Homeward Bound

September 4, 2009

What does it mean to go home, and how does the imagination transform that home after one has left it behind? These are some of the questions being addressed in the work of 12 MFA Photography, Video and Related Media Department alumni who have come together for the new group exhibition “Miles From Home.” The show is being presented in the Bakery Artspace, a gallery in Rhinebeck, NY, recently opened by curator James Casebere, who is also one of the thesis advisors in the MFA program. In his curatorial statement for the exhibition, Casebere notes, “The typical notion of ‘home’ is one of safety and stability; but ‘home,’ particularly now, is subjective, constantly changing and often based on illusory memories…these artists are building their own maps, creating their own pathways through the world and their work, and seeking the roads that will move them forward.”

All of the alumni showing their work in the exhibition are members of the department’s class of 2008: Erica Allen, Rachel Barrett, Clayton Cotterell, Jade Doskow, J. Alan Hamill, Ben Handzo, Allison Kaufman, Bryan Lear, Alison Malone, Sarah Palmer, Christopher Rodriguez and Lucas Thorpe. “Miles From Home” is on view at Bakery Artspace September 5 – 20, and there will be an opening reception on Saturday, September 5, 2 – 5pm. For more information and a selection of images from each artist, visit milesfromhome.us.

Images: (top) Allison Kaufman, Relics Series, 1, 2009; (bottom) Christopher Rodriguez, Wolf, 2009.

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