Artist Resident Past

James Leonard PDF Print E-mail

james leonard seeking divinersFebruary 2 - May 15, 2015

For more on James Leonard and his residency project at the BCA Feb-May 2015, Observing Nature in a Changing Climate visit the following links:

Call to Action - Observing Nature in a Changing Climate
Stories Collected So Far

James Leonard's Facebook page
James Leonard's website

James Leonard grapples with themes of memory, time and impermanence through the lenses of mortality and climate change.  At the BCA, he will continue an ongoing project that involves consulting psychics, diviners and spiritualists about death, its impact and the world we leave behind, and invites the public to join in and raise their own specific climate-change related concerns.

James Leonard is a Brooklyn-based artist who works across a range of media, including performance, installation, video, drawing and painting. He received a BFA in 1996 from Syracuse University with concentrations in painting, video, and philosophy. In 2004, he received an MFA with a concentration in complex systems theory from the University of Michigan. Over the past ten years, Leonard has exhibited work in numerous art spaces and established festivals, including Fuse Works, Photoville and the Front Room Gallery. In his work, he explores themes of climate, impermanence, the physic and memory.

At the BCA, Leonard plans to continue progress towards on his ongoing process-based performance 99 Ways to Die, in which he consults psychics and other diviners about his death, its impact and the world he will leave behind. He will further develop the project in collaboration with local sources, and will invite the BCA community to participate in his research and to raise their own questions about impermanence and climate change.


Artist's statement:

"I am very pleased to announce this coming spring, I will serve as the 2015 Boston Center for the Arts Artist Resident. While there, I will continue developing a new body of performances and socially-engaged art events, including my forthcoming 99 Ways to Die--a process based performance in which I collaborate with numerous psychics and seers.

Building on last year's performance A Kiss For Luck, which explored themes of loss and material memory, I turn my attention to the intersections between foresight and impermanence.

Adopting a series of familiar structures including fortune-telling readings, group therapy sessions, and scholarly summits, I will work with psychics, academics and members of the public to explore the art of projective storytelling--how we talk to one another about the future--as we grapple with the coming impacts of climate change."


Image: James Leonard, SeekingDiviners3475642660, street campaign, 2014-ongoing

Pat Falco PDF Print E-mail

pat falco a celebration of diversitySeptember 8 - December 19, 2014

Artist website

Pat Falco's Boston Contemporary Art Museum for Contemporary Art, Artists, and their Contemporaries participating in Boston's First Night to ring in 2015

Follow Pat Falco's UNTITLED NOVEMBER, a series of daily interventions in the BCA's South End neighborhood and beyond, November 1-30, 2014.

Pat Falco, who founded Lincoln Art Projects in Waltham and runs the Distillery Gallery in South Boston, creates deadpan, hilarious yet pointed text-based signs and objects that he deploys in the public realm to provoke conversation about challenging contemporary issues. During his residency at the BCA, he continues his exploration of the intersection of art and activism with significant participation from the BCA community.

Boston native Pat Falco is a graduate of Massachusetts College of Art & Design. In 2011, he founded Lincoln Arts Project, an alternative gallery/project space in Waltham, MA, and he has run the Distillery Gallery in South Boston since 2012. His art practice revolves around everyday life, using text and found objects to highlight the absurd and interacting with his surroundings using a humorous approach.

For the past two years, Falco has primarily focused on installing text-based signs and objects around the city. Their purpose ranges from acting as a catalyst for conversation about city-related issues to bringing attention to under-recognized topics.

Sign UP! Take to the Streets
November 1 | 1-4pm
Mills Gallery at the BCA
Be the change at the BCA! Join our Artist Resident Pat Falco and bring your voice into the public sphere. Create personalized picket signs during our November workshop. All ideas, whether political, humorous, absurd or personal, are fair game! We want to hear what you have to say, together let's take those signs to the streets of Boston!

Image: Pat Falco, Untitled, 2014, acrylic on wood

Cathy McLaurin PDF Print E-mail

February 3 - May 16, 2014
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Artist Talk
February 27 | 7 pm
Mills Gallery

A Community Conversation
March 22 | 1 pm
Mills Gallery

Come tell us about yourself! Artist Cathy McLaurin and the Boston Center for the Arts host an afternoon of story sharing. Bring a personal object that you feel communicates your history and experience. Both your object and story can become a part of a special exhibit in the Mills. Enjoy refreshments and tell us about your object and story.

cathy mclaurin how many artistsEXHIBITION

How many artists does it take to change (a lightbulb)?
May 3 - June 26
Gertrude's Salon/Mills Gallery

Cathy McLaurin brings together a fascinating collection of objects and stories from BCA artists and staff, as well as from our South End neighbors in an exhibition that represents the culmination of her recent 15-week residency at the BCA. Based on research and interviews, McLaurin reveals lesser known histories of a familiar place by way of a community display of personal art and other items, accompanied by labels co-written by the items’ owners.

While in residency at the Boston Center for the Arts from February 3 through May 16, artist Cathy McLaurin will create a tour of Boston’s historic South End neighborhood, drawing on methodology including “on the ground” interactions with community members and historical research.  Her practice involves media ranging from performance, video and drawing to dialogue and writing, used to develop an in-depth narrative of place, reflecting issues and experiences such as repressed history, tradition, trauma and larger political and economic forces.

