'In Deep Water' Flatrock Gallery Press Release

Below is the press release for 'In Deep Water' which will open May 25th at the Flatrocks Gallery in Gloucester, MA. My piece "Trashy Lady No. 2 (Gloucester Edition) will be included in this wonderful show!

"Flatrocks Gallery opens their fifth season May 25th with ‘In Deep Water’ - A group show meant to inspire people to action. With grace, beauty and humor these artists use their gifts to raise consciousness about climate change, sea level rise, and ocean pollution.

Two exciting artists from ‘over the bridge’ anchor the show, both committed to art as activism.

Resa Blatman, from Somerville brings us her commitment to nature in all its power and vulnerability with work that is at once haunting and lovely. Her artistic process is filled with intention; creating layered paintings and installations using a dynamic mixture of materials. In combining paint, assemblage pieces, and intricately laser-cut mylar forms, she affects deep space and pulls the viewer into a visceral world. Blatman “seeks to remind us of the precarious nature of our habitat.” Blatman’s work is complex and beautifully rendered, reminiscent of the allegorical and precise painting of the Dutch masters, and inspired by the Baroque, Romanticism, and Victorian decorative art.

Michelle Lougee is an environmental artist, sculptor, ceramicist, illustrator and teacher from Cambridge. Her work focuses on the delicate balance between nature and human society and technology. The duality of this relationship is explored in both materials and subject matter. Her signature material, post-consumer plastic bags is laboriously transformed into yarn and then crocheted into lifelike interpretations of sea life. The results are playful vibrant sculptures. Their animated details are delightful, yet jarring because of the reference to the dangerous infestation of plastics in our oceans. Lougee states, “In my art, I strive to replicate the animated quality that all living things possess. That is what makes nature beautiful. My job as an environmental artist is to capture that beauty in my work while instilling a message into it.”

The show is supported with a few offerings each from four artists of Cape Ann. Adin Murray, an extraordinary painter from West Gloucester, shares examples of his most recent series “Horizon” . For  Murray,  “The space where the sky and water meet is powerful, profound, and humbling….and speaks to the universal truth of constant change.” These commanding hyperrealist paintings represent in the context of the show that which we revere and take for granted.  Local lawyer, musician, community organizer, multimedia artist Karen Ristuben describes herself as an environmental advocate at the core. She brings to ‘In Deep Water’ a version of her multimedia work created for the Boston Museum of Science’s show -Ocean Stories, a collaboration of artists and ocean scientists working across disciplines to communicate the state of our oceans.  Ristuben’s contribution is both visually compelling and inspirational. During  Mia Cross’ stint as the 2016 Goetemann Artist in Residence she spent her early mornings walking the beaches of Gloucester. There she found “scavenging for objects and repurposing them exciting, especially when the objects have carelessly been tossed and deemed invaluable.“ From the debris emerged a guardian angel of the waters. Cross offers her cleverly created physical manifestation to to bear witness to our throwaway society. To visit Rockport artist Nina Samoiloff’s studio, there is no doubt she is committed to cleaning up our shores. The mounds of flotsam divided up by color, product, or material  are alarming.  By arranging her collection into pleasing mosaics, she documents our excess and disrespect with a quiet grace.

With ‘In Deep Water’ Flatrocks Gallery’s aim is to stimulate discussion and inspire viewers to action, with a collection of thought provoking, inventive, beautiful artworks.  In Deep Water runs May 25- July 2. A reception for the artists will be held Sunday, May 28th 4-6pm.The gallery will host the ocean advocacy group, Tidal Shift’s workshop crafting jellyfish from used plastic. for all ages Sunday, July 25th 3-5pm."

Alchemy Artist Talk

Saturday, May 13th at the Rocky Neck Cultural Center is the artist talk for "Alchemy". Hear more about the work and the thinking behind the show from myself, Lorraine Sullivan, and Daniel Benayun. The talk will run from 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm. Refreshments and snacks will be served!

Alchemy: Three Artists Reassemble the Past opens April 29th

The opening of "Alchemy: Three Artists Reassemble the Past" is Saturday April 29th, 4-6 pm at the Rocky Neck Cultural Center in Gloucester, MA. 

Months ago, when putting together a proposal, I asked artists Lorraine Sullivan and Daniel Benayun if they would like to join me in this endeavor. Luckily they said yes. We were fortunate enough to be granted a show, and were even more fortunate to receive a grant through the Bruce J. Anderson Foundation to put it all together!

