artscope magazine
November 6, 2014

Skeletons litter the exhibitions below in the form of tree bones, machine frames and architectural shells. These featured artists create works that delve into the pasts and innards of their subject matter, bringing to the surface a story through art worth sharing. Also, we wanted to put two events on your weekend radar: If you'll be in Connecticut, plan on dropping by the Center for Contemporary Printmaking for their Monothon 2014, sponsored by artscope. If your weekend plans take you to Rhode Island, consider stopping by the 19th annual Fine Furnishings Show at Pawtucket Armory Arts Center, also sponsored by artscope. Both events will be filled with great art and good times!

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- Lacey Daley

Trees Grow and Fall at 555 Gallery
in Boston, Massachusetts November 15th through December 6th

Featured work in Trees Grow and Fall.

The tonic air of autumn is in full throttle as the trees around us succumb to their cyclic nature and shed their leaves. It is now, when they stand naked before us, baring their timbered skeletons, that we are truly privy to their grand structure and strength. And it is now when we see portions of their guts cut away to make room for power lines, their limbs fenced out to make room for us, and we have to stop and wonder: can trees and humans coexist? This question is tackled in the upcoming exhibition at 555 Gallery, Trees Grow and Fall. The work of Iranian American visual artist Nasser K is featured in this documentary multimedia project that shows how urbanization has marginalized trees, and questions the social impact of deforestation. We depend on trees for much of what we can call our necessities: clean air, aesthetic beauty, paper, pencils, furniture—the list goes on. But the question is: are we taking this natural resource for granted? Nasser K's interest in this topic began after looking closely at a group of photographs he'd taken in Brooklyn. These photos depicted trees being pushed back or mutilated by newly built structures, while others had been replaced entirely by electric poles made out of their own corpses. How is it possible that in the forest, trees rise majestically as the world's sentinels of life, symbols of goodness and clean air, but in the city packed with people, cars, buildings, and buses, trees become hindrances to progress, nuisances to be eliminated? As a society we have created a double standard and Nasser K's exhibition raises many important social questions about nature, society, deforestation, and the future. Trees Grow and Fall will be on view Thursday, November 13th through Saturday, December 6th at 555 Gallery. An opening reception will be held at the gallery Saturday, November 15th from 5-8pm.

Sponsored by: Springfield Museums, UMass Amherst Hampden Gallery, New Britain Museum of American Art, artscope Newsstand App, Fine Furnishings Show, 4th Floor Artists and North Bennet Street School

Springfield Museums


Let it Snow: Winter Scenes in Snow Globes and Japanese Prints (October 28, 2014 - January 4, 2015) gives visitors a rare opportunity to view Japanese woodblock prints from the D'Amour Museum's world-renowned collection, together with a selection of antique and whimsical snow globes from the past century.

D'Amour Museum of Fine Arts
Springfield Museums
21 Edwards St., Springfield MA

UMass Amherst Hampden Gallery


Located at 131 Southwest Circle, University Drive, Amherst, MA 0103
University of Massachusetts Amherst
Exhibition Dates: November 9 through December 2, 2014
Reception: Sunday, November 9 from 2 pm to 4 pm
Gallery Hours: Tuesday through Friday 1 PM to 6 PM and Sunday 2 PM to 5 PM

Hampden Main Gallery (South)

The Meek Shall Inherit focuses on the effects of human self-extension on the lives of animals in the modern built environment. A wide range of media are employed to bring the viewer into the animals' frame of reference and pose questions as to where we are all headed.

ANIMALIA: The Endangered
Dawn Howkinson Siebel


Elizabeth Keithline: Only The Strong Survive

New Britain Museum of American Art


Call for Entries! Nor'Easter: The 45th Annual Juried Members Exhibition, national artists 18+ working in any visual medium with current NBMAA Membership. First prize $1000. Submissions taken through and are due 11/14/14. $10 per entry. Juried by New York-based Sharon Butler, artist and author of Two Coats of Paint.


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Moving Right Along at The Art Complex Museum
in Duxbury, Massachusetts November 16th through February 15th

                         Horse Play by David A. Lang, kinetic sculpture, 2007.

