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Art & Dialogue: Boston Summary from Rachel Adams
Associate Curator, University at Buffalo Art Galleries
Mary Ellen Strom
“There are no towns for miles around, and come sundown the world goes inky black, and the only way you can tell the earth from the sky is the sky is where the stars begin. But out on the horizon I could see an incandescent glow where no lights should be. After awhile it occurred to me that what I was seeing was not the light of some forgotten town, but the glow of a new American city.” -Joseph T. Hallinan from “Going up the River”
This quote, used by artist Stephen Tourlantes in his artist statement, struck a chord with me as I started to work on the summary of my trip to Boston. Stephen, who has spent the past years photographing American prisons at night—the glow of their ever present night lights beckoning him. I feel this beckoning when it comes to meeting new artists. Hence my excitement when I was asked to come to Boston and do studio visits with Artadia grantees. However, I had no idea what to expect. I had never done studio visits in Boston and the only artist I really knew there—Bahar Yurukoglu—had moved to Istanbul this past summer. I had been part of the advisory committee for the deCordova Biennial in 2013, but the artists were from all over New England, not just particular to Boston. It was exciting to get the list of artists from Artadia and peruse their websites. But even more so when I hit the ground at Logan and started my visits…
I travel quite frequently and always am visiting with artists, but I never sit down a few weeks after a trip and write about what I’ve seen. I create artist files, I post pictures on Instagram, but I have never summarized a trip before. I went to my phone and realized that I took no images in the studios I visited. While you, the reader, might find that odd, I do not. I was so engaged with all the artists I visited that I never once reached for my phone. And so when I started to think about my visit to Boston and all of the studio visits I did, one thing really stuck out: scale.
Each artist I visited were all working with scale in his or her practices. From the miniature paintings by Ria Brodell of Butch Heroes that reference Catholic prayer cards to the massive size of the dead Lodgepole Pine Forest in the Rocky Mountains of Montana that Mary Ellen Strom works with in her practice. I can’t help but think about Caleb Cole’s collection of vintage and antique dolls that he alters to look like himself and the sheer number that it will take to fill a room. But I am also flabbergasted by the stories from Stephen Tourlantes about the prisons at the end of a residential street where the residents apparently don’t even notice the massive walls and the bright lights that shine throughout the night
Larissa Bates’s intimate canvases are jam-packed with symbolism and code exploring the colonialist background of her family in Costa Rica while Lucy Kim casts parts of the body and expands them—creating relief paintings that are slightly ambiguous and provocative. Vaughn Sills uses images she’s taken on Prince Edward Island as backgrounds for compositions of flowers. Finally, Ambreen Butt was trained as a miniaturist painter in Pakistan and still utilizes the techniques she was taught to create massive wall works out of cast fingers and tiny pieces of cut up text.
Now, a few weeks after my visit, I am reminiscing on what I saw and the conversations I had with artists. While this idea of scale has come to the forefront of my thoughts regarding the artists I visited in Boston, I am also excited about the range of artistic practices represented with the awardees. I think its difficult for cities today to have some sort of regional identity as we are all constantly relocating or traveling around the globe, being influenced by all sorts of experiences, people, and histories. It is more important to have artists who are engaged with their community and with their personal work and I most certainly experienced that in Boston. I look forward to returning.
Art & Dialogue: Boston Public Program with Rachel Adams at the Rose Art Museum
Rachel Adams, Associate Curator at the UB Art Galleries, has a deep interest in the crossover between contemporary art and architecture. In her Art & Dialogue: Boston Public Program she discusses recent curatorial projects including “Constructed Landscapes” the first solo museum exhibition of artist Seher Shah and her 2014-2015 curatorial residency at Disjecta Contemporary Art Center in Portland, Oregon. She also touches upon her work with Field Constructs Design Competition, opening in Austin November 14, 2015 and the upcoming fall 2016 exhibition of Brazillian-born artist Lydia Okumura at the UB Art Galleries.
