The Room is Breathing

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On a recent visit to the current group exhibit Free Association 2014 at Kingston Gallery, a question presented itself: what holds this exhibit together? In spite of the enormous variety of mediums, from tyvek, vintage books, photography, acrylic, encaustic, fabric, weaving, to graphite, there is a wonderful sense of rhythm and synergy exuding throughout the gallery and between the works as well.

There is also a great sense of space and air. The gallery is enlivened, it seems to be filled up with air. Although there was no curatorial overlay here, it is as if there was a plan and direction for the exhibition, creating this ineffable sense of lightness and breath.

What ties these artists together is simply that they are all Kingston Gallery Associates. But it is as if they colluded with each other in advance, so that the work would resonate in terms of color, form and shape, and so it does, so it does.

Don’t miss Kingston Associates’ Annual Exhibition: Free Association: 2014. It runs through August 29. There is an Artist Talk this Sunday, August 10, from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Image: Shawn Salinger, Hang Around Sundown, Acrylic and spray paint on canvas, 46 x 40 inches, 2013.

Everything and Nothing

Lynda Schlosberg’s current solo exhibit on view at the Kingston Gallery is a tour de force.

The works are about everything and nothing. All the paintings are inferences of something possibly recognizable, and the mind/eye wants to make sense of the formlessness of the forms:

Swirling water

A galaxy

A riverbed

Sea creatures

The shape of a hurricane

A vortex

They are also very much a demonstration of labor, emphatically made by hand, and evidences of time.

The paintings, on paper or wood supports, seem to be made by looking down and inward (a kind of internal mapping) and the results are dazzling, expanding outward.

The squareness of the supports force the eye to keep moving in the space and to keep looking, trying to resolve the visual field.

They bring to my mind images and ideas associated with the Australian Aboriginal notion of Dreamtime, a place beyond time and space in which the past, present and future exist wholly as one.

All of these thoughts resonate with the notion of Zero Point Field, which is the guiding title of the exhibit.

Zero Point Field runs through July 27.

Image: As Within, So Without, Acrylic on panel, 36 x 36 inches, 2014.

 

Here is something to think about!

“In a quantum world the Zero Point Field is an omnipresent energetic substructure. It is the lowest possible energy state where all matter has been removed and no particle movement should remain. Yet no particle ever comes completely to rest, every particle is forever in motion due to an endless ground-state field of energy that continually interacts with all subatomic matter. Thus, the Zero Point Field becomes a mirror image and record of everything that is and ever was. In a sense, it is the beginning and the end of everything in the universe, a basis of oneness.”

After contemplating this idea as stated by artist Lynda Schlosberg, come see the work for yourself and talk to the artist about this concept and how she attempts to express them in paint.

Friday reception July 11 from 5:30 – 8:00 p.m.
The exhibit runs through July 27

Image: Lynda Schlosberg, Frequencies Rising, Acrylic on panel, 36 x 36 inches, 2014.

Sharing news from our members

We want to share this news from Kingston Gallery member Julie Graham:

Julie Graham will hold a Public Gallery Talk on Tuesday, June 24 at 4:30 pmon her current exhibit Topoanalysis in our Carol Schlosberg Alumni Gallery at 23 Essex Street, Beverly, MA. Her show will remain on view: May 28 – June 27, 2014. Learn more here: montserrat.edu/galleries/schlosberg

http://www.montserrat.edu/blog/continuing-education/julie-graham-gallery-talk-june-24/

 

Escaping

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Barbara Moody is known for her tremendous versatility and virtuosity, often presenting very different work for each of her exhibits. In her current show at Kingston Gallery several compelling groups of work contribute to the whole. For me, the most intriguing is the group of four paintings titled Inside/Outside. Each has a swath of terrifically strange color, informed by the layers underneath and by the adjacent passages of paint.

Moody talks about the instability of everything and that the work here is informed by this idea; nothing is held in place and danger lurks everywhere at anytime. But Inside/Outside is contained, held by the internal geometry and the limits of the rectangular support. The other works, especially the wall of small paintings in the Center Gallery, expand beyond the frame (either by inference or actually) and are not to be tamed or contained. The central passage of each in the Inside/Outside series is singular in color: pink, several yellows, green; each one holds its respective center and draws us in. A tour de force indeed.

The exhibit runs through June 29.

Image: Inside/Outside, gallery view

 

 

Escape

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I am intrigued by the title of Barbara Moody’s current show: Escape.
It can mean or infer so many things, for her, all of the works in the exhibit act as metaphors for her fears of the potential dangers that may occur at any moment. There is no stasis and everything feels random. There is no escape.

The exhibit continues through June 29.

Image: Three small works from the Center Gallery

Joan Baldwin: Cocoons

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It needs to be quiet for the human cocoons to have the time to develop properly. The atmosphere must be warm and supportive. As these pupas become more mature they gain color and move closer to the bassinet, where they’ll each get time to adjust to being unwrapped and exposed, yet still nurtured. For all living creatures there’s magic in the process of birth.

– Joan Baldwin: Cocoons

In a recent conversation with Joan Baldwin, I talked with her about the installation Cocoons, currently in the Center Gallery, a departure from the paintings for which she is known. Below are some thoughts from our observation of the installation.

She sees everything as connected, as part of nature. She makes a leap with this installation by “cross pollinating” the idea of human birth and that of a cocoon, fusing two species. This is a place of quiet, and like the process of human birth, the “babies” here need to adjust to being in the world.

The installation creates an atmosphere of safety and nurturing, of stillness; a time she imagines that the cocoons need to develop, a magical and perhaps a sacred space. The installation is designed sequentially so that as the eye travels towards the bassinet, reading the space, the colors becoming brighter and the shapes larger. They are beautiful and repelling at the same time.

The ideas expressed here developed as the she worked on the piece; the objects she collected became the impetus for the work and this continued until the installation itself was created.

There are of course many connotations invoked here and the artist wants it to be open-ended. One could see a sleeping infant or a dead baby. It is strange to see babies hung upside down and wrapped. However as with all works of art, the viewer has the opportunity to project oneself on to the work and to suspend disbelief if only for a moment.

The exhibit runs through June 1 with a closing reception from 3-5 p.m.

Images: Joan Baldwin, Cocoons, installation view and detail, 2014.

 

 

 

 

 

Kingston Gallery Emerging Artist’s Program

The Kingston Gallery, in Boston’s South end, is inviting recent MFA
graduates to apply to our one-year MFA/Emerging Artist Program.

The MFA/Emerging Artist Program is specifically designed for recent MFA
graduates. The one year program acts as a stepping stone into the
professional art world of exhibiting and operating a gallery. The
program requires that you attend monthly gallery meetings, participate
in the business and running of the gallery, and gallery sit once a
month. The initiation fee and monthly dues are waived. After one year,
this commitment to the gallery culminates in a one-person show in our
Center Gallery.

Interested applicants should send 20 images (digital, slides or DVD) of work completed in the last 2 years, a resume, and recommendations from 2 artists or professors who know you and can comment on your seriousness and responsibility.

Application materials are due June 15th every year. Please include a
S.A.S.E. if you would like your images returned.

If you have any questions, please contact Ilona Anderson
ilonapainter@verizon.net or 617.965.2276, or come by the gallery.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Yours sincerely,

Ilona Anderson
MFA/Emerging Artist Program Coordinator

About the Kingston Gallery:
The Kingston Gallery is an artist-run cooperative gallery, founded in
1982. We are located at 450 Harrison Ave., #43, Boston, MA 02118,
situated amongst many other Contemporary Galleries and artists studios.
For more information about the gallery, please visit http://www.kingstongallery.com