The Harbor Gallery at the University of Massachusetts Boston is proud to present "really," an exhibition featuring work from three artists that will be on exhibit from March 31 to May 1. The selections represent multi-disciplinary approaches to the construction of identity and the significance of familial, social, and cultural beliefs.
Jen Barrows has photographed throughout the United States in an attempt to discover a collective American identity through shared memory. Her videos and sculptures reference the commodification of the American ideal and the exporting of the cultural cache. Working primarily in sculpture and collage, Brian Christopher Glaser’s pieces are heavily influenced by the clichéd imagery in high-gloss editorial photos, the unrestrained masculinity of men’s magazines, and the marketing tactics used in popular culture. In his new body of work, Justin Jankus explores his relationship with his sister and attempts to break his subjectivity by photographing 35 years of her accrued possessions.
Jen Barrows is an interdisciplinary artist utilizing photo, video performance and sculpture to explore domesticity, place and identity. She examines contemporary America through the lens of popular culture, history, religion and tourism using rites, rituals and experiences where meaning is emphasized and considered by way of sound, celebration, prayer and record. Barrows has an MFA from The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and Tufts University. She divides her time between Boston and her home state of Maine.
Brian Christopher Glaser is an artist, educator and Boston-native who uses collections of extracted elements within print advertisements to create work that reflects the desires of contemporary consumer culture. He received his BFA in 2007 from Tulane University and in 2009 his MFA in Sculpture from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. Glaser is the managing editor of Big Red & Shiny—a nonprofit arts organization and online art publication based in Boston that strives to create a living document of fine arts practices in New England through coverage and arts criticism.
Justin Jankus studied photography at Bard College, during which time he found a love for candid photography and photographs that question the objective nature of the medium. Jankus’s new work considers his relationship with his sister, who lives with his parents in suburban New York. Now 35, she was diagnosed at birth with cerebral palsy along with speech and intellectual disabilities. Although eight years younger than his sister, Jankus took on the role of parent, caretaker, and sibling. These photographs were taken at a distance, while she was out of the room, trying to analyze, by way of her collection of toys and objects, who she was. Who is this person he has known for 26 years? What can her objects tell us about her identity, an identity she herself cannot describe past her name and home address? How does this antiseptic view speak to the relationship between these two very different siblings?