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Posted at 07:09 PM ET, 04/19/2012

‘Next at the Corcoran’: Art in Focus

Photographer Aaron Canipe’s work includes a portrait of his mother, trapped in time (or maybe just the beauty parlor). (Aaron Canipe)
The current special exhibition at the Corcoran Gallery of Art is aptly named. Called “Next,” it’s a showcase for the thesis projects of a new crop of graduating students at the Corcoran College of Art and Design. It includes a range of media (and skill), but photography is among its strong suits. One theme stands out among the images shot by the class of 2012: nostalgia. Whether students of photojournalism or fine arts, several artists seem to be looking not to the future, but to the past.

You’ll find all the info you need to know about the show, including artist bios and public programs, here. Read my review and check out a selection of additional images from the show after the jump.

The people and places of Winfield Park, N.J. — the artist’s home state — are featured in the work of Caitlyn Bierman. (Caitlyn Bierman)

In the series of photographs “The Good Life,” Michael Evnen trains his lens on his home state of Nebraska. (Michael Evnen)

Kaitlin Jencso looks at the people and places of Southern Maryland, where she grew up, with a mix of detachment and affection. Her father is the subject of this photo. ( Kaitlin Jencso)

Several photographic installations include a mix of new and archival photos, as in Bierman’s series “A Town With Pride.” (Caitlyn Bierman)

You are being watched. Jeff Herrity’s “Focus Group” includes several sentry-like figures outfitted with video cameras. Visitors are welcome to reposition a few of the figures, which are mounted on wheels. A live stream of images can be viewed at www.jeffherritynet/focusgroup. (Jeff Herrity)

“Next” also features painting, drawing, performance and other media. Hannah Jeon’s thesis project is a collection of half-knitted scarves. Each work’s title references a Bible verse. (Michael O'Sullivan)

Juliann Holloway contributes a floor “drawing,” reminiscent of Australian aboriginal painting. (Michael O'Sullivan)

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