artscope magazine
Newest of the New.
May 26, 2011

This blast, we decided to put the spotlight on the contemporary arts. So, anything fresh, new, and ready for exposure is fair game in our book. Have a look at these three exhibits. Each offers a different perspective on the contemporary, so there's sure to be something for everyone. 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! Online advertising is now also available on the blog as well.

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Nature: An Intimate Gaze at Albright Art Gallery
in Concord, Massachusetts now through July 10th

Eco-Observation by Barbara Moody.

As quaint and historical as Concord, Massachusetts may be, there's a location within it that is fostering some radical, unique energy behind its four walls. The Albright Art Gallery is hosting Barbara Moody's exhibit, Nature: An Intimate Gaze, a show that displays a skillful amount of questioning, exploring, and discovering. The natural world seems to be an underlying theme and inspiration to all of Moody's works, regardless of how different they are to one another. She takes subjects such as ecology, biology, and evolution and combines them to offer a new perspective to her audience. The habitats portrayed in her work open our eyes to the possibilities of cohabitation and coexistence, highlighted by a refreshing sense of renewal. By pouring paint across her canvas and creating layers upon layers of scraped up acrylic, Moody introduces her viewers to a world of possibilities, a world where pond, forest, coral reef, tundra, desert, and salt marsh organisms can exist in complete bliss and homeostasis. Moody forces us to take on the position of "observer of nature," though we never quite know if the scene lends itself to a utopian or post-apocalyptic worldview. Whether the view is realistic or futuristic, Moody shows us her relationship with nature and invites us to share the gaze with her. In her artist statement, Moody said, "The element of surprise is a driving factor. . .the process of painting takes me to places I've never seen before." This helps to explain how Moody arrives in the places she does, with the warmth and energy that radiate from the surface of her work. Nature: An Intimate Gaze is on view now through July 10th at Albright Art Gallery and Supply. Don't miss this opportunity to experience something so artfully nontraditional in the "traditional" town of Concord.

Sponsored by: Boston Sculptors Gallery and Western Ave Studios

Boston Sculptors Gallery

May 25 - June 26, 2011
SOWA First Friday Reception
: June 3, 5-8pm
Artist Reception: May 28, 4-7pm
Gallery Hours: Wednesday - Sunday, 12-6pm (or by appointment)

Boston Sculptors Gallery
486 Harrison Avenue
Boston, MA 02118-2408
[email protected]

Western Avenue Studios

Studio for rent:
Western Ave Studios
Lowell, MA- Studio 508

Large beautiful sun filled studio with five large windows. One half of 886 sq feet located on the 5th floor. Private, yet close to sink, bathroom and elevator. Share with experienced painter. A large Rolling wall divides the space so that there is ample privacy and area for storage. $8.22 per square ft or around $300 for 443 Square ft. A must see! Available June 2011.

For more information please contact Gillian Frazier: [email protected]

Traveling Suite at Ars Libri
in Boston, Massachusetts now through June 30th

A view of Christopher Lamberg-Karlovsky's artwork at Ars Libri. Lamberg-Karlovsky's Traveling Suite.

Speaking of contemporary artwork and its relationship to nature, landscape, and the natural world, we found another artist who gives us just that. Both Christopher Lamberg-Karlovsky and his installation piece, Traveling Suite, stand as mediators between the worlds of art and nature. Despite how often these two spheres overlap, a certain element can be lost if not done correctly. Feel like you've seen this exhibit before? Well, you probably have. Lamberg-Karlovsky's Traveling Suite has been on view at The Portland Museum of Fine Art and The Museum of Fine Arts Boston in 2010. Needless to say, this work of art is popular, and for all the right reasons. At a glance, this installation looks like contemporary artwork stuck on a wall in an aesthetically pleasing manner. Upon closer look, this is an artfully intricate piece that offers some decoding to preserving the majesty and naturalness of landscape in our world today. Each box contains a small painting, done using a combination of dehydration and the delicate technique of Brownian motion. This helps to preserve their original quality and is virtually undetectable on a monitor screen. The fractured surface of each painting lends tension to the boundaries between abstraction and realism, while still paying homage to the great American landscape artists, just in a much more restricted space. Of this small form, Lamberg-Karlovsky said, "I like the idea of condensing all that space and air that they captured in their paintings into a tiny format. I hope it reinforces the notion that those beautiful places are under serious pressure." Some of the separate works of the poetic suite offer such intimate details as an arresting shoreline reflection and an unpeopled meadow in the gloaming. The suitcases themselves were originally meant for traveling and shipping purposes, but once Lamberg-Karlovsky started seeing the paintings as pieces of a whole, the suitcases were more than just protection, they became a permanent part of the work. The boxes are the alluring, magnetic objects that draw people in. From there, it is up to them whether or not the contents inside are worth a deeper look. If you're dying to see the breathtaking work within the boxes of this installation, you're in luck. Lamberg-Karlovsky's Traveling Suite is on view now through June 30th at Ars Libri on Harrison Avenue in Boston's South End. If you don't get the chance to see it then, don't fret because the same piece of art will be exhibited in the upcoming and well known "Off The Wall" exhibition at the Danforth Museum of Art. Stay posted for the dates of the exhibition.

Cape Now at Tao Water Art Gallery
in Barnstable, Massachusetts May 28th through June 28th

                       Temporal Progression by Brooke Mullins Doherty, 2010. Hardware cloth, fabric, copper, silicon,
                       thread, enamel; installation on 8' wall.

If contemporary is what you want, then contemporary is what you'll get. Here, we're not talking about the post-WWII contemporary, we mean the today, the here and now. Tao Water Art Gallery's Barnstable location is hosting Cape Now - The First Invitational Art Exhibition, a show that searches for and displays some of the finest and newest artwork being produced today on Cape Cod. Given the healthy and thriving arts scene on the Cape, it makes sense that such an established gallery would seek out some of the most distinguished and interesting artists that reside, work, and hide in the area. The idea behind this invitational is to find them, organize a show, and introduce their skills and works to the public. The works on display cover a wide range of backgrounds, including wall hanging objects, installations, mixed media on paper, mixed media on canvas, and mixed media on wood. Due to the overwhelming number of talented contemporary artists in the area, Tao Water Art Gallery had to add the title of "invitational" to the show, in order to provide enough space for each artist. As if having work on display on Cape Cod isn't prize enough, these fifteen featured artists were hand selected and invited to participate, making the event that much more prestigious. Some of these talented individuals include Brooke Mullins Doherty, Betty Fuller, Yang Jing, Richard Neal, James Wolf, and Sara Ringler, all of who are ready and willing to discuss their work! Cape Now - The First Invitational Art Exhibition is on view Saturday, May 28th through Tuesday, June 28th. An opening reception will be held on Saturday, May 28th from 5-7pm. If you find yourself closer to Provincetown in the next few weeks, don't forget that Tao Water Art Gallery has a location there as well. The exhibition Group Show - Fresh Air opens Friday, May 27th and runs through Thursday, June 16th. If you can only make it to one, flip a coin because both shows promise to be of highest interest. However, if you can find the time to fit both in, lucky you, that's double the dose of contemporary art!

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