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/
The Gallery at Spencer Lofts announces BIRDS ON BROWN PAPER, a solo exhibition of recent works by painter BRENDA WRIGLEY SCOTT. An opening reception will be held on Sunday, May 21, 3:00-6:00PM. The artist will hold gallery hours as noted below.
The subjects of Wrigley’s colorful and vivid acrylic-on-paper works are wild or companion animals; her most recent work focuses exclusively on birds, especially those found in marshes and on beaches. Often initiated in the field and expanded upon in the studio, Wrigley’s paintings are influenced by the avian illustrations of Audubon. Wrigley carefully prepares her paper with nuanced surfaces which serve as ground for her images of birds. A nationally exhibited and award-winning artist, and currently a resident of Little Compton, RI, Wrigley is most well-known for her four decades as a ceramicist whose works, both decorative and functional—including mural installations and custom interior tile—have been shown and sold at galleries and shops nationally.
BRENDA WRIGLEY SCOTT: BIRDS ON BROWN PAPER is the Gallery at Spencer Lofts’ second show of 2017. The Gallery is a unique exhibition space within Chelsea’s Spencer Lofts condominium complex.
Reception and admission to the Gallery are free and open to the public. The BRENDA WRIGLEY SCOTT: BIRDS ON BROWN PAPER exhibition will run through Friday, June 23 2017. The artist will hold gallery hours from 12:00-2:00PM on three Saturdays: May 27, June 3, and June 17. Hours are otherwise by appointment; feel free to email the Gallery to request a convenient time to view the exhibit: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Gallery is wheelchair accessible. Accessible parking in the lot is available; other visitors, please use on-street parking only.
NOTE: Also scheduled this year are George Shaw, Ruth LaGue, & Dominick Takis ("Surfaces," July-Aug 2017); Furen Dai Solo Show (Sept 2017); Rachel Shatil and XBonnie Woods 2-Person Show (Oct-Nov 2017).
Our hidden gem, the Gallery@Spencer Lofts!
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!