In the latest issue of Big RED & Shiny, independent curator, artist, and film producer Jim Manning contributes a terrific video profile of Monica Nydam (Painting Fellow ’10). In it, Monica speaks about her affection for the local art scene and shares the origins of her intriguing horse portraits. She also tells the story of learning she won an MCC fellowship: the night before, her apartment had run out of hot water, so she took the call still smelling of paint and thinner from yesterday’s studio work. The grant (along with, we hope, helping her upgrade apartments) let her take time off work to prepare for a recent solo show at Boston’s LaMontagne Gallery.
In the same issue, publisher Matthew Nash announced that Big RED & Shiny, an online journal that has explored and championed the New England arts scene since 2002, will no longer publish new issues. Big RED always contained a variety of voices and an unparalleled engagement with New England artists. Happily, Our Daily RED, the journal’s blog, will continue.
To all contributors and collaborators on Big RED & Shiny: thanks for making the local scene a little bit smarter, a little bit more fun, and a little bit better understood.
Images: Monica Nydam, UNTITLED HORSE PAINTING (2009), Oil on Board, 24×48 in; UNTITLED HORSE PAINTING (courtesy of La Montagne Gallery) (2008), Oil on canvas 9×12 in.