450 Harrison Ave. #43
Boston, MA 02118
Weds–Sun 12–5 pm
and by appointment
April 29 - May 31, 2015
First Friday Opening Reception: Friday, May 1, 2015, 5:00–8:00 pm
IN THE MAIN GALLERY
Judith Brassard Brown: From the Ground Up
Judith Brassard Brown, Blue Departure, mixed media (oil, collage, cold wax) on canvas, 24 x 24 inches, 2014.
Art New England Review, by Debbie Hagan
Landscapes are a recurrent theme in Brown's work. She moves from the sun-drenched pastoral countryside to more subjective terrain where images reference natural phenomena or man-made disasters. Brown achieves fine, complex textures by adding collage elements to the paint, mostly small pieces of paper taken from old letters, documents, receipts, and other sources. In some instances, she applies a spray of torn papers and then removes some of them later, revealing previous layers of paint. In others, collage elements operate as shrapnel or punctuate explosions seen closeup or at a far distance, flying from fissures in the earth's crust.
Brown considers the act of viewing as an opportunity to heal. She quotes the photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson to get at her meaning: "photography is an immediate action, and drawing is a meditation." While her paintings may appear traditional at first glance, they do not depict one specific location. Rather, the landscapes are shaped as sense-memories that provide links to universal connections across boundaries of time or captured moments.
Judith Brassard Brown, Living in the Red, mixed media on board, 10 x 10 inches, 2015.
Judith Brassard Brown, In Vulci, mixed media on canvas, 30 x 40 inches, 2015.
IN THE CENTER GALLERY
Susan Emmerson: Around a Thousand Tiny Corners
Susan Emmerson, Flesh and Bone, ink and acrylic on cut and molded Tyvek, wire, extruded plastic, 28 x 51 x 4 inches, 2015.
Around a Thousand Tiny Corners features large-scale mixed media drawings whose abstract forms resemble living organisms. They flow, expand, and grow in all directions, with intricate details that repeat at different scales. Emmerson's inspiration comes from her lifelong fascination with science and her former work as a surgeon. With her art she translates biology—particularly the ways of cellular structures and biologic systems—into relatable formats.
Susan Emmerson, Visible Absence, acrylic on cut Tyvek, 48 x 48 inches, 2015.
IN THE MEMBERS' GALLERY
Mary Bucci McCoy: New Work
Mary Bucci McCoy, Pull, acrylic and iridescent acrylic on linen, 12.5 x 10 x 1.25", 2015.
I am exhibiting paintings resulting from my recent month-long residency at the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, Vermont. The residency afforded me the time to investigate new painting supports in addition to continuing my work on panels; this exhibition will feature a selection of works on linen and canvas. I am grateful to the Vermont Studio Center for their support in developing this work.
(Complete 18-month exhibition calendar)