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John Anderson, Christ Rising from an Ocean Gyre (detail), 2017, carved wood, plastic debris, wire, paint, 98” x 30” x 9”.

by Lisa Mikulski

Art and psychology have long been looking at one another in an attempt to extend our understanding of human choices, experiences and the perception of events in the world in which we live. Although art psychology tends to examine the processes and motives of an artist’s self-expression, the artist can turn the tables and delve into the realm of psychological sciences to portray ideas from the past as well as a possible future. These are two very different mindsets.

This month, the Boston Sculptors Gallery presents two concurrent solo shows featuring the work of Fafnir Adamites and John Christian Anderson. Both artists are making their first exhibit at the gallery in Boston’s SoWa District. Both are new members at the gallery. And both offer works that can be seen as simplistic —and in the case of Adamites work, minimalist — while speaking to something profound and exploring the concept of a future dictated by the past.

Fafnir Adamites’ exhibit, “Holding Remnants,” features large-scale paper sculptures that are greatly influenced by the psychological theory that past traumas can be imprinted upon and passed down through our DNA to future generations. A truly frightening concept.

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