Artscope Magazine
September 10, 2015

With this blast we're getting back to the basics, at least that's what the featured artists below are doing. When you strip away the polish and glaze from their works, what remains is a primal pulsation: Joe Caruso works at tapping the earth for both inspiration and materials, the group at Chazan Gallery hones in on the essential and fundamental makings of a visual experience and the women of Corpus VI focus on getting at the heart of what it means to be human. If this isn't art at its core, then we don't know what is. Also, if next week isn't busy enough on your agenda, then we have the exhibition for you. Next Wednesday, September 16, R. Luke DuBois: In Real Time, the first major gallery presentation by genre-defying composer, artist, and performer R. Luke DuBois, featuring maps, scores, and videos that use real-time data flows and media footage to raise questions of artistic agency, privacy, and fair use, will be on view in the Main Gallery at Wesleyan University's Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery, where artscope will be the media sponsor.

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Out of the Earth at Galatea Fine Art
in Boston, Massachusetts now through September 27

Out of the Earth by Joe Caruso, found objects, burlap, dried plant material, plaster,white paint, graphite, fish line, twine, glue, nails, 36.5" x 18" x 16.5".

The pursuit of the abstract is on at Galatea Fine Art as artist Joe Caruso unpacks the natural world in his exhibit, Out of the Earth. Featuring highly textured abstract paintings and sculptural assemblages, this exhibition draws much of its inspiration from the stark and brutal winters of Outer Cape landscapes. Caruso's palette of whites, ochres, siennas, grays and blacks corresponds to colors found in nature, as do many of the materials he uses in his works—sand, crushed seashells, wood, iron, burlap, twine, plant material, glass and canvas scraps. The paintings themselves are excavated, re-layered and re-worked and often incorporate a painting lying beneath the surface, giving each piece additional weight and texture. The lines found crisscrossing in the paintings are dug deep, usually done with a nail. Occasionally, one detects a sparkle offered by bits of broken glass, which contrasts with the roughness. In some cases, the paintings remind the artist of markings found by the seashore or on weathered walls. Of his sculptural assemblages, Caruso says, "I think of them as still lifes. For me, they represent a time when our lives were less accelerated than they are today. Like the paintings, they have a raw quality." For the artist, his creation process is about trust and surrender, exploration and discovery, possibility and perseverance and sometimes, even disaster. "I embrace a way of working that encourages surprise," Caruso says, "as disturbing as that can sometimes be." Out of the Earth is on view now through Sunday, September 27 at Galatea Fine Art. Two other exhibitions showing at the gallery include Lisa Jeanne Graf's Unexpected Wonders and Gregory Wright's The Essence of Reaction. A reception will be held tomorrow, Friday, September 11 from 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Sponsored by: Eliot School of Fine and Applied Arts, Make Big Prints, Grand Circle Gallery, The Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery at Wesleyan University's Center for the Arts, Vizivel, Springfield Museums, Cantor Art Gallery, Lisie Orjuela, Addison Gallery of American Art, Chandler Gallery / Maud Morgan Arts and The Hamilton House Fine Arts and Crafts Festival

Eliot School of Fine and Applied Arts


Make Big Prints


Open House
Saturday, Sept 19, 9-1
6 Vernon Street, Somerville

Print your photos big, up to 4'x8', on an archival Epson 9890. No reservation or RSVP necessary. Bring 1-3 jpgs at about 200-dpi print size. $25 each, up to 24"x36", on Epson Luster.

Questions? Email Gary Duehr, [email protected].

Grand Circle Gallery

Photographer James H. Barker, "Civil rights marchers walking from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama on Monday, March 23, 1965. "

Through the lens of history:
Selma & Civil Rights at Grand Circle Gallery

Thursday, September 17th through January, 2016

A 50th anniversary remembrance of the civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery, featuring the work of James H. Barker, who chronicled the march in black & white photographs. Plus a selection of renowned images that complement the story,
and a striking bronze maquette of Martin Luther King, Jr.

The Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery
at Wesleyan University's
Center for the Arts


R. Luke DuBois: In Real Time—first major gallery presentation by genre-defying composer, artist, performer R. Luke DuBois, featuring maps, scores, videos that raise questions of
artistic agency, privacy, and fair use.

Opening Wednesday, September 16, 2015 at Wesleyan University's
Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery,
283 Washington Terrace, Middletown, Connecticut.



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Springfield Museums

Charles Webster Hawthorne, A Study in White, n.d., oil on canvas, 36 x 22 inches, Reading Public Museum

American Impressionism: The Lure of the Artists' Colony
D'Amour Museum of Fine Arts, Springfield Museums
Through October 25, 2015

More than one hundred works from the Reading Public Museum, all organized according to the artists' colonies that played such a critical role in the development of Impressionism in America. Featured artists include Mary Cassatt, John Singer Sargent, William Merritt Chase and Charles Webster Hawthorne.

A Collective Body at New Bedford Art Museum
in New Bedford, Massachusetts now through November 13

Somewhere Between Blood and The Sky by Suzanne Schireson, 2015, 90" x 60", oil on linen.

