Landscape, Lottery, and Lack of Light.
December 8, 2011
Whether it be through ethereal landscape paintings, lottery scratch offs, or the lack of light that comes with the onset of winter, the artists within this week's blast push the boundaries of their discipline. With a knowledge base of craft and aesthetic, these exhibitions cannot be anything but exceptional. This is art, at its finest. 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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Songs for Lulu at Walker-Cunningham Fine Art
in Boston, Massachusetts today through December 31st
When the Creek Drank the Water by Emmett Duggan, 2011, oil on board, 9 x 12 inches.
rtist Emmett Duggan
is no stranger to the scene of landscape. Since his time as a young boy in Huntington, Long Island, Duggan
has considered nature a part of his family. Whether it was hiking the green belt trail or mountain biking the eighty-plus miles of rocky terrain the land had to offer, Duggan
discovered a relationship with nature, one much more sincere than anything he had previously experienced. It wasn't until he enrolled in the Huntington School of Fine Arts
found an outlet for his passion. After obtaining his BFA in painting from Boston University
went into the MFA program at the University of Pennsylvania
, where he focused on a more abstract approach to painting. Of his intentions at this point in his life, Duggan
said, "I focused more on a sublime approach to landscape-based abstraction and combined my love of paint with a more minimal way of making pictures." This change of pace transformed his already brilliant paintings into ethereal works of art. His renditions of trees, creeks, and roots suddenly came to life with a breath of majesty, a token of sublimity. Duggan
notes Brice Marden's "Cold Mountain" paintings and Agnes Martin's sublime grids as sources of inspiration. After his time in Pennsylvania, Duggan
moved to New York to work in the Pace Wildenstein gallery
. It was here that he really solidified his beliefs as an artist, staying true to minimalism and nature's aesthetic principles. Lessons about the wonders and complexities of the art world revealed themselves to Duggan
, through all of which he developed high regard for the work of Robert Ryman. "Inside his minimal vocabulary I saw great power in how he touched the paint," said Duggan
. He translated this to his own work, where faculty and mastery are shown through reductive style rather than embellishment. Today, Duggan
lives in Boston with his wife and daughter, constructing romantic landscapes through the inspiration of his role as a father. "I believe that I make my best work when I am in touch with my daughter's imagination and how the innocent mind invents play through the gaze of dreaming." Perhaps this explains why Duggan
's work is so refreshing. Emmett Duggan: Songs for Lulu
is showing at Walker-Cunningham Fine Art today (Thursday, December 8th) through Saturday, December 31st
. The opening reception
at 162 Newbury Street, 2nd floor, in Boston.
Sponsored by: Sharon Arts Center, Fountain Street Fine Art, and Vessels Gallery
Sharon Arts Center
Call for Artists 30 & under from New England.
A Juried Exhibition at Sharon Arts Center in Peterborough, NH.
Entry fee is $15.
Best in Show Prize: $500. (Two Honorable Mentions will be awarded.)
Jurors: Cathy Sununu, Craig Stockwell & Tim Donovan.
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
Click the link below to download our entry form!
Fountain Street Fine Art
Call For Art
First Anniversary: PAPER
Work on, of or about paper
Juror Jim Welu of the Worcester Art Museum
Drop off 12/19-20. 10-2 and 6-9
Exhibition Dates January 13-February 5, 2012
Tealightful: The Sculptural Teapots of Frank Ozereko
December 2 - 30, 2011
Also featuring teapots by Eileen Braun, Robert LaWarre
Sekino-Bovè, and Works on Paper by Linda Price-Sneddon.
71 Thayer Street (450 Harrison Ave. #71)
Boston, MA 02118
Enter Night at Rose Contemporary
in Portland, Maine now through December 31st
Winter Field by Rachel Katz, 2011, cut paper, 36 x 36 inches each panel.
