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Exhibit Press:

"Gallery Review | Boston MFA's 'Islands of Isolation'," by Kyle Chayka

The Tufts Daily, March 25, 2008

...Through photography and video, artists can appropriate the reality of our lives and twist it. We look upon photo as truth; what happens when that contract is broken and, though we may not realize it, things we look on as real are actually fabricated? It is a sharp mental twist to realize that the camera lies, but it is one that we make more and more often. The more we acknowledge this, the more we can take back that contemplative stillness captured by parts of "Islands of Isolation."

"Skin Deep," by Randi Hopkins, The Phoenix, Boston, MA

February 12, 2008

...The dire sentiment conveyed by Roy Orbison in “Only the Lonely” finds visual expression in “STUDENTS CURATE STUDENTS: ISLANDS OF ISOLATION,” a show of work by seven MFA candidates in the joint School of the Museum of Fine Arts/Tufts University graduate-degree program organized by participating artist Georgie Friedman and opening in the Courtyard Gallery at the Museum of Fine Arts on February 16. Using color photography and video, the artists investigate experiences of emotional and geographical separation...


Left to right: Nahna Kim, Palm Tree, Coney Island, New York, 2006; Cathleen Faubert, Untitled No. 6 from Floating Series, 2007; Georgie Friedman,

Budget Fireworks, Hwy 2 north of North Pole, Alaska, 2007

The seven artists in this exhibition are investigating aspects of isolation that permeate into contemporary life.

Cathleen Faubert and Faith Johnson address the distance between one’s inner and outer worlds. In her performance-based work, Johnson comforts herself with incongruous healing tools. While everything else continues on around her, Faubert is unaffected by gravity’s pull or time’s progression. Sean M. Johnson and Christine Rogers assess the concept of family. Johnson investigates levels of closeness in biological and chosen families, whereas Rogers seeks new family iconography by ‘trying-on’ families of strangers. Focusing on the relationship between people and their domestic interiors, Sarah Williamson creates meditative video still-lives. Examining the relationship of people to external locations, Nahna Kim journeys to American landmarks to evaluate her position as an Asian American in their context, conversely Georgie Friedman highlights locations that have become futile since people are absent.

All of the artists in this exhibition are Master of Fine Art candidates in the joint School of the Museum of Fine Arts & Tufts University program.