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Artist’s Voice: Andrew Moore

Monday, September 12th, 2016

The Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC) and the New Art Center (NAC) will present the 2016 Massachusetts Cultural Council Artist Fellows in Painting, Choreography, Drawing & Printmaking, and Traditional Arts on September 16-October 15, 2016, at the NAC. Andrew Moore, one of the award-winning painters in the exhibit, shares how his paintings join the observed world with personal histories, the unseen, and the life of the mind.
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I had been designing this painting of my daughter, Hannah, in my mind throughout her childhood. I wanted this portrait to reveal the physical character that she would carry into her adult life, so I waited until she turned eighteen to begin. The painting is also about her childhood, referencing important elements. In the background is the path to my studio, our small orchard, a split rail fence supporting grapevines and, in the distance, the ocean. Hannah is a young painter and she looks out at you as an artist – studying you and contemplating. I bought the umbrella when I was a teenager. I have always known that I kept it around for something important. There is also a halo suggested in the wear of the umbrella’s linen – I’ve always loved those thin lines of light encircling Leonardo Da Vinci’s and Raphael’s portraits.

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A man lives two days with each one. The first is of the body. Here, man explores his world through his senses. The second day is of the mind, where mind turns physical experience to spiritual understanding and growth. My paintings attempt the whole day – the concrete and the abstract.

I am a New England artist. Important to me is our history of painters whose lives and work are inseparable. As a fisherman, sailor, and self-taught naturalist, I am involved in the changes of season, time and weather and the resulting activities of man and nature in coastal New England. How can an artist not live what he paints? If he does not, his work contains no life.

I am also a representational painter. For me, this tie to the real is not a crutch. Any successful painting must have an abstract strength: a clear understanding of composition, form, color and the many other tools of design. In addition, though, representational painting explores the concrete, the world underfoot. Understanding this world is complex. Stare at a small area of shoreline and consider the materials, textures, colors, shapes, and patterns. Then consider such effects as light, time, season, weather, and what you were thinking about as you stood there. The impression changes. What is the constant? The constant is the whole day, a combination of the abstract and concrete. This is what I attempt to paint.

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See Andrew Moore’s paintings at the upcoming exhibition 2016 Massachusetts Cultural Council Artist Fellows in Painting, Choreography, Drawing & Printmaking, and Traditional Arts. Opening Reception: Friday, September 16, 6-8 PM. New Art Center, 61 Washington Park Newtonville, MA, 02460

Image credit: All images courtesy of Andrew Moore.

Event with MCC Literary and Dance Awardees at New Art Center

Tuesday, September 6th, 2016

A gallery featuring artists in an event at New Art Center Sept. 30

State-honored writers and poets will read and an awarded choreographer will perform at the New Art Center in Newton, MA on Friday, September 30, 2016. The event is in conjunction with the MCC Artist Fellows in Painting, Choreography, Drawing & Printmaking, and Traditional Arts exhibition (Sept 16-Oct 15) and will begin with a performance by MCC Choreography Fellow Candice Salyers, followed by a reading of Fellows/Finalists in the literary arts. Both the reading and the performance will take place in the exhibition space where art by MCC Fellows will be on view.

New Art Center, 61 Washington Park, Newtonville MA
Friday, September 30, 2016
6:30 PM performance by Candice Salyers
7 PM reading by:
Jane Dykema
Michael Lowenthal
Shubha Sunder
Sheryl White
Kris Willcox

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Also exhibiting concurrent with this event, in New Art Center’s Holzwasser Gallery, is a dual show by NAC students Irwin E. Thompson & Ingrid Scheibler, Pathways to Abstraction. The opening reception for Pathways to Abstraction will take place 5-7 PM that same evening (9/30), so arrive early for a multi-disciplinary experience in the arts.

Watch for more events featuring MCC literary awardees in the weeks and months ahead.

Artist’s Voice: Erica Daborn

Thursday, September 1st, 2016

The Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC) and the New Art Center (NAC) will present the 2016 Massachusetts Cultural Council Artist Fellows in Painting, Choreography, Drawing & Printmaking, and Traditional Arts on September 16-October 15, 2016, at the NAC.

Erica Daborn, one of the exhibiting artists, shares how her installations envision a tragic history that’s yet to happen.

