THE LANGUAGE-PRODUCING FACTORY: A VIDEO-SCULPTURE INSTALLATION BY FUREN DAI
The Gallery at Spencer Lofts announces THE LANGUAGE-PRODUCING FACTORY: A VIDEO-SCULPTURE INSTALLATION,a solo exhibition by multi-media artist, Furen Dai. An opening reception will be held on Saturday, Sept 9, 6:00-9:00PM. The artist will give a talk about her work on Saturday, Sept 23, 2:00-4:00PM.
Fresh from residencies at Art Omi in New York and the Samson Gallery in Boston, Furen Dai will install her multi-media piece, “The Language-Producing Factory” at the Gallery at Spencer Lofts. Drawing upon her wide-ranging background in international relations, Russian language and literature, and as a translator in her native China, Ms Dai’s “Language-Producing Factory” is a tour-de-force which integrates a variety of media and conceptual strategies: the piece originated with her research on a covert, women-only language called Nüshu, spoken and written among women in Hunan Province, China. Through research Ms Dai discovered that though the use of the language has diminished, women still skilled in it are pressured into performing cultural activities as entertainment for tourists for menial wages. In her video, Ms Dai depicts a “language factory” employing women writing Nüshu script to sell as art objects to people who don't have access to the meaning of the language.
THE LANGUAGE-PRODUCING FACTORY: A VIDEO-SCULPTURE INSTALLATIONby FUREN DAI is the Gallery at Spencer Lofts’ fourth 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 THE LANGUAGE-PRODUCING FACTORY: A VIDEO-SCULPTURE INSTALLATIONby FUREN DAI exhibition will run through Friday, Oct 6 2017. Reception and artist’s talk are free and open to the public. 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. Limited accessible parking in the lot is available; other visitors, please use on-street parking only.
Coming in mid-October through November 2017: a 2-person show featuring new works by Boston-area artists X Bonnie Woods and Rachel Shatil. Watch this space for updated information!
X Bonnie Woods
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 2015-2017:
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!