Abigail Lee Goldberger is inspired by myths, nature, memories, folk art, children’s books, longing, science, and religion. Themes and stories begin to unravel as she layers multiple colors of oil paint onto the canvas. The balance of color and contrast contribute to the captivating mood, which is dreamlike and mysterious. Although the expressions in the characters are calm and the images are static, there is a sense of energy and movement in the whimsical and brave world that Abigail generates.
She stops the reality of the domain we live in and produces an escape, a fairytale utopia where a new universe is created on the canvas. Each surreal character is portrayed as an animal or human, and the new environment begins to tell a colorful story. Whether there is an innocent glowing baby floating in a misty sky and surrounded by purple flowers, or a majestic lion sitting on polka dotted grass with twinkling stars above him, the images become fascinating. It is important for viewers to carefully ponder the paintings, and for a moment become liberated in Abigail’s fantasy realm.
Address Unknown: Traces of Hope represents hope and resiliency in the plight of homelessness. Each of the artists share an experience with homelessness and through their creativity, aspire to provoke the audience into thinking about the social conditions of the Boston community. By participating in the Common Art program offered by Ecclesia Ministries on Newbury Street in Boston, the artists have developed a sense of kinship and support, and it is revealed in their art. Having a network of supportive peers and possessing hope, can be important factors to both preventing and fighting chronic homelessness.
The exhibition features the artwork of the founders of Unbound Visual Arts. The artwork presents many examples of how change is constant and inevitable for all people, animals, buildings, memories and all other man-made and natural things. Further, the artwork is a means to remember that nothing remains forever and that all change happens in the present, not the past or future. Some things change quickly while others may take a lifetime or more.
The love of the flowers is the love of the real. It’s the celebration of nature’s beauty and splendor. Anita Helen Cohen‘s painting is here to remind us that the real can get magical in the blink of an eye, when it comes to the unexpected moves, the powerful colors and the poetic shapes of the flower world.
The exhibition features watercolors and pastels on archival and hand-made papers. The finesse of the chosen materials is underlining the fragile and exquisite nature of Cohen’s much treasured local and exotic botanical specimens.
In her sincere and uplifting floral “portraits” Cohen grasps “up close” the changing colors of the flowers in their magical moment of bloom. Placed in delicate abstract backgrounds her flowers stimulate our senses and make us want to smell, to touch, to recall memories of our own childhood gardens and to anticipate the moments of a future spring. Autumn is soon to be knocking at our door but, till next bloom, these natural wonders are kept alive and ravishing in Cohen’s paintings.
Our Complex Relationship with Animals: Throughout history animals have played an important role in our lives. Our relationship to them has always been a complex one. Humans have hunted and bred animals for food, feared them as predators, revered them as spiritual beings, enlisted them as laborers, sacrificed them in scientific experiments, and prized them as pampered pets. Featuring thirteen artists working in diverse media, this exhibition examines our complicated connections to these creatures. While those animals we consider our pets are assigned uniquely human qualities, other animals are simply considered commodities, justified solely by the fact they are members of another species. Exploring this duality, the work conveys a deep love of and respect for the animal kingdom, as well as a palpable sense of anxiety, guilt, and outrage regarding crimes perpetrated against animals.
EPIC surveys the engagement of contemporary artists with themes of the heroic and mythological. Bringing together local and regional artists who work across varying media, the exhibition depicts the epic narratives of heroism through the imagery of strength - both physical and cerebral. The artists included in EPIC share an interest in ancient forms and traditions and collectively seek to engage with the timeless theme of the hero through their contemporary practices.
The epic poems of the ancient Greek author Homer serve as a point of departure for our conception of the hero. But since Homer wrote those historic words, the role of the hero has evolved and changed so greatly that our modern image of heroism encompasses a vast expanse of figures. EPIC is an examination of these variations on the historic and a sampling of contemporary narratives
East meets West by way of the European Bakery Café, Athan’s Brookline. Oil paintings in jellybean hues depict joyful still life scenes of coffee cups, saucers and moka pots reminiscent of Wayne Thiebaud and Andy Warhol. Heading East, across the gallery, we feast our eyes on paintings of packaged selections from a Chinese market. In lacquered reds and blacks with neon greens and pinks the scenes whisk us off to Chinatown with all of its visual allure.
