By Barbara Bausch artscope’s Barbara Bausch, who is also a dancer, will be a participant at this year’s FIGMENT Festival, which will be held this weekend in Boston, where she’s been living since April. Here she describes her expectations for her first FIGMENT Festival. Three weeks ago, I had never heard of the FIGMENT Festival. Then, while dancing on the street in front of Cambridge City Hall, I met a woman in a pink tutu who told me that, under the name Denise Awesome, she aerobicizes people all over the city. “Call me and we’ll do it together,” she said. One week ago, I finally got in touch with her. She immediately asked me if I would like to join her in an aerobic and dance performance at the FIGMENT Festival. I said yes, and started to read about what FIGMENT is. “Everything is meant to be played with,” writes Brad Cohen in Arts & Architecture. “If FIGMENT were a … [Read more...] about Free, Creative, Interactive. The FIGMENT Festival is coming to Boston.
By James Foritano On the first Saturday of the summer of ’12, I walked into an affair of the heart with other invitees dressed in the requested white. It was not my first such affair — I’m no stick in the mud — but the first with a specific address: 78 Front Street, Marblehead. And it was, I have to say, a total immersion. I had met Deborah Bohnert before in her studio, but then it was strictly artist to art reporter since I was writing up her recent exhibit at the Simmons College gallery. You can imagine me as all ink-stained, bowed over my clipboard and interested only in the cold, if intriguing facts. This was very different. Walking off the cobblestones of Marblehead’s picturesque harbor, I met Ms. Bohnert as a hostess, warmly welcoming and bidding me to walk into a capacious heart she’s been assembling for years from her own paintings, photographs and sculptures as well as a … [Read more...] about “Walk Into My Heart”: An Installation by Deborah Bohnert
By Rosemary Chandler BOSTON, MA– The work of five Roxbury artists has traveled to Back Bay’s American Islamic Congress for Discover Roxbury’s latest exhibition, “Egyptian Moments, Roxbury Connections.” Inspired by Egypt but grounded in the artists’ Roxbury roots, the artwork reflects the artists’ personal experiences in the civilization built up along the banks of the Nile. The exhibit features the work of multimedia artists Ekua Holmes, Lucilda Dassardo-Cooper and Basil El Halwagy, as well as photographers Hakim Raquib and Derek Lumpkins. All of these artists recently spent time abroad in Egypt. Ekua Holmes’s “Ascension” series is the clear standout of the show. The four-panel series — composed of collage and mixed media on wood — is a fiery burst of brilliant reds and oranges against the white walls of the gallery. Holmes imparts her impressions of Egypt through an assemblage of … [Read more...] about Egyptian Moments, Roxbury Connections at the AIC Center
PROVINCETOWN- The motto of this year's Sixth International Encaustic Conference is "All Waxing, No Waning" and from the sound of things, there will be no waning at this year's conference. Encaustic, for those of you who are not in the know, is the use of making art with a paint that has been mixed with beeswax and fixed with heat after its application. Some may see this as a fad or a novelty, but encaustic has been used as early as ancient Egypt. Artists like Jasper Johns used to make his own beeswax paints, but as of 20 years ago companies have been manufacturing beeswax paints to accommodate artists' needs. It's safe to say that encaustic is no passing fad and the International Encaustic Conference is a testament to that. The conference journey began with artist Joanne Mattera and her book The Art of Encaustic Painting: Contemporary Expression in the Ancient Medium of Pigmented Wax … [Read more...] about The International Encaustic Conference Hits Provincetown
by Sara Farizan BOSTON, MA- I have to admit something. Kindles/Reading tablets and their ilk frighten me. I know, one day I will probably have to use one, since bookstores are closing left and right, but there is something precious about holding a book in your hands. The feel, the smell, wondering who has read the book before you, or, if you're so lucky to have a first edition, to think about the history of that particular book and where it comes from. That is why I find the non-profit North Bennet Street School so fascinating. It is a school, founded on 125 years of tradition, that teaches age old basics to potential craftsmen/craftswomen in things like book binding, jewelry, violin making and repair, carpentry, jewelry making and repair, preservation carpentry and locksmithing and security technology. NBSS began as an industrial school for immigrants in 1885 teaching trades and … [Read more...] about Back to Basics at North Bennet Street School
The “cornered” feature in the May/June 2012 issue of artscope features J. Fatima Martins’ interview with Marilyn Kalish, owner of The Vault Gallery in Great Barrington, Mass. Space restrictions didn’t allow us to run the full interview in the issue so we’re sharing the portion that didn’t make it into the magazine here. How did you find your working ritual? Marilyn Kalish: Organically. People like us trust the process. It’s a matter of how long can you stay in the space without answers. We are comfortable with the process and we are trusting in the uncomfortablility. It’s ritual, ritual, ritual until the answers arrive, and they always do. How have you managed challenges and mistakes? MK: I have mentors; people who understand my working method and how I think. That’s very important. The answers don’t come quickly... search, search, search and I will find a truth and it’s visceral, … [Read more...] about Cornered: Interview with Marilyn Kalish of The Vault Gallery (Part Two)