Kingston Gallery Artist News

Kingston Gallery artists have had a busy first half of 2014:

Stacey Alickman — Lost Year, oil on canvas, 48 x 42", 2014

Stacey Alickman — Lost Year, oil on canvas, 48 x 42″, 2014

Stacey Alickman received the 2014 Blanche E. Colman Award.

Ilona Anderson has work in Pipe Dreams, Wishful Thinking, Grand Gestures & Dirty Lies at ASC project space, 526 West 26th Street, Room 304, New York, NY through July 15. Ilona also has work in the group exhibition As | Orchard opening July 31, Lower East Side, NY.

Kathleen Gerdon Archer and Barbara Moody were named Co-directors of Kingston Gallery for 2014. Kathleen Gerdon Archer and Conny Goelz-Schmitt both had work in the group exhibition Synchronicity at the Associazione Culturale Rosa Venerini (ACRV) in Viterbo, Italy from June 27 – July 6. They spent the month of June at the Associazione Culturale Rosa Venerini (ACRV) Residency Program.

Judith Brassard Brown is exhibited in The Power of Suggestion at Gallery Alpers Fine Art in Andover, MA from January 15 – March 22. For more information visit www.alpersfineartonline.com. Judith is now also represented by Art in Giving, www.artingiving.com. This non-profit organization provides a creative way to raise funds for research for the prevention and cure of childhood cancer.

Linda Leslie Brown and Luanne E Witkowski both had work in a group show at AMP: Art Market Provincetown, 148 Commercial Street, which runs June 25 – July 9.

Mary Bucci McCoy was interviewed by the 365 Artists 365 Days project.

Mira Cantor is teaching at the Burren College of Art in Ireland during the month of July.

Julie Graham was in the group show Small Works at the Ruth Bachofner Gallery in Santa Monica, CA, November 30, 2013 – January 11, 2014. She also had a solo show Topoanalysis at the Carol Schlosberg Alumni Gallery at Montserrat College, Beverly, MA, May 28 – June 27.

Mary Lang’s had a one-person retrospective exhibit, Like Water, at the Trustman Gallery at Simmons College, March 17 – April 17. The exhibition was reviewed by Mark Feeney in the Boston Globe.

Barbara Moody taught a new studio intensive course entitled Expressive Interpretations of the Landscape, at Montserrat College of Art in Beverly, MA in both January and July. She exhibited her photo-collages March 17 – May 7 in a three-person exhibition at the Albright Gallery, in Concord, MA. And she and Ann Wessman both have work in Dreaming Gardens at Suffolk University Gallery, 75 Arlington Street, Boston, MA, which runs June 10 – August 22, curated by Deborah Davidson.

Jennifer Moses showed her work in a group exhibition of 12×12 paintings at the Oxbow Gallery in North Hampton, MA, December 5, 2013 – January 5, 2014. She has work in the summer long exhibit Surface, Strokes and Light, a group exhibition of of contemporary painters and sculptors at Kelly Roy Gallery. Broadsided Press is displaying a collaboration between Moses and poet Annie Finch on the Cape Cod Public Bus Transit through September. Jennifer is also an artist in residence at Yaddo, Saratoga Springs, NY for the month of July.

Rose Olson will be featured at Hutson Gallery, 432 Commercial Street in Provincetown, July 25 – August 7. She also has work in Danforth Art Museum’s Community of Artists Annual Juried Exhibition, which runs June 8 – August 3.

Lynda Schlosberg had a solo exhibition Field of Potentiality in the Spencer Presentation Gallery at the Walter J. Manninen Center for the Arts, Endicott College, Beverly, MA, January 28 – March 20. She was the featured gallery artist at Susan Maasch Fine Art in Portland, ME for the month of March. And her work was included in Painting Intricacies, curated by Resa Blatman at Nave Annex Gallery in Somerville, MA, April 18.

Luanne E Witkowski’s mixed media works were included in a group exhibition in the President’s Gallery, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, December 9, 2013 – January 23, 2014.

Where The Heart Lives – Kingston Gallery June 2

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Our first Kingston Gallery event, Where The Heart Lives, on June 2, the last day of Ilona Anderson’s exhibit, What One Is, drew a great crowd, despite the heat, and sparked a terrific discussion. The conversation focused on the theme of visual artists who are not working in their country of origin, and whether that fact influences the life and work of the artist. We invited Ambreen Butt (Pakistan), Natasha Bregel (Russia/Israel), Karen Meninno (India/UK), Gupi Ranganathan (India), and Ahmed Abdalla (Egypt) to join Ilona Anderson to explore the topic, which is an especially pertinent issue in light of the recent events and national debate around immigration.