Visual harmonies of the unexpected unite in the upcoming exhibition at The Art Complex Museum. In Moving Right Along, sculptor David A. Lang creates a balancing point between machine and observer where his incorporation of miniature motors, handmade gears, levels and pulleys falls to the background as the movement of the sculpture captures the attention of viewers. Lang is an art teacher and flight instructor, watercolorist and builder of high-performance sports cars who's been retooling himself as his own work-in-progress, and he understands better than most people the way seemingly unrelated things connect. "The work seems to give the impression that the rules are often in flux," he explains, "but if you observe for long enough and allow yourself to become drawn in, everything comes into alignment." A visit to his studio is a visit into the mind of the artist where finished and partially finished contraptions and ideas lay among bedpans, scissors, wooden crutches and a soon to be restored British roadster. Lang's workspace has been described as an eclectic version of Gepetto's workshop, but instead of building a puppet that thinks he's a real boy, Lang is fashioning machines that act like philosophers. "I build interactive kinetic sculpture that is narrative in nature," Lang says of his work. "It is both whimsical and serious, graceful and awkward, understated and, at the same time, conspicuously complex." His work is gas welded from steel wire and rods and fabricated into something often resembling vehicles. The process requires a great deal of patience, both to figure out how to make it kinetic and how to reduce the physical object to as refined and minimal a presence as possible. Though the motion and movements are subtle, they are the focus, pushing the structure of the machine to the background as a skeleton to work from. David A. Lang's process and creations will be on view in Moving Right Along at The Art Complex Museum from Sunday, November 16th through Sunday, February 15th. An opening reception is planned for November 16th from 1:30-3:30pm.

The Age of Consequences at Helen Day Art Center
in Stowe, Vermont now through November 23rd

Featured photograph from Matthew Christopher's Abandoned America series.

The ghosts and skeletons of America's architectural past have stories still worth telling, according to the artist currently exhibiting at Helen Day Art Center. The Age of Consequences is a solo show that features the photography of Matthew Christopher, a leading expert on urban blight who photographs abandoned and often dilapidated spaces in America. His work not only serves as gorgeous visceral testimonials and historic markers, but it also questions the path of this country by reminding the viewers of these decayed and rusted industries, churches and mental health facilities—America's endangered architectural history that needs our efforts towards preservation. Christopher initially became interested in documenting and researching the state hospital system, but has since expanded his vision to include "the ruins of American infrastructure, industry, churches, schools, theaters, hospitals, prisons, resorts and hotels." His photographs are technically sound and visually stunning. Viewers see them as windows, portals into a time period long forgotten yet begging to be remembered. Of these abandoned spaces and their tumbledowns, Christopher says, "This is my collection of the things I found in the aftermath, evidence of who we once were and what would become of us. Our era would become known as the 'The Age of Consequences,' and while we knew deep in our hearts that things were falling apart, there was a time in the beginning where we could still look the other way." Matthew Christopher is a fine arts photographer with an MFA in Imaging Arts and Sciences from Rochester Institute of Technology. His work has been exhibited across the East Coast and published in Photographer's Forum, the International Journal of Arts and Humanities and the United Nations Chronicle. Most recently, Christopher has been featured on NBC Nightly News as the subject of Jane Derenowski's "Reporter's Notebook" segment. The Age of Consequences is on view now through Sunday, November 23rd in the East Gallery at Helen Day Art Center. With under a month to go, you ought to make the trip and see why Matthew Christopher's work is gaining international attention.

Fine Furnishings Show


Annual show offering American made, handcrafted furniture, accessories & art in a wide range of styles, materials & prices. New & returning artists & craftsmen, new product debuts, student work, door prizes, Best in Show awards & more. Friday night is "Date Night" & first dibs on what is for sale at the show.
Adults $10 at the door, free parking.

4th Floor Artists


4th Floor Artists 23rd annual Open Studios
Nov. 22 & 23, noon - 5 pm - 75+ artists
Located in 2 neighboring buildings
ET Wright, 379 Liberty St.
Sandpaper Factory, 83 East Water St.
both in Rockland, MA

North Bennet Street School



Friday, November 14, 2014 / 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Saturday, November 15, 2014 / 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
150 North Street, Boston MA 02109

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