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The 26th Drawing Show | Field Notes: Lovers, Teachers and the Consciousness In Between PDF Print E-mail

Drawing Show

The 26th Drawing Show
Field Notes: Lovers, Teachers and the Consciousness In Between
Chanel Thervil, Invited Curator and Juror

Mills Gallery at Boston Center for the Arts
551 Tremont Street, Boston
On View: November 1–December 22, 2019

Opening Reception | Saturday November 9, 6–9 pm

About the Drawing Show
Since 1979 the Drawing Show has been a widely anticipated hallmark of Boston Center for the Art’s programming. This juried exhibition has allowed BCA to work with more than five hundred artists and invited curators. Proposals are welcome from all artists and designers who explore drawing as a medium in their work.

Curator’s Statement
Truth Teller. Observer. Disrupter. Activator of Possibility.

Since the first cave drawings ages ago, people have been trying to decide on the most accurate titles to describe the function of artists in society. The sentiments behind this exhibition are fueled by the James Baldwin’s quote, “The role of the artist is the same as the role of the lover. If I love you, I have to make you conscious of the things you can’t see.” In order to lift the veils of consciousness through their works, artists themselves are shaped into the role of lover by their past, present, and future.

The 2019 Drawing Show Exhibition will explore how intergenerational connections between family, friends, mentors, colleagues and/or teachers shape contemporary perceptions of artists’ individual identities. Which in turn impacts the kind of “lover” Baldwin envisions and the means they use to raise consciousness for themselves, their communities and society at large. Responses to this call can include work that addresses 1 or more of the following questions:

  • What elements of the past remain present in your work?
  • Who has shaped what you create? And where can traces of their impact be seen, heard or felt? Where would you like their impact to be seen, heard, or felt?
  • What strategies do you employ to raise consciousness?

Collaborative Drawing
In addition to stand alone 2D works, the show will feature a large scale “exquisite corpse-esque” collaborative drawing using a wall space in the gallery which requires artists to be present for a minimum of two install days during October.

Please let us know if you have an interest in the collaborative mural and provide at least three work samples that best display your skills and aesthetic. Past mural experience not required.

About the Curator
Chanel Thervil is Haitian American artist and educator obsessed with finding the intersections of art, history and pop culture. Her art practice has taken the form of writing, art workshops, large scale installations, public art, participatory interventions on street corners and mixed media portraits that grapple with the intersections of communal and individual identity. In addition to being honored as one of The ARTery25, her work has been featured in the deCordova’s 2019 New England Biennial, The Boston Globe, and WBUR’s Open Studio with Jared Bowen. While she has been somewhat of a Jill-of-all-trades on the art landscape, she looks forward to partnering with Boston Center for the Arts to curate this exhibition.

Participating artists: Meg Alexander, Ashley Billingsley, Martha Chason-Sokol, Jean Chung, Nayda Cuevas, Chloë Feldman Emison, Jason Fiering, Tatiana Flis, Caitlin & Misha, Marjorie Forté, Yetti Frenkel, Carol Greenwood, Kate Jellinghaus, Napoleon Jones-Henderson, Molly Kaderka, Jane Kamine, Heather Kapplow, Ian Kennelly, Young Joo Lee, Jessica Liggero, Marissa London, Alex Lukas, Perla Mabel, Katrina Majkut, Emily Manning-Mingle, Sarah May, Claudine Metrick, David Meyers, Emily Mogavero, Karen Moss, Zachary Naylor, Lior Neiger, Yuko Oda, Marsha Nouritza Odabashian, Hideyo Okamura, Samara Pearlstein, Ponnapa Prakkamakul, Gerri Rachins, Rosie Ranauro, Laura Reeder, Julia Renaghan, Ellen Rich, Brent Ridge, Candace Walters, Lily Xie, Wen Yu, and for the collective mural: Kate Holcomb Hale, Soyoung L. Kim and Stephen Hamilton.

Read the review in The Baystate Banner: Powerful drawing show debuts at BCA’s Mills Gallery.

Read the review in The Boston Globe: Artists draw from teachers, lovers, and the past for annual BCA show.

Read an interview with Drawing Show artist Marsha Nouritza Odabashian in Boston Art Review.

Contours of Meaning PDF Print E-mail

Contours of Meaning
Lillian P.H. Kology, I Fall To Pieces, Ely Center of Contemporary Art, New Haven, 2019 (installation view). Courtesy of the artist.

Contours of Meaning
Curated by Jameson Johnson
Mills Gallery at Boston Center for the Arts
August 8–October 6, 2019

Opening Reception | Thursday, August 8, 6–9 pm

Featuring: Leika Akiyama, Lillian P.H. Kology, Georgina Lewis, Allison Maria Rodriguez, Sandrine Schaefer, Miriam Shenitzer, Nate Tucker

Bringing together a group of seven interdisciplinary artists, this exhibition is comprised entirely of site-specific installations that utilize the gallery space to revisit and recontextualize objects that reflect personal practices, narratives and histories. The works presented in this show consider the deeply embedded symbols, images and traces we rely upon to comprehend and navigate the rapidly changing world around us.

