Weekly Wrap-Up for August 3rd, 2012

covet x masquerader x the dishonesty of memory x alone with my thoughts 


Glovebox Film Festival

When: Saturday August 4th, 3PM onward

Afterparty: Sacco’s Bowl Haven, 10PM-Midnight

Where: Somerville Theater, 45 Day Street, Somerville, MA

How: Official Website

Cost: $3 per section / $25 for day pass

What/Why: “2012 Short film and Animation Festival will be held at the Somerville Theatre August 4th beginning at 3 pm. Tickets are on sale the day of the event, sales start at 2 pm.  The festival is a collection of films that are grouped in half hour sections throughout the day. Each section ticket costs only $3, or visitors have the option to buy an all-day pass for just $25. For more information on tickets go here. The Glovebox Film Festival is sponsored in part by Dig Boston, the Somerville Theatre, Bubucheek, ZipCar, Hub Comics, and Allston’s grandparents (Allston is Jodie Baehre’s French bulldog.)”


Linda Klein – Fragments: The Dishonesty of Memory

When: On view through August 26th, 2012

Opening Reception: Friday August 3rd, 6-8:30PM

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

How: Official Website

What/Why: “These paintings are based on drawings from several decades ago—and these drawings were inspired by memories that happened long before.

Over time, the images as well as the memories have shifted, and liberties have been taken to follow the paintings wherever they’ve led.  Just as each time we tell a friend a dream or relate a memory, it changes: things are added or forgotten.

These paintings share a dream or memory or feeling. They provide you with a beginning, and are no longer the artist’s alone. It is up to the viewer to continue the tale.”


Current – Space, Energy and Time

(Untitled, Rachel Thern)

When: On view through September 1st, 2012

Opening Reception: Friday August 3rd, 6-8PM

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

How: Official Website

What/Why: “New work by the ten Associate Members based on the theme of CURRENT: Space, Energy and Time — how various types of energy affect and flow through art, our lives, and the world. CURRENT includes work by New England artists Rebecca Arnoldi, Claire Burke, Erika Carpenter, Jeanne Griffin, Chantal Hardy, Robert Maloney, Peggy McClure, Susan Richards,Rachel Thern and Shiao-Ping Wang in a variety of mediums, including painting, mixed media/collage, photography, encaustic and more. This invitational group was selected by the membership to expand the Gallery’s contact with artists and to encourage new art in our community.”


Material Abstraction

(Carter Potter, Negative 6 (Landscape))

When: On view through August 17th, 2012

Where: Howard Yezerski Gallery, 450 Harrison Avenue, Boston, MA 02118

How: Official Website

What/Why: “Colored thread, plexiglass, polyester film spacers – material reigns. Abstraction is an aspiration for the essential. At the height of Modernism, artists obsessed over how to make a painting that escalated paint to its most essential and most elemental state. Today, we bring together four artists: Bob Oppenheim, Carter Potter, Ulrich Wellmann and Brian Zink, who all seek new materials as the vehicle and the subject. The materials are simple, ranging from the indexical to the pristine. Each responds to its environment, reflecting or absorbing light, revealing or concealing process. The works surrender to these qualities, and the result is an aesthetic of honest abstraction – in which a relentless physicality grounds the aspirations of traditional abstraction, marrying the physical and the ephemeral.

The artists enter into a dialogue with the material. Bob Oppenheim engages the physicality of canvas through the indexical gesture of sewing. Along his canvases, trails of thread weave – notes of a singular melody. The result is romantic and raw, as the visitor comes face to face with the tender relationship between the artist and his materials. “



(Limb, Jennifer Trask)

When: On view through August 29th, 2012

Where: Sienna Gallery, 80 1/2 Main Street, Lenox, Massachusetts USA 01240

How: Official Website

What/Why: “A group exhibition with contemporary artists inspired by museum collections and conversations about content, context, social history and patronage”


NEPR Showcase


(Untitled, David Torcoletti)

When: On view August 7th through August 25th, 2012

Opening Reception: Thursday, August 9th, 2012, 6 – 8 pm

Where: Photographic Resource Center – 832 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston MA

How: Official Website

What/Why: “The PRC staff selected six photographers from the pool of artists showing work at the NEPR Portfolio Walk. This exhibition, team curated by the PRC Staff, is just another way that we continue promote the talented photographers of New England! NEPR Showcase includes an interesting variety of work, ranging from a site-specific photo installation dealing with the arc of passionate experience to investigations of changing industrial landscapes to fragmented prints on airmail paper assembled into collages. The artists–emerging and established–clearly demonstrate the vast diversity in today’s photographic practice in Massachusetts. The PRC staff was particularly drawn to these unique projects due to their excellent craftsmanship and artistic voice.”


