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Another example of her inventive take on portraiture is the working piece that was included in a City Hall new media show in 2011. “Using 3rd party / government / institutional portraiture, the picture questions how the government sees us,” Agudelo says. “Is it a more accurate portrait because the machines have no relationship with you—because you aren't posing for posterity?”
About the Author: Kurt Cole Eidsvig is an artist and poet who lives and works in Fort Point. To learn more about Eidsvig visit http://www.kurtcoleeidsvig.com/
Friday, December 16, 2011
Sunday, December 11, 2011
Thursday, December 8, 2011
Art at 12 Gallery
12 Farnsworth St.
Boston, MA 02210 email@example.com
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Opening Reception: Friday, December 2rd, 5-8pm
Festive holiday snacks and refreshments
Saturday, November 26, 2011
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
The New Big is Small is a collaborative exhibit where contrast of scales is taken to the extreme. Small works deal with psychic, expansive space in the confines of inches. Large works take the inches of those artists hands and measure them in feet—intimacy at maximal magnification. Alternately abstract, surrealist, conceptual and sensual, the artists here invite you to size us up and join the conversation.
Jennifer Amadeo-Holl works in the historic Fort Point district of Boston. She has received a NEFA Award, a NEFA-Benton award, a Trustman Fellowship, the Harvard McCord Arts Prize, and a Swedish Institute Fellowship. Her work explores the complement of abstraction and representation and the relationship between individuals, the animate and inanimate. She sees painting as a physical and philosophical practice, one which examines the nature of reality, the relationship between mind and matter, and the interplay of fact and value. She is drawn by the mystery of why the inanimate, including painting itself, should so often and so urgently feel sensate. She finds the world simultaneously mundane and fantastical, and therefore sees the incorporation of imaginary imagery as native to reality; that is, the ordinary is the imaginary. Her hope is to make formidable but tender, paradoxically harmonic paintings that may be inexplicable and yet speak.
Judith Page lives in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn, New York. She received Individual Artist’s Fellowships from the Gottlieb Foundation in 2002, from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation in 2005-06 and 1998-99. Notable exhibitions include The Photograph as Canvas, The Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, CT; Disarming Beauty: The Venus de Milo in 20th Century Art, Dali Museum, St. Petersburg, FL; Peace Tower at the Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY; Memoirs of a Beast, Wake Forest University, Winston -Salem, NC; and Holes of Truth, Massry Center for the Arts, Albany, NY. Her recent solo exhibition at Lesley Heller Workspace in New York City was reviewed in the September issue of Sculpture. Page says that her "art emerges from a Gothic sensibility, a place where beauty and horror exist in close proximity, where innocence encounters depravity, where the spirit is consumed and revived from moment to moment."
Tom Wojciechowski is a visual artist working in a variety of media; he produces paintings, drawings, installations and books in addition to his large-format photo-based projects. The photo-based work usually involves some a subversion of the photographer's craft, or an experimental approach to the hardware, software, and traditions of photography. He organized/curated a group show of immersive miniature cycloramas at Art at Twelve in 2009. In 2008 he received an FPAC grant for public art, installing a one hundred foot long fence banner in Fort Point, Boston. His work has been exhibited in numerous group shows and solo shows in venues like libraries and corporate/theater lobbies. Thomas holds a BFA from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and an MFA from California College of Art in Oakland.
Charles Yuen is a Brooklyn painter with an extensive exhibition record in commercial galleries, museums and universities. Grants awarded include the Adolf and Esther Gottleib Foundation (2011), Joan Mitchell Foundation (2006), and a NYSCA Artist in Residence (1984). Reviews of Yuen's art have appeared in numerous publications including Art in America, the New York Times, Time Out, Brooklyn Rail, Cover, Art Papers, House and Garden, as well as many community papers and culturally oriented blogs. Viewing art as a project connected to a social and civic vision, Yuen has also participated community based activities including being a founding member of Godzilla, an Asian American arts organization. Inherently iconoclastic, his art champions personal, human-centric values as rationality and poetics coexist.