"The three artists, who work in a wide range of mediums, submitted a proposal to present the works—paintings, works-on-paper, assemblage and life-size figurative sculpture—inspired by the past and now being displayed on both levels of the Cultural Center.

Benayun, Cross, and Sullivan all consider themselves storytellers. To construct their stories, they draw from history, memories, experiences—and even their extensive personal collections of “stuff." “Alchemy” is defined as “the seemingly magical process of transformation, creation, or combination.” Each artist is an alchemist in their own right, borrowing snippets of time, taking bits and pieces to construct a new narrative. Much of the artists’ works evoke a yearning for the past, while still remaining contemporary and relevant. Looking back while also looking ahead, Benayun, Cross, and Sullivan work to reinterpret their experiences in a way that makes sense of their current lives and our constantly changing world".

Most of the work I will be showing is brand new and has never been exhibited before! I sincerely hope you'll join us for the opening of "Alchemy"!

The Rocky Neck Cultural Center is located at 6 Wonson Street, Gloucester, MA 01930.

Read the press release here. 

Trashy Lady No. 1 (Gleason Pond Edition) on view

Head on over to University Place Gallery in Cambridge to meet or catch up with Trashy Lady No. 1 (Gleason Pond Edition). She is happy to be a part of "Ideas of Home" through January 31st. To read about how she came to be, click on the Sculpture tab above and find her image. University Place Gallery is located at 124 Mount Auburn Street, Cambridge, MA. 

"In Place" a two woman show at Fountain Street Gallery in Framingham

Below is the press release for "In Place"! The show features the work of Cory Munro Shea and myself. The opening has passed, but you can still check out the exhibit until December 18th. I have four new sculptures and 9 paintings on display. I strongly encourage you to check out this show!

Fountain Street Gallery is located at 59 Fountain Street in Framingham, MA. The gallery is open Thursday through Sunday from 11-5pm or by appointment.

 

Goetemann Residency Opening Talk

This month I am living in the artist colony of Rocky Neck in a live-work space as the Goetemann Artist in Residence in Gloucester, MA! It is wonderful here and I think it's safe to say it's the most beautiful place on earth. On Wednesday October 5th at 7:00pm, I will be giving an opening talk that is open to the public. If you are interested in attending, it will be held at The Rocky Neck Cultural Center, 6 Wonson Street, Gloucester. I will discuss my process and plans!
 

13Forest Gallery

I am pleased to announce that I will now be showing at 13Forest Gallery in Arlington! I currently have three paintings featured in Tenfold a show celebrating ten years at 13Forest. Stop by and see this wonderful show!

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Sun Ship Benefit Auction for Arts Letters & Numbers

One of my paintings, The Stranger, is currently on display at the Wilmer Jennings Gallery in New York City for a benefit auction for Arts Letters & Numbers! The show, Sun Ship, will be up from June 17th until June 28th with a live bidding on June 20th. You can also bid online on a huge variety of beautiful work to support this wonderful residency and program that I had the pleasure of taking part in last year.

*Update: The piece sold!

Framework

Framework, a show at the Arsenal Center for the Arts in Watertown will be showing three of my paintings; Swan, Headlight Dear, and Fish Boy. Framework is an "exhibition of young, emerging artists from the Greater Boston area... designed to display and encourage the dialogue of young artists while presenting a diversified look at emerging artistic talent in the region". The opening is Thursday, June 23rd from 6:00 to 8:00 pm!

*Update: I was surprised and honored to receive a Juror's Award!

Goetemann Residency

I couldn't be more thrilled to announce that I was selected to be an artist in residence for the Goetemann Residency in Rocky Neck, Gloucester for the month of October. I am very honored and excited to become part of this special community and to share my art!

Click here to visit their website and to read about the other selected artists!

Time To Go

I got a quick mention in the Boston Globe for The Uncanny Home of Our Imagination. Check out the full article here

 

The Uncanny Home of Our Imagination


Saturday March 19th, from 6-9 pm is the opening reception of the Uncanny Home of Our Imagination at the Nave Gallery Annex in Somerville! Come by to see my sculpture 'Time to Go'. The show will run until April 19th. 

The Uncanny Home of Our Imagination is a group show of experimental work by nine emerging artists curated by Lisa Crossman and Julia Csekö. The show offers the uncanny and “uncanny valley” as points of reference through which to respond to representations of domestic objects caught in varying states of divergence.

Visit the website for more information:

uncannyhome.com