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I have been working for six years on this project, Dialogues With Mother Earth: A Journey Through Time and Space. I consider the project to be a response to accelerating and irrefutable evidence of climate change. My goal is to provoke a reflection on the relationship between our 21st century societal values and the ways in which they have contributed to the degradation of our environment. The series of mural-sized narrative drawings in charcoal record fictitious historical events related to climate change as seen from the year 2051.

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I am using an immersive form of installation to direct the audience’s response to these issues through a comparison of ancient and modern information technologies.

Through this combination of theatre and visual art rather than scientific information I’m challenging viewers to examine the deeper causes of climate change. The installation engages them both intellectually and experientially, by first jettisoning them into a fast-paced technologically dominant environment (THE FUTURE), then forcing a slow crawl back into a quiet, cave-like space (THE PAST).

S.O.S.(Save Our Seeds)

The FUTURE – a sensory overload Media Room – reduces the ability to think or respond intelligently due to a profusion of images and overlapping, loud voices, a case of Too Much Information. The PAST – these are the murals – provides physical engagement with the environment through restricted movement and limited light source, while simultaneously offering primitive static images that play on intuition and history. Finally. a resting place in a pleasant low light quiet room, the silence only broken by occasional animal and bird cries (THE PRESENT), provides viewers with an opportunity to offer their own thoughts provoked by the experience in the form of letters to “Mother Earth.”

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In the drawings I explore, in a non-alarmist, story-book manner, those aspects of contemporary living that have impacted the environment including consumerism, depletion of natural resources, the ravages of the meat industry, disposable plastics, genetic modification etc. Because the completed project will be experiential (as opposed to an Al Gore-style lecture) I intend it to reach beyond the already-converted to a broader audience including one that has been resistant to the subject. I’m also offering this project as a teaching tool for schools and colleges. I want to encourage people who have not thought much about theses issues to recognize, to take action and to prepare for the global crisis that is already here.

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All images courtesy of Erica Daborn. From top to bottom: Funeral for the Last Elephant Charcoal on canvas 70 x 154″; Seeking Higher Ground Charcoal on Canvas 70 x 172″; The Murder of Mystery Charcoal on Canvas 70 x 178″; Ahab’s Revenge: Charcoal on canvas 70 x 203″; S.O.S. (Save Our Seeds) Charcoal on canvas 70 x 164″; Oprah and Noah Save the Animals Charcoal on canvas 70 x 159″

2016 MCC Artist Fellows Exhibition

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2016

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The Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC) and the New Art Center in Newton (NAC) join together to present the MCC Artist Fellows in Painting, Choreography, Drawing & Printmaking, and Traditional Arts. The exhibition will showcase a selection of the Commonwealth’s most talented artists working in a variety of disciplines. By bringing together artists from these four categories, the exhibition not only showcases a range of talents, but also explores the integral relations between media and movement, as well as traditional techniques and contemporary practices.

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Painting Fellows:
Dennis Congdon (Rehoboth)
Nicole Duennebier (Somerville)
Raúl Gonzalez (Medford)
Joel Janowitz (Cambridge)
Catherine Kehoe (Rehoboth)
Andrew Gordon Moore (Oak Bluffs)
Cristi Rinklin (Dorchester)

Drawing & Printmaking Fellows:
Kim Carlino (Easthampton)
Erica Daborn (Gloucester)
Linda Etcoff (Boston)
Kevin Frances (Boston)
Emily Lombardo (Blanford)
Stephen Mishol (Lowell)
Ethan Murrow (Jamaica Plain)

Choreography Fellows:
Dahlia Nayar (Easthampton)
Candice Salyers (Northampton)
Sara L Smith (Greenfield)

Traditional Arts Fellow:
Dimitrios Klitsas (Hampden)

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Massachusetts Cultural Council 2016 Artist Fellows Exhibition
New Art Center, 61 Washington Park, Newtonville, MA
September 16 – October 15, 2016
Opening Reception: September 16th from 6-8PM
MCC Literary Fellows Reading Event and Dance Performance: Friday, September 30, 6:30PM

Gallery Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 1PM-6PM, and by appointment
The exhibition is free, open to the public and accessible.

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Images: Nicole Duennebier, Painting Fellow, Still Life and Holy Ghost, acrylic on panel; Dimitrios Klitsas, Traditional Arts Fellow, Wood Carving, 2013; Dahlia Nayar, Choreography Fellow, “acqua alta”, Dance Place, Washington DC; Kim Carlino, Drawing & Printmaking Fellow, Cosmological Formations, series VII, XII, watercolor, ink & mixed media on tyvek, 2015

Artist’s Voice: Leigh Craven

Friday, September 18th, 2015

The Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC) and the New Art Center (NAC) will present MCC Awardees in Crafts and Sculpture/Installation/New Genres, September 18-October 17, 2015, at the NAC.

Leigh Craven one of the exhibiting artists, takes us to the inner and outer realms of her work.

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The mixed media bell jar pieces incorporate both flat and three-dimensional imagery. The artwork examines how both physical and emotional factors can consume the body and mind.

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For me, the combinations and/or confrontations of the human components accompanied with elements from nature, symbolize the psychological conflicts we might have when circumstances are beyond our control. In my mind, nature, storms, and swarms of insects or animals are physical representations of forces that we can not contain or control, these forces often times have dramatic impact our lives.

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See Leigh Craven’s work at the upcoming exhibition, Massachusetts Cultural Council Awardees in Crafts, Sculpture, Installation & New Genres, September 18 – October 17, 2015. Opening Reception: September 18, 7-9 PM. New Art Center, 61 Washington Park Newtonville, MA, 02460

All images courtesy of Leigh Craven.

Artist’s Voice: Amy Podmore

Wednesday, September 16th, 2015

The Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC) and the New Art Center (NAC) will present MCC Awardees in Crafts and Sculpture/Installation/New Genres, September 18-October 17, 2015, at the NAC.

Amy Podmore, one of the exhibiting artists, walks us through her art-making process.

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I’m interested in investigating new media solutions to questions I’ve been exploring about the limitations of the sculptural object. The question that has been of great interest to me recently is- how can I heighten the poignancy of stillness? How do I push past boundaries—spatially, materially, and emotionally?

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In the past, I have used nuanced gesture combined with objects that tend to surprise the viewer—rabbits-headed figures, udders, pitchers with legs– to imply animation and to reflect ineffable moments. For example, in “Measured Rest” the boot-clad figure grasps a violin; she is awkward and tense, conjuring, I believe, both immobility, as well as an urge to flee. Animation was implied by the gesture; but how to get beyond the implied without being obvious—how to heighten that charge, increase the tension in the work, and in the experience of the work.

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In recent work, such as “Edge Drift” and “Lana”, I attempt to push beyond relying on gesture alone and employ actual animation as a juxtaposition or counterpoint to help bring forward what is so difficult to capture in material: tension between action and inaction. In all my work, I hope is to heighten the experience of absence and the gap between stillness and animation through physical, sensory and sound components that speak to the idea of loss and gain, and a sense of emotional finality caused by what is vs. what could have been. I hope to facilitate and highlight and extend the simple gesture into the corporal, spatial, and sensate.

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See Amy Podmore’s work at the upcoming exhibition, Massachusetts Cultural Council Awardees in Crafts, Sculpture, Installation & New Genres, September 18 – October 17, 2015. Opening Reception: September 18, 7-9 PM. New Art Center, 61 Washington Park Newtonville, MA, 02460

All images courtesy of Amy Podmore.

Artist’s Voice: Dana Filibert

Monday, September 14th, 2015

The Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC) and the New Art Center (NAC) will present MCC Awardees in Crafts and Sculpture/Installation/New Genres, September 18-October 17, 2015, at the NAC.

Dana Filibert is one of the exhibiting artists, and here is more about the work, in the artist’s own words.

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In my studio process I use multiple materials. From my training in metalsmithing I employ welded steel, I also incorporate mass-produced objects and carved high-density foam. While working as an exhibit preparator for natural history museums I learned to repair fossils creating seamless archival specimens. I have transferred this skill that I now apply to my sculpture.

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Over the last few years I have been preoccupied with creating stylized cloud formations utilizing a collage of materials. In each sculpture I employ iconic animal imagery, references to human biology and decorative arts elements.

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When creating these pieces I am looking at them as idealized precious objects. Each animal I choose to represent is due to the hold it has as a symbol of cultural virtues. I especially look to those animals that are used as emblems to market consumer goods. I am interested in the consumer’s tendency to identify with these symbols.

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See Dana Filibert’s work at the upcoming exhibition, Massachusetts Cultural Council Awardees in Crafts, Sculpture, Installation & New Genres, September 18 – October 17, 2015. Opening Reception: September 18, 7-9 PM. New Art Center, 61 Washington Park, Newtonville, MA, 02460

All images courtesy of Dana Filibert. Studio photographed by Geneve Rege. Sculpture photographed by John Polak

Artist’s Voice: Pat Shannon

Monday, September 14th, 2015

The Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC) and the New Art Center (NAC) will present MCC Awardees in Crafts and Sculpture/Installation/New Genres, September 18-October 17, 2015, at the NAC.

Pat Shannon, one of the exhibiting artists, walks us through her art making process.

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For a few years, a crosswalk and parking space became my plein air workplace. Leading up to this transition, I had read a transcript from the panel discussion for “Earth Art”, Cornell University 1969. The panel included Robert Smithson, Dennis Oppenheim, Neil Jenney and other artists. One idea they talked about was extending their work into the world by literally making it out in the world. I’d been experimenting in small ways with making work outside of the studio, but as soon as I read their views, I felt a challenge to move further in that direction. The thought of leaving behind the seclusion of the studio to produce work in public really struck a chord. I tuned in on a neighborhood public works project. For many months, this project blocked traffic from a usually busy roadway. I saw this as my chance to move onto the street and also as a way to align my art making with common labor…so, I tagged myself alongside the work-site. Using aluminum foil and a few tools, I started to make a series of impressions from the street by literally feeling my way across the ground an inch at a time. The foil was my recording device.

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The ground became a pictorial surface and I was fascinated by using the sense of touch to generate an image. The resulting imprints are precise in details and very fragile by nature. The images they hold are unembellished representations of things “as they are”. They’re a record of both an experience and a place and they could easily be wiped away in a moment.

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See Pat Shannon’s work at the upcoming exhibition, Massachusetts Cultural Council Awardees in Crafts, Sculpture, Installation & New Genres, September 18 – October 17, 2015. Opening Reception: September 18, 7-9 PM. New Art Center, 61 Washington Park,  Newtonville, MA, 02460

All images courtesy of Pat Shannon.

Artist’s Voice: Anne Lilly

Friday, September 11th, 2015

The Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC) and the New Art Center (NAC) will present MCC Awardees in Crafts and Sculpture/Installation/New Genres, September 18-October 17, 2015, at the NAC.

Anne Lilly, one of the exhibiting artists, discusses her expertly crafted stainless steel kinetic sculptures.

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Recently I was asked whether I consciously intended for my sculptures to be as hypnotic as they are, or if it was an accident, or the result of some other factor. That kind of absorption was not something that I consciously decided upon before starting any particular piece, but after working for twenty years, it is clear that it is a state that I’m searching for, an experience I want to feel myself and share with others. It is neither accidental nor strategically conceived, but something that I find myself grappling toward again and again.

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Movements that are flitty, jangly, wobbly, jerky, monotonous, or otherwise aversive – these are all possible qualities which appear as a piece develops. But they are also qualities that abound in the world. In a way I think I want my work to be a refuge from the world, from chaos, noise and aggression. I actively steer the work away from that, and instead toward movements that are complex, organic, unified, and meditative.

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One thing about my work that seems to suprise people: I don’t use a computer at any point. The process is entirely hands on and involves long stages of experimentation. I do sketch a bit to figure out a difficult detail, but the larger action of the work usually does not arise from preconception or pre-planning.

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See Anne Lilly’s work at the upcoming exhibitionMassachusetts Cultural Council Awardees in Crafts, Sculpture, Installation & New Genres, September 18 – October 17, 2015. Opening Reception: September 18, 7-9 PM. New Art Center, 61 Washington Park, Newtonville, MA, 02460

All images courtesy of Anne Lilly.

Artist’s Voice: Lisa Nilsson

Friday, September 11th, 2015

The Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC) and the New Art Center (NAC) will present MCC Awardees in Crafts and Sculpture/Installation/New Genres, September 18-October 17, 2015, at the NAC.

Lisa Nilsson, one of the exhibiting artists, shares a slice of her art making.

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For the past several years I have been exploring and developing a centuries-old paper craft called “quilling” in which narrow strips of paper are rolled and shaped and assembled.

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My initial inspiration came from the lovely internal landscape of the human body in cross-section, and more recently from textiles, especially Persian rugs, and old book bindings. I work with Japanese mulberry paper and gilt-edged paper.

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See Lisa Nilsson’s work at the upcoming exhibitionMassachusetts Cultural Council Awardees in Crafts, Sculpture, Installation & New Genres, September 18 – October 17, 2015. Opening Reception: September 18, 7-9 PM. New Art Center, 61 Washington Park Newtonville, MA, 02460

All images courtesy of Lisa Nilsson.


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