SALT MOUNTAIN :: Jan 9 – 23

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A solo show by Allison Cekala

Jan 9 – 23, 2014 / Gallery hours Fri – Sun 12-6pm or by appointment
Opening: Jan 9, 6-8pm / Artist talk 7pm  (Snow date Jan 10)

Salt Mountain documents the processing and importation of Boston’s road salt from one of its main sources in the Atacama Desert of northern Chile to the ice-covered streets of Boston.  Salt Mountain is biography of a material;  a record of extraction, migration, and physical transformation, initiated by a vast and intricate choreography of human labor and global trade.

Cekala portrays this complex and beautiful system through video projection and photography, documenting extraordinary landscapes and massive machines. Her photographs echo the immense and unbelievable scale of the importation and exportation of road salt, a seemingly banal substance with a dynamic history. Road salt is the story of just one material in our modern global economy. Salt Mountain asks you to consider where materials come from and what stories they tell.

Allison Cekala is an artist living and working in Boston, MA. She holds a BA from Bard College and is a current MFA candidate at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and Tufts University. She is the recipient of the Montague Travel Grant and Karsh Award in Photography. Her work has been exhibited nationally and will be shown at the both the Boston Museum of Science, Boston and the Paul Robeson Gallery at Rutgers University this spring.

http://www.allisoncekala.com

Please contact howardartproject@gmail.com for more information.

 

 

 

Inverted Reality: An Experimental Ethnography :: December 5 – 12

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An exhibition featuring students at Wellesley College.

December 5 – 12, 2014
Opening reception: Friday 12/5, 6 -8pm
Closing reception: Thursday 12/11, 6 -8pm CANCELLED

Gallery hours: Saturday 12/6 and Sunday 12/7, 11am-5pm or by appointment. Please contact howardartproject@gmail.com for more information.

Inverted Reality: An Experimental Ethnography explores the relationship between art and anthropology through ethnography while focusing on film, performance, photography, and sound. Each work examines and critiques the notion of self reflexivity inherent in the practice of ethnography. It draws attention to the role the artist plays in their work while also exploring what it means for an anthropologist to represent a culture or social group – questioning the subjective and objective aspect of fieldwork. The artists presented in this exhibit explored this concept of self reflection during the practice of their work, but the works themselves also ask the viewer to question the role of self in art and anthropology.

Exhibiting Artists:

Sadie L Shelton
Sophia Zachares
Quinn Willer
Zoé Talia Schreiber
Angela Bilkic
Lily M Gormon
Sarah E Tammaro
Elena L Wallin
Sandra Park
Madeleine E Lorenat
Claire A Cerda
Abra White

 

Performing Illness: November 15 – December 3

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Performing Illness

A group exhibition featuring works by Jodie Goodnough, Suzi Grossman and Rosie Ranauro

Howard Art Project
1486 Dorchester Ave, Boston, MA
November 21st – December 3rd, 2014
Reception Friday November 21st, 6:00 – 9:00 pm

Gallery hours: November 29th, 1:00-5:00pm or by appointment. Please contact howardartproject@gmail.com for more information.

In Michel Foucault’s The Birth of the Clinic, he uses the phrase medical regard, or medical gaze, to describe the dehumanizing separation of mind and body created by the power imbalances of the medical industry. First published in 1963, the concepts Foucault deals with in this work still reverberate today in modern medicine. To be a patient with chronic illness is to be a body scrutinized and tested, and a mind often doubted by those trusted to help. So how does a patient create their own narrative to combat the medicalization of their everyday life? In Performing Illness, three contemporary artists dealing with chronic medical conditions use data, repetition and ritual to redirect the gaze of the viewer and make meaning of their lived experiences.

Exhibited Artists

Jodie Mim Goodnough uses photography, video, performance and sculpture to examine the various coping strategies we employ to find comfort in an often uncomfortable world, from religious rituals to pharmaceuticals and everything in between. Jodie attended the photojournalism program at the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies in Portland, Maine and received her MFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston in May 2013.

Suzi Grossman is a visual artist whose recent works use repetition and ritual, combining photography and painting, to create a visual record of an unseen physical experience, that of chronic pain. Suzi received her BFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and her BA in English Literature from Tufts University in 2012.

Rosie Ranauro uses simple line drawings to tell a story of a body living with chronic pain. The figures shift, contort and multiply, creating diagrammatic images that hint at both the physical and psychological implications of chronic illness. Rosie received her BFA in Painting from Massachusetts College of Art and Design in 2012.

image: Rosie Ranauro, Untitled, Ink on paper, 2014

 

Daniel Embree: Seer Stone

Seer Stone: A Performance October 25, 2014
Live Art Performance at Howard Art Project 1486 Dorchester Ave, Boston, MA
Performance 10:30 AM – 6:30 PM, Reception 5:30 – 7:30 PM

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Artist Daniel Embree will look into a seer stone for 8 hours in an attempt to have a vision. He will dictate what he sees to volunteer scribes, who will document the experience on paper.

