MFA Thesis Exhibition
November 29 - December 16, 2012
An MFA Thesis Exhibition of nine artists in the joint graduate
degree program of Tufts University and the School of the Museum of
Fine Arts, Boston opens November 29th at the Tufts University Art
Gallery and runs through December 16th. This is the first of three
MFA Thesis Exhibitions in the 2012-2013 academic year presented by
Tufts as part of an annual series. The artists will be present at
the opening and will speak about their work.
Although the subjects of their work and artistic mediums could not
be more different, Tyler's photographs and Wallach's drawings in ink
and gouache are rooted in their grandmothers' narratives and create
a poignant illustration of the pleasures and pains of passing time
and the tension between past and present.
About the artists:
K. Tyler's landscape photographs in Sense of Place: Transitional
Landscapes from the Evolving Plains document the transformation of
New Town, North Dakota�"where her grandmother came from�"a town built
to house the relocated residents of three townships that were
flooded by the Garrison Dam and Reservoir Project. Due to the
discovery of large oil reserves in the area, the community is
experiencing an economic boom, however it does not have the
infrastructure necessary to accommodate the increase in population
and traffic. Tyler's photographs capture the grand sense of the
landscape, which seems to dominate the rugged lifestyle of those
that live there.
K. Tyler, House on HWY 23,
size variable, photograph, 2011.
Wallach's depiction of passing time is perhaps more literal in her
new drawings, Floating and Other Moments of Buoyancy, which
celebrates camaraderie and resilience among an older population.
Wallach's depictions of familiar characters playing within
ambiguously nostalgic environments offer allegorical interpretations
of the challenges and pleasures of aging as part of a community.
With both ebullient and muted qualities, her idiosyncratic
representations suggest concurrent notions of the romantic and the
bleak and are meant to initiate discourse about taking time to
connect, the value of pastimes and the inevitability of time
Rebecca Wallach, Everything Feels/May Actually Be Much
Lighter (detail), 22 1/4 x 29 3/4 inches, ink and gouache on
paper, 2012. (Photo credit: Erik Bengamins)
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