Weekly Wrap-Up for January 06-12, 2017

geometries of inner space x a step beyond x loud and clear


A Step Beyond | 26.5N, 77.8W

When: On view through March 5, 2017

Where: Leica Gallery Boston, Park Plaza, Boston, Massachusetts 02116

How: Official Website 

What/Why: “Leica Gallery Boston is proud to present “A Step Beyond | 26.5N, 77.8W,” an exhibit from fine arts photographer Eileen McCarney Muldoon highlighting daily life in the city of Havana, Cuba. The collection will debut on January 5, 2017 with an opening reception, and be available for public viewing from January 5 – March 5, 2017.

26.5N, 77.8W denotes the latitude and longitude of Cuba, setting the location for the collection. These photos are the result of McCarney Muldoon’s experiences traveling within Cuba for the past five years, co-teaching photography workshops to fellow enthusiasts on the island. Through these personal encounters, she has captured the homes, lives, and fervent hospitality of the Cuban people and their culture. Her passion shines through in her honest and revealing photographs.

This exhibit is McCarney Muldoon’s first at Leica Gallery Boston. Living and working in Jamestown, RI, her photographic style has been described as painterly, but she prefers to attribute it to her vision of the world, expressed through the photographic expression.

McCarney Muldoon’s work has also been exhibited at Newport Art Museum, The Providence Art Club, Mystic Arts Center and numerous galleries throughout New England and New York. Most recently, she was accepted to the Fine Art & Documentary Photography Show in Berlin for Women Photographers 2016.”


Sight Unseen: Photographs by Aaron John Bourque & Allison Cekala

When: On view through January 29

Opening Reception: Friday January 06, 5:30-8:30

Where: Vermont Center for Photography, 49 Flat St, Brattleboro, Vermont 05301

How: Official Website

What/Why: “The photographic works of Boston artists Aaron John Bourque and Allison Cekala are linked by a desire to uncover and deconstruct landscape. Bourque and Cekala both use their photographs to bring attention to stories that lay just below the surface within the urban facade. Bourque’s photographs of marginalized and transitional spaces within the Fort Hill neighborhood point towards a neighborhood’s turbulent past and resilient community. Cekala’s photographs of salt piles, paired with a video installation, tell the story of Boston’s road salt, as it travels 4500 miles from the Atacama Desert of northern Chile to every inch of Boston’s streets.

The photographs of both artists contain more than the eye can see, documenting evidence of larger stories impacting both the natural and social landscapes, encouraging a deeper look into what our surroundings can tell us, while seeking to make visible what otherwise might remain unseen.

Aaron John Bourque is an Artist, Photographer, Educator, and Historian. By visiting document archives and reading the landscape for the evidence of our histories, Bourque creates lyric documents that a find tension between the descriptive qualities of the photographic object, and the experience of an encounter with the world. Bourque’s large format landscapes search for connection to the places we dwell and the histories we leave behind. Bourque’s work is a meditation on both America’s amnesiac relationship with it’s history, and a call to know the places we call home. As an educator, Bourque is the founding manager of the Center for Arts and Graphic Equipment at Mount Ida College. Bourque also recently received a teaching fellowship from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, has acted as a guest lecturer, and has delivered numerous lectures and artist talks. Bourque holds a Bachelor of Arts in History, a Post-baccalaureate Certificate in Studio Art, and a Master’s of Fine Art. Though originally from New Hampshire Bourque now lives in Roslindale, MA (a neighborhood of Boston).

Allison Cekala is a Boston-based visual artist and educator primarily working in photography and film. Her work investigates the ways in which humans move, shape, and transform the their surroundings. Cekala holds a BA from Bard College in Photography and Environmental Studies and an MFA from Tufts University. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally at the Museum of Science, Boston, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and the American Film Institute, and reviewed in the Boston Globe, WBUR’s Artery, and NPR’s The World, among others. She was the Marion O. Naumberg fellow in Photography at the MacDowell Colony in 2015 and her film, Fundir, won best short documentary film at the Lisbon International Film Festival in 2016. Her work has been supported the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the Blanche E. Colman Foundation, the Montague Travel Grant, and the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation of New Mexico. She will be an artist fellow at the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology in spring of 2017.”


