Tseng Illuminates At Tufts by Franklin W. Liu The beauty of viewing a retrospective collection of artworks is that it reveals the artist’s unique, life-long personal view of the world; when that body of work transcends the status quo, it often modifies our own perception spanning that same passage of time. Tseng Kwong-Chi was such an artist. Tseng Kwong-Chi (1950-1990) vibrantly lived a brief 39 years. Unhampered by conventional societal standards, he lived what must have been an enviable, charmed life — keeping the company of celebrated cultural icons like Andy Warhol and Madonna — while his contemporaries Cindy Sherman, Julian Schnabel and Jeff Koons were the influential artists of the day, all making waves in the rocking 1980s, shaping Tseng’s thinking. Tseng’s “deconceptual” photography-art was staged: it pushed back against the viewer’s preconceived notion of … [Read more...] about Performing For The Camera
Still Life Transforms at Danforth by J. Fatima Martins Danforth Museum of Art curator Jessica Roscio is disrupting the stillness of the popular and bucolic still-life arrangement. While studying the form, she noticed, “variations on the definition” of the genre, the most exciting element being the condition of flux. Roscio has designed another clever multi-component exhibition with a complicated theme: “Beautiful Decay,” a statement show featuring objects from Danforth’s permanent collection and three separate yet connected solo installations by invited contemporary artists, each offering a different process and aesthetic: Sarah Meyers Brent, abstracted assemblage and painting using readymade and organic material; Steve Duede, photographs of decomposing flowers and fruit; and David Weinberg, precise and exquisite still-life hyper-realism. The idea of being in the … [Read more...] about Beautiful Decay
Beard & Weil Makes It Clear by J. Fatima Martins Upon entering the Beard & Weil Galleries, we’re immediately affected by the hypnotic fairy-power of clear glass. The first installation in “Theories of the Earth” is a three-dimensional still-life menagerie of transparent objects arranged cohesively to appear haphazard and jumbled on and underneath a long, rectangular, seven-legged painted white table. The entire thing projects a cold, alien world; it’s unsettling, yet completing, as if we’ve been transported into a magical dinner party, frozen at a precise moment. The table is laid with fragile glass vessels, bowls, plates and cups of various sizes and densities; two crystalclear, tall, tropical glass trees — ancient cycadophyta — flank each side, and an assortment of messy glass foliage is tossed throughout. There are glass fabrics and other drapery, a loaf of glass … [Read more...] about What On Earth?
Welcome by Brian Goslow Ten years ago, I received a phone call asking me if I’d be interested in being the copy editor for a new arts magazine that was that was due to go to press later that month; little did I suspect I’d soon become its managing editor, fully immersing myself in the entire New England region’s arts scene and, 60 issues later, finding myself pulling together our greatest number of stories ever for artscope’s 10th anniversary issue. Looking back at that “Premier Issue,” whose cover featured “Jamaican Art in Boston,” there are three writers who have been with us throughout our first decade — James Foritano, Franklin W. Liu and Greg Morell. Many more of our staff members have been with us for five-plus years, a sign of their dedication to supporting the region’s visual artists. As we’ve done with past anniversary issues, we’ve asked our contributors to … [Read more...] about Welcome, March/April 2016
Your work could be artscope’s next CENTERFOLD. Your work could be Artscope’s next CENTERFOLD. Work by established and emerging artists welcome. For the May/June 2016 issue we will be accepting submissions for the category of Self-Portrait. Please send up to three images of your original work and your statement with contact information to: firstname.lastname@example.org no later than April 10, 2016. Please send low resolution images for review. High resolution images must be available to be reproduced up to 9” x 12” according to the orientation of the work selected. No resumes please. The centerfold will be selected based on visual and/or conceptual quality, by a panel of one Artscope staff and two arts professionals. Stove Factory Gallery is planning exhibitions and events for 2016.Please send proposals 6 weeks prior to requested event date to: … [Read more...] about Classifieds March/April 2016
Magic From The Mundane by Elizabeth Michelman It’s not hard to discern how Laura Evans’ ironic objects are made — it’s what they’re made for that’s puzzling. Her forms are pithy and precise. Her structures are paradoxical until one relates to them through bodily experience. Evans puts together the most mundane of materials and found objects — folded paper bags and their non-paper offspring, cardboard tubes cut up and refitted, cloth, plaster and chicken-wire, plumbing apparatus and knobs and handles of all sorts. One is tempted to embrace and grasp these objects as the artist has done. The power is in the joints and the absurdity of their connections, both inwardly and outwardly. It’s also in the vitality with which they reach out to us. Strangely seductive, they ask us to withstand their inscrutability, to trust and come closer, and to submit to the feelings they engage … [Read more...] about Laura Evans