artscope magazine
Obscurity.
January 31, 2013
Greetings!

Convoluted with mystery, anonymity and ambiguity, these shows push us past our comfort zones when it comes to comprehension. Although the "meanings" or "interpretations" of the exhibitions below are not surface-level, they are still just as interesting, if not more. No worries, we promise all this thinking outside of the box will pay off. Don't forget to check out the brand new artscope t-shirts, perfect for any gallery outing!

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I, Pilgrim at Hampden Gallery
in Amherst, Massachusetts now through February 21st

Hampden
                            Bitter Buffalo, a drawing by Jeff Stauder.

Because the true meanings behind allegories are not readily observed, we would consider them obscure. The style through which they hide and then reveal meaning is not always clear, opening them up to a world of interpretations. Hampden Gallery at UMass Amherst is delighted to announce the start of the exhibition, Jeff Stauder: I, Pilgrim. In the show, Stauder uses iconic images of American history and identity to create his allegorical world. Motifs include the central figure of a lone pilgrim, bison, crows, corn and wood. Stauder uses these to fuse together historical periods, thus creating a surreal and sometimes unstable parable, as opposed to a coherent narrative. Stauder himself likens the works in this exhibition to a "confused iconography" that blends together the traditional American narrative with something out of the ordinary, or obscure. These images, despite their uncanny characteristics, are steeped in concept and idea that bring us deeper into the realms and issues of American identity. The artist's intentions are that the work communicates a sense of loss, a sense of confusion and a sense of humor. "There is a deeper element of reflection on American history and identity," Stauder has said, "and also they're fun and odd and lovable. That's an important part of the work." In addition to being a professional artist, Jeff Stauder also teaches Drawing, Painting, Foundations and Sculpture at Amherst Regional High School. Stauder's inventive two-dimensional works on paper and canvas are on view now through Thursday, February 21st. A reception for I, Pilgrim is set to be held on Sunday, February 10th from 2-4pm.

Sponsored by: New Art Center, RISCA, Alta Luna Gallery, Museum of Russian Icons, PAAM, PRC and Cambridge Art Association



New Art Center

NAC

Upsodown
January 14-February 22
Opening Reception Friday, January 18th, 6-8pm


Curated by AJ Liberto & Kate True
Including the work of: Seth Alverson, Nick Cave, Robert Colescott, Marcus Kenney, Eli Kessler, AJ Liberto, Clifford Owens, Joyce Pensato, Tara Sellios and Summer Wheat.

61 Washington Park
Newtonville, MA 02460
617.964.3424
www.newartcenter.org

RISCA

RISCA

Experience the work of Rhode Island's 2013 Fellowship Artists at the 2013 RISCA Fellowship Exhibition, February 14 - March 9 at the Jamestown Arts Center.

Opening Reception Friday, February 15th 6-9PM with musical performances by Glenda Luck and Silvio Cuellar of Voces de los Andes. Free and open to the public.

Alta Luna Gallery

altaluna

ALTA LUNA GALLERY, Bristol, RI, invites you to attend an OPENING RECEPTION of Mid-Winter BLUES, a Juried Exhibit ~ PUBLIC WELCOME

Friday, February 1, 2013, from 6-9pm , with Live Music by Blues guitarist Mark Greenbaum; Refreshments ; Public Welcome.

Rid yourself of winter doldrums with this extraordinary showcase by East Coast artists who have perfectly captured the essence of the theme - with the color BLUE, BLUE mood, winter scenes & (even) musical BLUES! Winners: Judy Araujo-Volkmann, Hunter Clarke, Joanne Tarlin, Edward McAloon, and Cindy Daniels. Details at www.facebook.com/AltaLunaGallery or www.altalunagallery.com.

Show ends on March 10, 2013.
Hours: Tues to Sat, 10am- 6pm; Sun, Noon to 5pm.

Museum of Russian Icons

MRI

Extended through 4/27/13!

Imaging the Invisible: Angels, Demons, Prayer and Wisdom incorporates 60 icons and artifacts from the Museum of Russian Icons collection depicting uncanny, ethereal subjects and concepts. It includes a mix of new acquisitions and previously unrevealed icons. This unique and creative exhibition is curated by Museum Registrar, Laura Garrity-Arquitt.

www.museumofrussianicons.org

New Impossibilities at Chazan Gallery
in Providence, Rhode Island February 8th through 28th

Chazan
A photograph by Katie Koti from her most recent body of work, Chosen Blood.

