Thursday, September 29, 2011
Monday, September 19, 2011
"In Wall Works, six artists were invited to create site-specific wall installations in response to the Museum’s collection of modern and contemporary American art. In preparation for the exhibition, artists Kysa Johnson, Natalie Lanese, Caleb Neelon, Alison Owen, Justin Richel, andMary Temple trolled the Museum’s database of 3,500 objects and selected an artwork to serve as a source of inspiration for their proposed “wall work.” The artists identified artworks that resonated with their varied interests and aesthetics and have consequently assembled an eclectic assortment of objects from deCordova’s collection. Sited both in the gallery and the Museum’s Café, these new installations reflect each artist’s own practice while creatively engaging the Permanent Collection as an educational, historical, and inspirational entity.
Additionally, the artists reference longstanding artistic traditions of working directly on the wall. Caleb Neelon’s piece draws on the history of slogans through street art, placards, bumper stickers, and buttons in his graphic portrayal of the visual language of political activism. Alison Owen’s subtle investigation of space emerges from the conceptual practice of Sol LeWitt’s architectural wall drawings, while Natalie Lanese’s pop-tastic assemblage refers to the tradition of murals as narrative epics. Justin Richel’s delicately rendered sweets and Kysa Johnson’s dense chalk drawings on blackboard call upon early fresco techniques, whereas Mary Temple’s use of the wall as conduit speaks to the history of site-specific artwork.
Wall Works is part of a new initiative to rethink Permanent Collection exhibitions at deCordova. This “artist as curator” project invites the artists to curate their own exhibitions from the institutional vault, mining the collection for new relationships and meaning. By illuminating both the unique holdings of deCordova and the work of the participating artists,Wall Works aims to create a new space for dialogue between the collection and contemporary art practice."
"Visit deCordova Tuesday, September 20–Sunday, September 25 and witness Ward Shelley and Douglas Paulson building their way from the first floor of the Museum to the fourth floor.
Ward and Doug will not come down from their "cat walk" until they have reached the fourth floor. Don't miss this chance to interact with the artists as they perform their high stakes building game. "
Friday, September 9, 2011
I would like to propose a new definition of art, which may at first seem inadequate, simplistic, and childish. But give me a little to time to flesh it out, and show why I think it is the most flexible, useful, and democratic one possible. The definition is this: art is something that is done well.
Thursday, September 8, 2011
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
NEW PAINTING EXHIBITION
DAMON LEHRER AND RICK BERRY: IT FIGURES
BOSTON, MA – August 29, 2011 William Scott Gallery and Boston based figurative painters Damon Lehrer and Rick Berry announce the September exhibition of their work “IT FIGURES” with the opening reception to be held September 9, 2011, 6-9 pm at William Scott Gallery, 450 Harrison Ave, #65, Boston.
Berry’s refined brutalism and spontaneous generation of bodies under strain and release contrast hypnotically with Lehrer’s perverted baroque style. Together their work expresses a joyous explosion of the possibilities of “traditional” media, and different approaches to knitting together new and old, street and museum culture, the synchronicity of pop and salon.
Berry and Lehrer met through mutual friend and sometime collaborator, Phil Hale (cult illustrator and also official portrait painter of British Prime Minster Tony Blair). Lehrer has since founded the collective known as the Boston Figurative Art Center; Berry joined in response to its mission to promote figure painting in its many incarnations as a primary focus for contemporary art in Boston and beyond.
Damon Lehrer received his Master of Fine Arts degree at Boston University in 1994. His work is in the collections of the Fogg Art Museum at Harvard University, The Acadia Foundation of Richard Estes, The New York and Boston Public Libraries, Dartmouth College, Tulane University, Bowdoin College, and Boston University, as well as many private collections in the U.S., Canada and Europe.
Rick Berry left high school and started at 17 in underground comics, expanding into popular culture with art for Marvel and DC comics, major book and gaming publishers, television and feature film (including acting as Keanu Reeves’ cyber stunt double in Johnny Mnemonic.) A pioneer in new media, Berry created the world’s first digital cover for a novel in 1984 for William Gibson’s Neuromancer. Authors Frank M. Robinson, Stephen King, Peter Straub and Neil Gaiman have commissioned his illustrations and collected his work. His fine art paintings are also in private collections across Europe, Asia and Australia, as well as in two books of his work, Double Memory (with Phil Hale) and Sparrow: the Art of Rick Berry. He recently worked for three seasons in residency with OperaBoston, then with the American Repertory Theater for Amanda Palmer’s Cabaret.
Immediately following “IT FIGURES,” William Scott Gallery will host a group exhibition called "National Figures" for the month of October in which Berry and Lehrer invite selected nationally and internationally known figure painters, many with Boston connections, into the image-driven conversation. Artists include Phil Hale, Anne Harris, Ken Beck, Bill Carman, Ed Stitt, Paul Goodnight, Jim Burke, George Pratt, Scott Bakal and others. The Opening Reception will be on October 7 from 6-9pm.
Lehrer interviews Berry: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qPUrzCLs5bE
William Scott Gallery, Provincetown - Boston
Brian Galloway, 617-542-4040, email@example.com