow’s large-scale color photographs documenting her travels and her sculptural interventions in visited sites to Goldstein’s complex machines to Ohsawa’s humorous gouache riffs on classical Japanese art forms.

“We Are Where We Are Not” at G-A-S-P, 362-4 Boylston St, Brookline | February 9–March 17 | 617.731.2500 | “Sensorium: Embodied Experience, Technology, And Contemporary Art, Part II” at MIT’s List Visual Arts Center, 20 Ames St, Cambridge | February 8–April 8 | 617.253.4400 | “Smfa Traveling Scholars” at Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave, Boston | February 10–March 11 | 617.369.3718

On the Web
G-A-S-P: www397.pair.com/gasp1
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Museum of Fine Arts: www.smfa.edu

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