Category Archives: Past

Rule of Three :: 7.5.14 – 7.11.14


Rule of Three

Photography and multi-channel video work by Bug Davidson

Opening Reception: Saturday July 5, 2014, 5-8pm

Rule of Three is a moving image investigation of nostalgic history, personal narrative, cinematic representation and trans/gender. An attempt to visually tonalize a complicated and diverse narrative in feminist, lesbian, transgender and working class history.

With this work I envision beyond the boundaries of established materiality, into an imaginary of theories and representations.

As a transgender person with roots in the working class lesbian community, it is up to me to create a personal historical narrative. Because those that came before me faced enduring violence and repression, documents of their lives are often hidden or unknown. I seek to place myself in connection with both real and fictitious elements of Lesbian and FTM working class history. I fancy creating a visually conversational bridge that leads to an uncomfortable but largely absent discourse in our communities.

The Rule of Three is a structural inspiration for this investigation, when framing an image, the comedic triple, the three-act structure of film narrative, and the rigidity of gender binary.  

 — Bug Davidson

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Artist Talk:  Monday, July 7, 7pm

ANYTHING HELPS: Sinister Art, History, Cinema and Perversion.

Using their current show Rule of Three at Howard Art Project as an entry point for performance of obsessions, artist and film addict Bug Davidson will offer thoughts and images on the nature of nostalgic history and how to break up with a photograph.

About the artist:

bug2Bug Davidson is a motion image artist and film director. Their most recent film, Nothing Like Ivanhoe, premiered in a sponsored screening by Polari Festival’s filmmaker assistance program. Davidson received the Puffin Foundation Grant to continue ongoing lens based performance work, Rule of Three, and is proud to have workshopped the project this spring in the inaugural year of Critique Group program at the Austin Contemporary.Bug has studied at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, The School of Visual Arts NYC and The Irish Film Center Dublin.











National Geographic: May 23rd – June 6th, Opening Reception: May 23rd


Opening Reception: Friday, May 23rd 6:00 – 9:00pm

May 23rd – June 6th*

National Geographic

National Geographic is a group exhibition featuring the work of Abbey Campbell, Nathaniel Grossman, and Spencer Hinson, which takes as its point of departure issues of representation in political ecology. Here, artists and art objects serve as spokespersons for nonhuman entities, at once creating and bringing into focus discrepancies between our external reality and its varied representations. While rooted in the factual, the works place emphasis on their own aestheticization, understanding it as not extraneous but necessary for their involvement within social or political frameworks.

*May 24th – June 6th is by appointment only. To arrange a visit, please contact:

HAP March Residency- The Modernist Manicure :: 3.13.13 – 3.30.13


The Modernist Manicure

March 13th – March 30th
For booking and hours, please email

Come prime and paint your nails at The Modernist Manicure, a pop-up nail spa hosted by the Howard Art Project space in Dorchester. Each manicure is an opportunity to meditate over the Modernist legacy while sprawling canvasses of the early 20th century are recreated in miniature on your hands. Choose treatments on site from a catalogue of canonical Modernist paintings. The treatments range from Pollock’s frenetically splashed action paintings performed at the height of the Abstract Expressionist era to Kasimir Malevich’s austere monochromes for a more resigned and aloof effect. A nail professional will be present from March 13th to the 30th to provide esthetic and aesthetic services free of charge. Each manicure lasts between 45-60 minutes.

Slowness :: 1.17.13 – 2.3.13



January 18th – February 3rd

Opening Reception January 17th 7:00pm

Open Saturday 1/26 12-5, Sundays 11-5, and by appointment

“I know these things have their uses, and I use them-a truck, a computer, a modem-myself, but I fear their false urgency, their call to speed, to their insistence that travel is less important than arrival. I like walking because it is slow, and I suspect that the mind, like the feet, works at about three miles an hour. If this is so, then modern life is moving faster than the speed of thought or thoughtfulness,”
— from Wanderlust: a History of Walking by Rebecca Solnit.

Kirk Amaral Snow, Erik Benjamins, Jennifer Nichols,
Joanna Tam, Jessica Borusky, Diana Clarke
Allison Hale, Leah Craig, Katrina Neumann, Ian Jeffrey
Jordan Tynes, Helena Hsieh, Taylor McVay, Cathy McLaurin,
Christopher Thomas Ford, Kimberly Ruth, and Garett Yahn

Slowness is a group exhibition featuring artists whose work reflects and investigates time and our expectations of it.
In the current context, convenience of consumption is omnipresent. To those with sufficient means, most products and information is almost instantly available. Has the expectations of convenience that we have for products infiltrated our expectations for one another? Must we always be available too? Where is the space to reflect, to converse, to absorb, and to wander through spaces and ideas?

-curator: Christopher Thomas Ford

Lucky Strike :: 2.13.13 – 3.6.13

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Lucky Strike

Joe Joe Orangias

Opening Reception: February 22, 2013 6 to 9pm
February 13 to March 6, 2013
Gallery Hours: Saturdays 12 to 6pm or by appointment.

Former Lucky Strike Lanes, a few blocks away from the Howard Art Project, closed almost a decade ago and is now in a state of transition. This solo exhibition features the MFA thesis project of Joe Joe Orangias. The project was initiated by his research at the Museum School and Tufts University on how architecture and design choreograph the body, and influence social experience. Focusing on the bowling alley as a distinct case of such structural influence, Orangias salvaged discarded materials from the former candlepin bowling alley. He has re-purposed these materials into a series of paintings or sculptures. In exploring the formal and environmental issues of this local infrastructure, he creates narratives and habitats that complicate understandings of art, intimacy, the body, and public space. The works depict a strong history, and simultaneously propose new futures.

Small Conversations 7 :: 1.3.12


Small Conversations 7

Celine Browning and John C. Gonzalez

Exhibition Reception
Thursday, January 3rd, 6pm – 8pm

Small Conversations is an ongoing project between John C. Gonzalez and various collaborators. For other interations of this project, see John’s website

Kill The Lights :: 12.13.12 – One night

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Kill The Lights

December 13th, 2012 6-9pm

During the season of lights four Boston-based artists do
something unusual- they kill them. Kill the Lights is a one night show at the Howard Art Project
in Dorchester, MA, that explores light as portal into and out of memory. Works varying from
photography to sculpture, from text to live performance, will illuminate the way light reveals
presence and when shut out, recalls absence. The show is free and open to the public.

The artists included are:

Ashley Wood grew up in Charleston, SC. She earned her BFA from Clemson University in 2011
and is currently in her thesis year of the MFA program at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts,
Boston. Her work incorporates photography, text, and sculpture – discussing anxiety and memory
as it relates to childhood, religion, and the domestic space.

Valeska Freire Marulanda is a Venezuelan interdisciplinary artist who works primarily in video
and performance. Her work explores the progression of time through stillness and presence. She
is currently studying methods of desexualizing the female naked body in live performance art.

Molly Segal is a painter from Oakland, CA. Her work uses personal memory to investigate the
psychological ambiguities of interactions of young women. She often paints from video stills of
performative “re-stagings” of past events.

Courtney McClellan is an interdisciplinary artist from Greensboro, NC. Her work attempts to
manipulate the space-time relationship through writing, sculpture and performance. She creates
interventions small and large that demand presence from a viewer.