October 20 – December 2, 2006

money-aint“Option-Control-Escape” is an exhibition curated by Reese Inman for GASP in Boston. The artists in the exhibition:

Mark Chariker
Mark Chariker’s paintings combine a visual vocabulary characteristic of animŽ film and video games with an implied narrative of impending disaster, questioning our relationship to the images we consume as entertainment.

Chariker is a 2006 graduate of the BFA program at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and a recipient of awards and scholarships including the Eugene C. Ward Memorial Scholarship, the Stephen D. Paine scholarship, and the Dana Pond Award. A Boston resident for the past four years, Chariker will spend 2006-7 in Roswell, NM as a Roswell Artist in Residence.

Nelson Da Costa
Nelson Da Costa’s paintings draw on the world of his past, creating tense visual fields in which fear, death, starvation, disease, war, persecution, love, family, and spirituality coexist in a tenuous dance.

Da Costa was born in Angola; civil war orphaned him at age eleven. Several years later, he moved to Cuba, where he studied oil painting and completed an undergraduate degree in Special Needs Education. Due to security reasons he then left Cuba and immigrated to the United States, applying for political asylum. Currently, he is in the MFA program at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

Harvey Loves Harvey
Since 1992, artists Jason Dean (Brooklyn) and Matthew Nash (Boston) have collaborated under the name Harvey Loves Harvey. Despite, or perhaps because, the artists have never lived in the same place, their work studies themes of communication, friendship, and the technologies that facilitate a long-distance creative relationship.

Harvey Loves Harvey’s work has been shown across the Northeast; Boston-based collaborator Matthew Nash teaches locally and is also the producer of www.bigredandshiny.com.

Reese Inman
Reese Inman’s paintings map the output of computer programs, exploring contemporary experiences of information overload and our attempts to make sense of the massive amounts of data we collect. Combining the hands-off exactitude of computer technology with the hands-on discipline of painting, the final work merges a sense of technological precision and order with the handmade quality and intense detail associated with traditional painting.

Inman worked as a multimedia designer/programmer before moving into full-time art practice. She is a graduate of Harvard University and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, where she was a two-time recipient of the Dana Pond Award in Painting. In 2005, she received a grant from the St. Botolph Club. Inman currently lives and works in Boston.

Brian Knep
Brian Knep combines art, architecture and science in work that has been shown across the United States, Europe and Korea. His pieces range from dynamic, never-repeating video projections to large-scale, site-specific, interactive installations that fit into and use the surrounding environment and are aware of and respond to visitors.

Knep’s career has ranged from the film industry, where he was awarded two Academy Awards, to the exhibit design industry, and now to full-time art practice. In 2005 he became the first artist-in-residence at Harvard Medical School and in 2006 received a grant from the Creative Capital Foundation. Knep helped organize the Cambridge-based Collision Collective and co-curates many of their exhibitions. He lectures extensively about his work, has published in computer-graphics and other scientific journals, and graduated with honors from Brown University, where he studied computer-science and mathematics and received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees. Knep lives and works in Boston.