Divergent Thinking

When: On view January 5 – January 29, 2017

Opening Reception: Saturday, January 7, 2017, from 5 –7pm

Where: Fountain Street Fine Art, 59 Fountain Street, Framingham, MA

How: Official Website

What/Why: “A method used to generate creative ideas by exploring many possible solutions, Divergent Thinking occurs in a spontaneous, free-flowing, non-linear manner, such that many ideas are generated in a very short time. Artists were asked to use this concept as a jumping-off place, and submit their best, most outrageously innovative work in any medium.

Thirty-six pieces by thirty-four artists were selected for inclusion into the show by Juror Jane Young, of Chase Young Gallery in Boston. The exhibition is organized by Gallery artists Tatiana Flis and Joseph Fontinha.

Exhibiting artists include: Janet Albert, Sarah Alexander, Chelsea Bradway, John Buron, Brenda Cironi, Donna Corvi, Douglas Cross, Pamela DeJong, Monica DeSalvo, Denise Driscoll, Patricia Dusman, Sara Fine-Wilson, Tatiana Flis, Joseph Fontinha, Jaffa Gross, Mary Kostman, Richard Lapping, Bonnie Lerner, Azita Moradkhani, Chelsea Revelle, Beverly Rippel, Bonnie Rosenthal, Karen Rothman, Claudia Ruiz-Gustafson, Mahala Sacra, Daniel Sinclair, Rebecca Skinner, Roz Sommer, Mary Spencer, Brenda van der Beek, Catherine Weber, Timothy Wilson, Jim Woodside, Leslie Zelamsky.

Juror Jane Young, of Chase Young Gallery in Boston, has dedicated her career to the exhibition of exceptional contemporary painting, sculpture, and photography.“


Cynthia Packard

When: On view through January 2017

Where: Chase Young Gallery, 450 Harrison Ave, No. 57, Boston, MA 02118

How: Official Website 



When: On view through January 28, 2017

Where: samson projects, 450 Harrison Ave, Boston, MA

How: Official Website 

What/Why: “Inspired by feminist and decolonial politics exploring possibilities of poetics and play as means to re-empower the political imagination, reclaiming meaning from a trivialized capitalist version of infinitely more qualified and able female candidate.

“Despite these issues that will remain at large and must be addressed by the left, this boiling resentment has fueled a moment where white victimhood is thought to be as pressing an issue as the institutionalized murder of black people in America. Many white men today feel themselves under attack, usually because of the burn of growing equitability. It is becoming clear that “when you are accustomed to privilege, equality feels like oppression.” (The attribution of this quote is unknown, but it has gained quite a bit of momentum on the internet.) Thus, we have a breed of white males who believe they are persecuted while being the aggressor, and are powerful while maintaining a sense of painful fragility. This kind of cognitive dissonance cannot be brushed off.” – Ajay Kurian from The Ballet of White Victimhood: On Jordan Wolfson, Petroushka, and Donald Trump empowering and unapologetic representations of Latin@x culture informed by the feminist and decolonial aesthetic traditions of the Americas

Am I to move forward when I’m constantly working within my own pastness, yearning to create a tangible relationship?

These circumstances increased interest in postcolonial theory as one of the means to understand neocolonial dynamics.

…issues of representation in culture and the role of language in the construction and dissemination of meaning.

dictatorship sponsored and supported by the United States.

narratives and rhetorical devices that build the ideas of the self and reality, from the personal to the historical.

we get to see how the almost exclusive U.S./Eurocentric perspective flattens Art History, obliterates criticality, silences diversity, and reiterates already-made thoughts and hegemonic narratives.

reflecting on the liminal space between our colonial heritage and our experience as immigrants.”


Robert Freeman: New Works

When: On view through January 2017

Where: Adelson Gallery, 520 Harrison Ave, Boston, MA 02118

How: Official Website

What/Why: Learn more about the exhibition here 


Claudia Olds Goldie  |  Skin Deep

Nancy Selvage  |  Embodied Energy

When: On view through February 05, 2017

Opening Reception: Friday, January 6 and Friday, February 3, 5:00 – 8:00 PM

Where: Boston Sculptors Gallery, 486 Harrison Avenue, Boston, MA 02118

How: Official Website

What/Why: Learn more about the exhibitions here.