The artist is looking for participants to sit with him and write his dictations in a one-on-one interactive performance. This is a unique opportunity to be an active witness in a live performance art event. No experience or special skills are necessary.

Volunteers can sign up for a 15- or 30-minute session by visiting dembree.com/seer/. As the schedule permits, walk-in participation is welcome, but advance registration is recommended.
The entire 8-hour performance will be open for viewing by the public.

Scrying, or looking at a stone or mirror to receive a revelation, is a practice that dates back hundreds of years. It was practiced by popular magicians like John Dee, and it was common in New England at the beginning of the 19th Century. Joseph Smith, the Mormon seer and prophet, produced The Book of Mormon and other key religious documents by looking into a seer stone and dictating to a scribe.

By appropriating this process, Daniel Embree is examining the foundation of his religious heritage.This is part of an ongoing quest to discover what it means to be inspired–a word attributed both to artists and spiritual seekers. The scribe plays an important role as a witness and recorder of the action, expanding the conversation about the documentation of contemporary performance art.

Daniel Embree is a Boston-area artist who uses images, texts, and actions to explore personal and community narratives. He received an MFA in studio art from Tufts University in 2013 and a BFA in studio art from Brigham Young University in 2009.

Perma-F(r)ail: Personae Documents

"Cusp" by Dell Hamilton. photo by Bob Raymond

“Cusp” by Dell Hamilton.
photo by Bob Raymond

Perma-F(r)ail: Personae Documents
Exhibition: July 25th – August 15th
Opening Reception: July 25th 6:00pm – 9:00pm

Gallery Talk and Performances, July 25th: 7:00pm: Dell Hamilton, Maggie Cavallo, and Nabeela Vega

Perma-F(r)ail: Personae Documents is an original group exhibition curated by Jessica Borusky.

Borusky writes: “Persona within art can be understood as a lens by which to view or understand art making; meaning, what is the physical body behind the work produced and shown, and how is that generating particular affect(s) for the viewer? Or, it can be seen as an artistic endeavor in and of itself; meaning, how does one observe and understand performativity of self, the flux and presentation of identity-making, within real-time, and then extrapolate that experience for viewers outside of the originally designated site of construction?”

Perma-F(r)ail: Personae Documents brings together work by artists from around the country who use video, writing, performance, photography, and changing installation strategies to explore personae in new, provocative, and ultimately, ephemeral ways.

Artists featured include:
Alien Moon Partnership (New Orleans, LA)
Robert Chamberlin (Boston, MA)
Nabeela Vega (Boston, MA)
Leah Craig (Boston, MA)
Jesse Darling (London, UK)
Bug Davidson (Austin, TX),
Coorain Devin (Boston, MA)
Mike Gaughran (Boston, MA)
Dell Hamilton (Boston, MA)
Sarah Hill (Austin, TX)
Jessica Iannuzzi Garcia (Dallas, TX)
Hisaya Ishii (Santa Fe, NM)
Leo Jurado (Quito, Ecuador)
Haley Kattner Allen (Brooklyn, NY)
Judith G. Levy (Kansas City, MO)
Maggie Cavallo (Boston, MA)
Jack Neylan (Boston, MA)
David Wayne Reed (Kansas City, MO)
Eduardo Restrepo (Miami, FL)
David Richmond (New Orleans, LA)
Kent Szlauderbach (Kansas City, MO)
Leah Silvieus (Miami, FL & NY),
Joanna Tam (Boston, MA)
Bradley Tsalyuk (Boston, MA)

Rule of Three :: 7.5.14 – 7.11.14



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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.

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This is not not about YOU :: June 13 – 27, 2014

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OPENING RECEPTION: FRIDAY, JUNE 13, 7-9PM

Five artists mount the new exhibition This is not not about you at Howard Art Project, June 13–27, 2014. Annie Blazejack and Geddes Levenson, Coe Lapossy, Molly Segal and Courtney McClellan each engage with a single viewer through painting, sculpture, performance and text. Whether creating for a specific person or a theoretical audience, these artists traverse love, desire and friendship as a process of making. The work addresses the audience by naming, depicting or enticing this narrow viewership. The resulting show engages the gallery audience by providing access to this conversational, insular world. Crossing mythical waters or social media, this work calls out and waits for a response.

Annie Blazejack and Geddes Levenson http://annieandgeddes.com/

Coe Lapossy http://coelapossy.com/home.html

Courtney McClellan http://www.courtneymcclellan.com/

Molly Segal http://www.mollysegal.com/blog/