Hope Ginsburg
Maximilian Goldfarb
Marisa Jahn
Jae Rhim Lee
Oliver Lutz
Ben Wood

six artists from the MIT Visual Arts Program
curated by Khadija Z Carroll

Frank Knox Fellow, History of Art & Architecture at Harvard University

Artist’s Talk:
Sun May 21, 4 pm

Opening Reception:
Friday May 19, 6-9 pm

location: Space Other
63 Wareham St
Boston, MA 02118
gallery hours:
May 19-26, 11-6 pm

May 19 - May 26, 2006

MIT Visual Arts Program
Department of Architecture
265 Massachusetts Avenue, N51-315
Cambridge, MA 02139

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Melissa Bachman




6 is an exhibition showcasing the work of artists at MIT’s Visual Arts Program, a Master’s in Science degree emphasizing critical and experimental methods in contemporary art production. MIT artists share a valorization of process and performance that translates internal experience into public invention. The six artists featured in the exhibition employ highly interdisciplinary methods resulting in work that often eludes categorization: archaeologico institutional critique, bio-dietary-non-art, epistolary social sculpture, athletico symbolic trickery, transmissionary soundventions, and immersive story-telling.

Within these hybrid practices each artist, in different mediums, interrogates the limits of language by subjecting it to their own systems. Captology, a field involving technology and persuasion, surfaces as a new rhetoric within Oliver Lutz’s framework of ideologies, mysticism, and fantasies of power, control and collapse in painting, video and installation. Writing letters that script the receiver into a complicit enactment of their own fetishes, Marisa Jahn’s piece brings the letter in line with the haptic. Jae Rhim Lee explores how pain resists verbal language and through product design her articulate rigor for self-improvement reinvents a discourse. As part of his 'public works' projects, Maximilian Goldfarb transmits many authors in conflicting radio frequencies, the feedback noise of which elucidates content within moments of layered communication space. Hope Ginsburg's work always tells a story; she is interested in direct dialog with viewers and in creating conversation. Enfolded in time and its events, Ben Wood’s projections throw the delicate but piercing light of historicism on the official stories and façades of the institutions that display our history. Whether embedding space in sound or in self-sufficient green architecture the 6 artists will push the viewers’ imaginary of how the body can be manipulated in public space.

Bill Arning, curator of the LIST Visual Arts Center reputed for its challenging and intellectually inquisitive contemporary art exhibitions comments, “The MIT VAP artists seem to me unique in comparison to MFA candidates, and I see many different crops as a frequent visitor to all the area schools in that they emerge from the program ready to engage the culture beyond the parochial focus of the art market. Their practices are diverse and might have germinated from within many other parts of advanced cultural practice, such as anthropology, urban studies, archeology, botany and comparative literature-yet they do not slight the need for poetry, wit and beauty in engaging the general public in what might be considered obscure topics. They have clearly taken advantage of the diversity of MIT's brain power and programs. Their focus and discipline is crucial, as is their worldliness and knowledge of international art practice and history. It will be interesting to see where their future impact will happen, but it is sure to be substantial.”

funded (in part) by :
- Council for the Arts at MIT
- MIT Visual Arts Program/Department of Architecture
- MIT Associate Provost for the Arts
- Space Other


From the South:
Follow Route 93North to Exit 18. Go over bridge and merge right onto Frontage
Road.  Turn left onto Berkeley Street.  Turn left at 2nd light onto Harrison
Avenue.  Follow Straight Ahead.  Turn left at the 2nd stop light, onto Wareham
Street (Fire Station on Corner).  Stay to the right side of the fork in the
streets. Space Other is on the right at #63.

From the North:
Follow Route 93 South to Exit 18B (Mass Turnpike/I90)inside the Central
ArteryTunnel. At the exit merge immediately left to Albany Street.  Follow
straight ahead. Turn right onto Berkeley Street.  Turn left at first light onto
Harrison Avenue.  At 2nd stop light, turn left onto Wareham Street (Fire Station
on Corner). Stay to the right side of the fork in the streets. Space Other is on
the right at #63

From the West:
Follow Mass Turnpike (Interstate 90 East) to the Copley Square/Prudential Exit.
Merge to Copley Square.  Turn right at 1st light after exiting tunnel onto
Dartmouth Street.  Continue straight ahead (street name will change to West
Dedham, then to Msgr. Reynolds Way.  Follow to the end (Harrison Avenue).
Cross to the left of the fire station onto Wareham Street.  Stay to the right
at the fork in the streets. Space Other is on the right at #63.