SOLO 2017

Rudolf Lingens: “All that is solid melts into air.”
Denise Driscoll: “Geometries of Inner Space”

When: On view Jan 4-29, 2017

Opening Reception: Friday, Jan 6 6-830 pm

Where: Bromfield Gallery, 450 Harrison Ave, Boston, MA, 02118

How: Official Website 

What/Why: SOLO 2017 awards two solo exhibitions, all gallery expenses paid, to two New England artists who have not previously had a solo show in a commercial gallery.
This year, 99 entries were juried by Sarah Montross, Associate Curator at deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum.”


New Works

When: On view through January 22, 2017

Where: Gold Gallery, 460C Harrison Ave, #18, Boston, MA 02118

How: Official Website 

What/Why: “Gold Gallery is pleased to announce our newest exhibition, featuring work by gallery newcomers Michael Azgour and Bryan Grose.”



When: On view January 4 – February 11, 2017

Opening Reception: January 6, 5:30 – 7:30

Where: Carroll and Sons Gallery, 450 Harrison Ave, Boston, MA 02118

How: Official Website 

Also on view..



All the Members: Relay

When: On view January 4-29, 2017

Opening Reception: Friday, January 6, 2017, 5:30-8:00 pm

Where: Kingston Gallery, 450 Harrison Ave, No. 43, Boston, MA 02118

How: Official Website 

What/Why: “The 2017 all-member group exhibition, Relay, is a visual conversation created through art. To curate the works on view a finished piece by one member artist was passed along, in succession, to another gallery artist who selected a visual response with a work of their own, in turn passing it down the line. The result of this unidirectional exchange comes together as a conversation where each artist shares in another’s perspective and responds with their most authentic voice. The development process for this exhibition runs in parallel with conversations currently occurring in the wider community about moving forward in unity and strength through the currently charged political climate. In an effort to offer support to vulnerable populations in our community, Kingston Gallery will donate their share of the proceeds from artwork sales during this exhibition directly to the Boston Medical Center Immigrant & Refugee Health Program.”


Brett Angell – Other Voices

Edie Bresler – We Sold A Winner

Yorgos Efthymiadis – Letting My Guard Down

Frank Armstrong – Trees

When: On view through January 14, 2017

Where: Gallery Kayafas, 450 Harrison Avenue #37 Boston, MA 02118

How: Official Website 

What/Why: Learn more about the exhibitions here!


Loud and Clear

When: On view January 06 – February 07

Opening Reception: January 6, 2017, 5 – 8 pm

Where: Miller Yezerski Gallery, 460 Harrison Ave, Boston, MA, 02118

How: Official Website 

What/Why: “Featuring the work of Jonathan Bonner, Pat Falco, Eric Lebofsky, Rachel Perry, Joe Wardwell, Deb Todd Wheeler”


The Salon Show

Samson<br>Benjamin Flythe

(Samson, Benjamin Flythe)

When: On view through January 29, 2017

Where: Abigail Ogilvy Gallery, 460 Harrison Ave, C7, Boston, MA 02118

How: Official Website




Kirstin Ilse: “Unfriend, the Inauguration of the 45th President of the United States”
Cynthia Maurice: “IN Bloom”

When: On view through January 29 2017

Opening Reception: January 6, 2017, 6-8pm

Where: Galatea Fine Art, 460 Harrison Ave, Boston, MA 02118

How: Official Website 


Fred Sandback: Editioned Sculptures and Related Works on Paper

When: On view through January 21, 2017

Where: Barbara Krakow Gallery, 10 Newbury Street, Boston, MA

How: Official Website 

Also on view..