Ranging in mediums from sculpture and drawing to video and performance, the installations are not isolated, but rather elicit an interdisciplinary examination of how humans create meaning. A clock transformed into a musical instrument; a toy bathtub cast in resin; the construction of a sacred site; a display of relics. Together, these works invoke a broader examination of accumulation, ancestry, nostalgia and performativity. There is inherent playfulness in situating this work within the context of the gallery walls. Here, the viewer becomes a spectator to memories, experiences or happenings that are not their own, creating a sense of distance while simultaneously inviting interpretation.

Each of the seven artists work within Boston Center for the Arts’ Artist Studio Building. The works in this show were selected and presented collaboratively between curator, Jameson Johnson, and the artists—allowing space for the work to develop upon leaving the studio and entering the gallery. While some bodies of work present fantastical, parafictional or exaggerated narratives, others reveal historical, sacred and personal accounts. To this end, viewers are asked to consider duality and contradictions between the installations in order to understand the complex nature through which we ascribe meaning to objects, spaces and happenings. Considered together, the exhibition posits that meaning might just be situated in the contours of nuance.

Entry to the gallery is free and open to the public.

Read The Boston Globe’s review here.

In the Words, In the Bones PDF Print E-mail

In the Words, In the Bones

In the Words, In the Bones
Curated by Magdalena Moskalewicz
Mills Gallery at Boston Center for the Arts
May 23–July 21, 2019

Artists Panel | Thursday May 23, 5:30–7 pm
Opening Reception | Thursday, May 23, 7–9 pm

Participating artists: Marina Leybishkis, Nyugen E. Smith, Zsuzsanna Varga-Szegedi

Stories of origin cannot exist without a language to tell them in, without a tongue to carry the words. In the Words, In the Bones is an exhibition about inherited identities as grounded in language and in the body. Three artists with roots in Central Asia (Uzbekistan), Eastern Europe (Hungary) and the Caribbean (Haiti and Trinidad and Tobago) uncover their family histories, examine the contentious heritage of the colonial era and postcommunist ruptures and absences. The stories they inherited are marked with political conflicts and personal loss, but their own gestures are constitutive in nature. Through the use of invented languages, recovered historical records and reconstructed cultural artifacts, the artists create new, empowering narratives of reclamation, revival and growth.

Entry to the gallery is free and open to the public.

Selected as part of The Boston Globe's The Ticket for the week of May 26, 2019.

Read the full Boston Globe review here: Looking into the darkness, at Mills Gallery

Read the Baystate Banner review here: Mills Gallery exhibition explores ancestry in tumultuous histories

Read more about Zsuzsanna Varga-Szegedi’s Lukács in Boston, 2019 here: George Lukács Stature in Tel Aviv

Related events

A Conversation with Zsuzsanna Varga-Szegedi
Mills Gallery
Friday, July 12 | 5:30 pm

Zsuzsanna Varga-Szegedi, Lukács in Boston, 2019
Projection on Mills Gallery
Friday, July 12 and Thursday, July 18 | 8:30 pm

Gallery Talk: Anna Kolesova
Mills Gallery
Wednesday, July 17 | 3 pm

The Skin Has Eyes: Animated Visions PDF Print E-mail

The Skin Has Eyes: Animated Visions

The Skin Has Eyes: Animated Visions
Curated by Maya Erdelyi
Mills Gallery
February 23–April 28, 2019

Opening Reception
Saturday, February 23 | 6–9 pm

Participating artists: Amanda Bonaiuto, Alexandra Borovski, Ernesto Caivano, Eric Dyer, Maya Erdelyi, Jake Fried, Tyler Giordano, Laura Harrison, Gina Kamentsky, Amy Lee Ketchum, Kristina Killar Fellers + Black Math, Hayley Morris and Ashley Wick.

This exhibition highlights contemporary animators who create physical works as part of their practice (both process and product) along with fine artists who experiment with animation. These artists are working across various mediums, including film strips and direct animation, cut-paper stop-motion, sculpture, drawing, painting, zoetropes, traditional animation processes, palimpsests and projections. The skin of the medium becomes alive through animation.

Join us for these events related to the exhibition:

The Skin Has Eyes: Animated Visions is generously sponsored by Stacy Sweeney.

Check out Vimeo’s Staff Pick article on Jake Fried here.

Included in the Boston Globe’s “The Ticket” for February 22, 2019.

Check out the review in The Boston Hassle: WENT THERE: THE SKIN HAS EYES @ BCA

Read Cat McQuaid’s review in the Boston Globe, Animation, with human charm

Read Heather Kapplow’s review in Delicious Line.

Coded. PDF Print E-mail


Curated by Alexandria Smith
Mills Gallery at Boston Center for the Arts
Opening Reception | Saturday, November 17 from 6–9 pm
On View | November 17, 2018–January 27, 2019

Join us for the opening of our next show in the Mills Gallery, Coded., curated by Alexandria Smith. Coded. presents color-driven work by artists based in New England. Color is the building block of our aesthetic and psychological experiences and is the most relative medium in art. It has the ability to alter one’s perception of self and the world around us. The eight artists in Coded.—Laylah Ali, Carla Edwards, Alex Jackson, Steve Locke, Simonette Quamina, Kenny Rivero, Jordan Seaberry and Lachell Workman—exhibit a range of artistic, technical and conceptual prowess in their work and use color as a character, a trickster, a device and a provocation.

Click here to read The Boston Globe review from January 2, 2019.

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