The artists took the opportunity to speak more from the ‘heart’ than they would otherwise do in a public forum.  We plan to have more such events as it allowed artists to engage on a more personal level and to hear from them how their lives are reflected in their work:

Natasha Bregel:

“Though I have always resisted categorizing myself as a “multicultural” artist, my two immigrations (as a child from Russia to Israel, and as a teenager from Israel to the United States) have shaped my experience, and probably world view, and do affect my work. I do see how much I rely on a sense of dislocation to engage with my work, often choosing to depict the places with which I now have an outsider’s connection.  In this discussion some of the other immigrant artists also talked about looking from the outside in, but others seemed to see themselves as “citizens of the world”.  And there was so much more to discuss than time and the consideration of an audience could allow!”

Karen Mennino:

“It was a pleasure to be with other artists who have similar, and dissimilar, experiences with coming from other places. The most interesting thing for me is investigate how much that life experience does permeate the art that we make.”

We thank our speakers and audience for helping make this first event a success, and look forward to planning many more!

Theater of the Heart

Yesterday I had the opportunity to see again the current exhibit, Ilona Anderson’s What One Is, which along with Karen Meninno’s exhibit, Sculpture Remix II in the Member’s Gallery, will be up through June 2 at the Kingston Gallery.

 I was drawn again to the many small moments and the repertoire of characters, which inhabit the walls of the installation. As I walked through the literal and figurative space, I was under the spell of the theatricality of the work, and the connection of all the figures to each other. They exist within a frame that is simultaneously interior and exterior, implying both architectural and natural spaces. Who are they?  What story do they tell?  Whose story is it?  What are their secrets?  I look forward to the artist revealing the relationship of these players to each other, to her South African roots, and perhaps how they are a way of visually integrating both the past and her homeland to the present.  She will have the opportunity to do so in the upcoming panel discussion: Where The Heart Lives on the last day of the exhibit.  Please see below for a description of the event.  We look forward to a terrific discussion!

Panel discussion: Where The Heart Lives

Closing event for the exhibit – Ilona Anderson: What One Is

Sunday June 2, 4:00-5:00 pm

Reception to follow

Kingston Gallery is hosting Where the Heart Lives – a special event focused on the theme of visual artists who, like Ilona Anderson, are not working in their country of origin, and how that fact pervades the life and work of the artist. To quote Anderson: “Although I have lived in America for many years now, South Africa permeates my experience. Between these two poles my work dangles.”  This will be a fascinating topic in light of the recent events and national debate around immigration.

A diverse and exciting group of Boston area artists will join Ilona Anderson (South Africa) for this pertinent and fascinating discussion. They include Ambreen Butt (Pakistan), Natasha Bregel (Russia/Israel), Karen Meninno (India/UK), Gupi Ranganathan (India), and Ahmed Abdalla (Egypt).  Deborah Davidson, Kingston Gallery Public Relations Consultant will moderate.  

Thinking About “What One Is”

What One Is- Persian Palace

Image: Ilona Anderson, Persian Palace

Last Tuesday, the first of what will continue as Public Relations Hours (the next one will be May 28 from 2-4pm), I had the opportunity to see again the current exhibit, Ilona Anderson’s solo exhibit What One Is, up through June 2 at the Kingston Gallery.

My thoughts mimicked the work I was experiencing – here are some of them:

I keep thinking about Guston. Phillip Guston and his remarkable mark making, at once robust, awkward and perfect.

The overall gesture of the installation is both obsessive and delicate.

Thinking about theater – the drawing installation in the space of the gallery is like an unfolding proscenium.

The color black and the black of the paper – a curtain drawn back – revealing.

Reminded of William Kentridge – not only as a fellow South African artist but also for his love of and relationship to theater.

Thinking about dreaming, the work dreaming of itself.

The narrative unfolds and then folds back on itself.

Up close – many of the repeated images are exquisite.

The everyday turned inside out.

The reoccurring images:

Reclining female figures, their hair becomes chains

Tree stumps

Sleeping figures

Chandeliers

The zebra, sometimes two zebras

Tilted disembodied heads atop female figures

Plumbing and wooden elements, painted with florescent paints – their nuances missed from a distance

Ladders, so many references:

Link between this world and the one beyond

Between consciousness and unconsciousness

Between now and the past

Ladders leading someplace, leading nowhere

Passages where the work leaks out – onto the wall.

Breaking the fourth wall – in theater what separates the audience from the physical stage, that leap of faith.

The work contains so many ideas/images – sometimes it does not contain them.

The artist seems to say, this is just paint, just material.

She pushes against the constraints of what she has set for herself in the space, urging the work to become unconstrained by those geometric shapes.

The drawings want to exit.

Move beyond the limitations of the edges of the support.

Engage the architecture of the room completely.

A leap of faith.

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:

http://www.bostonglobe.com/arts/theater-art/2013/04/16/what-boston-area-art-galleries/4ESk4Hi9F36RHldFpgdYGN/story.html