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'Young Turks Two'
Exhibit dates: 12 October-4 November 2007. Reception: 12 October.
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Head Clausnitzer
"She Called Me Elephant Boy"
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Barbara Cone
b+w archival inkjet print
5” x 5”
(10”x10” framed)
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  Katie DiChiara
1.2007 bamboo rod, fishing hooks, glowline, synthetic hair, spraypaint,
nail polish
9’' x 3’

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  Tali Gai
"The Boys Are Back In Town"
Graphite on paper
8” x 10”
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Sydney Hardin
"All American Girl"
Latex enamel on canvas
12" x 12"
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  Jesse M. Kahn
"Human Capital"
Cotton embroidery floss on Aida cloth, wool felt,
commercial shelf
12” x 6”
full image web

Edward Middleton
"with passion"
9" x 12"
(14" x 19" framed)
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  Lee Powers
full image web
Melissa Sullivan
Inkjet print
30" x 40"
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Taryn Wells
"78 Degrees"
21" x 18"
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about the show
This show is sponsored by the Somerville Arts Council and the Massachusetts Cultural Council. This show was curated by Beth Driscoll of the Lady Cougars Art Gang.
The Nave Gallery's Young Turks returns for a second year with an exhibition featuring art and artists 'taking a walk on the wild side.' The show aims to highlight all that is not part of the status quo. The work of ten artists questions, confronts, and, yes, attacks ideas, images, and ideology that others take for granted. Built on the joint premise that
dissent can be healthy and rebellion may be messy, YTT artists show work exploring the world, their position in it and whatever commentary they feel the need to make on this relationship.

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Somerville Arts Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

artist statements

Head Clausnitzer
Digital media allows for the shaping of many different realities, at it were. It also makes one of the artist’s defined tasks – that of, exploration and representation of self - more easily attained through the medium’s barriers destroying creative possibilities.
I was a fat kid. My parents were easy on me in terms of my condition and so by the time I entered grade school I was not suffering from any lack of confidence where my body was concerned. But when the girl of my dreams called me elephant boy every positive thought I had about myself came crashing down.
My case was not uncommon, never has been and ever will it be so. Perhaps my predicament could even be thought of as quaint and cute. However, psychic pain is pain, nonetheless, and an instilled perception of ones inadequacies bides in an ill way within oneself and has portends for the adult to come.

Barbara Cone
Penises aren’t generally “public,” or if they are someone is in BIG trouble. Societal prohibition of the display of male genitalia is pervasive and unequivocal, especially in the presence of children.
There are exceptions to the rule of course. The male genitalia pictured in“P.P.’s”* is observed daily by hundreds of thousands of men, women and children.
Clearly the general public considers these penises to be in good taste. So, does it follow that the photographic images I present in “P.P.’s”* cannot possibly be considered offensive because they are simply a visual record of male genitalia displayed as ART in some of the world’s most famous and respectable museums?
Viewer, your thoughts please.
*penises publicos

Katie DiChiara
I see in today’s culture everything marketed as product. Even war is turned into a hot new game and resembles a slick TV ad repeated endlessly until it becomes your unconscious mantra. We're all suckers for beauty, and the sparkle of savvy marketing blinds us to what is really going on. My work also uses glitter and shine to attract, but its intent is to reveal the truth inside by poking fun at the glitz.
I love working with synthetic hair, plastics, and fabrics. This is partly from my past experience as a hairstylist and working in clubs, but also because they have the ability to act as a veneer to the subject. I’m fascinated by clouds and stubborn plants sprouting from cement, which is my limited nature in the city, and I’m hooked on The New Yorker and National Geographic, whose stories inhabit my work.
My present work illustrates how current events are turned into glittery products. They are sold as a better, fabulous life, but beware! I don’t want the world around us to be destroyed by commercial interests, and hopefully my form of beauty lures you in to look past the facade.