What do gender binaries, cast glass, otherworldly environments, storefront marketplaces, and the trivial details of daily life have in common? Initially, maybe nothing, but don't let your dubiousness get the best of you. Although their relations may be inconspicuous at first, each of these subjects is attached to one of the emerging artists featured in Chazan Gallery's New Impossibilities. Needless to say, the works in this exhibition yield fresh perspectives and new takes on themes we may think we have seen before. Emma Hogarth exhibits digital prints from an ongoing multimedia project Remembering, which consists of imagery created by digitally scanning cast glass reproductions of photo frames. This process lends itself to the exploration of the relationships between performance, documentation, time and the image. Katie Koti presents photography from her current body of work, Chosen Blood, an "ongoing exploration that brings to light familial aspects of the human experience and the intricate ties formed with others; the bonds between blood and chosen blood." The scenes that live within the frames of her photos provide an escape from the confines of the body, social expectations and gender binaries. Evan Mann works with drawing, printmaking, sculpture, installation and video to create otherworldly environments which explore worlds and experiences beyond our physical perception. Mann hopes to inflict a "cloud of unknowing, a darkness described as an absence of knowing" upon his viewers. The work of Agata Michalowska brings attention to the minutia and details of everyday life, asking the viewer to look beyond the surface. "I am most interested in the ordinary and often overlooked. My interest is sparked by the particular; most often an object that signifies concept or feeling. Filtered through me, it is at once real and imagined." Timm Winn and Zehra Kahn exploit and subvert the limitations of two-dimensional drawing as they fabricate primitive three-dimensional buildings, furniture, masks and costumes from paper. For this exhibition, they have created HI-FI, a site-specific installation that depicts the storefront marketplace in a want-it-now ecommerce world. New Impossibilities will be on view Friday, February 8th through Thursday, February 28th. There will be an opening reception for the artists on Friday, February 8th from 5-7pm. The public is invited.

Avian Dreams at Cape Cod Museum of Art
in Dennis, Massachusetts now through March 10th

CCMA
              Weight of the World by Ed Smith, 2009, oil on canvas, 84 x 72 inches.

Beauty in dark times is difficult to notice. Consumed with worries such as pollution, politics and long-term survival, the human population is often unaware of the smaller-scale instances of inspiration and hope that surround us. The Cape Cod Museum of Art would like to welcome home Cape Cod native Ed Smith, as he exercises his keen sense of awareness and observation in the exhibition Avian Dreams: Paintings by Ed Smith. This body of work showcases Smith's visionary marriage between naturalism, surrealism and magical realism. His paintings feature Louisiana shorebirds in apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic scenarios. These scenes forewarn of acid rain, oil spills, shrinking habitats and global warming, all issues that have a stake in today's time and place. The real art is that inside these darkly humorous avian predicaments, Smith is still able to locate and focus on the untainted beauty and design of the birds themselves. Swans, herons, spoonbills, kingfishers and egrets all stand proud and dignified, despite the varying levels of decay and demise that take place behind and around them. "I paint large-scale oil paintings and use irony and metaphor in my depiction of birds and wildlife to address my political concerns, and also address the inherent difficulties that occur at the boundaries of the wild and developed world," Smith has said. "My hope for my paintings is that they are visually appealing, intellectually stimulating and tell a good story." Smith himself has found inspiration in the work of 19th century ornithologist John James Audubon, field guides of the area, and the lush landscape of Louisiana swamps. Avian Dreams: Paintings by Ed Smith is on view now through Sunday, March 10th at the Cape Cod Museum of Art. A joint reception for Avian Dreams and two other shows, Patrick Blackwell and Friends: Twelve Years of Drawing Together and Skid Row: Paintings of Life on the Streets by Frank Chike Anigbo, will be held on Friday, February 8th from 5:30-7pm.



Provincetown Art Association and Museum

PAAM

The Lillian Orlowsky and William Freed Foundation Grant

Grants are offered to American painters aged 45 or older in support of the highest merit by lesser known and needy artists. The primary emphasis is to promote public awareness and a commitment to American art, as well as encouraging interest in artists who lack adequate recognition.

Applications are available here, online, or by calling 508.487.1750. Completed applications must be postmarked by April 1, 2013.

Photographic Resource Center

landscape
Photo credit: Ron Cowie, Ulysses from the series Leaving Babylon, platinum print, 2008.

The Doors of Perception: Vision and Innovation in Alternative Processes
Featuring work by Ron Cowie, Jesseca Ferguson, Gretjen Helene, Scott McMahon, Mark Osterman and France Scully Osterman, and Jerry Spagnoli.

February 5-March 23, 2013
Opening Reception: Thursday, February 7, 2012, 6:30-8pm

Photographic Resource Center Gallery
832 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA
For more information, click here.

Cambridge Art Association

CAA

Located in the heart of Harvard Square, the Cambridge Art Association presents the12th National Prize Show juried by Toby Kamps, Menil Collection, Houston. Awards be presented at the NPS reception on Thursday, May 23rd 6:00-8:00pm at University Place Gallery. Submission deadline is March 1st, entry link located on CAA's website.

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