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Contact:
Eric C. Sloss
412-268-5765

For immediate release:
April 2, 2003

Carnegie Mellon's Regina Gouger Miller Gallery Presents Master of Fine Arts Student Exhibition

PITTSBURGH—The Regina Gouger Miller Gallery will present Carnegie Mellon University's Master of Fine Arts Exhibition "Objects in Mirror are Closer Than They Appear," opening on April 4, 2003.

The exhibition is the culmination of the students' graduate training in the School of Art. The gallery exhibition opens with a reception on Friday, April 4, 6­8 p.m., which is free and open to the public. The gallery is located in the Purnell Center for the Arts on the Carnegie Mellon campus.

Works by third-year graduate students Chung Yean Cho, Frederick M. Dixon, Takahiro Noguchi, Anat Pollack and Naomi Falk will be featured. Jenny Strayer, director of the Regina Gouger Miller Gallery, said, "This exhibition highlights an exciting diversity of approaches to contemporary art. This is a critical moment to view the development of these young talented artists."

A joint statement about the intention of the show, drafted by the MFA candidates, is a reflection on their position in the post-9/11 world. "More than ever, a commitment to Œtruth' is indispensable and we feel artists are more indispensable than ever. As artists we are obligated to an inquiry based on Œtruth,' enshrouded as it is evermore in a blizzard of Œfacts' — dictated by others. In this show, we present each of our findings: the various sordid, mundane and extraordinary truths we've uncovered along the way in our practice."

Takahiro Noguchi, in an installation entitled the "Jettisoned University histories Center," (JUnC)’, transforms part of the gallery into a simulated office space. The project will also include an impromptu broadcast via a temporary radio station (100.1 FM WJNK), featuring interviews with campus custodians asking, among other things, about their frank assessment of race and class issues on campus. The installation is in collaboration with Jen Morris, instructor of photography in the School of Art.

Anat Pollack will present a multi-media work, "Shi.ko ltd," as one of three works in the exhibition. Pollack's piece focuses on audience participation, sound and space. The installation is a soundproof box filled with five multimedia heads created for interaction. Pollack said, "I seek to achieve that moment when time seems to vanish, when connection to an experience is so intense that integration between all of the perceptual modes is fluid."

Naomi Falk's work reveals a fascination with "residuals" — how much information can be left out and still function as narrative. In the gallery Falk presents several short videos and a series of sculptures relating to the delineation and extension of self. Falk said, "By weaving together memories, myths and facts, my current work questions perception by uncovering a multiplicity and layering of truths. I hope to provoke a subtly skewed awareness of the ordinary, and to deepen an understanding of physical and psychological relationships to place."

Mark Dixon is a performance artist who has worked extensively in a wide range of public venues. His most recent project was "The Kitchen Renovation," an installation/performance in Pittsburgh. In this exhibition he will present documentation of work completed.

Chung Cho, who earned a B.F.A. in multimedia art from the Korean National University of Arts, will present a two-channel video and sound projection.

In addition to the exhibition, free artist talks and workshops are scheduled in the Gallery at the following dates and times:

April 12 ..... Takahiro Noguchi ..... 1 p.m.
April 16 ..... Anat Pollack ..... noon
April 19 ..... Chung Cho ..... 1 p.m.
          Naomi Falk ..... 2 p.m.
April 21 ..... Mark Dixon ..... noon

The Regina Gouger Miller Gallery is located on the Carnegie Mellon University campus. The School of Art is one of five schools within Carnegie Mellon's College of Fine Arts. The College of Fine Arts is a community of nationally and internationally recognized artists and professionals organized into five schools, Architecture, Art, Design, Drama and Music, and their associated centers and programs.

For more information about the Master of Fine Arts student exhibition contact Regina Gouger Miller Gallery Director Jenny Strayer at 412-268-3877 or jstrayer@andrew.cmu.edu. For more information on the College of Fine Arts contact Eric Sloss at 412-268-5765 or email ecs@andrew.cmu.edu.

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