Kingston Gallery Emerging Artist Program Welcomes Eugene LaRochelle

From the series, “What Choice Do I Have?” Now, Digital Print, 42.5 x 31”, 2011–2013
Eugene LaRochelle — from the series, “What Choice Do I Have?”
Now, Digital Print, 42.5 x 31”, 2011–2013

Since 2005 Kingston Gallery’s Emerging Artist program has offered recent MFA graduates the opportunity to be part of an artist-run gallery for a year, without the financial contribution such memberships usually require. Emerging artists get the experience of being part of a gallery, fulfilling all the aspects of membership, including gallery sitting, monthly member meetings, and inclusion in group shows, and are rewarded with a one-person show in our Center Gallery at the end of their tenure. The gallery benefits from the diversity that a younger, recent graduate brings to the mix, and welcomes their energy to the running of the gallery.

The first two Emerging Artist members, Hilary Tolan and Sophia Ainslie, have gone on to become long-time Kingston members. Other Emerging Artist members have included Christopher Kane Taylor, Brian Corey, Stephanie Cardon, Ingrid De Aguiar Sanchez and Celine Browning.

This year we welcome Eugene LaRochelle as our newest Emerging Artist member. Eugene is a recent MFA graduate of the School of the Museum of Fine Arts.

— Mary Lang

Celine Browning: Skinned

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Celine Browning works with the intricate intimacies of the quotidian. Using the remains of everyday objects, her sculptures and photographs speak to fragility and vulnerability,. Her current show, Skinned, at the Kingston Gallery, reconsiders and reframes these objects.  In the images of apples which have been cut and then reassembled she alludes to our hubris, thinking we could repair something that is, in fact, already decaying.

In works like Something of Ours (II) she literally strips away articles of clothing from their support – challenging the viewer to imagine them whole and repaired as well.  Her work reminds me of some of Zoe Leonard’s early projects – especially those where the artist reassembles fruits and vegetables with sutures and zippers.  Celine’s work offers us a window into our own vulnerability, our own humanity, and ourselves.

Review of “Sophia Ainslie: Interstitial” on Artfetch.com

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 Artfetch.com: http://www.artfetch.com/edition/075/freeze-framing-a-hurricane/.

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.