Between Subjects

What/Why: “Featuring works by Josef Albers, Mel Bochner, Jan Dibbets, Bronlyn Jones, Ellsworth Kelly, Sol LeWitt, Brice Marden, and Sylvia Plimack Mangold“


DeCordova Biennial

When: On view through March 26, 2017

Where: deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, 51 Sandy Pond Rd, Lincoln, MA 01773

How: Official Website

What/Why: “his exhibition represents deCordova’s longstanding commitment to artists working in New England, celebrating the most compelling and ambitious art-making in the region. The sixteen artists selected for the Biennial are from across all six northeastern states—Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont. Their work represents a broad range of experience and explores diverse mediums and themes. These include creative translations of the natural world, innovations in abstraction, and investigations of digital processes and communication. Each artist is making a significant contribution to the contemporary art dialogue in New England today through the originality and dedication to excellence in their work.

The Biennial showcases recent works of art and newly commissioned installations that fill the main galleries of the Museum and extend into the Sculpture Park. It was organized by Jennifer Gross, Chief Curator and Deputy Director of Curatorial Affairs, and Sarah Montross, Associate Curator“


Revealing Internal Exploring External

When: On view January 5 – 28, 2017

Opening Reception:  Thursday, January 12th, 6-8pm

Where: Cambridge Art Association, 25 Lowell St, Cambridge, MA 02138

How: Official Website 

What/Why:Small Group Show Featuring the work of Elissa Freud, Kay Hartung and Dayna Talbot

“Our work is brought together by our shared interest in the relationship between inner and outer structures in the natural world.  Each of us uses 3 dimensional work to further express some aspect of our 2 dimensional work.  Our theme is the interaction of hidden and unseen shapes and structures in nature with expressions of order, disorder,  emotion, memory and experience.”


Queer Painting

When: On view January 6 through February 25, 2017

Opening Reception: Friday January 6, 5-9PM

Where:How’s Howard?, 450 Harrison Ave, Ste 309c, Boston, Massachusetts 02118

How: Official Website 

What/Why: “Join How’s Howard at the reception for Queer Painting, a group show featuring the work of Hannah Barrett, Darlin Frometa, Dylan Hurwitz, Rebecca Ness and Sean O’Connor.”



When: On view through March 07, 2017

Where: Lafayette City Center Passageway, Downtown Boston, MA (Griffin Museum satellite space)

How: Official Website 

What/Why: “Space is a multilayered word. It can be an action, feeling, a state of mind or an area with potential. It can be occupied or rented. Space can also be a void. It is the gap between words, teeth, parked cars, or the area beyond earth’s air.

Over time and circumstance society has inhabited space in a variety of ways. Early seventeenth century American colonists chose to live closely to each other by a river and in a ring around a common building. In the mid 1800’s the need for more land spurred expansion past the Appalachian Mountains to the western frontiers. City dwellers view space by the dollar per square foot, country dwellers count acres and the property line defines the suburban boundary. The invention of the skyscraper economized space in land-strapped cities, accommodating more people vertically while working and living in the sky.

The artists responded with varied interpretations of the topic. Some chose a geometric response or produced artistic space. Two photographed private moments of reflection. One photographer depicted the air one breathes and others portrayed the outer reaches beyond earth’s atmosphere. All photographs chosen for this exhibit work together in a unified way to form a narrative on the concept of SPACE. The Griffin Museum of Photography is very proud to be able to share the work of these 37 photographers in exhibition.

The artists included are:
Philip V. Augustine, Garrett Baumer, Robert Collier Beam, Karen Bell, Patricia Bender, Matthew Bender, Anne Berry, Justine Bianco, Meg Birnbaum, Darin Boville, Berendina Buist, Laura Burlton, Joy Bush, Bill Chapman, John Chervinsky, Richard Allen Cohen, Rick Colson, Amy Friend, David Gardner, Jennifer Georgescu, Audrey Gottlieb, Andrea Greitzer, Tytia Habing, Elizabeth Ireland, Marky Kauffmann, Kat Kiernan, Susan Lapides, Honey Lazar, Joyce P. Lopez, Sarah Malakoff, Greer Muldowney, Suzanne Revy, Dana Salvo, Jennifer Shaw, Vicky Stromee, Maija Tammi, and Zelda Zinn.”


