Cate McQuaid’s recent review of Linda Leslie Brown: Chimeric exhibit

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By Cate McQuaid

Globe Correspondent

July 16, 2013


Tree-like sculptures

Linda Leslie Brown has built something monstrous yet strangely domestic at Kingston Gallery. “Chimeric,” her installation there, features three large tree-like sculptures fashioned from found objects, quartz crystals, metal, wood, and paper clay. They rise and writhe from the floor, standing precariously on odd little pronged feet, glowing in a pale, lichen-colored green. They rise to funnels, from which live plants spring.

Similar but smaller wall pieces surround them, these clearly emerging from kitchen utensils built into them — a pasta spoon, a spatula. They curve, protrude, and swivel, like plant life growing to accommodate its environs.

Great lengths of Spanish moss sway throughout, languidly draping from one object to the next, rising to the ceiling, falling to the floor. The whole feels partly like a patch of jungle, with its unruly greenery, and partly like a canopy for a wedding, complete with wedding gifts embedded in the structure.

Brown dices and splices, joining the stuff of civilization with the wild’s unpredictability. Her title suggests a chimera, the mythological mutant comprising several different beasties. Bringing in her kitchen items, she seems to tame her creation. This is an enchanting installation; I wish it were a little more big and frightening.

Installation view: Chimeric

Ilona Anderson Reviewed in The Boston Globe

Cate McQuaid discusses Ilona Anderson‘s work in her Boston Globe review of the group show Another World at Blanc Gallery in Cambridge.

[Ilona’s exhibition What One Is will be at Kingston May 1 – June 2 with an opening reception Friday, May 3, 5–7:30 pm. More info here.]

Read the review:

Rose Olson and Karen Meninno Exhibitions Covered by Slightly Wonky

Many thanks to artist and architect Elizabeth Kostojohn for covering Karen Meninno’s current exhibition Sculpture Remix and Rose Olson’s April exhibition Light Moves on her blog, Slightly Wonky. We love her refreshingly down-to-earth take on art and life!

Mary Bucci McCoy on the Guerrilla Girls and Boston in Art New England


Mary Bucci McCoy‘s column, “Museums — More Than Getting the Numbers Right” appears in the March/April issue of Art New England. The article considers the Guerrilla Girls’ fall 2012 action targeting the Boston Museum of Fine Arts in the context of earlier Guerrilla Girls actions and the responsibilities of museums.

Karen Meninno Interview on ArtScope’s Blog

State House Spaceship, digital photographic C-Print, 36 x 24″.

Meredith Cutler interviews Karen Meninno on the development of the work for her exhibition “Sculpture Remix” (at Kingston through April 28), the relationship between her two- and three-dimensional work, and her thoughts on cities real and imagined as someone born in New Delhi, raised in London and now living outside of Boston.

Review of “Sophia Ainslie: Interstitial” on

Sophia Ainslie — Fragments - Wall - Montserrat, latex on wall, 2013
Sophia Ainslie — Fragments – Wall – Montserrat, latex on wall, 2013

Sophia Ainslie‘s exhibition Interstitial, on display through Saturday, April 6 at Montserrat College of Art in Beverly, MAwas reviewed by Kingston’s Emerging Artist Member Céline Browning on UK-based blog

The public is invited to a reception for Interstitial on Thursday, April 4, 6–8 pm, which will include a gallery talk by Sophia and curator Leonie Bradbury from 6–6:30 as part of Beverly’s First Thursday Art Walk.