Weekly Wrap-Up for March 7th, 2014

living arrangement x nothing for you here x new waters

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Richard Bosman – Paintings of Modern Life

When: On view through March 29, 2014

Opening Reception: Friday March 7, 5:30-7:30PM

Where: Carroll and Sons, 450 Harrison Avenue, Boston, MA 02118

How: Official Website

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Beasts of Burden: Our Complex Relationship with Animals

(Nothing for You Here, Jane O’Hara)

When: On view through May 5, 2014

Opening Reception: Thursday March 13, 2014 5:30-8:00PM

Where: Harvard Allston Education Portal, 175 North Harvard Street, Allston, MA 02134

How: Official Website

What/Why: “Animals have played an important but complex role in our lives. Thirteen artists examine our complicated connections to these creatures.

Pampered pets or anonymous commodities?

The work conveys a deep love of and respect for the animal kingdom, as well as anxiety, guilt, and outrage regarding crimes perpetrated against animals.”

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The Process: Works on Glass

When: On view through April 20, 2014

Opening Reception: Friday March 7th, 2014 6:00-8:00PM

Where: Adelson Galleries Boston, 520 Harrison Ave, Boston, Massachusetts 02118

How: Official Website

What/Why: “New oeuvre by Tyson Andree”

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Sisters of the Lattice | Hotspot Ceremony

When: Sunday, March 9th 2pm, 4pm, 6pm, 8pm screenings

Where: kijidome, 59 Wareham Street Unit 1a, Boston, Massachusetts 02118

How: Official Website

What/Why: “Sisters of the Lattice present Hotspot, an interactive screening and sauna ceremony designed to create a wireless network using the collective energy of its participants. 

HOTSPOT is a participatory video screening that features 3 individual steam saunas. The event centers around the Sisters of the Lattice’s 80-minute film called Link. Three participants may reserve a personal sauna pod for each ceremony, but members of the general public are encouraged to watch the film in regular seating as well. No RSVP is required for non-sauna viewers.”

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New Waters

When: On view through May 18, 2014

Opening Reception: Saturday, March 8, 6–8pm

Where: Danforth Art, 123 Union Avenue, Framingham, MA 01702

How: Official Website

What/Why: “Matt Brackett’s work is a striking combination of the real and surreal. Drawing from landscape traditions throughout art history, his paintings are masterful compositions of form and light, threading personal and family narratives to create a realistic, yet alternate reality. His series Dark Animal explores recent years of uncertainty, a complicated story of darkness, doubt, beauty, and solace. Memory, loss, and rebirth are common themes in Brackett’s work, and while subjects are dark and unsettling, the works on view at Danforth Art are a cathartic treatment of topics ranging from the joy of birth to the tragedy of disease.   “

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Formal First Friday

When: Friday March 7th, 6:00-11:00PM

Where: SoWa Boston. Schedule here.

How: Official Website

What/Why: Opus Affair is “Getting fancy for no particular reason and crawling all over SoWa.”

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A Travelogue in Color – Lorna Ritz

(Ocean, Dunes and Sky)

When: On view through March 31, 2014

Where: French Cultural Center, 53 Marlboro Street, Boston, MA

How: Official Website

What/Why: Ritz’s paintings are steeped in the 19th century French painters known as The Impressionists. They enmeshed themselves in “seeing” through a concentration of color relationships derived from nature. Their techniques have greatly influenced Ritz in her own painting, deepening her daily practice as an artist interested in how colors create space throughout the canvas. 

“My ideas come from my imagination in a completely improvisational, passionate way. I love to see open, breathing, moving space create entry way deep into the picture plane on the flat surface of linen. I compose through color. The color creates the shape. My paintings ‘sing’ through the light that emanates from the color combinations themselves. I ‘listen’ to how the paint wants to move. The horizon gives prelude to what is beyond landscape in the paintings, (thus, the abstraction), as I want ‘to push it there,’ beyond what the eye sees as gravity/sky/landscape.“

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Drawn to Daily Life

When: On view through July 6, 2014

Where: Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02115

How: Official Website

What/Why: “Some 50 lively drawings and watercolors by leading 17th-century Dutch artists from the superb Maida and George Abrams Collection bring to life the faces, figures, pleasures, pastimes, and labors of Dutch people. Works by Rembrandt, Hendrick Avercamp, Abraham Bloemaert, Jacques De Gheyn II, Jan van Goyen, Adriaen and Isaack van Ostade, along with a host of others, bring the century to life and highlight the prominence of drawing during the era.”

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David Kinsey: “In Loving Memory of My Mother, Kathy Wooden Kinsey ”

When: On view through March 30, 2014

Opening Reception: Friday March 7, 2014 6:00-8:30PM

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

How: Official Website

What/Why:Embedded in abstract forms, there lies in the new works a heightened sensitivity and quality in the mark making experience.  This is the fuel that propels the expressionistic responses and reactions of automatism. I strive to elevate this in an abstract language for notions of aesthetics, accident, purposefulness, structures, dichotomies, the physical versus the ethereal, internal versus external. 

