Back to the Basics.
April 28, 2011
Whether it's utilizing the simplest of tools, reverting back to our most original thoughts and ideas, or reflecting on the art of our nation's Native Americans, art that is stripped down and in its barest, most exposed form is the art we crave most. Here are three exhibitions that really take things back to the basics while honoring craft at the same time. Also, don't forget to check out our new blog on the artscope website. It is equipped with updated headlines and rotating featured content -- a great way to stay connected to art and culture news in between artscope issues and email blasts!
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Plastic + Film at Nave Gallery
in Somerville, Massachusetts April 30th through May 21st
Green House with Pink Dogwood by Mary Kocol. Taken with a Diana plastic camera.
ome consider photography to be one of the most accessible forms of art media. From fine art photography to landscape photography, amateur photography to commercial photography and everything in between, the level of expression within the frames of a photograph is undeniable. Much of this expression can be captured with the simplest of cameras: inexpensive plastic film box devices called toy cameras. Don't be fooled by the name of these small cameras because the inexpensive lenses of toy cameras create strange optical effects that lend themselves to the talent and utilization of professional photographers. The potential of the toy camera comes to life at the Nave Gallery
's Plastic + Film: An Exhibition of Toy Camera Photography
. This exhibition features the photography of twenty-two photographers, honing in on their individual crafts and visions. The photography in the show comes from all parts of the world: England, New Zealand, California, Hong Kong, and our very own Somerville, Massachusetts. Featured artist Mary Kocol
, whose work is shown above, finds a portal into the playfully quaint with a Diana plastic camera by juxtaposing the almost monotonous aspects of everyday life with the radiating beauty of nature. Some of the other featured artists include Emily Corbató
, Dave Greer
, Alice Grossman
, Michael Reeves
, Vanessa R. Thompson
, and James Zall
. These individuals and many more come together in collaboration under the roof of non-commercial Nave Gallery
to celebrate cameras, film, development, and printing methods. Plastic + Film: An Exhibition of Toy Camera Photography
opens Saturday, April 30th
and runs through Saturday, May 21st
. Somerville Open Studios
will take place from April 30th-May 1st
with the special hours of 12-6pm
. An artist reception for the Plastic + Film
exhibit will be held on Sunday, May 15th from 3-5pm
. Both the exhibit and the reception are free and open to the public, and the entire event is curated by Susan Berstler
Sponsored by: North Bennet Street School, Appleton Mills, StoveFactory, Massasoit Arts Festival, and Fountain Street Fine Art
North Bennet Street School
Sign up now for a Spring or Summer workshop at North Bennet Street School (NBSS). One-day workshops, short courses and weekend intensives in
bookbinding, jewelry, woodworking and carpentry. Or consider a NBSS preservation carpentry skill-building vacation at the Shaker village in Mount Lebanon New York. Interested in turning your craft into a career?
NBSS has eight full-time professional programs. Learn more at www.nbss.org.
Appleton Mills, the affordable live/work rental housing development for artists, is now open in downtown Lowell. This rehabilitated textile mill features high ceilings, lots of light and a central location in Lowell's vibrant artistic and cultural community. Artists of all disciplines have a preference over non-artists in the application process. Monthly rents range from approximately $794 for studios to $950 for two-bedroom townhomes. The response to this project has been overwhelming; over 130 certified artists have applied for an apartment. Amenities include:
-Hardwood Floors and Stainless Steel Appliances
-Fitness Center & Community Room
-Atrium Exhibit & Gallery Space
Visit www.liveappletonmills.com, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 978.458.0588 for more information.
Hollis Engley lives in Falmouth on Cape Cod, where he makes functional gas-fired stoneware at Hatchville Pottery.
Dara E. Pannebaker works at her studio at the StoveFactory Studios, 523 Medford Street.
Dara's recent mixed media work will be shown with Hollis's pottery during "The Potter & The Painter" exhibition.
Both Hollis and Dara are members of the Artists' Group of Charlestown, Inc.
