artscope magazine
September 11, 2014

If you can't organize chaos and minimalism isn't expansive no matter how you swing it, then this blast! is full of contradictions. But don't let that steer you away! The oxymoronic nature of the exhibitions below is indeed planned and carefully catered to appease viewers from perspectives and disciplines across the board. With punch-packing sculptures and art exploding in boxes, it's safe to these artists have outdone themselves (and our expectations) in the greatest of ways.

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Chasing Artifacts at Carroll and Sons Art Gallery
in Boston, Massachusetts now through November 1st

What We Carry by Greg Mencoff.

The focus of the current exhibition at Carroll and Sons Art Gallery concerns minimalist observations that occur only with human investigation or tampering, creating artifacts that are not naturally present in the scientific world as we know it. Chasing Artifacts is an exhibition of four sculptural works by revered artist Greg Mencoff. Though Mencoff himself is no stranger to Carroll and Sons, Chasing Artifacts is his first solo exhibition in the main gallery. The three featured wall-mounted works and one expansive floor work continue the artist's engagement with minimalism, with the structure and facture of objects and the reference to the possibility of usefulness. The initial wall sculptures in the exhibition hone in on clearly defined geometries and form, greeting viewers head on with a beautifully painted frontal view, only to reveal their materials and maker's hand upon inspection of the sides. From here, Chasing Artifacts takes a turn as Mencoff redirects attention to his multi-part works that resulted directly from his engagement with electronic music and sequences of nontraditional sound patterns. The premise that nuanced, non-linear repetition translates into visual interest is a primary focus of the two large works. What We Carry, Mencoff's work featured above, is comprised of 103 rectangular open pine forms of variable dimensions installed in a rough circle approximately 25' in diameter. The implied random orientation of the forms is punctuated by a dense black graphite interior symbolizing the human shadow. Two finger rests at the base of each form suggest that the forms are carried but as they are open without a bottom, it further suggests that the void cannot be filled. Mencoff's expansive minimalism in Chasing Artifacts is on view now through Saturday, November 1st at Carroll and Sons. The gallery is open Tuesday through Sunday, 10am-6pm.

Sponsored by: Bromfield Gallery, Art of Heart, Living Paint at Hampden Gallery, Addison Gallery at Andover Academy, WITH EVERY STREET THERE'S A STORY, artscope Newsstand App, Actors' Shakespeare Project, You.Are.Beautiful at McGladrey Art Gallery, Anderson Gallery, Chandler Gallery, Exchange Street Open Studios, National Association of Women Artists at Faneuil Hall and Helen Day Art Center

Bromfield Gallery

SOLO 2015 Competition

This contest awards two artists a solo exhibition each in January, 2015, at Bromfield Gallery in Boston. Open to New England artists who have not had a solo show in a commercial gallery (universities, libraries, etc. do not disqualify).

Fee: $30
All media
Juror: Judith Tolnick Champa, independent curator
Application deadline: October 15, 2014
Apply online only with up to 5 jpgs at
No submissions by email, postal, or artist websites

Art of Heart

"Orange Flavor", Mixed Media, 21" x 18".

Sanya Colson-Inam, "Imagine"

Throughout September and October, in her solo exhibit, presented at the Thomas Crane Library, Quincy, MA 02169, in September (Reception on 09/13, 2-4 pm), and in October at Artscape Studios, Concord, MA 01742 (Reception on 10/09, 6-8 pm), Sanya invites her viewers to see the invisible out of her work; to make up their own stories and let their mind imagine the end of stories her abstract mixed media or paintings are starting for them.

Sanya Colson-Inam
ARTSCAPE Studios, 2nd floor
43 Bradford Street, West Concord, MA 01742
[email protected]

Living Paint at Hampden Gallery

Living Paint Installation; 19 Feet; Acrylic, Rags, Foam, Gloves, Plants, Wire, and Mixed Media; 2014.

Sarah Meyers Brent: Living Paint
Hampden Gallery, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Incubator Project Space

September 2 - September 30, 2014
Hours: Tuesday - Friday 1 pm to 6 pm and Sunday 2 pm to 5 pm. Closed Holidays.

Sarah's works explore the viscous ooze at the creation and termination of life. Using globs of dried paint, recycled fabric, paint rags, and decaying flowers, her mixed-media pieces flow out of and accrete to the canvas and walls.

Addison Gallery at Andover Academy

� Lorna Simpson, Chess, 2013. Courtesy of the artist; Salon 94, New York; and Galerie Nathalie Obadia, Paris/Brussels.

Lorna Simpson, September 20, 2014-January 4, 2015
Opening Reception: Friday, September 19, 6-8 pm, free and open to the public

Spanning more than 30 years of Simpson's practice, this comprehensive retrospective traces the artist's concerns and themes from her earliest documentary photographs to her most recent works. Lorna Simpson has been co-organized by the Foundation for the Exhibition of Photography, Minneapolis, and the Jeu de Paume, Paris, in association with the Haus der Kunst, Munich, and makes its
American debut at the Addison.

Addison Gallery of American Art
Phillips Academy
Andover, MA 01810

Gloucester Public Art Installation Invigorates Downtown


Justin Desilva's art installation, With Every Street There's a Story, 2013-14, a series of twenty site-specific mixed media murals utilizing downtown Gloucester's pedestrian crosswalks as its canvas.

Experience Desilva's art now through October 31, 2014 and HarborWalk year-round. Both are free and open to the public.

Commissioned by the Committee for the Arts on behalf of the City of Gloucester,
for the 2013 HarborWalk Public Art Challenge,
with funding from Seaport Advisory Council.