Image: Cathy McLaurin, Untitled still from video, No place like home, HD video 30:00, 2012-13.
Photo: Civry Melvin, 2014

Azadeh Tajpour PDF Print E-mail

azadeah tajpour 2September 9 - December 20, 2013
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Artist Talk
September 26 | 7pm
Mills Gallery

Shifting Borders: Artist Round-Table Discussion
Monday, November 25 | 7pm
Mills Gallery

Join us for a round-table conversation with BCA Artist Resident Azadeh Tajpour and artists Shirin Mazaffari and Parastoo Ahovan.

Three Iranian-born artists discuss issues raised by their artwork, including the shifting border between "us" and "other" for artists exploring personal history in the context of international events.

Presented in conjunction with Tajpour's current project at the BCA, utilizing images of late 19th century Iranian women found in Harvard's digital archive "Women's Worlds in Qajar Iran," these artists will talk about strategies and challenges involved with the use of archival material in art-making, examine changing views of ethnography and gender, and question authenticity and ambiguity in representation.

Audience participation in the conversation is invited and encouraged.

Tajpour’s current project, Shifting Context, grows out of her involvement in “Women’s Worlds in Qajar Iran,” a Harvard University digital archive project. Tajpour’s research led her to uncover late 19th and early 20th century photographs and texts describing Iranian women of this era. The representations of these women in the archives raised questions for Tajpour about the nature of meaning as gleaned from historical records and archives, and about how to build a sense of engagement and context from such sources. These questions will inform her multi-media project at the BCA.

Tajpour’s past work includes a study of the 2009-2010 upheavals in Tehran as captured by protestors (often with phone cameras) running in the midst of conflict or from a place of hiding. This work has taken the form of paintings that freeze moments of turmoil, as well as video and installation works that examine the layers of mediation that inform political and personal consciousness.

Born in 1979 in Tehran, Azadeh Tajpour received a BS in Physics from Sharif University. She moved to Los Angeles in 2004 where she received an MA in Art History from California State University, Los Angeles and an MFA from Claremont Graduate University. She has lived and worked in Somerville, MA since 2010. She has received awards from the Somerville Art Council, the Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation, the Armory Center for the Arts and CE & Bertha Harsh.

Tajpour has participated in an Art Omi residency and exhibited at CSU Long Beach, Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena, CA, McNish Gallery and Jaus Gallery, Los Angeles, Claremont Graduate University East Gallery, Peggy Phelps Gallery and LAAA Gallery 825, among others. She will participate at the 31st International Symposium of Contemporary Art of Baie-Saint- Paul, Québec, Canada in August 2013. Her recent video installation will be exhibited in the Open West in the United Kingdom in 2013.

Image credit: Azadeh Tajpour, Untitled, Digital print on Vellum, 8.5 x 11 in., 2013

Edie Bresler PDF Print E-mail

edie breslerExchange Economy
March 4 – June 14, 2013
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Artist blog

This Spring, the BCA will welcome local Somerville artist Edie Bresler, whose practice is based on collaborative, social practices. At the BCA, Bresler seeks to create an alternative financial model for our economy, one that is built on systems of trust and trade-exchange. Throughout Bresler’s residency, she will set up informal, participatory “street studios” in the BCA’s neighborhood where she will engage with passersby to create interactive visual and written portraits. For their participation, “currency” will be exchanged, which can be traded for a portrait at an informal BCA community day. Dates for Bresler’s community days will be posted in the Spring.

IMAGE CREDIT: Edie Bresler, Exchange Economy Edie Bresler, Exchange Economy Harry Patel and family, Jay's Food, Beer and Wine, 2012, Lowell, MA.

Artist Talk with Edie Bresler
Wednesday, March 20 | 7-8 pm | Mills Gallery at the BCA
Current Artist Resident Edie Bresler discusses her current project Exchange Economy.

Exchange Economy Community Photo Day with current Artist Resident Edie Bresler
Saturday, April 6 | 2-5 pm | Artist Studio Building Lobby at the BCA
Free and open to the public
During her 15-week residency, Bresler will be developing her interactive project Exchange Economy. Using photography, she will examine ideas of value by creating an alternative economic model built on systems of recycling, trust and trade-exchange.

Exchange Economy Community Photo Day with current Artist Resident Edie Bresler
Wednesday, May 15 | 6:30-9:30 pm | Artist Studio Building Lobby at the BCA
Free and open to the public
During her 15-week residency, Bresler will be developing her interactive project Exchange Economy. Using photography, she will examine ideas of value by creating an alternative economic model built on systems of recycling, trust and trade-exchange.

Exchange Economy Community Photo Day with current Artist Resident Edie Bresler
Saturday, June 15 | 2-5 pm | Artist Studio Building Lobby at the BCA
Free and open to the public
During her 15-week residency, Bresler will be developing her interactive project Exchange Economy. Using photography, she will examine ideas of value by creating an alternative economic model built on systems of recycling, trust and trade-exchange.

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