I’m interested in the work’s physical presence and that reflection upon the viewer.   This can be seen by some of the accumulated layers and explosive buildup and at other times, by thin, delicate touches within atmospheric spaces.  Some of the shapes are organic, reflecting the organic nature of artmaking itself and the human touch.  The geometric shapes often allude to technological references, architecture and/ or other structures.  When combined, I attempt to have them harmonize with a sense of balance within the variety.  Music and aesthetic contemplations are often a major influence of this fusion. 

My artworks are incredibly labored over with hours of studio time.  I like the idea of them having gone through a type of epic trail, because I would like them be an echo of moments of time that occur in one’s life.  I mix up the process by which I create them, in hopes of them acting as markers on a timeline in my experience as a human and artist.  By using various media including, fine point pens, acrylic paint, and mixed media. I try to find beauty in applying the material.  These processes always fluctuate as it relates to my mental temperature.  I try to work on about 3-5 pieces at a time, each with a different process and/or desire.  By having multiple works in progress, I have found that I attempt to build them all up like an orchestra.  They seem to feed off one another and provide me with advice as “what to do next.”

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Kim Pashko & David Kelley

When: On view through April 12, 2014

Where: Samsøn Projects, 450 Harrison Avenue, Boston, MA 02118

How: Official Website

What/Why: It’s so hard to say au revoir, so let’s just say hors d’oeuvre”

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Ann Wessmann: Memento

When: On view through March 30, 2014

Opening Reception: Friday March 7, 5:00-8:00PM

Where: Kingston Gallery, 450 Harrison Avenue, Boston, MA 02118

How: Official Website

What/Why: “Known for her use of wall reliefs and site-specific installation, Wessmann has explored time, memory, loss and the fragility and strength of life through collections of natural materials, mainly plant based, and gifts of hair from family members and friends. She has continued to collect natural objects and delights in observing and finding beauty in the ephemeral. The new work, while expanding on these themes, also commemorates place and time.”

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Elizabeth Alexander: Treacle Well

When: On view February 05-March 09, 2014

Where: Boston Sculptors Gallery, 486 Harrison Ave, Boston, Massachusetts 02118

How: Official Website 

What/Why: “Treacle Well” is a showcase of several bodies of sculpture, collage, and installation, by Elizabeth Alexander, that collectively generate a unified space resembling a garden party. This collection of detailed objects and images range in scale from miniature through architectural and beckon attention and time from their audience. Porcelain chinaware, formal gardens, wallpaper, and large iron gates come in and out of focus and take on uncanny emotional character- vulnerability, loss, escapism, and longing, as they enter real space and dissolve into a memory. “It’s fairy tale stuff that grips and surrounds them, yes, but it’s also a metaphor—in fairy tales too—for the action of time and space, for what moves rot and what ushers out of it life.” -John Cotter 

Also on view..

Andy Moerlin – Demise

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Tezh Modarressi & Sydney Licht

(Hurry Home to You, Tezh Modarressi)

When: On view through March 30, 2014

Opening Reception: Friday March 7, 6:00-8:00PM

Where: Chase Young Gallery, 450 Harrison Avenue, Boston, MA 02118

How: Official Website

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Arnold Trachtman: Portraits

When: On view through March 30, 2014

Opening Reception: Friday March 7, 6:00-8:00PM

Where: Galatea Fine Art, 460B Harrison Ave. #B-6, Boston, MA 02118

How: Official Website

What/Why: “In this exhibition Arnold Trachtman continues his investigation into the memories of growing up in Lynn, MA. One finds in these works a reflection of the familiar and the family, steeped in deep recollection of their environments. The artist is well known for his works centering on subjects of social consciousness; those that deal directly with the Reagan Administration and the Holocaust, etc. In the works of his upcoming exhibition at Galatea Fine Art we find an inner reflection of the artist’s roots; memories of what shapes the content of his early forming consciousness and direction of thought. Social awareness is translated in terms of personal sojourn and the memoirs of those he holds righteously sacred.”

Also on view..

Stephanie Angelo: This Land is Your Land This Land is My Land

What/Why: “Corn has been a staple in American society. From the time that the first colonists had landed on the soil of the New World, we looked to the American Indians, who graciously taught us to plant and grow this foreign crop. Corn became a method of sustenance as well as livelihood. The concept of ownership was not known in Indian culture, so the use of the land was freely given. Yet, how have we repaid those that initially helped us survive? Currently, we have taken the farming of corn and run with it to the extent that it penetrates all aspects of our everyday life. From food, to plastics, to ethanol- everything is corn. The land is being devastated by the over farming and the demand for corn in everything we use. The dependence is becoming evident the more draughts rip through our nation.

Mirroring the underlying American Indian history, the This Land is Your Land, This Land is My Land series is infused with patterns of Seminole Indian textiles, while present day and historical images break through, blending into a new patchwork.   In a time where the economy is a critical issue, is progress becoming paramount over preservation? How are we going to survive when we have turned the ownership of land over to the free market and industry?” – Stephanie Angelo

Also on view..

