Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Work by Kate Gilbert this week at Channel Center‏

35 Channel Center
Sept - Dec, 2012

Thursday, Nov 1, 5:30-7:30 at 35 Channel Center Street, Boston

An exhibit of paintings that take inspiration from meditative practices. The paintings on view range from the 2009 Denoument series to smaller oil paintings created this fall in response to my new neighbor, Os Gemeos' Giant.

Synapse was selected by the Fort Point Arts Community Lending Program for the lobby at 35 Channel Center.  With the exception of the opening night, Synapse is by appointment-only. Contact Kate Gilbert if you'd like to stop by at another time.

The installation better living through levity TM (BLTL) was installed October 20-21, 2012 in a former office space among artists selling their wares at Boston’s annual Fort Point Open Studios. The installation occupied a 12’x10’ office with two aluminum framed glass walls, a glass door and two white walls.

BLTL, a non-existent company, is intended to appear as a spin off or sub-brand of my studio. The company’s mission is to “help make your life better through design that provides comfort and happiness.” Products range from the ss dress with an inflatable neckline that puts warmth and pressure around your chest to the pa wristlets, personal inflatable bags to combat panic attacks. All are intended to make “[you] feel happier, relaxed and just plain lighter."

The products are designed to appeal specifically to women ages 35-55 suffering from anxiety. (The high-profile career woman and stay-at-home urban mom are my target demos.) Great care is taken to make the stitching look as professional as possible. Colors are chosen from the bright Pantone palette that one might find on a designers desk (or in MoMA store products) and humor is employed in product-use instructions written on oversized tags. They let the customer know “its ok to panic."

The joke of BLTL is on us. We create our own stress. And we can decide how we cope with it. We don’t need a straw in a bag to make us live better. Even if it looks kinda neat.

The products in BLTL were not for sale. But by situating BLTL in the middle of a commerce-driven atmosphere I presented a gray area, and for those not familiar with installations, a complex environment to navigate. Some didn’t even enter in the door. One young man joked, “What, you’re too big-time to sell?” And even after acknowledging the joke, a few people wanted to buy the wristlets anyway, as gag gifts. This is where the installation got interesting for me.  BLTL is a commentary on better living through design and on the multitude of products we don’t need.

Yet we still need.

Do you need a thing on your wrist to remember to breathe deep? I hope not.  Do you need art to live a better life? That depends on how you define living.

- Kate Gilbert

Thursday, October 25, 2012

FALL - Fabulous!

This Fall get out of the studio, out of the house, and out of the office to get inspired.  Check out these upcoming exhibits and events.  FALL in love with art.

TODAY (10.25)
Something Along Those Lines
School of the Musuem of Fine Arts
230 Fenway, Boston
Group exhibit featuring:  Adel Abdessemed, Carlos Cruz-Diez, and Felix Gonzales-Torres, among others. 
Today and tomorrow (10.26) Katrina Chamberlin presents Mnemonic, a performance work.
All day

TOMORROW (10.26)
Agents of Change: Art as Activism
Guerilla Girls Keynote
Montserrat college of art
23 Essex Street
$10 Students, $20 General

THIS WEEKEND (10.27 – 10.28)
The Sound of Singing Through Dust
An installation of hand-made slides and film loops by Luther Price
10 Channel Center St., Boston, MA 02210
Saturday and Sunday 2-5 pm

SATURDAY (10.27)
Big Red Forum: Community
Big Red & Shiny will host a spirited conversation on art & community.
Moderated by Danforth Museum director Katherine French, with panelists Jenny Gibbs, Louisa McCall, & Richard Graf.
Bartos Theater
20 Ames St - MIT
5-6:30 pm

SATURDAY (10.27)
Flesh and Bone
On view -  Maxwell Lee, Jason Mager, Katherine Paeth, Adrien Rodriguez, Alvan Long
Blanc Gallery 
110 Brookline Street - Cambridge
6-8 pm
Costumes required

Everything That Creeps
A Special Halloween Exhibition Featuring Illustrative Paintings and Sculpture by Patt Kelley, 100 Theatrical Masks by Behind the Mask, Ink-drips by Walter Sickert, Strange Dolls by Beth Robinson, Creepy Art Dolls by Nicole Johnson, Paintings by Amanda Clarke, Heather Rose, and more macabre, morbid, and mutant… Also featuring select original “B” Movie Horror Film Posters
Lincoln Arts Project,
289 Moody St.

FPAC Annual Group Show
More than 75 local artists exhibit work
FPAC Gallery
300 Summer Street
Monday – Friday
9 am-4 pm

FRIDAY (11.2)
New Media  | Fresh Paint II
DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum is pleased to honor its Corporate Members and Lending Artists at the annual Corporate Night Reception, held this year at the New Art Center. Corporate Members and Lending Artists are also invited to celebrate the opening reception of New Media | Fresh Paint II, a juried exhibition of new work by Lending Artists on view in the Main Gallery at the New Art Center. - Featuring:Laraine Armenti, Joey Asal, Julie Baer, Carol Baum, Sandy Berbeco, Resa Blatman, Steven Bogart, Maddy Bragar, Amy Brnger, Selma Bromberg, Robin Cheung, Deb Davidson, Beatrice Dauge, Bob daVies, Eva Hidvegi Demjen, Steven Duede, Sean Flood, Keith Francis, Katherine Gulla, Gints Grinbergs, JB Jones, Dinora Justice, Sand T Kalloch, Richard Kattman, Marjorie Kaye, Jan Lhormer, Lara Loutrel, Bea Modisett, Robert Morgan, Kenji Nakayama, Dean Nimmer, Maureen O’Connor, Adam O’Day, Iris Osterman, Destiny Palmer, Rachel Paxton, Deb Randall, Susan Richards, Beverly Rippel, Sally Russell, Lois Tarlow, Stephanie Terelak, Christine Vaillancourt, Julie Vinette, Ellen Wineberg, Antoinette Winters, Erin Woodbrey, Dana Woulfe
New Art Center
Washington Park – Newton
6-9 pm

FRIDAY (11.2)
Lot F Gallery Presents
Featuring work from: Mike Hammecker, Adam O'Day, Elizabeth Kirby Sullivan, & Dave Tree
145 Pearl Street #4
7-11 pm

SATURDAY & SUNDAY (11.3 - 11.4)
South Boston Open Studios
Group show in the main gallery featuring residents of the Distillery
Noon - 6pm

Fort Point Fall Public Art
BUCKYS ON THE CHANNEL by Carol Bugarin and DANCE SPOT by Elisa H. