I'm honored to kick off 2016 with new work created for BRINK v2: Space and Intimacy, curated by John Pyper, at the Mills Gallery, Boston Center for the Arts. BRINK is a bi-annual exhibition series dedicated to introducing emerging artists based in the Northeast. This installment is dedicated to sculpture . . . or not, since each of the six artists included here easily transcend what is traditionally associated with the term.
My contribution is called The Epitome Theater and is an extension of the themes from October 2015's GEOMETER exhibition at GRIN. Whereas the centerpiece of GEOMETER was a measurer, here the centerpiece is himself being measured (both are life-sized self-portraits). An epitome was an early type of portable atlas, but here refers to both the figure on the table and the ancient notion of microcosm. Inspired by Renaissance anatomical theaters, the recumbent figure rests on a classical dissection table atop stones evocative of an elemental ritual. Beneath, a pile of anthracite suggests that the setting may actually double as a pyre, an alchemical burning from nigredo to albedo to citrinitas. At the figure's feet, a small bronze arch suggests an enshrined culmination of the study of human proportion in the applied arts and their underlying code of geometrical forms. Also included in BRINK are the sister pieces Morning Star and Evening Star.
Getting to know curator/writer/artist/all-around inspiring gentleman John Pyper while preparing for this show was a pleasure and a privilege, and I'm tremendously fortunate to share my work alongside the work of five other stellar artists, Johnny Adimando, Samantha Fields, Coe Lapossy, AJ Liberto and J.R. Uretsky. Additional information on BRINK and it's surrounding events can be found here. A roundtable discussion with the artists will take place on Saturday February 20th, 2016, 3:00-5:00 PM, in addition to performances throughout the run of the show.
You can read more about the exhibition in Cait McQuaid's review for the Boston Globe here. Thank you Cait for the thoughtful article!
BRINK v2: Space and Intimacy
January 15, 2016-March 26, 2016
Opening Reception Friday January 22nd, 2016 6-8 PM
Mills Gallery at Boston Center for the Arts
539 Tremont St
Boston, MA 02116