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
Find and Form Space is showing “Parallel Frontiers,” a collection of work by artists Dan DeRosato and Jill Hedrick. Hedrick’s work (seen above) is made up of a collage of photo clippings, but the images and moments depicted in the photos have been all but lost. The strips of photo are so thin that the end result is lines of variating color – total abstraction that hints at an image that once was. Although elegantly simple, Hedrick’s work is laden with emotion. Her wall text hints at childhood trauma and the process of sorting through personal relationships.
Where Hedrick’s work is painstakingly handmade, DeRosato’s work lies in the digital realm. DeRosato starts with images of friends and uses the digital process of glitching to render them abstract and unfamiliar. In “Goodbye Friend,” Hedrick explores the idea of what it means to leave someone physically behind, but to carry them with you emotionally. His work seems to question what we can really hold on to and how much is disfigured and lost in our imperfect memories.
Boston Sculptors Gallery
The Boston Sculptors Gallery is currently showing work by Sally Fine and Gillian Christy. Fine utilizes a wide range of sculptural styles in her show, “Catch and Release.” The show is a meditation on all things fish. Some float above viewers heads, some sit on pedestals, but they all shimmer with a sense of motion.
Christy’s work is similarly dynamic, but focused on the world of flora. Christy’s work looks at the life cycles of plants, and perhaps of people too. Next to flowing reeds are spirals of unfurling fence posts, suggesting a connection between the lives of plants and humans.
Patty Adams‘ paintings brighten up Bromfield Gallery. Her bright colors and active lines seem to draw from everything from action painting to comic books, an enjoyable exploration of forms.
Craig Drennen is currently showing “Poet & Awful” at Samsøn Projects. The show combines paintings, installation, and performance. The paintings that line the walls exude a strangeness, repeating images of basketballs, the word “hello,” and the number “24.” Instead of an artist statement, Drennen provides the text of an interview. He explains that the paintings are actually references to the play “Timon of Athens,” an unfinished and unperformed play by Shakespeare. The whole show feels like a clever puzzle with many interlocking pieces and secret codes, but the final form is unknown and unknowable.
Gallery Kayafas is currently showing 3 very different artists. A. B. Miner displays a wonderful collection of paintings and drawings of some very unusual subjects. Miner interweaves closeup paintings of the human body with paintings of butterfly penises. Examining gender fluidity and the strange intimateness of the body, Miner’s work invites the viewer to look closely at subjects where one normally averts one’s eyes.
Frank Egloff’s work gathers layer upon layer of text and image to form an intense intellectual treatise. He combines image and wall text, even drawing from wikipedia edits. A piece that requires some serious reading.
Julie Miller‘s work on the other hand is refreshingly breezy and colorful. Miller creates her colorful works on paper through a mediative process of mark making.
Steven Zevitas Gallery
The Steven Zevitas Gallery has been transformed by Franklin Evans’ installation, “juddpaintings.” The gallery window bears a helpful sign reading, “You may step on the artwork,” which is good because, otherwise viewers could hardly step foot into the gallery. The walls and floor are plastered with colorful paper, tape, and photographs, mixed together into one grand collage. Although seemingly random, the installation is carefully organized and structured according to rules Evans drew from art historical sources such as the installation’s namesake, Donald Judd, Morris Lewis, and many more.
Miller Yexerski Gallery
Emily Eveleth is showing an incredibly technical, yet beautifully effortless series of paintings. Eveleth renders lights and glass with ease, her faceless figures looming out of the black void to meet the viewer.
That’s all for now, until next month, you can find me blogging at Suzi Looks At Lots Of Art!
Photos by Suzi Grossman.