 New England Collective III

(White Rabbit in a Snowstorm, prior work of Joe Kitsch)

When: On view through August 31st, 2012

Opening Reception: Friday August 3rd, 6-8PM

Where: Galatea Fine Art, 460B Harrison Avenue, Boston, MA 02118

How: Official Website

What/Why: “Galatea Fine Art presents its Third Annual Juried Exhibition, the “New England Collective III”. Artist and writer for Art New England Robert Moeller and Art Writer for Dig Boston Christina Lacoste have chosen 50 New England artists for this eclectic and energetic exhibition.”


U SAVE! 24 HR GLOSSOLALIA // White Walls Boston #2 

When: Saturday August 4th-Sunday August 5th, 2012

Where: U SAVE! Map

How: Official Website

What/Why: “BYO Spirits to a DIY Ramblin’ Revival orchestrated by Maria Molteni for the August incarnation of White Walls Boston. Glossolalia, or speaking in tongues, embraces absurdity, desperation and the complexities of communication, recognizing the shortfalls of rational vocabulary to channel greater inspiration. Join us throughout the city of Boston in a truckbed-as-pulpit, traveling to nooks and crannies most devastated or charged. Become a witness to the free-form expression of fellow artists, activists, and citizens as we blaspheme and worship, chant and charm, vent and educate. Stay tuned for scheduled performances or seize the open-mic. Release the pressures bestowed upon you by larger powers whether environmental, supernatural, or federal. We must awaken to these troubling times and find new ways to expose, communicate, and regenerate.”


New Works by K Lenore Siner

(Alone with My Thoughts)

When: On view through August 31st, 2012

Opening Reception: Saturday August 4th, 5-7PM

Where: Mission Bar, 724 Huntington Ave., Boston, MA

How: Official Website

What/Why: I am a self taught painter with formal training in sculpture. Having never been taught how to paint I tend to experiment and use unorthodox techniques. Currently, I am working with a combination of wax, oil paint and china markers on glass substrates, most often old wooden framed windows.

I work with wax because it contributes a wonderful luminosity that I find aesthetically pleasing. The medium also shows action and no pour can be recreated, it makes my hand and time and humanity obvious in the final product which is something I find valuable in our world of the mass produced image.

A painting is a place I make visible my dreams, desires and thoughts. It is a space where the magnitude of my emotions and messiness of my human struggles is mirrored. In that way, these paintings are both a process of reflection and the act of story telling. The subject matter I choose draws on my interest in the archetypal – angels, snakes, etc. However, I am not making planned choices. I paint what bubbles up, has resonance with me in the moment, is beautiful, has presence.”


Elizabeth Alexander: Still Life – A Fabricator’s Banquet

When: Saturday August 4th, 2012, 11:00AM-3:00PM

Where: Cape Ann Museum, 27 Pleasant Street, Gloucester, MA 01930

How: Official Website

What/Why: “The Museum’s 2012 One-Day Contemporary Art Series at the White-Ellery House continues with Elizabeth Alexander’s installation entitled Still Life: A Fabricator’s Banquet. The White-Ellery House will be open that day from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. as part of 17th Century Saturdays, an Escapes North program and is free and open to the publc.”



 (Pencil Me in, prior work of Kasey Davis Appleman)

When: On view through August 26th, 2012

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

How: Official Website

What/Why: “UFORGE Gallery’s mission is to foster creativity by facilitating diverse and affordable project assignment based, non-juried (open door) art exhibitions; to provide a venue to exhibit these works; to cultivate both a collaborative and inclusive arts community at large through educational workshops and special events.”


