“Love Shack,” juried by Bill Kouwenhoven, is flirty, fun, and sophisticated. Although it opened on Valentine’s Day, “Love Shack” strays away from a saccharine portrayal of love and displays love’s more complex side.
Sarah Pollman’s abiding love of the history and medium of photography is ever evident in “Notations,” Pollman’s Masters Thesis show, exhibited in conjunction with the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Pollman’s thesis consists of four thematically linked projects:
I first saw “From Paper to Pixels” at Jamaica Plain Open Studios back in September, but busy September got away from me before I could do a proper write up, so I was thrilled to hear that the show was having a reprise at the Suffolk University Gallery. “From Paper to Pixels” is an exhibition of collaborations between pairs of traditional and new media artists. The work of the traditional artist served as the starting point for the collaborative creation of a new, interactive work of art. The results are as engaging, unexpected, and just plain fun. Here are a few highlights:
“Pictures at Exhibition” by Dylan Hurwitz is on view at the Haley and Steele Gallery at 162 Newbury St until the 27th.
“Inside Reality: Constructing Narratives” is a group show featuring the work of Rachel Bedet, Susan DeLeo & Anne Pfaff. The show was selected as part of the Curatorial Proposal Series at Gallery 263.
“Genetic Material” is an exhibition put on by Claire Becket’s portrait class at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, featuring the work of Fatima Albudoor, Meg Bergstrand, Aaron John Bourque, Emil Cohen, Cassandra Klos, Rene Morisson, Birdie Piccininni, Dayna Rochell, Simone Schiess, and Matt Williams. The photographs shown seem to fall into four main categories.
The Aviary Gallery’s October show, “Star/Fruit,” features a photographic collaboration between artists Scott Alario and Harry Gould Harvey IV. Alario’s series focuses on his wife and child, while Harvey’s spins a semi-fictitious narrative about his recent honeymoon. Alario’s images are C-Prints from 8×10 negatives and Harvey’s are C-Prints from 6×7 negatives. The two artists printed their work through the same lab, framed together, and hung the photos intermixed on the walls, weaving together the two bodies of work seamlessly. I enjoyed taking in the show as a whole first, without being able to determine which photos were created by which artist, before using the image list to separate out the images into their respective series.
Last night I attended the Members Reception for the New England Photography Biennial at the Danforth Museum in Framingham. The show was curated by Francine Weiss, Curator and Editor for Loupe magazine for the Photographic Resource Center in Boston. Gathering together 76 works by 44 artists, the Biennial was large enough to feel representative of the exciting work going on in the New England area, but intimate enough to let the individual works shine.
“Visiting Thahab” is an ongoing performance project by artist Nabeela Vega that, in her own words, explores “the muslim woman’s presence as an object in contemporary, domestic and foreign spaces.” Vega uses the character of Thahab (meaning body in gold) in order to scrutinize the role of the Muslim American woman in post-9/11 America and to investigate themes such as the blending of feminine and masculine roles and spaces, and the modern significance of assimilation .