Ed Friedman: Streetwhys: A Personal View of Street Photography

What/Why: “This exhibit is about Street Photography. And what is Street Photography? It depends who you ask, to some extent. But if you ask ME I would answer that street photography is almost anything that is not done in a studio. My personal view of street photography takes me to (mostly) outdoor locations where I can observe my surroundings and the people that inhabit those surroundings at the moment. My photographs may be of people or they may be urban landscapes. I get great enjoyment out of doing street portraits, as it allows me the chance to talk with my subjects for a while. Or not. Sometimes potential subjects do not take kindly to being photographed. It’s all part of the grand experience of shooting on the streets.” – Ed Friedman

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Common Ground: Anthony Miraglia and Marc St. Pierre

(French Shoals, Marc St. Pierre)

When: On view through April 20, 2014

Opening Reception: Friday March 7, 5:30-8:00PM

Where: Laconia Gallery, 433 Harrison Ave, Boston, MA 02118

How: Official Website

What/Why: “Marc St. Pierre and Anthony Miraglia are two artists who share a common pursuit.   Both have been working abstractly for some time and both have a keen interest in process and surface.  They also share common interests in formal issues as well as the exploration of the physicality of the surface. They achieve this through an approach that is often intuitive and experimental, and defined by their desire to create palatable rich textures and depth through layering, a process reminiscent of an archaeological dig.  The work in this exhibition reinforces their travels and  interest in abstraction, and process as a vehicle to explore their personal content.”- Bryan McFarlane, Curator

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In Motion

When: On view through March 30, 2014

Where: Uforge Gallery, 767 Centre Street, Jamaica Plain, MA

How: Official Website

What/Why: “For centuries various artists have reveled in the art of action, from cave paintings of hunters hurling spears to the Italian Futurists’ focus on speed and dynamism. Humans express themselves through numerous movements, whether in dance or athletics, or simple gestures, while many animals and natural elements create movements all their own.  It is an artist’s challenge to capture a body in motion and translate it onto a still surface, interpreting the action for a later audience.  This exhibit revels a body of work that depicts motion in any form by New England artists.”

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Chaotic Forms

When: On view through March 30, 2014

Where: Nave Gallery, 155 Powderhouse Blvd, Somerville, MA

How: Official Website

What/Why: “Early mystics spoke of a cosmology in which our universe was originally, and is at base, infinite energetic chaos. They believed that chaos created us, and all life within our universe, in order to “know itself”. A sense of form and pattern was born; the nameless became named. This can be both mimicked and reversed in the body of a dancer. A nameless, intangible energy can be expressed through lyrical pattern and form, or acute perception can be broken down into intuitive, chaotic movement. Photographers and filmmakers meditate upon this theme for an exhibit celebrating the art of dance”

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Mined Over Matter

When: On view through March 31, 2014

Opening Reception: Thursday, March 13th, 6-8pm

Where:  CAA, University Place Gallery,124 Mt. Auburn St. Cambridge MA 02138

How: Official Website

What/Why: “Small Group Show featuring, Blake Brasher, Bill Briggs, Claire Burke, Walter Kopec, Beverly Rippel and Philip Young”

Also on view..

Pretty Ugly

When: On view through March 29, 2014

Where:  CAA, Kathryn Schultz Gallery, 25 Lowell St. Cambridge MA 02138

What/Why: “An exhibition juried by Camilo Alvarez, Samson, Boston MA”

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30 Under 30

When: On view through April 25, 2014

Opening Reception: Thursday March 13, 2014 5:30-7:30PM

Where: Arsenal Center for the Arts, 321 Arsenal Street, Watertown, MA

How: Official Website

What/Why: “The 30 Under 30 Exhibition is designed to display and encourage the dialogue of 30 young artists in the Boston area. This exhibition presents a diversified look at emerging artistic talent in Massachusetts. “

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Alberto Aguilar-Living Arrangement

When: On view through March 29, 2014

Opening Reception: Friday March 7, 5:30 PM

Where: Steven Zevitas, 450 Harrison Avenue, Boston, MA 02118

How: Official Website

What/Why: “In Living Arrangement, Alberto Aguilar brings together photography, video and sculptural installation involving domestic objects. As a whole, the exhibition highlights an area of Aguilar’s artistic practice that he refers to as Domestic Monuments. This ongoing body of work involves a collaborative process with other individuals – sometimes artists – in which Aguilar visits his subjects at their homes and through gaining knowledge of them and their environment, eventually constructs a “sculpture” made from the objects that they choose to surround themselves with. The resultant works, be it the actual arrangements, or photo- graphic documentation of them, operate both as still life and portraiture.”

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2 Responses to Weekly Wrap-Up for March 7th, 2014

  1. Brian says:

    Thanks for including us in your Weekly Wrap-up! Much appreciated and hope to see you soon!

  2. fluxboston says:

    My pleasure! B-)

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