The Work of Michael Snodgrass

(Sheep Rustlers)

When: On view through August 9th, 2012

Where: Rice/Polak Gallery, 430 commercial street provincetown, ma 02657

How: Official Website

What/Why: “Michael Snodgrass was born in St. Helena, California. With only one high school class in art Michael started painting street scenes and cityscapes. At the urging of his parents, he left the art world and did not return to it until the mid nineties while living in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He became immersed in the Santa Fe art scene and developed a deep love of primitive, Native American, Mexican and African tribal art. After moving to the Monterey Bay Area in California, he started experimenting with his own primitive style, incorporating elements of abstract expressionism. He explains his work as a take off on the religious icons painted in Mexico and New Mexico called Retablos. He refers to his as “irreverent Retablos or paintings that glorify the inglorious.” His fascination with scoundrels, chicken thieves, river rats and art critics is evident throughout his work. “

FLUX. aside: Things that make you go hmmmm.


Highland Free Fun Fridays

(Going and Coming, on view at the Normal Rockwell Museum)

“Free fun fridays invites Massachusetts residents and tourists to visit designated cultural attractions every Friday this summer with free admission. No registration or tickets required. Visit and enjoy!”

Free attractions for August 3rd, 2012




When: On view August 5th through August 11th, 2012

Opening Reception: Sunday, August 5th 4-7pm

Where: Howard Art Project, 1486 Dorchester Ave, Dorchester MA

How: Official Website

What/Why: Charlie plays an actor who bungles several scenes and is kicked out. He returns convincingly dressed as a lady and charms the director. Even so, Charlie never makes it into the film, winding up at the bottom of a well.

– The Masquerader, 1914 starring Charlie Chaplin (synopsis of) —

In many of Chaplin’s films, playing with the tools and format of film were integral parts of the end production. His genius was how he conveyed ideas, often routed through his modeling of the perpetual outsider. Through this, the filmaker conveyed an awareness of a grinding industry and smothering homogeneity on humanity, without discussing such issues outright.

The works in this exhibition are not united under a single torch of philosophy, but all search out a deeper gestalt below the surface of materials by eluding conventions of ethereal marks, ochre colors, or other tropes typically associated with such depth or intensity. The artists each dissect and bungle within their mediums, producing work that physically ‘returns’ in some other incarnation through dedication, charm, and even sleight-of-hand with the mediums involved.

Among the fervid masked creatures, internal themes and cultural ones are not ideas to be separated.

The outlandish is strangely grounded.”


Silas Finch – Eulogy

(prior work by Silas Finch)

When: On view through August 21st, 2012

Opening Reception: Friday August 3rd, 7-10PM

Where: Helltown Workshop, Whalers Wharf, 237 Commercial Street, Provincetown, MA

How: Official Website

What/Why: “Fragments. Pieces. Parts. Scraps. Objects adrift, no longer possessing a definite identity. These objects are given new identities and are reconnected to something whole. A more dramatic transformation could not be imagined, as in the hands of Silas the objects transcend their strictly utilitarian purpose and become true works of art.

Silas finds inspiration where most people would not consider looking for beauty: in junk yards, vacant lots, and alleys. He seeks to encounter what most people try to avoid, collecting what has been lost, forgotten, broken, ignored, and rejected. Silas rarely searches with a particular sculpture in mind. Rather he employs his instincts and intuition, waiting until a random object captures his eye and his imagination spontaneously envisions the sculpture he will build around it. Finding the other parts he will need to complete the sculpture “may take days, weeks, or even months.” But eventually, from within the many boxes and drawers of mysterious parts that fill his studio, he is able to extract the precise assemblage to create the sculpture.

Silas does not alter the form of the individual parts by processes such as bending or welding in order to force them to fit together. Using only his hands, he prefers the process of positioning and repositioning the parts until they achieve a natural union. Such a process demands that he endure the ever present possibility of collapse, yet taking these risks is what makes the moment of connection so satisfying for the artist.

Silas builds his sculptures to experience the peace of succeeding to connect elements that do not appear to obviously go together, and to feel the excitement of breaking old patterns and inventing new ones. He builds because it “connects him to life.” Viewing his sculptures we are reminded of the multiple possibilities and potentialities of life and of the principles of rearrangement and reorganization that keep our perspectives ever fresh and changing.”


Brazilian Street Party

(Detail of Os Gemeos piece at ICA Boston, photo courtesy of FLUX.)

When: Friday August 3rd, 2012 5-10PM

Where: ICA Boston, 100 Northern Avenue  Boston, MA 02210

How: Official Website

Cost: $15

What/Why: “Celebrate the opening of our Brazilian street art exhibition Os Gêmeoswith a waterfront dance party! Caipirinhas, Brazilian street food and DJs will take visitors to the heart of the artists’ native São Paulo.”


