My new series got a mention in the Improper Bostonian a couple of weeks ago! Just back from traveling, so posting it now.
The Ticket: What’s happening this week in the arts world
The Boston Globe JULY 14, 2017
INHABITING WORDS When artists use language, they heighten it with material substance. In this group show, artists spin poems, quote mythology, implement alchemical recipes, and write letters to uncork the possibilities of text beyond the page. Through Aug. 11. Concord Center for the Visual Arts, 37 Lexington Road, Concord. 978-369-2578, www.concordart.org
BREATHE. PAUSE. BREATHE. Part Rube Goldberg, part Victor Frankenstein, artist Clive Moloney built a kinetic installation of inflatable latex sculptures. Animated by a bellows, they breathe, sag, swell, take organic shapes, and move along conveyor belts. Through July 30. Contemporary Arts International, 68 Quarry Road, Acton. 617-699-6401, www.contemporaryartsinternational.org
THOMAS LYON MILLS: THE CATACOMBS Mills begins his paintings at ancient sites: Byzantine caves, Italian catacombs. He returns to his studio and, over years, integrates dream imagery into the paintings, joining his own unconscious with the subterranean consciousness of world history. Through Aug. 18. Rafius Fane Gallery, 460 Harrison Ave. 508-843-2184, www.rafiusfanegallery.com
I've been working out some ideas for a new series on extinction/endangerment. The first completed piece will be part of the summer show at Abigail Ogilvy Gallery. I'll be sharing the walls with some incredible artwork by Ola Aksan, Adria Arch, Kate Holcomb Hale, Michael Gordon, Kristina McComb, Marie Najera and Julia S. Powell.
The title of my new piece references George, the last male passenger pigeon, who died in captivity at the Cincinnati Zoo in 1910.
Finally got the new show I'm co-curating installed this week. It's a big show, ten artists in four galleries at Concord Art. Amazingly everything came together despite a super tight installation window. Wonderful opening reception last night, lots of great comments, people milling around, jazz in the garden, happy artists. Very satisfying.
My husband and I stopped by the Mass Art Auction opening reception last night. It was amazing to see the walls covered from top to bottom with so much terrific artwork. And there's an impressive array of wonderful art in the Live Auction - big beautiful pieces by Shepard Fairey, Lorna Simpson, Kara Walker, Rachel Perry, Mark Dion, Bill Thompson (to name a few) as well as two local friends, Jane Maxwell and Barbara Bosworth. Barbara teaches at Mass Art and was in the bird show I curated last year at Concord Art. And I met Jane many years ago when I was still writing books about collage and mixed media for Rockport Publishers. She shows with the wonderful Susan Lanoue.
We walked around the show with Abigail Ogilvy, who then had to rush off to a meeting at the MFA. We decided to grab dinner in Central Square and I even managed to squeeze in a quick art supply run just before the store closed while Jim searched for parking. I lugged my giant bucket of gesso to Central Kitchen, where we had dinner at the bar. A perfect evening!
True North on the walls at MassArt's Bakalar & Paine Galleries
True North was accepted into the upcoming Mass Art auction! It's a great event in Boston and provides financial support for scholarships and academic programs. A lot of wonderful artists have come out of Mass Art, including lots of friends, so I'm really happy to be part of this event.
The Salon Show at Abigail Ogilvy Gallery is up till the end of January. Jim and I are planning to go to tomorrow's First Friday to see what's new at the different galleries. We'll be sure to stop in at AOG as well.
My new piece is called Beyond the Sea.
Into the Green is hanging at Concord Art as part of the 17th Frances N. Roddy exhibition, which is up until October 20.
I also just found out that I got a piece accepted into the second annual Fay Chandler Emerging Artist Exhibition at the Scollay Gallery at Boston City Hall from September 28 to October 28. I'll be dropping off Harlem Birds today and hoping that the parking gods smile on me.
Lastly, Abigail was interviewed for a piece in the Sept/Oct issue of Art New England about the new gallery scene in SoWa. I was thrilled to see my work included!
I was contacted a couple of months ago by Meural, a startup company in NYC that has created a decorative frame for displaying artwork digitally in your home. The unit looks like a nicely framed artwork (instead of like a piece of technology) and can be used to show a single image or a rotation of many. The company invited me to contribute to their artist blog, the Meural Sketchbook, so I wrote about the color wasabi.
The Pantone mugs I mention in my piece were a gift from a friend, Laura McFadden, who is a wonderful designer, author and artist. Check out her newest book, Knitless!
I'll be part of a group show at the Abigail Ogilvy Gallery in Boston this summer.
My piece, The Language of Lines, was accepted to the juried auction at this year's Summer Party at the MFA in Boston. I dropped it off at the museum yesterday. Kind of fun to be able to drive right into the loading dock with all the trucks. One of the guys at the loading dock saw my piece and said, "Wow, you've made pigeons beautiful. Usually they're the rats of the sky."
Just finalizing the details for the show I am curating at Concord Art. I found some wonderful artists doing work around the theme of birds. It's really coming together.
Well, after a crazy week that included my daughter's emergency appendix surgery Monday night - while my husband was out of town on business - my show is up on the walls of the gallery and ready for the opening night! Once Mira was home and Jim was back, I headed into Boston. Abigail and I scrambled to get the main walls painted gray, composed the show on Wednesday, and the installer took care of the rest. I stopped by the gallery last night and couldn't be happier with the result.
And after all this, there's SNOW! Boston and Concord schools are closed but I'm hoping the storm won't keep too many people away from the opening. I'll be no matter what.
Here's a sneak peak. The snow is up all month.
It was a beautiful salon show at the gallery in Boston. My piece, Sway, was hanging next to my friend Bryony Bensley's portrait of my daughter, Mira, as the Green Man's Daughter. Bryony is a wonderful artist; we met a few years ago when we were both at the Albright Gallery in Concord, MA.
What a whirlwind night! Jennifer Johnston threw quite a bash and the gallery was packed with people. Lots of friends stopped by. It was great to speak with the other artists and we met a ton of new people as well. Thanks to everyone who stopped by and to the wonderful staff at the gallery! It has taken me a while to post because Jim and I were so busy talking and mingling that neither one of us took a photo. Got this one today from my friend Hedi.
While I was working outside at my mom's house yesterday, this lovely green heron stopped by. He stayed around a long time, letting me get quite close while photographing. Others came by too: a rowdy group of blackbirds and some wild parrots that flew overhead on their way to other parts. Since my mom had to take down the big grapefruit tree in the back, they haven't been around as much. Sometimes you'll see lots of different kinds of birds on the electrical wires down the street: blackbirds, pigeons, parrots, seagulls, all hanging around together.