ALL TOGETHER NOW: CALARTS ALUMS OF BOSTON GROUP SHOW
Opening Reception Friday, April 7, 6:00-9:00PM
The Gallery at Spencer Lofts announcesALL TOGETHER NOW: CALARTS ALUMS OF BOSTON, a group exhibition of works by six alumnae of California Institute of the Arts (“CalArts”) who all happen to reside in the Boston area. An opening reception will be held on Friday, April 7, 6:00-9:00PM.
Deborah Edwards Banerjee uses painting, collage and installation to explore the culture of science, medicine, and the body. Her work often involves viewing devices and shifts in perception, using mirrors, lenses and anamorphs to create a double entendre of looking. She is currently co-authoring a chapter with Rachel Middleman for Academics, Artists, and Museums: 21st-Century Partnerships, forthcoming from the Routledge Research in Museum Studies series. She has exhibited her work at Franklin Furnace, New York; Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions; Riverside Art Museum; Los Angeles Center for Photographic Studies; the Betty Rymer Gallery; the School of the Art Institute of Chicago; The Lab, San Francisco; Occidental College; University of California at Irvine; and Angel’s Gate Cultural Center, San Pedro. She has worked for a range of museums and galleries over the past 30 years, including the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago; the Hammer Museum, UCLA; and the Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art at Utah State University. Subjects of her curatorial work have included bioethics, comic art, ecology, feminism, and conceptual art. Banerjee’s MFA is from CalArts (1990, School of Art); her BFA was earned at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Banerjee’s website is at this link: http://www.debedwardsbanerjee.com
Janeann Dill A past artist-in-residence at the American Center in Paris, Dill received her MFA (1994) in Experimental Animation from the School of Film and Video at CalArts. Her works have been widely exhibited and her films extensively screened in the US and internationally and her scholarly publications have been translated into Spanish, Catalan, Arabic, and Korean. Among her many awards are a Prix d'Or at the International Exhibition of Painting in Cagnes-sur-Mer, France; Best Experimental Short Film and Best Director of Experimental Short Film at the New York International Film and Video Festival; and Silver Screen Spotlight Screening at the American Film Institute in Maryland. She has served as visiting faculty at Lesley University’s College of Art and Design, Animation and Motion Media Department (Cambridge); Visiting Artist at the Museum School of Fine Arts, Film and Animation Department (Boston); and Visiting Critic at MassArt, Animation Department (Boston). Dill, who holds a doctorate in Philosophy, Art, and Critical Thought from the European University for Interdisciplinary Studies in Switzerland, currently teaches a critical writing and research seminar, “Animation Histories: Jules Engel (1909-2003) and Experimental Animation,” in the Visual and Media Arts Department of Emerson College in Boston. As the chair of the international jury for the annual Norman McLaren-Evelyn Lambart Award for Best Scholarly Article on Animation on behalf of the Society for Animation Studies, Dill will give the 2017 keynote address to the Society at its annual conference to be held this July at the University of Padua, Italy. Watch Dill’s experimental films at these links: https://vimeo.com/janeanndill(Paris Is A Woman; Moving Around Heidegger). Also see http://www.millerstreetstudios.net/artists/janeann-dill/ and http://www.jules-engel.com/jules-engel.
Lyn Horton Working primarily with a variety of drawing media on paper, Horton has exhibited widely in California, Massachusetts, New York, and Washington DC. Her work can be found in a number of public and private collections, including the Sol Lewitt Collection. A recent commission was for the Arts in Embassies Program of the US State Department for an installation in the US Embassy in Vientiane, Laos. Horton received both her BFA (1971) and MFA (1974) from CalArts. She also has written extensively on jazz, publishing in a variety of periodicals such as JazzTimes.com and AllAboutJazz.com. Horton finds distinct affinities between jazz improvisation and drawing: “Sitting at the piano before playing is somewhat like sitting at a drawing table in front of a blank piece of paper before drawing on it. The keyboard is like the piece of paper. Until a pianist touches the keyboard (or not, i.e. John Cage, 4’33,”1952) or the artist makes a mark (or seems to not, i.e. Robert Rauschenberg, “White Paintings,” 1951), nothing happens: the emptiness is brimming with potential (which implies “substance” to Cage, because Cage was exploring the meaning of silence as itself and Rauschenberg was reacting to the overdone-ness of abstract expressionist painting).” Horton’s webpage is http://lynhorton.net/.