s winter slowly begins and the Winter Solstice approaches, a growing darkness occurs. Light retreats into hibernation and leaves us to fend for ourselves in the encumbering blackness. Seeking warmth, our instincts drive us indoors next to ambient reading lamps and snug fireplaces. Wrapped up in our securities of the winter season, we often fail to notice the beauty and great depth that accompany this growing darkness. In an attempt to welcome the night and celebrate the coming of winter, Rose Contemporary
is hosting the exhibition Enter Night
. This show takes us through the perspectives of six individual artists and gives us their perceptions on the topic of the encompassing nights of winter. The featured artists are: Luc Demers
, Rachel Katz
, Bennett Morris
, Erik Weisenburger
, Dan Witz
, and Shoshannah White
. The photography of Luc Demers
has a resonating affect on viewers when it comes to the inhibitive nature of darkness. It feels as if the brooding blackness has swallowed us whole as we look out to light leaking behind cracked doors and window shades. The cut paper works of Rachel Katz
, like her piece Winter Field
featured above, reveal her intricately mapped layouts of the stars. These works put human size and scale into perspective and investigate "the sublime and existential ramifications of what it means to be small in a large universe." Bennett Morris
' videos and photography depict actual envisioned places, injected with light and color that call into question safety and substantiality. Morris suggests something of a post-apocalyptic landscape and explores "the tension between the beautiful and the horrific." It is the realistic depictions of nature in the fight for survival that makes the oil paintings of Erik Weisenburger
so sincere. Through leafless trees and lost tree limbs, these paintings prepare us for the potential wrath of winter. Dan Witz
tackles the solitude of winter and its darkness through an entirely different angle: that of the manmade world. Do dimly lit lounges on rainy nights and the pairing of lantern and flashlight provide us with enough refuge to survive the darkness? His works hold the answers to these questions. The photography of Shoshannah White
, viewed through a layer of encaustic, offers the ideal balance between the spectrum ends of darkness: "its powerful passion and unfathomable depths." Enter Night
and all of its offerings is on view now through Saturday, December 31st
. If you find yourself in the heart of Portland's Art District before the end of the month, make sure you stop by. This exhibition is sure to give you a new frame of mind and sense of appreciation for the coming winter months.
You scratch my back; I'll scratch yours in the Inside-Out Davis Square Art Windows
in Somerville, Massachusetts now through January 1st
Edie Bresler asks the community to participate by sharing their personal lottery stories or opinions.
hen's the last time you took a ride on the T? If it has been a while, we suggest that you hop on the red line and take a trip to Davis Square. In the Inside-Out- Davis Square Windows
located on Elm Street between Dover and Day Street
, there is an installation on view. Now through Sunday, January 1st
, Somerville artist Edie Bresler
is showing her installation, You scratch my back; I'll scratch yours
, the first ever participatory installation to be on view in the windows. This project focuses on the local shops where lottery tickets are sold and the effects lottery sales have on the economy and community of Somerville. In addition to her intimate photographs of local convenience and liquor store owners and charts and graphs that analyze lottery history and how it affects Somerville residents, Bresler
has asked the members of the community to participate as well. On different size pieces of paper, Bresler
asks about their personal stories and opinions on the lottery, money, desire, and power. She is doing this in an attempt to paint a collaborative, accurate picture of Somerville and to create a discourse that can be utilized in the emphasis and pushing of social art. This will help lend a voice to the people in today's current situations, given the preparations made by the Commonwealth to pass legislation to build three casinos and the grass roots Occupy movement to bring local income inequalities to light. Edie Bresler
makes it a point to educate the public with this recent project. Through her research and efforts, she has found reports that the state of Massachusetts has the highest per capita spending on lottery tickets in the nation. 351 municipalities statewide depend on the small portion of direct local aid they receive from the lottery profits every year. Not to mention, the state's lottery revenues also supply 100% of the arts funding for the Massachusetts Cultural Council
and the Mass Council of Compulsive Gambling
. Although she reveals no direct or personal opinion on the matter, Bresler
makes it quite obvious that the community is becoming more dependent on lottery revenues. Bresler
says, "Many people loathe being in line behind someone playing their daily numbers or buying scratch tickets, but I would urge us all to re-evaluate the social space of these purchases and their direct effect on our local economy." If you're feeling particularly inspired or opinionated, drop by the square to share your own thoughts on this project and the themes it highlights. This installation is supported in part by a Multidisciplinary Art grant Bresler
received in 2011 from the Somerville Arts Council
. The artist herself will be present at Davis Square from noon-4pm
(weather permitting) on the following dates: Thursday December 8th, Friday December 9th, Monday December 12th, Wednesday December 14th, Sunday December 18th, Monday December 19th, Wednesday December 21st, and Thursday, December 22nd.
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