Opening Reception: Friday, August 2nd 6-9 pm.
Star Maps For Beginners
Developing ideas for painting reminds me of the history of astronomy. The concept you begin with has to change, to accommodate what you perceive. Looking also improves with patience and you see more as you slow down.
Barbara Hadden was born in 1955 in Hamburg, Germany, and spent her childhood in Europe and the Middle East. She studied painting, photography and filmmaking at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, which awarded her an Alumni Traveling Fellowship for her work in photography. Hadden was a finalist in the Regional Fellowships for Visual Arts/New England Foundation for the Arts. For the last decade she has regularly attended artist residences, working in both painting and photography. Hadden lives and works in western Massachusetts. Website.
A Ghost of a Chance
The series a ghost of a chance is a group of works that seeks to call forth the “building blocks” of fantasmatic imagery. Dogs observing cataclysms, the possibility of ghosts, the shadows behind William Blake, the antagonism of camouflage, etc., serve as sources for potential narrative misreadings. The series began as a group of drawings in this image-repertoire, exploring and producing ad nauseum. In this series as in her other work, she fantasizes into narrative based on a tight symbolic group that is then broken open into its disjunctive possibilities. She is inspired by rural and suburban landscapes, theatre, and cartoons.Victoria Haynes was born in Atlanta, GA, and grew up in Connecticut. She studied semiotics, critical theory, and contemporary choreography under Boris Groys, Chinnie Ding, and Aly Rose. She decided to pursue painting seriously and transferred to RISD where she is working towards a BFA. Her interests in performance, literary forms and structures, and American culture find their way into the media of playwriting, painting, video and installation work, and drawing. Website.
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Nancy Marks has been making art for over twenty years as a printmaker and a painter. Her work has been exhibited in one and two-woman shows. She has participated in Jamaica Plain Open Studios for sixteen years and was selected for its’ annual juried show six times.
Nancy has taken workshops and classes at The Fine Arts Work Center and PAAM; Haystack School of Crafts; Penland School of Crafts; Castle Hill Center for the Arts; and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts. She has studied with Michael Dowling, Rhoda Rosenberg, Robert Siegleman and Gema Phillips and printmaking with Michael Mazur, Peik Larsen, Bob Townsend and Vicky Tomayko. Website.
Awake and Intentional
I wake in the middle of the night thinking about how colors and their interrelationships prove the existence of magic. In these drawings, I present fragments of a complex story, a feminist story, shifting the paradigms of love and gender. The subtext of these drawings of witches, bridges, fairies, and cats, has the intention of integrating the various parts of my psyche.
In one ink on rice paper work, a person is drawn as a bridge or a comb. There are eleven spiked lines that represent energy exiting the body. The rice paper creases echo the repetition of vertical lines. The number eleven represents mastery.
These drawings are from a series made in 1994-1999.
Shelley Marlow is an artist and writer living in Brooklyn. Exhibitions include a solo show at Trial Balloon Gallery; and group shows at PS1; Brooklyn Museum; Valentine Gallery; Eigen and Art Gallery of Leipzig; Expo Art, Bologna; and Temple University Rome Gallery, Rome. Her art appears in Drunken Boat folio; LTTR journal; AllUpinit magazine; The Literary Review; and Zingmagazine. She wrote the book/lyrics for the feminist musical, UnKnot Turandot, (La Mama). She presented International Witch Stories at the 48th Venice Biennale. Marlow wrote the manuscripts titled Two Augusts in a Row in a Row, and Lesbians of Arabia. Marlow has read from her prose from New York City to St. Petersburg, Russia. Anne Wolfe wrote about Marlow's essay published in the St. Petersburg Review, Notes in Kyzyl, "describes a woman traveling across Russia, looking to meet a shaman...... Her true story of self-discovery takes one on a trip further out of the ordinary, bending one’s mind more than much fiction." Website.
Stories to Tell
I would like a painting to have more hold on the viewer than the viewer has the inclination to pass it by. There are many things created in this world to be the fastest, cheapest, biggest. We often forget about authenticity. We all have stories to tell. I encourage my paintings to be used as a prompt for others stories.
Lori Swartz lives and works in Mardrid, NM - a small artist's town just south of Santa Fe. She moves fluidly between varying media each day. She began as a metal smith in 1998, creating large sculpture and furniture. In 2000, she started making jewelry. Throughout she has been a painter, as well as a writer and a performer of circus arts (acrobatics, trapeze, aerial fabric and aerial chain). Her paintings and jewelry are in galleries across the country. You can see her perform acrobatics and aerial dance with Wise Fool Circus and Chicks with Chainsaws. Website.