February 21, 2017 – March 4, 2017
Arnheim Gallery, MassArt
621 Huntington Ave. Boston, Massachusetts
Open: Monday – Friday, 10:00am-6:00pm • Saturday, 11:00am-5:00pm • Sunday, Closed
Presenting work by Faith Johnson, Maria Molteni, Sue Murad, Meaghan Schwelm, and Amber Vistein. Each artists navigates one of the elements – water, earth, fire, or air – connecting conceptually through a fifth element “aether” that contains them all.
Aether combines the cross-disciplinary works of five artists: interactive installation and performance artist, educator and community artist Faith Johnson; multimedia and performing artist, educator and organizer, Maria Molteni; performance, film, and interdisciplinary artist Sue Murad; mixed media artist and children’s librarian Meaghan Schwelm and composer and sound artist Amber Vistein. Each artist navigates one of the elements—water, earth, fire, or air—connecting conceptually through a fifth element aether that contains them all. This fifth classical element is said to fill the region of the universe above the terrestrial sphere. It was considered in the 19th century to permeate all space, providing a medium through which light could travel. Aether is the quintessence, or poetic/spiritual confluence, where all the elements connect, arching between the physical/material world and the world of the ethereal.
These five artists navigate these elements using analog and digital technology along with cross-disciplinary approaches culminating in interactive installations and objects, smaller-than-small drawings, videos, soundscapes, and performative ephemera. Through these modalities they explore the metaphor, the mythos, the science, and the spirit of the elements that allow us to exist on Earth. With physical components literally born of stardust, these elements comprise both our physical existence and the ever-shifting individual and collective stories of our experience as human beings. Together these artists explore the magical and mystical, inner and outer, fact and fiction, all embedded within the “technologies” of the natural world.
FAITH JOHNSON <> MARIA MOLTENI <> SUE MURAD <> MEAGHAN SCHWELM <> AMBER VISTEIN