September 11 - September 30 2012

What I Came Upon

Opening reception Friday, September 14th, 6-9pm

Shez Arvedon

Shore Thing

"East Coast roots provided the Atlantic ocean, and a starting point for my early creative inspiration. I strolled the shores collecting flotsam and jetsam to admire. Art school added the formal training of drawing, painting, and printmaking. A co-owned silk screening business, ‘Acme Artists,’ located in the Boston loft scene, expanded my life skills and artistic passions. A move to San Francisco and the Pacific ocean offered the backdrop for acquiring techniques in scenery and set design. Original silk-screened and painted clothing, ‘Shez Loungewear,’ materialized.

Continuing to move west in seven year cycles, I landed on a tropical island in the middle of the Pacific ocean. The Hawai’i island’s surroundings and substance stimulated my urge toward assemblage and sculpture. As I piece together clay, bamboo, glass, fiber, artifacts and print-making, I travel over land and sea to maintain my personal and instinctual connection to the journey itself.

A small boat holds me afloat. Water swirls around me and forces me on a familiar yet dangerous current. An unexpected wave threatens to upend my safe vessel. I lift and spin in all directions fiercely holding on to the hope that when the froth settles, I will gently glide to a welcoming shore. The new island greets me with beautiful pieces of a scattered life. I gather and rearrange the sun drenched and weathered debris with the promise of creating a new expedition."

Diane Bonder

Films

"Diane Bonder's film work is inspiring and haunting. Her films are fractured fairy tales about love, loss and displacement. Using optical printing techniques (re-filming frame after frame by hand) to overlay images on top of images, these flms poignantly speak through washes of sensuous layers of pictures and sounds. The results are dreamlike journeys through everyday life." - Kathy High

Diane Bonder began making films in the early 1990's. Her main way of shooting films was in super 8 and 16 millimeter. She filmed her videos in documentary form and also diary, poetic and semi-narrative. Her work has been shown in many museums, film festivals and libraries. She lived in Brooklyn, New York until her death on June 23rd 2006 from pancreatic cancer. In the four films she made in the 90's she has done everything from write, direct, produce and act. Clearly Diane bonder was a woman who truly wanted to put her whole self into her work.

Dez DeCarlo

Twin Flames

"I wait and listen for sounds, colors and objects to speak to me. I spontaneously capture magical fiery moments dangling in time and space. Keeping it pure and simple, this is how I play with my pictures."

Dez DeCarlo studied film and photography at U Mass Boston. She is also a musician, writer and martial arts artist.

Shari Kadison

Across the Bay

"It’s hard to see the truth; my art makes it more accessible. I ask the questions to get you to come to your own answer of truth.

I create art using found objects as well as organic materials. The subject matter is enriched by the inherent history of the original use of the articles selected. Various items, scraps of paper and natural materials are combined, losing their identity. After being screened through my own personal history our common histories are revealed.

This delicate balance of storytelling and visual poetry is sometimes humorous – sometimes dramatic. The strength of the whole poses a question in each of us and that question is each one's separate answer."

Along with her visually prosaic box constructions, Kadison has transferred part of her site-specific installation Family Tree, Five Generations for ‘Appearances’ (this year's edition of Provincetown's Green Arts Festival) to AMP for a new interpretation. Family Tree is a series of constructed nests with nearby telephones at varying points in their stylistic development which, in part, manages to deftly address the morphing displacement of nature with a new form of modern bird song, the tweet.

Paula Lawrence

Reflect

"I am drawn to reflections in landscape and city architecture as nature and light interact with fabricated structures. I can see how these reflections mimic the forms of nature – air, sky, water, sand: organic and rigid intertwined – reflecting the classical architecture and history of place."

Paula Lawrence is a photographer who resides in Boston and Welfleet Massachusetts.

Sue Metro

What Peeks Out

"I am a visual person. I am also a musician. I grew up in Rochester, NY – land of the Kodak moment – where we were all practically born with camera in hand. Like the way individual notes may stand out in the context of a larger musical piece, I am often mesmerized by the little things behind the obvious focal point that make up our visual world, like pieces of a jigsaw puzzle. My attraction to these visual slices – like the flowers behind bicycle spokes, toes of an elephant's foot, an eye of a bird, contorted reflections in a water bubble, lines, shapes, colors all are like music to me. Each image that peeks out resonates with a sound of its own."

Pam Nicholas

Secret Toy Surprise

"I am drawn to the magic of the fleeting moment. My goal is to find the mysterious, the amusing, and the just plain weird as I wander through streets both familiar and unknown, and to lose myself in the process."

Pam Nicholas studied photography at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. She earns her living as a techno wrangler in academia, but her heart belongs to the arts. Besides taking pictures, she has spent quality time playing drums in edgy rock bands and wrestling with words on the page. More fun at: Website

John Pusateri

I Really Can't Say

John Pusateri is a born archivist. His knowledgeable collection of music, film, and other pages from our culture-scape is diverse and reverent. His photographs are a natural outcropping of his keen sense as a collector and his ability to recognize the significance of the moment.

I Really Can’t Say, refers to John’s participation as an observer, as well as his journalistic-like response to the small happenings and large events around him.

Mo Ziochouski

MOZeum

Mo Ziochouski’s work includes representational and conceptual sculpture, assemblage and small-scale installation. The works are constructed utilizing found objects: primarily metal, wood, glass, stone, images from her photography or torn from books and magazines, and the occasional plastic item thrown in for good modern measure.

The notion of Trash as a cumulative result of excess, detritus of changing worlds, ghosts of an industrial past, the endless (re)cycle of things to reclaim and re-contexturalize provides a bottomless bounty for her art.

All of her work reflects a love of material and metaphor, and the effect of time and the elements on objects. It also pays homage to the historic avant garde, along with some of Provincetown’s own art legends – Paul Bowen, Mike Wright, Martha Dunigan, and the craft and precision of the metalworkers and machinists of the industrial age.

Mo Ziochouski is a self-taught artist who lives and works in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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