artscope magazine
February 2, 2012

Earth or equations, the exhibitions below are packed with power and atmosphere so intense, you'll swear you can feel it. The perspectives and experiences these artists offer are tangible enough to change the way you look at things. 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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Floating World at Kingston Gallery
in Boston, Massachusetts now through February 26th

Forest #10 (traces) by Hilary Tolan, photograph and acrylic paint, 12" x 16", 2011.

All on its own, nature is touching and stirring, sublime and poignant. Nature can influence our lives, instill memories in our minds and fill us with feelings of want and nostalgia. When we pair these powers of nature with those of humanity, the product is both haunting and delicate. Boston area artist Hilary Tolan has made it her mission to expose this relationship for all that it's worth. Her exhibition, Floating World, uses drawings and paintings to show us the endless possibilities of a manipulated landscape. In her Mylar drawings that utilize graphite, gouache and walnut ink, Tolan suspends all things inferior and isolates only the essentials: trunk, limb, branch, stone, leaf, lichen and roots. These works have somewhat of a holy essence, asking viewers to step with light feet and speak with small voices, as to not disturb this earthly sanctuary. The photographs featured in Floating World give viewers a tempting perspective of nature, one that has been tampered with to some degree. Among her breathtaking shots of august trees and numbering roots, Tolan adds a darker tone. Whether the blackness conforms to the objects in focus or takes a new shape all its own, its presence gives us an uneasy perspective of nature. It creates just enough anxiety to make us stop and think, "what is this intruder and is it dangerous?" Tolan invites the viewer to "contemplate the power of trees and stones, the quality of silence, and the natural order of decay and regeneration. The landscape is interrupted and tampered with, and we are led to believe in this drawn reality, this other possible land." Floating World is on view now through Sunday, February 26th at Kingston Gallery. An opening reception is set for Friday, February 3rd from 5:30-8pm. Also on view at Kingston Gallery are Eliza Burke Greene and Hannah Bureau in the Center Gallery and Sophia Ainslie in the Members' Gallery.

Sponsored by: Emerson Umbrella Center for the Arts, Atlantic Works Gallery, Richard Kattman, Massasoit Community College, and Fuller Craft Museum

Emerson Umbrella Center for the Arts


Liminal: The Space Between
An Exhibition of Contemporary Photography.
Curated by Barbara Hitchcock,
former curator of the Polaroid Collection.
January 16 through March 6, 2012

40 Stow Street
Concord, MA

Atlantic Works Gallery



February 2-25

New member show featuring
installation, prints and drawings by Matt Keller;
mixed media abstracts by Kelly Slater;
and kinetic sculpture by John Wilkinson.

opening reception 2.2 6-9 pm
third Thursday reception 2.16 6-9 pm
gallery hours: Friday and Saturday 2-6 pm and by appointment.

Atlantic Works Gallery
80 Border St
East Boston, MA 02128

Richard Kattman

"Eighty Eight Acres"; Sennelier Oils on Canvas; 2012; 34"W x 40"L Mounted on Heavy Wood Stretchers

Richard Kattman Recent Paintings

Exhibition Dates: February 18-March 30, 2012

The Frame Shop
5 Main Street,
Natick, Massachusetts 01760

Monday, Tuesday and Friday 9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Wednesday & Thursday 9:30 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Saturday 9:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Richard Kattman Data:
Etsy Shop:
Studio Address: 24 Water Street, Holliston, Massachusetts 01746

Earth Stories at The Loading Dock Gallery
in Lowell, Massachusetts now through February 26th

Face of the Earth II

Face of the Earth II by Michal Truelsen.

A year ago, the magnetic works of print artist Michal Truelsen in Form, Transform caught our attention here at artscope. Now, a year later, we find ourselves visiting her again, attracted by an entirely new body of work. Staying true to her fascination with geology, mapping, and Earth itself, Truelsen has been hard at work on a refreshing project. Earth Stories features a series of paper bas reliefs celebrating the course of the Merrimack River from Franklin, New Hampshire to the sea at Newburyport. The process of 'paper bas relief' is one of Truelsen's methods which involves cutting paper in organic shapes and gluing them together to create delicate, intricate layers that entice the eye. These layers play well into Truelsen's concern with depths of perception and help us look at the river and the land it flows through, isolated from the conventionalities found on a standard map. One might say Truelsen's works in Earth Stories offer us a more holistic, natural perspective on a landscape we normally find familiar. A Lowell resident, Truelsen grew up in Vermont and lived in New Hampshire for many years, further solidifying her firm grasp on the regional landscape and the geology within it. After twenty years of creating works on, and of, paper, Truelsen reflected on her career so far and explained that she makes art because there is no better way for her, "to think about the really important's a way of talking about, asking about, thinking about the essentials, the intangible parts of what we are." Earth Stories is showing in the Loading Dock Gallery at Western Avenue Studios, second floor of the A-Mill, now through Sunday, February 26th. There will be a reception for the artist on Friday, February 3rd from 6-9pm. For more information about the exhibit or gallery, visit the website or call Maxine Farkas at 978-349-8069.

Cheyney Thompson at MIT List Visual Arts Center
in Cambridge, Massachusetts February 10th through April 8th


Chronochrome I by Cheyney Thompson, oil on canvas, 28" x 31", 2009. Collection of Ray Ellen and Allan Yarkin.

The terms "rational structures," "technological processes" and "generative devices" are not closely associated with art. In fact, they sound like an echo from a college computer class or a highly engaged math whiz. Over forty works on view at the MIT List Visual Arts Center highlight artist Cheyney Thompson's concern with the technology, production, and distribution of painting. One of the exhibition's headliners is Cheyney's ongoing series, Chronochromes. Every painting in this series is constructed using Albert H. Munsell's color system. Munsell, a Boston-based artist and professor in the 1900s, developed a scientific method describing colors numerically, specifying them based on three dimensions: hue, value, and chroma. Thompson has taken it upon himself to turn this system in a calendar, which organizes and "provides a system of producing paintings which register fatigue, distraction, and interruptions." Much of this occurs in Thompson's process of merging digital reproduction with the craft of painting: "the scanned linen is divided into values of light and dark, and painted using complementary pairs of colors drawn from Munsell's color system. Each painting has a unique historical format, including the academic portrait painting, the diptych, and the Renaissance tondo." Other works on view in the exhibit include Thompson's Untitled paintings and a few of his recent pedestal sculptures. The MIT List Visual Arts Center is showing Cheyney Thompson, the first U.S. museum exhibition of the artist, Friday, February 10th through Sunday, April 8th. An opening reception will take place on Thursday, February 9th from 6-8pm and a pre-reception artist talk will be held in Bartos Theatre from 5:30-6:30pm. The exhibition is organized by curator Joćo Ribas and funding has been generously provided by the Massachusetts Cultural Council and the Council for the Arts at MIT.

Massasoit Community College



Juried Show welcomes painting, drawing, printmaking and photography.
Original work only. All entries must be for sale.
25% commission, no insurance provided.
Maximum framed size 36"x40". $10/1, $24/3.

Event: May 20, 2012.

900 Randolph St.
Canton, MA 02021

Fuller Craft Museum

Green Waterfall, 2011

Winter Exhibitions Opening Reception

Sunday, February 5, 2:00 -5:00 pm
Join us Sunday to celebrate two fiber exhibitions:

Mens et Manus: Folded Paper of MIT
February 4 ­- April 29, 2012

Fresh Fiber Revisited: Work by Emerging Textile Artists from
RISD, UMass-Dartmouth, and MassART
January 7 - April 22, 2012

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