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Actors' Shakespeare Project


What happens when a group of traveling side show performers decides to mount one of Shakespeare's first comedies for a lark? A ribald romp of mistaken identities ensues. David R. Gammons directs this oft-overlooked play by planting it directly in the seedy carnival world of ringmasters, clowns, and freaks.

siteCHUNKS at room 83 Spring
in Watertown, Massachusetts now through October 16th

                  Street Sign Pieces by Bailey Bob Bailey, 2014.

Organized chaos and planned happenstance are currently being tamed by the folks at room 83 Spring. A gallery for artists, run by artists, room is constantly opening its doors to provocative, experimental works that push societal and artistic norms, giving hall and wall space to nontraditional artists with something to say. The current exhibition to kick off the fall season is full of humor, homage and editorial wit that may be more intentional than what appears in the gallery. Of the sculptures, paintings and installations on display in siteCHUNKS, room 83 Spring said, "The improvisational immediacy is a hook that reveals a studied, intentional and deeply rooted practice common to all three artists." Bailey Bob Bailey, Liza Bingham and Kirstin Lamb ask viewers to consider what we see, as well as what we don't see, a combination that is sure to stun any audience. The vibrant street sign sculptures of Bailey Bob Bailey are full of colored wonderment, from the tops of their metaled apexes down to the punch packed in their boxing gloves. Liza Bingham's paintings push the envelope of form, altering a silhouetted shape from piece to piece. These works call to attention the theme of fore-middle-background and take place within a narrative of "claimed" space. Kirstin Lamb's staged compositions feature acrylic prop-paintings and miniature gouache paintings that retain their relevance by taking on ideas of death of painting or a kind of comedic curation-as-painting. All three artists and their works in siteCHUNKS are on view now through Thursday, October 16th. A reception will be held next Saturday, September 20th at room 83 Spring from 5-7pm. If you enjoy the surprise of discovery and the coincidence that often occurs through collaboration, this is an exhibition to put on your list.

Florence Night Out
in Florence, Massachusetts September 19th

Sound art/installation by Jake Meginsky.

Interactive Mobile Art Boxes, where artworks explode from within the box, will be all the rage at this year's Florence Night Out celebration. What are these Mobile Art Boxes, you ask? Only the quickest, most interactive way to take art to the streets. The boxes are 8'x8'x16' pop-up temporary art spaces that will house interactive, multimedia installations by more than five separate artists. Now, what is Florence Night Out, you're wondering? It's a fun, free event that celebrates community through art, dance, music, film and local business. Florence Night Out is a bi-annual event organized by Donnabelle Casis, a nationally exhibited local artist who wanted to pool all of the creative energy in Florence into one big festival. Started in 2013, FNO has attracted more than 1000 participants. This year, Casis is co-curating the event with local writer and Co-Director of The Creativity Center at Hampshire College Carla Costa, to create a dynamic lineup featuring an art opening at Upton-Massamont Coldwell Banker, free painting sessions by Wine & Canvas, Diane Nevinsmith artist reception at Cup & Top and Jim Gipe photograph exhibit, among others. The local bands and performances of the night include Free Range Cats, Russell Kaback and Kelly Silliman of the tinydance project, with many others to debut in between. And of course the night will feature the local culinary arts in the form of coffee, beer, wine and refreshments. Florence Night Out is always a night to remember, and with this year's Mobile Art Boxes occupying surprising areas all over downtown Florence, it's sure to be a great third outing. For more information and a comprehensive list of artists and the schedule, visit or call 413.320.2828.

You.Are.Beautiful at McGladrey Art Gallery


YOU. ARE. BEAUTIFUL. is a photography series by Thi Linh Wernau, which celebrates the human spirit and beauty in our wounded veterans.

Visit her site to view work, donate or RSVP to an opening reception on October 15 at McGladrey Art Gallery, 80 City Square, Boston.

Anderson Gallery


Shaun Bullens brings to the Anderson gallery an installation using the skills, ideas and values found in the tradition of fine furniture with the subtle symbolism found in the myths of Melville mixed with the insights of Kevin Breel.

Anderson Gallery
40 School Street
Bridgewater, MA 02325
M-F, 9-4pm

Chandler Gallery


Rhythms & Rituals: The Work of Women
Art by Lori Lander
With the Grain: Works by Mitch Ryerson

September 21 - October 23, 2014
Free and Open to the Public: M - F, 9 - 5 PM

The Spirit Awards Honoring Lori Lander and Mitch Ryerson
Join us for a glorious autumnal evening as we celebrate with art, music, food and drink in an Indonesian themed marketplace. Watch etchings being printed and bid in a silent auction for hand painted platters.

Sunday, September 21, 2014 7-9 pm
Tickets $25
For information and tickets:
617 349-6287x15

Chandler Gallery / Maud Morgan Arts
20 Sacramento Street
Cambridge, MA 02138

Exchange Street Open Studios


Visit 50 artists on September 20 and 21, 2014 in 3 mills located in Pawtucket, RI, just steps apart. View artwork and demos and
buy art tax-free in fabulous creative spaces.

Easy to get to just north of Providence and 500 yards from Exit 29, I-95.
Ample parking. Food trucks.

National Association of Women Artists at Faneuil Hall

What's your vision?
August 23 - October 23, 2014 art exhibition
Massachusetts Chapter
Faneuil Hall Marketplace

Helen Day Art Center

Public Studio, Road Movie, Helen Day Art Center

Helen Day Art Center presents Unrest: Art, Activism & Revolution opening September 19th at 6:00pm. This exhibition looks at artists as activists, revolutionaries, and visionaries.

Artists include: Shirin Neshat, Pedro Reyes, Murad Subay, Claire Fontaine, Public Studio, Packard Jennings, Steve Lambert & The Yes Men, Lara Baladi, Michael Rakowitz and Laurie Anderson.

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