This is contemporary work that I hesitate to refer to as “still” life since the paintings possess so much energy. The objects vibrate with color and personality, seeming to socialize on the canvas. Reflections dance off the fruity Jell-O and twinkle from the moka pots, all in juicy hyper-color. This show will perk up a cloudy autumn day and cure wintertime blues.
This exhibition of representational and conceptual works of art is about the intense spirit reflected in and associated with the Olympic Games and its various manifestations in life such as commitment, cooperation, courage, determination, inspiration, passion, and perseverance. These personal, physical, and psychological qualities and emotions relate and transcend the spirit associated with the Olympics as well as the goodwill of the international participants. This spirit does not always result in “victory” in the Olympics or in life, but the journey to achieve a goal is oftentimes the real accomplishment.
The arts have always played an important role in the Olympics. Beginning with the early Greek Olympics starting in 776 BCE and lasting 1400 years, artists captured the glory and the athletic achievements on clay, on walls, and in drawings. Then, in the first half of the 20th century, artists competed for medals by creating works of art that were motivated by the sporting endeavors and the Olympic ideals. For over 120 years, the modern Olympics has been striving to bring about world cooperation, education, and peace through athletic competition. Those principles have always been at the heart of the games, held every 2 years but not always successfully achieved. Many political, economic and religious differences and conflicts have often overshadowed the goals but nonetheless the games have continued to bring men and women together from almost every nation on earth. The five rings of the official Olympics flag represent the five main continents of the world while the colors (black, green, red, yellow and blue) of the rings represent all the nations of the world.
A song cycle is an intentional progression of songs, most often converging on a singular theme. In a way, this exhibition is just that: the works vary in media and style, however, through a continuous theme of music we find fresh ways to represent one form of fine art through another.
A technique commonly employed in song cycles is called word painting. Word painting communicates the meaning of words through musical expression, often by variations of pitch. For example: A vocalist sings about undulations in the sea while her voice moves up and down. Utilized throughout time, word painting aides the listener to envision narrative in a form of fine art devoid of visual expression.
This exhibition aims to explore this practice in reversal, in hopes of examining the relationship between different forms of artistic expression. How can visual art use symbols, color, texture and form to create a dialogue on the subject of music?
You see a chocolate cake at your friend’s birthday party and try to resist taking a piece. You cave in and it was gratifying to do so until you realize how many calories it has. You feel guilty, but why? We live in a culture of temptation with hedonistic values and yet we are expected to resist.
When we are tempted we respond to the prefrontal cortex and the regulation of responses from the rest of our brain. People who are not able to self-regulate have higher chances of addiction. Those who have disciplined themselves long enough to resist temptation have long-term plans in achieving their goals.
We associate our temptations with negative consequences but good can come out of these desires. We are able to reflect upon what is important to us and build upon our personal values.
The artwork shown depicts these themes though visual narrative. The mind, brain, and body are figuratively and abstractly represented.
An exhibition that includes sculptural artworks by artists of the Boston Sculptors Gallery - Caroline Bagenal, Murray Dewart, Mags Harries, Michelle Lougee, Andy Moerlein and Nora Valdez. It interprets, explores and presents concepts related to “unlimited” lives. The art was selected to interpret, explore and present themes and concepts related to living unbounded lives. Like life these works are simple and complex and capture many forms, shapes, sizes, materials, patterns and connections. They are all a potential means to contemplate what a life without limits means to each of us. They are vehicles to develop our ideas of the potential of the boundless, which can be a path to abundance, happiness and prosperity. By trusting our abilities and instincts to aspire to new heights our lives can be passion-driven and more meaningful. You are invited to experience these works of art. Do any of them resonate with you by suggesting a challenge or fear in your unlimited life? Are any new actions revealed or warranted?
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