A new group exhibition of work by a contemporary collective of women artists is taking place at New Bedford Art Museum/ArtWorks! this month. A Collective Body: Uncovered & Illuminated, curated by Memory Holloway, presents diverse approaches to the figure across the disciplines of painting, drawing and sculpture and offers viewers interesting and innovative new perspectives on a traditional subject. The group of women behind the works is known as Corpus VI, made up of six women who have centered their careers around a very strong figurative focus and tradition. Of their collective's concept, the women said, "To be a woman artist today is a completely different experience than it was 100 years ago. We have chosen to form a collective based not just on a common identity, but on common artistic interests—working with, interpreting, representing and reconsidering one of the most ancient, complex and challenging subjects in art: the human figure." Corpus VI members include Holly Brigham, Laurie Kaplowitz, Stacy Latt Savage, Clarity Haynes, Elena Peteva and Suzanne Schireson. With this exhibition, Corpus VI hopes their works will inspire and provoke, illuminating contemporary and eternal questions concerning all that is, essentially, human. A Collective Body: Uncovered & Illuminated, sponsored in part by Bristol County Savings Bank, is up at New Bedford Art Museum/ArtWorks! now through Friday, November 13. An opening reception is being held Friday, September 18 from 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. There will be a panel discussion on Friday, October 23 at 6 p.m. featuring several of the artists. Additionally, NBAM is hosting in conjunction with the exhibition a day-long symposium on Saturday, October 31 for high school junior and senior girls titled, Work, Women and Art on women and careers in the arts.

Henry Ferreira, Viera Levitt & Debora Zlotsky at Chazan Gallery
in Providence, Rhode Island September 18 through October 8

    In love with night by Deborah Zlotsky, 2015, oil on canvas, 36" x 36".

Three artists will be packing the punch for the upcoming exhibition at The Chazan Gallery at Wheeler later this month. And with backgrounds and fortes as different as these, there is sure to be something there for everyone's aesthetic. Henry Ferreira works in printmaking and his labor is built on a deep respect for craft. Those acquired skills absorbed through years of practice are used as methods of exploration to execute content driven pieces. His recent work begins with observation but grows from process, making it more direct and less pre-visualized. Ferreira thinks of this work as similar to playing with blocks as a child, using printmaking to build through matrix and repeat. He makes his work in the studio he built himself in a two hundred year old farmhouse in Fairhaven, Massachusetts, where he also lives with his family. Viera Levitt's photographs depict intimate, unnoticed visual experiences, unusual structures and architectural details and forms. She makes no distinction between modern architecture and a safari. Levitt thinks that a photographer can find interesting and haunting images or surprising geometric forms anywhere. Deborah Zlotsky is interested in systems and languages emerging from the accumulation of visual relationships in continual revision. The daily anxiety of multi-tasking, absorbing new contingences and having infinite access to information is acknowledged but also mitigated by the adjustments she makes. Eventually, the confusion of relationships slipping out of balance begins to create new structures and forms. These shifts and accumulations become a way for Zlotsky to respond to the necessity of change, and the beauty and complexity of living. These artists and their works in Chazan Gallery's group exhibition will be on view Friday, September 18 through Thursday, October 8. There will be an opening reception for the artists on Gallery Night Thursday, September 18, from 5 p.m. - 9 p.m. The public is invited.

Cantor Art Gallery

New Orleans Sketchbook, March 1 - 17, 2007, Lower Ninth Ward, Jeffrey Marshall

Katrina Then and Now: Artists as Witness
An exhibition in two parts: September 2 - October 10 & October 22 - December 18

Bringing together some of the foremost artists working in New Orleans today and chronicling the relationship between the disaster and art making in the city from 2005 to the present.

Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Art Gallery
College of the Holy Cross
O'Kane Hall, 1 College St., Worcester, MA
M-F 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sat 2 - 5 p.m.

Lisie Orjuela


FRIRDAY & SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 14 & 15, 2015 10 AM - 5 PM

The public is invited to attend AFA's 10th annual open studios. Over 30 artists, designers and artisans will offer their work for sale and be available to converse with attendees. There will be live music, video installations, demonstrations, sample sales, raffles, refreshments and other exciting art related event. Free!

1069 Connecticut Avenue, Building 4, Bridgeport, CT 06607

Addison Gallery of American Art

Eva Hesse, Untitled, 1968, gouache, watercolor, silver paint, and pencil on paper, Private Collection, � The Eva Hesse Estate. Courtesy Hauser & Wirth

Three new exhibitions at the Addison Gallery of American Art highlight artists' friendships and collaborations:
Converging Lines: Eva Hesse and Sol LeWitt
In Tandem: Inspirations and Collaborations
Words in Air: Jennifer Caine and Rachel Hellmann in Collaboration

Opening reception Sunday, September 20, 3:00-5:00 pm
Free and open to the public

Chandler Gallery / Maud Morgan Arts


Co-Motion: Connecting Art and Life
Judith and H. Peik Larsen

September 20 - October 23, 2015
M - F, 9 - 5 PM

The Spirit Awards Honoring Judith and H. Peik Larsen
Join us to celebrate art. Enjoy Peik and Judith's artwork in action: film projections, printmaking demonstration, sale and silent auction.

Sunday, September 20, 2015 6:30-9 pm
Tickets $35 / $45 at the door
(617) 349 - 6287x15

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

The Hamilton House
Fine Arts and Crafts Festival


The Hamilton House Fine Arts and Crafts Festival is an annual two-day event that features over 100 artisans and their wares: jewelry, woodworking, pottery, glass, toys, paintings, clothing, metalwork, and much more. Enjoy live music, a food court, and first-floor tours of Hamilton House.

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