Tali Gai: email
My current work focuses on drawings and paintings that confront the effects ofinitiation and transition, from one stage of life to the next. The drawings and paintings explore what happens when transitions or transitional markers
are not emotionally absorbed, and explores theconsequences of the fallout. As the drawings progressed, they evolved into a visual description of aninternal warfare in which the enemy is unknown, a haunting ghost from the subject’s past. Thus, the work speaks of internal demons rising to thesurface--whether consciously or unconsciously,
identified orunidentified. The piece When You Win, I Lose speaks specifically about my feelings about life as an outsider--a life in which one must persevere despite unsympathetic circumstances, situations and people and a life in which one finds oneself in utter isolation. The piece expresses feelings of loneliness, alienation, fear and also quiet determination and strength of purpose. Similarly, Self-Portrait with a Bouquet of Unidentified Emotions highlights taboo feelings-- supressed rage, haunting memories, and psychological abuse of the child as it awkardly
spills into or erupts into one's present adult life. The Boys Are Back in Town represents a series of drawings I have done of big game hunters. The images are drawn from internet sites that advertise safari-adventure type vacations with the goal of killing as large a beast as possible and then posing with it. I was fascinated both by the need of certain people to engage in this activity as sport and with the ritualized posing of the photographs. The need to face death and defeat an animal much larger than oneself seemed strange and primal--a way to experience Sartre's notion of freedom in terror or Hemingway's notion of freedom in heroic acts of courage. It seems that when one is pushed to the edge of experience, to the height of one's senses, in a crisis-type situation (which hunting seems to
re-create) a euphoria is released. The taboo source of this "high" fascinates me on many levels in my work--as the notion of feeling alive only when challenged to the pit of one's being comes up again and again in my work.

Sydney Hardin: email
The mainstream media are busy producing remarkably one-dimensional representations of female sexuality aimed at male and female consumers alike. This over-production speaks to the media’s insidious role in our culture; its airbrush is definitely obscuring more than mere cellulite, unwanted hair and wrinkles. Media sources such as Vogue and Disney are stunting the erotic range of women, offering as surrogates a collection of vulnerable, thumb-sucking baby dolls.
“Missing” takes the marketing of female sexual identity to its logical extremes, reflecting both media and consumer blindness to erotically irrelevant features. I intend “Missing” to create a relationship between my subjects and viewers that is utterly devoid of the enticing relationships created by advertising. I hope this will be an uncomfortable and intensely personal dialogue between potential voyeur and possible victim.

Jesse M. Kahn: email
The work presented here is part of an attempt to end my armchair activism and instead actively expose what I feel is a ludicrous level of anxiety over national and personal security. I also feel compelled to remind the government and the general public that each and every piece of collateral damage in war was actually a human being, a person with family and friends who contributed to our society well before being shipped off to war. I often employ craft methods and materials typically associated with women and domesticity, and historically deemed less worthy than work made for the public sphere by men. With these tools I create work which is sometimes serious, sometimes filled with humor, but always political.

Edward Middleton
This body of work represents the ills of modern man they turn blind eyes to everyday of their existence. The medium I have chosen and the subject I have chosen to photograph are my way of exposing indifference and ignorance by exploiting an experience most take for granted as a brief reprieve from their everyday lives. In photographing cinema, under fiercely strict guidelines placed upon myself, by myself, i have taken advantage of the illusion of fantasy and exposed the inherent truths evident right in front of the people i wish to communicate with.

Lee Foster Powers
I started collecting cards and conceived this piece during college, where for a long period of time, I received multiple credit card applications daily. It made me think about how many little plastic cards I already had for credit,
identification, discounts, building/room entry, and more, and how my life is irretrievably entwined with these cards.
Are our lives really better as a result of these cards? Depending on the use, a person can get a drink, buy a car, get in financial peril, or get an identity stolen.
As the cards piled up in my dorm room, I realized the callousness of sending them to an historically irresponsible population. The image of a raised fist, borrowed from the black power movement, is my response. For this modern enemy, I decided to use a most basic weapon. A clenched fist, raised in opposition for now, but easily redirected to make a more forceful point.

Melissa Sullivan: email
This project is a series of images comprised of shop windows in my local community. It investigates and takes notice of the forgotten (and most interesting) aspects of the community-local business. With this project I aim to
revive these lost shops and storefronts to its community members, regaining energy lost to its competitor- big business. Wherever one is from, a sense of community, nostalgia, and personal experience is reflected back to the viewer, causing him/her to think about what s/he is looking at.
Familiarity is so important in a world that has now become Corporate America. Big shopping plazas and superstores are swallowing that sense of community and unique character local business once created. It is my hope that these vital community spaces are not to be forgotten or taken for granted. Alluring colors bring new light to the scene as one can see the beauty and character that is being missed.

Taryn Wells: email
My artwork at this particular time is a dialogue that explores the complicated world of racial identity and the desire to find my place within it as a multiracial individual. The basis of the series emanated from my need to examine the dualities and dark truths of America, expressing the history of a people that is often overlooked and creating a parallel with today’s perception of race and yesterday’s reality. The resulting series communicates a distinctive perspective that is sometimes sardonic and sometimes somber but always with the intentions of sparking debate. Even though some of the subject matter may not be familiar, my belief is that the viewer will recognize something of his own experiences and somehow relate to the works in the series.

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