Open Up and Bleed

(I Hate Soccer, prior work by Casey Spectacular)

When: On view through August, 2012

Where: Orchard Skateshop, 156 Harvard Ave, Allston, Boston, MA 02134

How: Official Website

What/Why: “Open Up and Bleed” exhibit features new artwork from Coco Roy, Salty Dave, Casey Spectacular Chad Chesko, and Josh McAlear.”Everyone is influenced by something. whether it be by family friends or something fucked up you saw as a kid that changed your life.

We were influenced by the rock n rollers, the metal heads the pukers and hatchet faced victims of horror films of decades past.

We skate boarded played in punk bands, got wasted, tattooed and created art about it.

Our work is about the underground, the dirt the grime and the weirdos that created a place for us.

We would like to put on a show of illustrations and videos letting you into our world where metal bands and horror films are king.

Where Black Sabbath is a religion. Where as a kid you gave up barbies to play with a reaper doll. We want to give you art about Rock N’ Roll, blood guts and all that other good stuff.”


Keep Warm by Firefly

When: On view through August 4th, 2012

Opening Reception: Friday August 3rd, 5-8PM

Where: NKGallery, 450 Harrison Avenue #61, Boston, MA 02118

How: Official Website

What/Why: On Friday, May 18, 2012, at 6:10pm, an email was sent to the Chester College community from the college’s president and chairman of the board of trustees announcing the school’s immediate closing. The email discussed the college’s insurmountable financial difficulties and applauded the efforts of the faculty, staff, and students. The story played out in the press as yet another unfortunate casualty in this dire economy.

In truth, the only thing that was insurmountable was the administration’s stance that the college was not viable. As one of the only institutions in the country to offer a BA in the creative arts, Chester College was not for everyone. It was, however, home to those who found themselves drawn there to practice and share their craft. Even a fleeting glance would have shown a novice eye something special was happening on that campus. Luckily that “something” is housed inside the creative drive of every student, graduate, and former faculty member and not the buildings at 40 Chester Street.

The phrase “keep warm by firefly” is perfect and improbable – romantic in every sense – and as such, reflects the spirit of Chester College. This exhibition offers a glimpse at the intangible thread that connects those who were part of this community of artists, writers, and thinkers.”


[Space] & One Animal: Celebrating DIY Artist Initiatives and Collectives

When: On view through August 24th, 2012

Opening Reception: Saturday August 4th, 6-8PM

Where: The Gallery at Porter Mill , 95 Rantoul Street Beverly MA 01915.

How: Official Website

What/Why: “Sometimes artists need to take things into their own hands, so many are banding together, and taking a whole new approach to “putting themselves out there.” Artist collectives and DIY (do-it-yourself) initiatives are growing ever popular as exhibiting in traditional, commercial galleries becomes more and more competitive, and consequently, less desirable. For the month of August, the Gallery at Porter Mill will highlight the efforts of two such collectives; those who have decided not to go it alone, but instead choose to celebrate their community and their fellow artists through apartment shows, pop-up shows, group critiques, and more. Beverly based [Space] and Brooklyn based One Animal will be exhibiting concurrently in the Gallery at Porter Mill from August 1st – August 24th.”


Public Hanging

When: On view through August 26th, 2012

Opening Reception: Friday August 4th, 7-10PM

Where: Gallery X, 169 William Street, New Bedford, MA 02140

How: Official Website

What/Why: “Our annual open community art show. Come see the most art in one place on all the SouthCoast!”


Fuzz and Din

When: Friday August 3rd, 2012 6:00PM

Where: Anthony Greaney, 450 Harrison Avenue No.1, Boston, MA 02118

How: Official Website

What/Why: “Jamie and Lucas Horgan are two brothers. Their mutual obsession with music, music making, and instruments has amassed an unwieldy collection of electronic and acoustic instruments over the past decade. Fuzz and Din is an interactive sound installation – a living, breathing, tower of their instruments, speakers, wires, and electronics inviting visitors to explore the fourth dimension of sound through a process of playful engagement. Crowd around the humming tower to casually fiddle, pluck, strike, and twiddle the variety of unpredictable and disorienting instruments to create an ethereal orchestra of fuzz and din. “



Have a great weekend and dontforgettoaddtheopeningreceptionforElsewheretoyourcalendar

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