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Placemaking Objects

Placemaking Objects:
Artist Studios Building Summer 2016

Mills Gallery at Boston Center for the Arts

July 28–September 25, 2016
Opening Reception Thursday, July 28, 6–8pm
Curated by Jennifer Hall

Boston Center for the Arts (BCA) presents Placemaking Objects: Artist Studios Building Summer 2016. It presents 16 small-scale works, by 16 artists with studios on the BCA campus; artists who work in proximity to each other, yet whose art evidences a divergent range of experiences and outlooks. As exhibition curator Jennifer Hall writes:

The objects in this exhibit hold on to the places from which they came—rubbage from a city street, a mishap from the artist’s studio, a pile of dirt reformed. Some are a site of visual abstraction. Others, the space of a narrative. Certain objects describe a psychological location. Perhaps an emotional situation—trauma, pleasure, or a laughable moment. Each object creates its own enclosure. Each is an isolated shelter of significance.

When objects are brought together for exhibition, their divergent places of origin align in a spatial collage, persistent in their sovereignty, yet capable of expansion. Each object, with its own history of place, now hangs next to another. We expect them to be good neighbors within this new residence. And yet, a rupture is evident between the individual place of each object and the exterior relationships with the other objects. Placement exposes both the potential and the pressure of cohabitation. The objects’ interiority and exteriority simultaneously bind them to and repel them from each other.

Each object has the ability to show to us its autonomy, negotiate its mutual connectivity, and to build a new place of being among its community.

Exhibiting artists: Leika Akiyama, Aileen O. Erickson, Kate Gilbert, Ruth Ginsberg-Place, Gisela Griffith, Alex Khomski, Georgina Lewis, Silvia López Chavez, Rebecca Greene, Marilyn Mase, Selina Narovlansky, Robert Rovenolt, Miriam Shenitzer, Konstantin Simun, Beverly Sky and David Addison Small.

Curator Jennifer Hall is an artist philosopher who makes work about embodied, distributed, situated, and enactive cognition. She is currently a Professor of Art Education at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design, and is Coordinator of the department’s graduate programs.

Related Public Programs
All programs are free and open to the public

block-openOpening Reception
Thursday, July 28 | 6–8pm

 

 

block-wkshpPlacemaking: Being with Objects
Curatorial talk with Curator, Jennifer Hall
Thursday, September 15 | 3:30pm

 
 

block-talkA Little Big Workshop
Hands on workshop with exhibiting artist Georgina Lewis
Wednesday, September 21 | 6:30pm

View the entire press release here.

View the catalog for Placemaking Objects here.

 
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Queer Threads | Crafting Identity and Community | April 29 through July 10, 2016
Image: Nathan Vincent, Locker Room (detail), 2011, Bellevue Arts Museum (photo: Stephen Miller)

Mills Gallery at Boston Center for the Arts
Opening Reception Friday, April 29, 6–8pm
Curated by John Chaich

Boston Center for the Arts (BCA) presents Queer Threads: Crafting Identity and Community, featuring 26 artists from four continents who remix fiber and textile craft traditions and materials to explore contemporary lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer identities and ideas. Loaded with gender connotations, feminist herstories and tactile experiences, the featured works utilize handicraft—including crochet, embroidery, knitting, macramé, quilting and sewing—as a platform for examining tastes, roles and relationships socialized within and around gay and lesbian culture, as well as the bodies, cultures and spaces that shape us.

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BRINK v2: Space and Intimacy PDF Print E-mail

BRINK v2: Space and Intimacy
Image: Coe Lapossy, detail from Meg/Sydney/Alec (2015)

Mills Gallery at Boston Center for the Arts

Curated by John Pyper

Boston Center for the Arts (BCA) presents BRINK v2: Space and Intimacy, the second exhibition in the BRINK series, dedicated to introducing trends found in the work of innovative emerging artists based in the Northeast.

BRINK v2 is focused on sculptors… or then again, not. It presents a convocation of six artists who are developing their practices in a media-rich and medium-agnostic art world. In the current art climate, the concepts “sculptor” and “emerging” have come to indicate market positions rather than states of being. Though the works being shown are sculptures, these artists are indifferent to traditional sculptural materials and designations. BRINK v2 casts its curatorial eye on how else contemporary physicality in art is coming into being, and what kind of being that might be.

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Image: Brian Cirmo, Angle, 2013

Mills Gallery at Boston Center for the Arts

Curated by Susan Metrican

Boston Center for the Arts (BCA) presents Feelers, the 24th installment of the BCA Drawing Show, this year featuring work by 56 artists. In Feelers, curator Susan Metrican considers the possibilities of existing in a two-dimensional reality through drawing’s inherent encounter with flatness.

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Image: Ryan Arthurs, (Untitled 91) George River, Labrador, Canada 2012, Digital print (detail)

Mills Gallery at Boston Center for the Arts

Curated by Steve Locke

Arcadia brings together a diverse group of artists and artistic practices that focus on the idea of the landscape as a site of human endeavor and a source of human experience. This exhibition puts forth the idea that the desire for pastoral space in the city creates a productive tension, one that raises the question of how we navigate the world and, more importantly, of what we want from the nature that is framed and preserved in our built environments.

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