Massasoit Arts Festival
DeVries, Dance, Degas at DeVries Fine Art International
in Lenox, Massachusetts May 13th
Julliard by Andrew DeVries.
he translation from idea into a form of art is often the most difficult task in creation. This transition from thought or observation into craft often runs the risk of losing something, a certain quality that is only tangible in the subject's rawest form. Like the legendary French Impressionist and Realist Edgar Degas
, sculptor Andrew DeVries
has found a loophole for preserving the truest aspects of art. These two artists are often compared on levels of their work and passion for dance, art, and the culture that lives between these two spheres. Although his career began sketching ballet dancers during rehearsals at a studio in Denver, DeVries
has come a long way since and has never lost that initial infatuation for the bodily dimensions of dance. Nowadays, with a vision ready in his mind, DeVries
sketches ideas and creates original sculptures from clay or wax, which he uses to produce rubber molds. With these molds, he makes wax castings that are shelled with heat-resistant ceramic and heated to release the wax from the original mold. Blocks of bronze are then melted and poured into the ceramic molds for setting. Creating works such as these allows DeVries
yet another outlet to express his enthusiasm for dance, in a way that is a bit more concrete and substantial to those new to the art. In respect to his influences and passions, DeVries
is showing DeVries, Dance, Degas
in his gallery at DeVries Fine Art International
. The works within the exhibit will feature some of DeVries
' bronze sculptures and sketches, as well as works from ancient Greece to the days of Degas and reaching into the contemporary. Of the show itself, DeVries said
, "This exhibition will give those familiar with dance a greater insight of the symbiotic relationship the visual arts share with it. It will also enlighten those who are not as familiar with the dance world, giving those viewers a greater appreciation." His new bronzes that are part of this show highlight contemporary dance styles, something fairly new to DeVries
' work. There will also be pastels sketched by DeVries
at several dance studios and venues, including the Hamburg Ballet
, The Juilliard School
, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre
, Academy de Dance Princess Grace in Monte Carlo
, and Jacob's Pillow
. DeVries, Dance, Degas
is scheduled to open on Friday, May 13th
. On Sunday, June 5th
will unveil his latest sculpture, Apollo
, at Ventfort Hall, The Museum of the Gilded Age
Native Life in the Americas at Tozzer Library
in Cambridge, Massachusetts May 4th, 2011 through February 28th, 2012
Deer Tipi of Mary and John Mountain Chief by Olga Hannon and Jessie Wilber. Peigan Blackfeet (tipi owners). Plate 10, Blackfeet Indian Tipis: Design and Legend, 1976 (Tozzer SPEC.COLL. MUS.184.108.40.206 PFOLIO).
t's hard to celebrate the art history of our country without turning back all the pages and honoring the art of those who were here before us. It is through this Native art that we see the times, habits, and landscapes that preceded the majority of Americans today. The Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology
has worked in partnership with Harvard University
's Tozzer Library
to put together an exhibition, Native Life in the Americas: Artists' Views
, that spotlights the talents and visions of not well-known Native artists who focus on life and culture. Through selected prints from the collection at Tozzer Library
, this exhibition goes beyond the patriarchal realm of nineteenth century white male painters to include Native artists and women artists, two groups of contributors to the art world that often go overlooked. Although North America is the obvious geographic focus of this exhibit, Central America, Mexico, and the Andes are also depicted throughout the works. Aside from paintings, these works include projects from talented illustrators, designers, and printmakers, giving the show an authentic feel to it. The time periods represented range from the mid-1930 through early twenty-first century, adding breadth and depth to the subject matter featured. Native Life in the Americas: Artists' Views
opens Wednesday, May 4th, 2011
and will remain on view through February 28, 2012
in Tozzer Library
. An opening reception that is open to the public will be held that Wednesday, May 4th from 5-7pm
. Come see some of our nation's truest history through the eyes of these Native artists. You will be amazed by the sense of intimacy and nostalgia they will evoke in you, no matter how removed from the situation you may feel.
Fountain Street Fine Art
New @ Fountain Street Fine Art:
Roy Perkinson, Moods of Light
May 6 - 29
Reception, Saturday, May 7, from 5 - 8 pm
Artist talk- Sunday, May 15, 2PM
Perkinson's work is in the collection of the MFA, Boston, and numerous private collections from California to Europe.