Rachel Adams is the Associate Curator for the University at Buffalo Art Galleries. Adams holds an MA in Exhibition and Museum Studies from the San Francisco Art Institute and a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her areas of research include the crossover between contemporary art and architecture, video and new media practices, with a special focus on artists working and performing in the landscape. She was most recently the 4th Curator-in-Residence at Disjecta Contemporary Art Center in Portland, OR, curating the 2014-15 season with artists including Andy Coolquitt, Bahar Yurukoglu, Kevin Cooley, and Pablo Rasgado. From 2010 to 2013, she was the Associate Curator of Exhibitions and Public Programs at The Contemporary Austin, curating a number of exhibitions and video projects, including exhibitions with Devon Dikeou, Seher Shah, Amie Siegel and Ragnar Kjartansson. She is the co-founder and co-director with Catherine Gavin and Igor Siddiqui for Field Constructs Design Competition in Austin, which takes place November 14-22, 2015. Prior to moving to Texas, Adams lived in San Francisco and Chicago, curating at Queens Nails Projects and David Cunningham Projects in San Francisco and co-directing Lloyd Dobler Gallery in Chicago from 2006-2008. Her writing has been included in exhibition catalogues for Prospect.3 New Orleans, and the 2012 Texas Prize as well as artforum.com, Art Papers, Art Practical, Modern Painters, and Texas Architect. Her first exhibition in Buffalo, Splitting Light, opened in September of 2015 and upcoming exhibitions include Ragnar Kjartansson: The Visitors and the first solo museum presentation of Lydia Okumura, opening September 2016.
Announcing the 2014 Boston Artadia Awardees
DISTINGUISHED NATIONAL PANEL SELECTS THREE ARTISTS FOR ARTADIA’S THIRD AWARDS IN BOSTON
BOSTON, MA – Artadia: The Fund for Art and Dialogue is pleased to announce the 2014 Boston Artadia Awardees: Larissa Bates, Ria Brodell, and Lucy Kim. The three artists will each receive $12,000 in unrestricted funds and join the nationwide network of Artadia Awardees. More
Announcing the 2014 Boston Artadia Awards Finalists
SHORT-LIST OF 10 FINALISTS FOR 2014 BOSTON ARTADIA AWARDS
Artadia is pleased to announce the third Boston Artadia Award cycle. The image-based application was open to all Boston based visual artists for three months and closed on October 24th, 2014. First round jurors Christopher Bedford, Director of The Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University; Ruba Katrib, Curator at Sculpture Center and New York-based painter Ryan Sullivan, convened in late October to review all of applications and selected 10 Finalists.
The 10 Finalists for the 2014 Boston Artadia Awards are: Sonia Almeida, Larissa Bates, Ria Brodell, Stephanie Cardon, Lucy Kim, Niho Kozuru, Susan Metrican, Irina Rozovsky, Matt Saunders, Jll Slosburg-Ackerman
Check out the over 50 summer shows that Artadia Awardees are participating in across the globe!
To find out where our Awardees are showing from Boston to Warsaw, and to learn about upcoming Artadia programs, keep your eye on the site.
Exhibition Exchange: The Boston Center for the Arts
Southern Exposure: 2009 Atalanta Artadia Awardees The Boston Center for the Arts, in partnership with Artadia: The Fund for Art and Dialogue guest curated by Dina Deitsch, Associate Curator of contemporary art, deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Lincoln, MA.
Featured Artists: Tristan Al-Haddad, Don Cooper (Judith Alexander Artadia Awardee), Ruth Dusseault, Fahamu Pecou, Jerry Siegel, Larry Walker, and Angela West.
Southern Exposure launches the Artadia Exhibitions Exchange, a ground-breaking exhibitions initiative to foster dialogue and exchange between artists, peer organizations, and arts communities around the country. Through five exhibitions in 2010–11, the Artadia Exhibitions Exchange strengthens opportunities for artists’ and curators’ professional development. By exhibiting recent Awardees from one Artadia city in another program city, the series of five shows provides vital exposure for Artadia Awardees as well as new avenues for curatorial enrichment. The Artadia Awardees 2009 Boston will be exhibited at the San Francisco Art Institute Walter and McBean Galleries in summer 2011 as part of this program.
Conversation with Artadia Awardees
Friday, November 19, 7-9pm
Dina Deitsch, curator of “Southern Exposure” talks with the exhibition artists
Friday, November 19, 7-9pm
Wednesday, December 8, 6-9pm