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The Boston Center for the Arts is pleased to announce the opening of Things Of That Nature, an exhibition featuring eight projects developed by graduate students at MIT’s Visual arts program: Haseeb Waqar Ahmed, Gina Badger, Caitlin Berrigan, Jaekyung Jung, Jin Jung, Matthew Mazzotta, Alexander Rosenberg, and Jess Wheelock. The exhibit will be on view from May 15 to June 7 at the BCA’s Mills Gallery. The opening reception, free and open to the public, will be on May 15 from 6 to 8 pm.

Haseeb Waqar Ahmed's Shamshir+Windtunnel=Progress is the recreation of an experiment performed by the artist at the Wright Brothers Wind Tunnel at MIT. The wind tunnel creates atmospheric conditions to develop technologies that proliferate through everyday life. By using the tunnel to freeze the movement between start and strike in the swing of a Shamshir sword, the technical object of the wind tunnel is made to create an aesthetic one instead. The tunnel, pointing toward the future, the sword to the past, are bound together in the present by the action of cutting through air.


Gina Badger

The Little Dig is the first in a series of projects by Gina Badger using the actions of gardening to develop a new language of urban intervention.  In this case, digging provides a methodology for exploring the relationship between individual people who pay taxes and the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston.  Drawing on the histories of urban gardening and symbolic protest, Badger engineers a humorous and poetic attempt to locate personal agency in the face of the current global financial crisis.


Caitlin Berrigan

Caitlin Berrigan’s work investigates ideas of interdependence using materials associated with both nutritional sustenance and fear of contamination. Milk and blood, as well as disembodied casts of her own internal organs, expose the complex possibilities of interrelation between bodies, particularly in an age when organ transplants and other radical forms of exchange are increasingly part of a globalized economy.


Jaekyung Jung

Through disarmingly simple strategies like having a collaborator wearing a drum with the message "Hit Here If You Feel Victimized" on it, or wandering the streets of Boston wearing a mirror, the videos of Jaekyung Jung explore civic agency in public space. In each project Jung has orchestrated a situation where viewers are asked to question their assumptions about socially accepted norms.


Jin Jung

Jin Jung invites the viewer into situations that highlight interpersonal relationships. Jung addresses language, architecture, and performance with condensed and simple gestures. At the Mills gallery, the artist will install objects on each of the gallery’s column. The viewer is encouraged to interact with them following the directions provided by the artist.


Matthew Mazzotta :: Insertion Module

Matthew Mazzotta’s Insertion Module is a structure designed for the negative spaces of buildings.  It sits anonymously, almost unnoticed, in plain sight until it is taken out and transformed into a portable teahouse. The actual teahouse will be on view at the Mills Gallery, along with descriptive material about the overall project and the projected modules for other locations.


Alexander Rosenberg

Alexander Rosenberg’s work explores identity through experiments in longing and failure. In this installation at the Mills, Rosenberg will recreate on his own terms the life and work of Enoch Robinson, an eccentric inventor who built a perfectly round house in Massachusetts in 1856. “I am prone to dreaming of time travel, an impossible endeavor, but one that can be distantly approached through historical research,” says Rosenberg


Jess Wheelock

Using video, performance, sculpture, and photography, Jess Wheelock depicts episodes of calamity on a small personal scale:  everyday disasters that lie somewhere between banality and significance.  The scenes created by the artist suggest a struggle against limitation and a desire for wholeness and happiness – all of which are infused with irony and absurdity.

Public programs for Things of That Nature are organized by the BCA assisted by ///COUNTER, a Cambridge-based agency blending technology, strategy, research, and design to help institutions make the most of the network economy. For more information on ///COUNTER please visit www.countercorporation.com
Additional funding for this exhibition generously provided by the MIT Arts Council.

PROGRAMS ARE FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC:

Friday, May 15, 6 to 8 pm - Opening
Saturday, May 23, 12:30 to 1:45 pm - Family Day
Wednesday, May 27, 6:30 pm - Gallery Talk – Walk-through the show with the artists

 

Institutional supporters

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Barr Foundation and The Klarman Family Foundation in collaboration with the Barr-Klarman Arts Capacity Building Initiative


Bloomberg Philanthropies

National Endowment for the Arts

 

Massachusetts Cultural Council

 

Liberty Mutual Foundation

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