February 2, 2012
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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.
ll 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
. 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
Atlantic Works Gallery
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
"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
Saturday 9:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Richard Kattman Data:
Studio Address: 24 Water Street, Holliston, Massachusetts
Earth Stories at The Loading Dock Gallery
in Lowell, Massachusetts now through February 26th
Face of the Earth II by Michal Truelsen.
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 stuff...it'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
. For more information about the exhibit or gallery, visit the website
or call Maxine Farkas
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.
he 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
and a pre-reception artist talk
will be held in Bartos Theatre
. 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
DEADLINE MAY 4, 2012 - $2,200 IN CASH AWARDS
4TH ANNUAL ARTS FESTIVAL: CALL TO ARTISTS
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.
MASSASOIT COMMUNITY COLLEGE
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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