Every first Friday of the month, the SOWA Boston Galleries at 450 Harrison Ave stay open late, a great chance to check out the openings of all the new shows!
Find & Form Space (524 Harrison)
My first stop was Find & Form Space (one of my new favorite galleries) to check out Tim McCool‘s show “Look No Further.” I always look forward to seeing more of McCool’s fantastically witty work and this show was “Everything I’d Hoped It Would Be.” In “Look No Further,” McCool plays with archetypes of advertising and wall text. McCool takes the oft overlooked medium of wall text and injects it with life. Interspered with McCool’s paintings are blurbs of wall text written by artists Ario Elami and Hisaya Ishii that comment on McCool’s paintings. The language of the text is an enjoyable combination of mocking and heartfelt use of stereotypical “art speak.” His work is bright, fun, and deliciously self-referential. The paintings comment on their own content and there is even wall text commenting on other wall text!
Ars Libri (500 Harrison Ave)
Ars Libri, in association with Robert Klein Gallery on Newberry Street, is currently showing Gohar Dashti‘s photo series “Iran, Untitled.” Dashti places her subjects in a tight cluster in the middle of a location-less desert. Dashti explores the constraint and isolation of her homeland, using her imagination to paint narratives that question both insider and outsider perceptions of Iran.
Boston Sculptors Gallery (486 Harrison Ave)
The Boston Sculptors Gallery is showing “Ovid’s Girls Boston/Berlin.” The show is a continuation of the mini show that was previously up at Gallery Kayafas. The work is marvelously tactile, unconventional mediums creating unique textures and shadows. The sculptures range from abject, evoking strange bodies and warped skin, to delicate, tracing shadows on the walls.
Carroll and Sons
Carroll and Sons is currently showing the photo series “Where We Find Ourselves” by Justin Kimball. Kimball’s gorgeous photos show young people interacting with different bodies of water. The images are lush and filled with rushing water and bared skin.
At Bromfield Gallery I checked out “Black/White,” a show united by color palette rather than theme or medium (although a few shades of sepia did creep in here and there). I especially loved the needlepoint rivers by Ted Oliver and the spliced photos by Lisa Olson.
At Kingston Gallery, I enjoyed the modernist-inspired book sculptures by Conny Goelz-Schmitt, the painting “Satellite from the Afterlife” by David Kinsey, and the ethereal paper sculpture, “After Waterfalls of A Mother’s Soul” also by David Kinsey.
Chase Young Gallery
The Chase Young Gallery is currently displaying “State of the Art 2014 / 4th Annual Emerging Artist Exhibition,” featuring work by Acacia Johnson, Julie Weaver, Reesa Wood, and Clara Hy Lee.
Miller Yezerski Gallery
My last stop was the group show at Miller Yezerski Gallery. My two favorite pieces both gained their impact through incredible details. Chris Jordan uses images of 50,000 cigarette lighters to create a van Gogh and Frederick Lynch uses pend and ink to divide a simple shape into a dizzying tessellation.
That’s all for this month folks! Photos by Suzi Grossman. When I’m not writing for the Hassle, you can find me over at Suzi Looks at Lots of Art.