Jill Poyourow Poyourow has exhibited her work in group and solo shows nationally and internationally since 1982. She has taught and lectured widely on portraiture and currently teaches at York County Community College, Maine. Formerly she taught at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California, and at California State University at Los Angeles. Poyourow holds BFA (1986) and MFA (1991) degrees from CalArts. Her earlier studies in genetics at Western Washington University, where she earned a BS degree, have informed much of her past and current work, particularly her extensive “Lands and Peoples Project” series. Among the many venues where her work has been shown are the Skirball Cultural Center, Los Angeles; Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach, California; Thomas Solomon's Garage, Los Angeles; Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE); Annika Sundvik Gallery, New York; Otis Gallery, Los Angeles; the Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena, California; and the Center for Maine Contemporary Art, Rockport, Maine. A group of Poyourow’s embroideries toured libraries of Italy as part of the First International Fiber Art Biennale. She has held two artist residencies at the Banff Centre for the Arts in Alberta, Canada. Poyourow’s website is at this link: http://www.jillpoyourow.com
Rachel Youdelman Youdelman’s photographic books, the first of which she produced on a Gestetner mimeograph at CalArts in 1972, are housed in a variety of major collections, including the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution; the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Watson Library; and the Museum of Modern Art, New York. She is a graduate of the Feminist Art Program at CalArts (BFA, 1973), where she was mentored by Miriam Schapiro and Judy Chicago. Youdelman also attended the University of California, Berkeley, where she studied post-war Polish poetry (in English translation) with Czeslaw Milosz. She holds a master’s degree in Visual Arts from Harvard University and has published papers on creativity, Victorian taxidermy, and Holocaust photography. Youdelman’s website is found at this link: http://www.rachelyoudelman.com/
Shelley Zatsky Zatsky holds a BFA in photography from CalArts (class of 2000) and an MFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts and Tufts University. Major motifs of Zatsky’s photographic oeuvre are interior architectural spaces and evocations of their histories. Among Zatsky’s major projects is the photographing of the structures on the list of the National Trust for Historic Preservation's 11 Most Endangered Places. She says that she specifically chose to photograph these sites “ . . . because I was interested in the diversity of subject matter and the common thread of impermanence that brought them together; these places exist simultaneously in the present and in history.” Zatsky’s work has been shown in galleries across the country and is in the permanent collection at the DeCordova Museum in Lincoln MA. Her website is at this link: http://www.shelleyzatsky.com/
Upcoming Exhibitions: 2017 Schedule To Be Announced
Stay tuned for announcements of our 2017 exhibition schedule.
Our artists will include CalArts Boston Alums (April 2017); Brenda Wrigley Scott (May-June 2017); George Shaw, Ruth LaGue, & Dominick Takis (July-Aug 2017); Furen Dai (Sept 2017); Rachel Shatil and XBonnie Woods (Oct-Nov 2017); and others.
CalArts Alums: Jill Poyourow
CalArts Alums: Shelley Zatsky
CalArts Alums: Lyn Horton
CalArts Alums: Deborah Banerjee
CalArts Alums: Janeann Dill
Brenda Wrigley Scott, May-June, 2017
Brenda's primary subjects are animals of the companion and farm variety and, most recently, beach and marsh birds. Her paintings on paper act as large pages of a sketchbook--quick drawings done in the field and embellished in the studio.
Brenda confesses that her work is directly influenced by the colors of Wolf Kahn, the seascapes of Helen Nadler, the “outsider” quality in pieces by Bill Traylor, and the bird illustrations of John Audubon. “With the bird series I am working on presently, I use painting materials and techniques learned from my years in decorative painting and faux finishing, so I prepare my paper with very nuanced textures as fields for my bird images,” she says. “I try to create a setting for the images that is atmospheric rather than realistic and illustrative, capturing some quality of energy and movement or majestic postures.”
The artist currently lives in Little Compton with her two dogs, Bodhi and Fanny, following a four-decade career as a high school art teacher. Born in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, she earned degrees from Temple University and Tyler School of Art. She has been an award-winner at the Little Compton Juried Art Show for the last several years, and her recent paintings have lined the walls of galleries in Winnetka and Chicago, Illinois, as well as Providence.
Founded in 2004, the Gallery was initially co-directed by Spencer Lofts residents Maryellen Cahill and Darlene DeVita. The Gallery's launch was enthusiastically supported by Chelsea City officials, including Chelsea City Manager Jay Ash, now the Secretary of Housing and Economic Development in the administration of Governor Charlie Baker. The Gallery paved the way for CHARCOLL (Chelsea Artists Collaborative) and the Annual Chelsea Art Walk.
Since 2004, the Gallery has continuously hosted scores of exhibitions and events, despite a brief closure over several months for repairs in 2014-2015. A re-opening gala was held in May of 2015.
Our past shows of 2015-2016:
VICTOR BAILEY: THE ART OF JAZZ May 2015 (Re-opening gala featuring exhibit and performance by Victor Bailey and colleagues)
ARTWALK: SPENCER ARTIST-RESIDENTS GROUP SHOW June 2015
MYLES CARTER: PAINTINGS 2015 Sept 2015
JASON PARRIS FITZ-GERALD: VISUAL POETRY IN LIGHT AND LIFE Oct 2015
MARTHA BOURNE BAND, BRITT CONNORS & TRIO Oct 31 2015
Jason and Dar . . . resting from a day of hanging!
Ron helping Jason hang his AMAZING work!!
Jason's opening reception
Victor Bailey, Legendary Bassist and Painter
Sadly, among all the other amazing artists we lost in 2016, we lost our dear friend and neighbor, Victor Bailey, to Charcot Marie Tooth/ALS. Victor lived at Spencer Lofts for 2 years before his illness overtook him and he had to leave us to get 24/7 care. Victor wanted to so much to move back the Spencer; he loved it here, and we loved him!