Building a Lineage

When: On view through January 29, 2017

Opening Reception: January 7, 6-8:30PM

Where: Piano Craft Gallery, 793 Tremont St, Boston, Massachusetts 02118

How: Official Website

What/Why: “Boston, Massachusetts – Building a Lineage: Photography by Tara Butler, Allison Cekala, Jodie Mim Goodnough, Defne Kirmizi, Molly Lamb, Sarah Pollman, and Sadie Wechsler, will be on display at the Piano Craft Gallery January 6-29, 2017, with an opening reception on Saturday, January 7, from 6:00-8:30 p.m.

History is built through rhizomatic connections fostered between peers, teachers, colleagues, and friends. Building a Lineage explores these connections through a case study of seven photographers. Formal connections reveal influences as much as conceptual connections reveal the emotional tenures of friendships. The process of influence is organic; it is impossible to separate out who is a teacher, a friend, or a colleague.

The exhibition Building a Lineage, open to the public and free, will be open throughout January on Fridays from 6:00-8:00 p.m., on Saturdays and Sundays from 12:00-5:00 p.m., and by appointment at the Piano Craft Gallery, a historic Boston landmark at 793 Tremont Street, Boston, Massachusetts. The Piano Craft Gallery is dedicated to offering thought-provoking and engaging exhibitions.”



When: On view January 06 through February 24, 2017

Opening Reception: January 06, 6-9PM

Where: Rafius Fane Gallery,460C Harrison Ave #c24, Boston, MA

How: Official Website 

What/Why: “Start off your Friday evening with Percy: Art, Sips and Music.

This solo exhibition will have over 30 pieces of art work on view; including 15 new paintings. From his sought after cityscapes, to his other world “Children from Beyond” characters, and many not to be missed new paintings that will pleasantly surprise you.

International Dj. Kon will provide the soulful vibes for some booty shaking good times.

This experimental art exhibition of contrasting expressions. Draws from subjects of personal and cultural nostalgia. Containing new and old work. Ranging from abstraction to representational paintings. With the current times in which we are facing; we as a nation and planet are facing a collective identity crisis.

As an artist, Percy merges the worlds of classical painting and graffiti techniques. Boldly pushing the boundaries of his work, without being confined by stereotypes. Having experienced both the birth of his son and the loss of his mom. He has a deep understanding in the importance of finding balance through the chaos of change.”



When: On view through January 28, 2017

Where: PRC, Boston University, 832 Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA

How: Official Website 

What/Why: “The PRC is honored to present this traveling exhibition of work from the Center for Photography at Woodstock’s acclaimed Artist-in-Residency program (www.cpw.org/create/artist-residencies) for artists and writers of color working in the photographic arts.  Given recent dialogues surrounding the topics addressed in this thematic show—race, love, and labor—the PRC felt it important to bring this varied and vital work by emerging artists to Boston, now.

Originally shown at the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art in 2014 and curated by Sarah Lewis, “RACE, LOVE, AND LABOR” will travel to the Staller Center for the Arts at Stony Brook University in 2017.  The PRC will showcase the same version as presented at CPW (a smaller version of the larger original exhibition), cooordinated by Lewis, and includes work by 11 photographers as selected by CPW: Endia Beal (Winston-Salem, NC), William Cordova (Lima, Peru, Miami, FL, and NY, NY), LaToya Ruby Frazier (Chicago, IL), Tommy Kha (Brooklyn, NY and Memphis, TN), Deana Lawson (Brooklyn, NY), Alma Leiva (Miami, FL and Brooklyn, NY), Gina Osterloh (Los Angeles, CA), Dawit L. Petros (Brooklyn, NY), Tim Portlock (Philadelphia, PA), Xaviera Simmons (Brooklyn, NY), and Joanna Tam (Boston, MA).

Dr. Lewis is Assistant Professor of History of Art and Architecture and of African and African American Studies at Harvard University and recently edited Aperture Magazine’s summer 2016 issue on “Vision & Justice.” This theme is also the topic of her fall course at Harvard and a related exhibition at the Harvard Art Museums drawn from their collections, “Vision and Justice: The Art of Citizenship,” open now through January 8, 2017.

Copies of the original exhibition catalog and Aperture’s critically acclaimed re-printed thematic issue, edited by Lewis, will be available at the PRC during the run of the show.  STAY TUNED for a special PRC webpage and a panel in January.”


