Weekly Wrap-up for June 26th, 2011

(My Barbie / My Self, by Alison Power currently on view at Somerville Museum)

I know. The rain is a drag.

But grab your wellies and ‘brellies and step back from that ledge my friend, it’s the weekend!

Obsess x Sketch x Erase x Flourish


“Les Animaux de L’avenir”

(installation view from Threaded via BCRC)

When: On view through July 10th, 2011

Where: Yes Oui Si, 19 Vancouver St. Boston, MA 02115

How: Official Website

What/Why: “Les Animaux de l’Avenir” features recent paintings, 3-D dioramas, and animated films by artist and filmmaker Stephen St. Francis Decky. Stephen has been creating a perpetually-evolving group of characters on an ever-shifting landscape for many years.The characters are born in acrylic paintings and drawings then later brought out into the real world as hand-sewn dolls. The dolls are then placed on sets and either photographed or filmed back into that other world.

Stephen was born in the Philadelphia area but has spent most of his life in Western Massachusetts. He is a recent graduate of SMFA in Boston. His paintings and films have been shown at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, William Baczek Fine Arts in North Hampton, and several other galleries and festivals across the United States and Canada. His paintings were recently on view at Aqua Art in Miami, and his large-scale, hand-sewn characters and designs will be featured in this year’s MFA Summer Party”

And Next Tuesday…

Class is in session!



(A Loose Cognition Extrapolated: Carousel, Wade Aaron)

When: June 24th-September 9th, 2011

Opening Reception: June 24th, 7-9PM

Where: 13FOREST Gallery, 167A Massachusetts Ave, Arlington, MA 02474

How: Official Website

What/Why: “Space/Light/City explores fictional and scientific space, as well as the visceral use of light and color. The show features new and recent work by four innovative artists from Boston and New York: Wade Aaron, Kenji Nakayama, Lynda Schlosberg and Dana Woulfe.

Having recently earned exhibitions at the Museum of Fine Arts, New York’s Woodward Gallery, Lot F Gallery and Montserrat College of Art, the artists’ paintings, prints and installations are noted for their meticulous detail, quiet stability and charged atmosphere.”


Erase with Me

When: Friday June 24th, 6:00-9:00PM

Where: Fourth wall project, 132 brookline ave, Boston, ma 02115

How: Official Website

What/Why: “Erase with Me is a large-scale drawing performance that incorporates storefront windows and gallery walls. It emphasizes the idea of transience in a durational medium. The drawing takes 5 days to complete and is made solely to be modified and erased in front of an audience by the audience.

This interactive performance is part of a solo exhibition “Temporal works” that features video and other interactive works including “Trace with Me” which was part of the Boston Cyberarts Festival earlier this year.  Temporal Works runs through June 26th.”


Small Obsession

(Joyce Audy Zarins)

When: On view through June 25th, 2011

Where: Somerville Museum, 1 Westwood Rd, Somerville, MA 02143

How: Official Website

What/Why: “It may not contain dolls, and it may not exactly be what everyone else thinks of as a house. It may have originated as a model for an interior at 1:12 scale. It may be a miniature set where films are made, or dramas enacted, illustrating passions that have no other outlet. It may be a cabinet of exotic miniatures made to satisfy an adult’s craving for beauty. It may be a shrine to a personal or collective memory, a house of the spirit. Or, it may look and function like a “normal” dollhouse…having been made for the artist, instead of a child. In play, a child with a dollhouse is in charge of his or her own dwelling, with its own rules. The same is true of artist’s dollhouses.

For this show I use the term “dollhouse” loosely, to mean miniature environments in 1:12 scale, and films or photography using this subject. What the artist chooses to represent in this personal scale reflects his or her own obsessions, enacted on an intensely intimate stage that can be as compelling as a monumental sculpture. It is the creation of artist’s private worlds that I explore in this show; worlds directly analagous to toys and the emotional narratives they serve to enact, but filtered through the artist’s  experience and technical skill.”


Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School Burlesque Life Drawing Session

(featuring Walter Sickert’s Bunny Collaborative)

When:Tuesday June 28, 2011 7.30-9.30pm

Where: Club Cafe, 209 Columbus Ave South End, Boston, MA

How: Official Website

Cost: $8

What/Why: “This month our models are The Bunny Collaborative! They’re the performers who create a ruckus right along side Walter Sickert and the Army of Broken Toys shows. They are going to fill the house with amazing revelry! Get ready!

The Bunny Collaborative is a Boston based performance troupe catering to the Pornivalistic needs of local band Walter Sickert and the Army of Broken Toys. This 30+ collection of burlesquers, heroin pigs, mermaids, conjoined twins, mustached ghosts, marionettes, cataclysmic alices and distinguished crunkertons are the tentacles to your squid and the hop to your bunny.

Dr. Sketchy is the life drawing session you dreamed of in your deviously creative art school head. Hot models with crazy costumes, sometimes genderbending antics, poses that keep your interest for hours, nice folks around you, drinks, and it’s cheap. The models talk and keep you entertained, there’s good music, you could win prizes for good and bad art! You don’t have to be a good artist, or someone who draws everyday. Dr. Sketchy is a great place to start back up with your practice, or to try to pick up a new creative outlet.

We start with short poses to get you warmed up and then move on to longer and longer poses, but that’s about where the traditional life drawing session stops…”


Flourish: Alumni Works on Paper

(The work of Elizabeth Alexander)

When: On view through July 9th, 2011

Where: Mass Art, Bakalar & Paine Galleries, Boston, MA

How: Official Website

What/Why: “Flourish: Alumni Works on Paper is the first juried alumni exhibition to be held in the Bakalar & Paine Galleries at MassArt. Showcasing the breadth of talent and excellence embodied by MassArt’s artists and designers, this exhibition features the work of 64 international artists working in a range of disciplines-from sculpture to graphic and fashion design to photography.”


Art @ 52 Oxford

(M.I.C.K.E.Y, Josh Wisdumb)

When: Friday June 24th, 3:00-7:00PM(go go go!)

Where: 52 Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA

How: Official Website

What/Why: “The coworkers of Eileen Snow–the only female employee in building operations at Harvard University’s Biolabs–were devastated when she was diagnosed with breast cancer in February. And they’ve decided to do something about it.

In Snow’s honor, the newly-formed “Team Eileen” is hosting a dual art exhibit-benefit, the proceeds of which will go towards the group’s $100,000 Susan G. Komen fundraising goal. Read here for more info on artists being featured and be sure to check out Team Eileen’s official Susan G. Komen webpage.” (writeup via Dig Boston)


What did I leave out? Am I on your list serv? Why are Nilla wafers and banana pudding so good?


Before you go, can we have a moment?

Tonight is a pretty big deal for me.  If you have been following along on Twitter (aka

) I am going to see Peter Gabriel and the New Blood Orchestra at the Comcast Center.

I might die.

Seeing Peter in concert has been one of my primary bucket list items.

I even shout him out in my FLUX. interview with Phi Design Group.

He is my NKOTB/Britney/Radiohead/Neko Case/DMB/_insert performer with cult following here_

I hope he plays Sledgehammer(or Big Time)(or Steam), but he won’t and that’s ok. I still love him.

o.//     \\.o    \.o./


I have to go get ready..6 hours early. Hope you have an amazing weekend! ♥

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