On Thursday, October 18, I had the distinct pleasure of accompanying the extremely talented Rachel Meuler to the Wallace L. Anderson Gallery at Bridgewater State University for her artist talk at the opening reception of the four person show “Animal Magnetism”.
The show’s theme addresses artists who use animals, or animal components, as a major tool for creative expression. The unique and well crafted menagerie on display allows viewers to have an adventurous and playful dialogue through worlds of wonder and mystery.
Below are some images of the work I viewed at the show:
Clay,Glaze, Gold Leaf
20 x 27 x 12″
Crouching Crow Ba
Clay, Glaze, Encaustic
9 x 9 x 10″
South Island Kokako
6 Color Lithograph
52 x 20″
Any Minute Now – the Black
96 x 96″
Gouache on Silk
144 x 45″
The Wallace L. Anderson Gallery was a beautiful space for the finely selected work showcased. The main doors of the University’s Art Department lead up a short staircase to the almost twelve foot wide entrance to the gallery. Upon entering I felt very welcomed and drawn to the work immediately. As you’ve seen from the images above the show was extremely well curated by Professor Leigh Craven, and installed to create a beautiful linear composition for viewing experience by Director of Collections and Exhibitions Jay Block. If this show is any indicator, the University will certainly meet its ambition to position itself as a cultural center between Boston and Providence.
Information about the show:
October 9 – November 8, 2012
Wallace L. Anderson Gallery
Hours: Monday – Friday 8am – 4pm (except holidays)
508 531 1359
The Rubber Jerusalem Experiment presents The Last Laugh
Saturday, Oct. 13th 6pm – 11pm
35 Meadow st. 3rd floor
Brooklyn, NY 11206
Come by and check out the incredible work of over 20 artists, including work from a number of our very own Be Nice Art Friends!
Let’s celebrate and laugh at the end of the world this Saturday!
THE LAST LAUGH
Morgan Jesse Lappin : The Rubber Jerusalem Experiment
SUMMER SHOW at Denise Bibro Fine Art presents an array of interesting voices, but two of the strongest stood out to me as coming from Dusty Boynton and Christopher Reiger. Both have harnessed something whimsical and powerful from their earliest experiences of the world, and we are the lucky who get to glimpse into that private space.
Dusty Boynton nods to the moment of realizing the hand you are holding belongs to a stranger with hybrid characters that frolic and linger, flail and posture, tempering the fancy of childhood with the acumen assumed with time.
Dusty Boynton, Small Crowd, 2011/2012. Structured relief, 32 x 33 inches
Dusty Boynton, Rosemary’s Watch, 2011/2012. Structured relief, 50 x 19 inches
Dusty Boynton, Accumulated Loneliness, 2011. Oil and graphite on linen, 66 x 72 inches
Christopher Reiger reactivates that ingenious childhood ability to imagine reality as it unfolds before us with symbol-rich imagery, that is at once grounded in science and history while tethered to mythology and mysticism.
Christopher Reiger, Living, Moving, In The Space Between, 2009. Gouache, watercolor and marker on Arches paper, 15 x 14 7/8 inches
Christopher Reiger, Cost Benefit Analysis, 2008. Pen and sumi ink, gouache, watercolor and marker on Arches paper, 12 x 12 inches
Christopher Reiger, Everywhere Looks The Same #1, 2008. Watercolor, gouache, pen and sumi ink on Arches paper, 12 3/4 x 10 inches
Christopher Reiger – charitable sales model
Dusty Boynton at Denise Bibro Fine Arts
DENISE BIBRO FINE ARTS
SUMMER SHOW – July 10 through August 25, 2012 – at Denise Bibro Fine Art, 529 West 20th Street 4W, NYC 10011
I recently had the opportunity to experience Matt Woodward’s massive, beautiful, harsh, and fragile drawings at the Chicago Cultural Center. The exhibition felt somber and powerful, like entering a gothic chapel or a convention for the deaf as the dust is settling from an unspeakable catastrophe. I had the sense of something larger in action, with the whisper of full accessibility only for the true believer or those of affirmed legitimacy. Yet, as one nears these works made with graphite, wood glue, putty, rain water, scorching sun, rasping wind, dust and detritus, the tangible experience commences. They are screamingly calm, violently still, requisitioning anyone who can access these emotional complexities to enter and engage.
Matt Woodward, Sullivan Imitation Installation View 1, 2012
Matt Woodward, Sullivan Imitation Panel III, 2012
Matt Woodward, Milwaukee Avenue Series, Panel 1 of 3, 2011
Matt Woodward, Western Avenue, 2011