Pop Up Art

Well now this is cool.

Gobs of Lines Some Wet Some Dry, a “pop-up” exhibition, will take place at the studio of artist Conley Harris (Painting Fellow ’86) on November 17-19 in Boston’s South End. The show features several past MCC Fellows, Brian Corey (Painting Fellow ’08), Christopher Faust (Painting Fellow ’10), and Mary O’Malley (Drawing Fellow ’06), with Jeffrey Gibson, James Kennedy, John Guthrie, and Kim Pashko.

Along with the art (which = awesome), this show is just nifty in its conception. According to a Boston Globe review of a past pop-up show, Harris organized the series as a monthly exhibition of local artists, in response to a decrease in opportunities for artists due to the economic downturn. Participating artists contribute $25 for exhibition costs, but all sales directly benefit the artists.

Each Pop-Up centers around a theme. From Harris’s announcement:

It is my pleasure to exhibit painters and drawers who pursue line as the main language and expressive mode in their works. That first line serves as the generator, the machine that propels ideas through a range of complex impulses and responses. Here we see either painterly lines, delicate lace-like lines, poured and flowing lines or layered patterns of line as the artist’s means to express their passions. These extraordinary works, some fantastically large and others quite small and intimate, show an impressive group of Boston artists.

I really like how this series devises an all-rise solution to dry economic times. Add one part generosity, one part ingenuity, and one part inventive art. You never know what might pop up.

LISTED and Conley Harris present Pop-Up No. 4, November 17-19
Studio No.1 at 1140 Washington Street near East Berkeley Street in Boston
Opening Reception: 6-8 PM, Thursday November 17
Additional viewing: Fri / Sat Nov. 18 and 19, 1-6 PM

Images: Brian Corey, NE BOUNDARY (2011), acrylic, ink, graphite on panel, 24×24 in; Mary O’Malley, HAECKELS GARDEN (2008), Metallic ink on paper, 32×40 in.

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One Response to “Pop Up Art”

  1. Jennifer Hilton Says:

    Conley, What an awesome and generous idea! Keep the art flowing for all.
    I hope all is well with you. Best wishes from a former UNH student, printer. Jen HIlton

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