Opening reception Friday, August 24th, 6-9pm
"These conceptual artifacts reflect the practical, the political and the precious. The words and objects are an offering of apology, a declaration of hurt feelings and a cathartic exercise in response to a conflict or event. Historically, hand stitching has been the vernacular, recording familiar feelings and painting familiar images. The finished product becomes a meditation on a moment and embraces the accuracy and misnomer of a place in time."
Jennifer lives in Allston, Massachusetts and works where it takes her. She decorates for the likes of photographer Gregory Crewdson and on motion pictures such as The Social Network, The Proposal and The Last Harbor.
"My artistic process involves drawing, painting, printmaking, and embroidery. I create ambiguous and open-ended narratives in which material, process, and image interact to offer personal views of a playful working definition of masculinity and identity. A common theme of my work is seen in the erotically coded religious depictions of St. Sebastian. Drawings of the pierced saint or of other iconic male characters (Adam, David, a knight, cowboy, sailor, etc.) are stitched into decorative fabrics using colorful threads somewhat diffusing the agony of the scene. The contradiction of male aggression and vulnerability, of violence and sexual tension is in part the essence of my mixed- media work. The very nature of embroidery challenges the notion of the masculine at the start."
Gerald Lucena studied art at the University of Hawaii at Manoa (BFA), the State University of New York at Stony Brook, the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine, and at the Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Colorado. Lucena currently lives in Captain Cook, HI on a five acre coffee farm and teaches for the Holualoa Foundation for Arts and Culture. In his role as art instructor/mentor, Lucena has dedicated the past ten years developing and maintaining programs for children, teens, and adults at the Donkey Mill Art Center. Lucena has also designed costumes and sets for the Aloha Performing Arts Company, a non-profit community theater. His theater experiences include The Tempest, Oklahoma, Rocky Horror Picture Show, The Diary of Anne Frank, Phantom Tollbooth, A Christmas Story, Alice in Wonderland, and Seussical. He also designed and performed in the Audrey II puppets for the Aloha's production of the Little Shop of Horrors.
"Linens with their memory-ridden stains and the gender roles they implicate become a part of us and are indicative of patterns created and repeated. In Patterned Lineage: The Inheritance of Stains, collage elements depict shadows of an inherited acquiescence that is simultaneously delicate and eternally resilient. Decorative paper fragments alternately float over the handkerchiefs and appear printed in the cloth to give a sense of permanency. Graphite rubbings of inherited utensils and flatware leave contorted impressions, and sewing patterns metaphorically represent behavior patterns. Bits of text create the beginnings of conversations that are enhanced by paint and crepe tissue to make fruit (fertility, virginity), flowers (femininity), and superheroes (strength, power, caretaking) visceral.
These elements coalesce as a graphic representation of our past and present depicting the inherent and inherited social norms, ideals and traditions of women through time underlining the differences, oblique similarities and recurrences that exist across generations."
Lisa A Turngren (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a New York City–based mixed-media artist who holds a B.F.A. in Painting from Tyler School of Art. Her work has become increasingly informed by her graduate studies in clinical social work, psychoanalysis, and art therapy and is process oriented and relies on stream of consciousness and chance. This experimentation allows her to explore both consciously and unconsciously personal and social issues that relate to gender, femininity, and social norms. These multiple dimensions, and their relationship to the materials, techniques, and concepts, are investigated and analyzed creating a series of work, continuous in process, that often times lends itself to the creation of an installation that speaks to and gives voice to collective women’s issues.