April 26, 2012
Concession, cooperation, a middle ground, call it what you must. This blast is all about the give-and-take relationships, especially those that go unnoticed: time and appearance, art and science, man and animal. We often forget what it takes on both ends to achieve a harmony. Each of these exhibitions reminds us of that. Also, don't forget to check out our 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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Passage at Peregrine Gallery
in Providence, Rhode Island May 7th through July 5th
Untitled by Zev Jonas, 35mm print.
ith today's technology, achieving perfection in appearance is almost effortless. A few layers of make-up or clicks on a computer can turn an average human into a romanticized icon. Although protected by everything from sealants and finishes to laws and copyrights, these images can do nothing to escape the effects of time. A morning newspaper rife with mass-produced images becomes distorted and suddenly original when soaked by an unexpected rain shower. The bleeding and smearing of shapes and colors turns the images into ones not so recognizable. It is this distinct lack of control over what happens to images over time that artist Zev Jonas
finds so fascinating. "I explore the depictions of people and why such renderings make me feel uneasy given my belief that everything we are looking at is in some way distorted," says Jonas
. It seems fitting then that his exhibition, Passages
, deals with the inevitable decay, distortion, or deterioration that occurs outside the crafted realities of these images. Zev Jonas
was born and raised in Australia and found photography to be the solution to the isolation he experienced while traveling. Having never formally studied art, Jonas
tries to keep his process simple. He shoots 35mm film and transparencies, then scans and prints the images with minimal alteration. In an effort to allow his audience to interact with his work in their own time and space, Jonas
' creations are untitled, undated, and often non-location specific. He wants the viewing experience to be holistically organic, influenced by as few preconceived notions as possible. Passage
will be on view at Peregrine Gallery
from Thursday, May 7th through Thursday, July 5th
with an opening reception
set for Thursday, May 17th
. The series Passage
has been exhibited internationally and was recently deemed to be one of the notable shows of the year by NY Photo Review
Sponsored by: Dublin School, Sprinkler Factory, Emerson Umbrella Center for the Arts, Cambridge Center for the Arts, Copley Society of Art, and Melrose Arts
The Putnam Gallery
The Ephemera Project
10 years and over 30 encaustic paintings
exploring the transience of our memories and our
lives and the beauty found within them.
Dedication of the Putnam Gallery
and Gillespie Hall
Saturday, May 12th at 4 pm
Show reception to follow
gallery hours 10-3 Mon-Sat
18 Lehmann Way
603.563.8584 x 223
Emerson Umbrella Center for the Arts
Don your most festive attire and join
Emerson Umbrella Center for the Arts
on Saturday, May 12, 2012, at 6:30 p.m., to celebrate
Artrageous, a gala
evening of artistic immersion to support
the Umbrella's full range of
education and community outreach programs.
40 Stow Street
Cambridge Open Studios
May 12 & 13, 2012 - East & Central Cambridge
May 19 & 20, 2012 - North/West Cambridge
Meet local artists and experience an array
of visual and performing arts
the city-wide Cambridge Open Studios.
Produced by the Cambridge Arts Council.
Tales From a Test Tube at Warner Babcock Institute of Green Chemistry
in Wilmington, Massachusetts now through July 27th
Fragments of Eden III by Merill Comeau, mixed media, 112" x 96" x 4".
hat exactly is the connection between art and science? We think it lies somewhere within the natural world--providing scientists with information, artists with inspiration. It was only a matter of time until these two disciplines came together under their similar passion to learn how science and art can combine to create a more environmentally safe and sustainable world. The Fitchburg Art Museum
is working in collaboration with the Warner Babcock Institute of Green Chemistry
, Fitchburg State University
and Beyond Benign
to conduct an exhibition that explores the chemistry between art and science and leads us in the direction of preservation, discovery, and survival. Through drawings, paintings, glassworks, ceramics, mixed media, sculpture, photography, film and video, these artists offer endless interpretations of a step in the right direction. Tales from a Test Tube: The Chemistry of Curating
is on view now through Friday, July 27th
at the Warner Babcock Institute of Green Chemistry. The Institute is taking expansive steps in the field of chemistry towards making the world a less toxic environment by using non-toxic chemicals, producing less waste, and designing techniques that minimize energy requirements and use renewable materials. "It is not a philosophy. It is not a social movement. It's a science. Today, we need the arts and sciences to come together in new and unprecedented ways. They both need creativity that can lead to critical ecological changes that will sustain us and the world we live in", states Dr. Warner
, founder of the Institute. An artists' talk
is being held tonight, Thursday, April 26th
at the Institute (100 Research Drive in Wilmington) from 5-7pm
. Come be witness to this amalgamation of knowledge and talent. You do not want to miss something as groundbreaking as this.
Consider The Beast at South Rotunda Gallery
in Boston, Massachusetts now through July 15th
Bubble Series, Separate Not Equal, by Jane O'Hara, acrylic on tyvek, 58" x 55".
f you'll be attending a conference at the Hynes Convention Center
anytime between now and the middle of July, make sure you swing by the South Rotunda Gallery
. Here, artist Jane O'Hara
will have over 20 paintings on display in her exhibition, Consider The Beast
. Her works center around the spiritual nature of animals and the wisdom and integrity they unintentionally exude. The innocence and dependent nature of these creatures is what influences O'Hara
's work. "I will often place an animal in an unnatural setting as a comment on the human tendency to impose. Reflecting on the unsuspecting and innocent response to this, I use humor and irony to show the dignity, confusion, fear or pleasure that the animal might experience," O'Hara
said of her work. Some of these scenes, like the Bubble Series
piece Separate Not Equal
featured above, are somewhat disturbing. It is hard not to make connections between their unfortunate situations and the social commentary on the human tendency to inflict, ignore and forget. All of the works in this exhibition seem light-hearted enough with their vibrant colors and animal subjects, but they all run much deeper messages when you stand before them--amusing and confronting us simultaneously. Consider the Beast
is on view now through Sunday, July 15th
for conference attendees at the Hynes Convention Center
. If you won't be attending any conferences, you can come view O'Hara
's work at a reception
held on Thursday, May 3rd
, or by appointment.
Copley Society of Art
The Copley Society of Art invites you to
Fresh Paint 2012: Painting Boston's
On May 20th, Co|So artist members create
"fresh" plein air paintings throughout the city of Boston.
Auctions of more than 50 works of art
will take place on June 2nd during
Co|So's annual Fresh Paint gala.
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