Mills Gallery Past Exhibitions
The Future of the Past: Encaustic Art in the 21st Century PDF Print E-mail

masswaxOctober 5 - December 2, 2012
A MassWax and International Encaustic Artists collaboration
curated by Barb Cone and Harriet Chenkin.
Juried by Barbara O’Brien, Judith Tannenbaum, and Craig Bloodgood

The Future of the Past: Encaustic Art in the 21st Century features an expansive collection of 37 emerging, established, and historical artists that primarily utilize the medium of encaustic in their artwork.

Encaustic is derived from enkaustikos, a Greek word meaning “to burn in.” Used as early as the 1st century BC by Greek painters, it is one of the oldest and most enduring of all artistic mediums. This ancient technique is a combination of heated resin, beeswax, and pigment that is applied in layers onto any porous surface.

Boston artists play a significant role in encaustic’s revival as a contemporary art medium in the 20th century. Three artists in particular, Karl Zerbe and his protégés, David Aronson and Esther Geller, are featured in this exhibition.

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Pretty Ugly PDF Print E-mail

Curated by Nina Gara Bozicnik

May 18, 2012 - June 24, 2012image 2 kalman web

Pretty Ugly: Deviant Materialism features painting, sculpture, video and photography that vacillate between the beautiful and the grotesque and elicit visceral reactions of both attraction and repulsion, delight and disquiet. The eight artists in this exhibition build on process and body-based art histories and incorporate performance strategies.

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Derrick Adams PDF Print E-mail

The World According to Derrick:
Performative Objects in Formation

Curated by Nuit Banai

July 13, 2012 - September 23, 2012

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In his first exhibition in Boston, the New York based multidisciplinary artist Derrick Adams will display sculptural objects, photographs and video documentation from performances, along with performative-related sculptural works. This collection of diverse works, representing over a decade of artistic production, possesses the traces of human embodiment and its transformative nature. Visitors will not only experience the world from Adams’ viewpoint, but also with a performative aspect that will bring the objects and artworks to life. Surpassing the limits of medium specificity, the artist’s practice generates a network of subtle references, allusions and hints that tap into numerous registers of experience. Shedding light on persuasive, performative and often duplicitous identities, as well as on architectural objects and iconography, the work he creates also reflects the relationship between man and monument as they coexist in the landscape as representations of one another.

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William Cordova: This One's 4u PDF Print E-mail
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For his first solo exhibition in Boston, William Cordova (b. 1971, Lima, Peru) brings together new and recent works in sculpture, installation, video and works on paper by the Miami/New York-based artist, unmasking and remixing seemingly disparate and repressed histories through thoughtful and subtle juxtapositions of familiar detritus.

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Notes on the Species PDF Print E-mail

The BCA celebrates the visual artists working on campus with an annual exhibition. Notes on the Species explodes the notion of portraiture across varied media. The exhibit showcases the diverse practice and dynamic output of the BCA's studio artists, including... Silvia López Chávez's large-scale emotional portraits of her niece (above), Jim Cambronne's tightly coded paintings, a cut of Alice Stone's upcoming documentary on the trials of interracial adoption, works by performance and multi-media artist Caitlin Berrigan and new work created specifically for the exhibition by David Reichert.

Curated by Kara Braciale

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