The New Big is Small:
2011/2012 guest juror: Randi Hopkins
Fort Point Arts Community Gallery
300 Summer Street Boston MA 02210
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November 7, 2011 – January 6, 2012
Reception: Thursday, November 17, 2011 5:30–8pm
Tuesday, November 1, 2011
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
-Kurt Cole Eidsvig
While Jesseca Ferguson typically finds her inspirations from the work of other artists, or the process she uses to make images, the acclaimed pinhole photographer and creator of photo objects is in the middle of a new project that draws from very different sources. Her art has traveled in exhibitions throughout the United States and Europe, and museums like the Bibliothèque Nationale in Paris, France, the Museum of the History of Photography in Krakow, Poland and the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston currently hold her pieces in their collections. Most recently, Handmade Pictures by Jesseca Ferguson, a solo show of over 35 of her works, was on exhibit at the Fox Talbot Museum in Wiltshire, England. But in working on an artist’s book for the upcoming exhibition “Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here,” the longtime Fort Point resident (Ferguson has lived here since 1987) is finding inspiration in unlikely places—poetry and politics.
Top: Al-Mutanabbi Street after the bomb attack, 5 March 2007. Photo: Khalid Mohammed, AFP/Press Association
Bottom: The Friday book market on Al-Mutanabbi Street, 24 March 2006
Image by Jesseca Ferguson, courtesy of museumofmemory.com
“It upset me that someone was so angry that they wanted to eradicate history—their own history,” Ferguson says of her decision to help organize the project and create a book for the travelling exhibition. This decision also led her to return to the writing of Meena Alexander, a poet Jesseca met when they were both in residence at the MacDowell Colony in 1993. The book Jesseca is producing for “Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here,” will incorporate text from Alexander’s poetry combined with visual imagery created through photographic processes.
The decision to use poetry for this work was partially due to the destructive nature of the bombing, and the desire to create new books for the exhibition, but was also motivated directly by Meena Alexander’s poetry. “She talks a lot about her history and family—is always conjuring up India in her memoirs, poetry, and books—and has these exotic locales imploding in New York,” Ferguson says of the poet.
Image by Jesseca Ferguson, courtesy of museumofmemory.com
Considering Ferguson’s career and her drive to preserve antique methods for photography and collage, it is easy to see why the March 5, 2007 bombing would be so emotional for the artist. Not only is pinhole photography a laborious technique which requires hours for a successful exposure, the very use of these methods speaks to holding things from the past as somewhat sacred. “I feel photography is a way of stopping time,” she says. “You have something that only looked that way then.”
But the story behind the project also crosses personal lines. Although the bombing reminded Ferguson of Nazis and book burning, she also explains, “If my husband and I were there [in Iraq] at the time, we would have been on this street.” As Al-Mutanabbi Street, with its shops and books, is a focal point for artists and writers—not to mention those who collect materials and texts for use in their art. Artists like Jesseca Ferguson.
So despite the very different motivation, Ferguson’s current project also combines elements of preserving a moment from the past and making it immediate and lasting—embedded with personal emotional response.
Photo Object by Jesseca Ferguson, courtesy of museumofmemory.com
“Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here” will tour various locations in the US and Europe starting in 2013, and will also include work by Fort Point artists Mary McCarthy and Laura Davidson.
About the Author: Kurt Cole Eidsvig is an artist and poet who lives and works in Fort Point. He maintains a website at www.KurtColeEidsvig.com. Look for Kurt’s Inspiration posts each month on the site.
Sunday, October 23, 2011
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Wednesday, October 12, 2011
“My studio is a safe – haven for my work and my ideas, and I have to admit even though my husband lives there too, sometimes I think, “who is this person in my studio looking at my work?” And then he of course asks me to remove my hundreds of tiny canvases off his air hockey table and I think, “oh yes, I know him.” Your Studio just become a place to escape and everything else fades away sometimes” - Jodie
Jodie’s recent body of 100 small works is a collaboration of places she has been, books she has read, architecture and design. Each of the small works has been covered with plastic resin to seal in the moments of thought and provide a smooth, wrapped 4 x 4 or 5 x 5” gift – like box. From the artist studio to your screen, check out her work in person during Fort Point Open Studios, October 14-16. 15 Channel Center Street - #219
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
The fall public art projects were selected by a jury of artists, arts professionals, and community members:
Ricardo Barreto, Director of the UrbanArts Institute at Mass. College of Art & Design (Floating art only). Kate Gilbert, Director of Public Programs and Outreach at Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy, artist. Danielle Pillion, Executive Director of Friends of Fort Point Channel.
Karen Stein, previous recipient of FPAC Public Art Series Funding, FPAC Board member, artist/designer of goodgood. Mary Tinti, NEFA Public Art Fellow, deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum Koch Curatorial Fellow. Jane Marsching, Associate Professor at Massachusetts College of Art, artist.