TADA: Fertile Solitude

Hi! I’m curating a show this fall at the Mills Gallery at the Boston Center for the Arts and I’d like to tell you about it.

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“In the rush of everyday life, we occasionally need to hit pause (and reset), but even a moment’s peace can be hard to come by. This frenzy is often furthered by our mutually enabling relationship with technology and a self-inflicted state of constant connectivity. Unwilling to put down our phones to see a sunset, sharing our daily comings and goings with the ghosts in the machine, we self-sabotage our peaceful pursuits and further separate ourselves from ourselves.

Fertile Solitude hopes to offer a reprieve from the madding crowd, an oasis that coaxes us to look inward and take steps towards overcoming our widespread aversion to introspection.

Within the physical framework of a maze, exhibition visitors are left to go their own ways. Their journeys will take them through the works of 15 artists whose histories and visual languages tell their own stories. The exhibition has no singular origin. Rather, its narrative is a compilation of external observations of human behavior, the curator’s ongoing personal quest to achieve homeostasis, the notebooks of French philosopher Albert Camus, the musings of British psychoanalytical writer Adam Phillips, and even a recent study finding that, to an overwhelming degree, people would rather shock themselves with an electrical current than sit in quiet contemplation for even 15 minutes.

With an emphasis on the individual, Fertile Solitude presents art in an unexpected environment that encourages wanderlust, rewards curiosity and contemplates the restorative properties of simply being alone with your own thoughts.”

WHEN: October 14–December 18, 2016

RECEPTION: Friday, October 14, 6–8pm | RSVP HERE

PERFORMANCE: Listening the Labyrinth: Sound Event with Maria Finkelmeier

Thursday, October 27 | 6:30pm

WORKSHOP: Me, Made of Parts: Artist Workshop with Caleb Cole

Thursday, November 10 | 6:30pm

WHERE: Mills Gallery at Boston Center for the Arts, 539 Tremont St, Boston, MA 02116


PARTICIPATING ARTISTS: Piper Brett, Caleb Cole, Emily Eveleth, Dana Filibert, Cig Harvey, Kyle Hittmeier, Annette Lemieux, Megan and Murray McMillan, Noritaka Minami, Hao Ni, Steven Pestana, Shelley Reed, Erin M. Riley and Sarah Wentworth

Be sure to RSVP for the opening reception on October 14th, 6-8PM so I know how big the champagne fountain needs to be.

I’ll be sharing more in coming weeks, but for now I need to get back to work! ♥

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