Saturday, January 24, 2015

Grimshaw-Gudewicz Gallery exhibition is on view

I am pleased to be part of the three person exhibition including myself, Nancy Hayes and Allison Paschke, curated by Kathleen Hancock at the Grimshaw-Gudewicz Gallery at Briston Community College in Fall River, MA. On view from Jan. 22 through February 20.







From the curator:
"The ability to create, and to assign meaning to, marks and shapes is a uniquely human trait. Image making, symbol writing, written language development are part of the impulse to assign meaning to and communicate information about things. Of necessity it requires a communal set of marks and shapes whose meaning is relatively constant. However, language and the marks cultures use to record objects and things are the same marks used to describe ideas, notions of things that live inside the mind.

Some shapes and marks seem to be universal, shared across cultures and time. They are a reflection of a common visual language or archetypal elements of expression. The artists in this exhibition use shape, color (or its absence), and complex spatial relationships to draw us into some of these ideas. What gives rise to meaning? What experiences are common to all of us? Are there associations that we can all delight in a shared sense of connection with?

Adria Arch uses an almost serendipitous approach to building images. She often works with doodles — the kinds of spontaneous marks and shapes found along the margins of notebooks.

Of her work Arch has written, "Doodles made in an unselfconscious state of reverie strike me as a way into our common humanity. For me, these symbols are a mysterious language that is both deeply personal and universal." Arch expands these shapes onto canvas and into sculpture, sometimes layering these shapes to create bold, richly textured works that invite us to think of them as both shape and narrative."

Thursday, January 1, 2015

New year, new studio!

For most of my art life, my studio has been in my basement in Arlington, MA. No commute, and I can work any time of night or day, but there are distractions. Inspired by a visit to NYC two weeks ago where I saw the MOMA painting exhibition, The Forever Now and also the New Museum where I saw an exhibit by UK artist Chris Ofili, I decided that a change was in order.

Chris Ofili's huge works on a crazy purple wall!

A larger studio space outside of the house, where I could really stand back from the work and expand, literally and figuratively, was in my future.

Studio space in Boston, anywhere in the city or close 'burbs is at a premium. Either there is a long wait list, or the price is exorbitant. A posting on Facebook led me to the Western Avenue Studios in Lowell, MA. About a half an hour's drive from my home, it will be a real change for me in many ways. I am looking forward to seeing what happens to my work in my new space. New year, new space.

I was told that it used to be a  photo studio, hence the colorful walls! First order of business is to paint everything white. I could definitely see a wild and colorful background like at the Ofili exhibit, but not as a permanent studio background.

The studio has an extra little room in the front, behind the doorway here.

The windows look out onto the canal running through Lowell! I find that very romantic.