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Geometric Bricolage at Bing Arts Center
in Springfield, Massachusetts now through April 7th
Material World by Nancy Natale, 2011. Cardboard, tarpaper, copper, aluminum, book parts, album cover parts, tacks and encaustic on panel, 36" x 36".
he winds of change seem to be upon us, and with that comes a refreshing breath of new air--and new art. Artist Nancy Natale
is currently showing her brawny exhibition, Geometric Bricolage: Found Materials Transformed
. The title of the show may seem self-explanatory, save for that one peculiar word: bricolage. What is it? By definition, bricolage is the construction or creation from a diverse range of available things, typically referenced in art or literature. However, in the words of Natale
herself, bricolage is, "collage with muscle. It is similar to collage in that it combines found or invented materials to make a work of art, but it has more dimensionality." In her works, Natale
creates strips of "elements," which are composed of parts of old books, painted paper and cardboard, recycled rubber and patinated metal. She then uses tacks to administer the elements to wooden panels and begins to paint, allowing the pigmented encaustic to revive the color of the piece and pump sculpted life into the sheeted muscles of the work. As you might imagine, these creations transcend the boundaries of typical collage as they accumulate a wealth of color, texture and reflectivity. The bulk of work in this exhibition has stemmed from Natale
's infatuation with human memory and history. "I imagine the strips and embedded objects as physical representations of a person's memories, stitched together during the accumulation of days and nights that make a life. The materials I use in these works are cultural and industrial remnants that I have found or have made to look timeworn and aged as if they carry history with them. This added resonance from a previous use or imagined life reflects a particular kind of beauty developed by objects and people through the passage of time." Geometric Bricolage: Found Materials Transformed
is showing now through Saturday, April 7th
at the Bing Arts Center
in Springfield, MA. The Bing Arts Center
, which began as a neighborhood theater in the 1950s and was purchased by a non-profit organization in 2004, is the main focus of a strategic plan to revitalize the neighborhood by offering appealing, accessible and alternative arts programming. It prides itself on its multi-use hub for community cultural activity. Make sure you stop by to check out the center and see Nancy Natale
's work flex and attract attention.
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At the Mahindra Humanities Center at Harvard:
Drawing Lesson One
IN PRAISE OF SHADOWS
Tuesday, March 20
Drawing Lesson Two
A BRIEF HISTORY OF COLONIAL REVOLTS
Tuesday, March 27
Drawing Lesson Three
VERTICAL THINKING: A JOHANNESBURG
Tuesday, April 3
Drawing Lesson Four
PRACTICAL EPISTEMOLOGY: LIFE IN THE STUDIO
Tuesday, April 10
Drawing Lesson Five
IN PRAISE OF MISTRANSLATION
Monday, April 16
Drawing Lesson Six
Tuesday, April 24
4pm, Sanders Theatre, 45 Quincy Street
Free and open to the public. Tickets are required and will be made available on the day of each lecture at the Harvard Box Office or by phone (service charge applies to phone orders), and starting at 2pm at Sanders Theatre.
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The Memory of Nature at Galatea Fine Art
in Boston, Massachusetts now through March 31st
Intertwined by Terry Gips. Archival Pigmented Prints, approx. 50" x 48".
nother artist who finds herself captivated by the notions of memory and history is Terry Gips
. Having explored the boundaries between human environments and those of the natural world, Gips
has found how memory shapes our perception of these, in both the past and present. The subject of memory piqued her interest so much so that she felt herself drawn into the images and technologies of neuroscience. "I was struck by the beauty of the brain images and by their visual and conceptual parallels with natural forms such as roots and algae," Gips
explained. In an attempt to better understand these complexities, the artist turned to the natural world and started scanning small plants and their parts at high resolution on a flatbed scanner and printing them ten to twenty times larger than their original size. At this scale, every minuscule grain, stem, and hair is revealed in a foreign, yet vivid intimacy. Gips
opens a window onto a world that is otherwise elusive because it is unattainable-under ground, under water, and out of the focus of the human eye. Often times, like in the image featured above, Gips
imposes a grid over her enlarged prints, helping to structure the wild and unplanned chaos that often unravels and untangles within the prints' borders. If the topics of memory, brain cells, algae, or just branching structures in general interest you, you'll want to check out Terry Gips
' most recent exhibition, The Memory of Nature
. It opens today
and runs through Saturday, March 31st
at Galatea Fine Art
. If you are interested in attending the reception
, it will be held on Friday, March 2nd
Landscape at Concord Art Association
in Concord, Massachusetts now through March 31st
Featured artwork by Mark Richards.
andscape painting certainly finds its way into the histories of art and culture, creating a permanent "memory," if you will, in the mind of society. This contemplation of natural beauty and its epic scope always seem to fit in, trumping relevancy and reaching toward revelation. In an exhibition entitled Landscape
, four diverse artists share with us their unique interpretations of the natural world. Together, they take those everyday scenic memories straight from your mind and resuscitate them onto their canvases. The watercolors of artist Geri Duffy
have "the clarity of light and improvisation that burst from the page." These pleasant views of New England continuously impress viewers with their emotional impact. Another artist that teeters on the brink of improvisation is Lewka Z. Cims
, who lets his emotions and senses come over him as he paints, making the process of art an ever-changing flow of ideas. Cims
' pieces "feel like a walk through the forest. Lewka captures the dappled glow of light through trees, of light reflecting off of water, with a delicate craftsmanship he has spent years perfecting." David Covert
's paintings are a little less traditional. Underneath their distilled layers of color, the paintings resemble skill and technique similar to collage. It is Covert
's work with textures that evoke the look of fine prints, making his pieces interesting and timeless. The final artist showing in Landscape
is Mark Richards
takes much of his inspiration from the lushly beautiful area around the Charles River and turns it into landscape paintings with a sweeping depth of meaning. The emotional and spiritual effects of Richards
' paintings are experienced immediately while viewing the works and resonate with you long after you think you've left them. Come see for yourself how these landscape paintings either recall or imprint memories you've forgotten or never fathomed. Landscape
is showing in the Members Gallery
at the Concord Art Association today through Saturday, March 31st
. Also, CAA invites you to attend the opening reception
, which is being held on Sunday, March 4th
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