David Prifti: Tintypes
Jaclyn Kain: Cyanotypes

When: On view January 6 – 28

Where: Gallery NAGA, 67 Newbury Street, Boston, MA

How: Official Website 

What/Why: “Gallery NAGA’s 40th year begins with an exhibition of photographers using 19th century processes to express ideas of the passage of time.

Jaclyn Kain: Cyanotypes and David Prifti: Tintypes both run from January 6 through 28 at Gallery NAGA.  A public reception will be held at the gallery on Friday, January 6 from 6 to 8 pm.  Gallery NAGA has teamed up with Bar Mezzana to host a round-table discussion and dinner with Jaclyn Kain, Colin Lynch (Chef/Partner of Bar Mezzana), and Heather Lynch (General Manager/Partner of Bar Mezzana) on Thursday, January 5 at 6pm.  Reservations for this intimate event may be made by calling 617.530.1770.

Having just finished her Master’s degree from the New Hampshire Institute of Art, Jaclyn Kain is producing more than ever.  Her latest body of work was shaped by the discovery, in the summer of 2015 on a beach in Boston, of a deceased child’s body.  During this time Kain was printing portraits of her children inside sea shells and leaving them on beaches to be discovered.  The incident, coming at the same time as her abandoned shell portraits, prompted a departure in Kain’s subject matter, away from her children and to the water and beaches in and around Boston, as a means of understanding, grieving, and acknowledging a loss of this magnitude, especially as a mother.

Jaclyn Kain photographs the water in the Boston Harbor, capturing the ever-changing and abstract reflections that play on the surface.  Negatives are made from the digital files and contact-printed using the cyanotype process, first discovered in 1842 and producing a cyan-blue print.  The paper is then coated with a light-sensitive emulsion.  At this point, all that is needed is light and water to create the print.  The subject matter and the methodology of the work are intertwined, light and water being both the content of the work and the ingredients required to process the prints.  The rich blue hues transform the surface and depths of the water into formal patterns of light, shadow, and tonality.

“There was no recipe for this process,” Kain remarks.  “The reaction of the chemistry with the paper varies in every print and I embrace the beautiful inconsistencies that emerge.”

David Prifti once wrote that is was his desire to explore his life through the things that shaped it. These formative elements were his relationships, his memories, his sense of family, rites of passage, aging and death. The creative process that led to all of his photographs was indirectly a very personal journey for him.

In 2011, David Prifti died at age fifty of pancreatic cancer. This marked the end of a renowned photographic career and 25 years of teaching at Concord-Carlisle Regional High School.  In 2005 he adopted a process new to him, albeit one popular in the 19th century. Shooting with large-format wet-plate collodion emulsions on glass, Prifti made tintype portraits of students, friends, and acquaintances as well as natural still-lifes.  Imperfections that occurred on the edges of the plates only add to their precious quality and mediate the intensity of the images.

Prifti would often photograph portraits in nature and in particular the area around the Assabet River in Concord.  Those portraits were accompanied by still-lifes of decaying logs, vegetation, insects and birds.  Eastern Kingbird (death) portrays a bird, its body resting on a piece of wood with its feet hovering over its white belly, quietly tender in its pose.  In Polyphemus a moth’s wings are spread open against a tree while a hand, presumably David Prifti’s, reaches in as if to startle the insect.  The still-lifes are unified by the questions they ask us.  Has Prifti captured the final image of these creatures’ existence or are we looking at post-mortem photographs?  This ambiguity forces us to question the very idea of mortality.

David Prifti’s photographs have been exhibited at such venues as the Museum of Modern Art, New York and the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Lincoln MA. His work is represented in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX, the Boston Public Library, Danforth Art, and the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum.”



New works from KAWA = FLOW

When: On view through January 2017

Where: Robert Klein Gallery,38 Newbury St Boston MA 02116

What/Why: “Robert Klein Gallery is excited to share a selection of newly released work by   Japanese photographer, MASAO YAMAMOTO, from his series, KAWA = FLOW. “


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Things are already looking up! See you next week. ♥

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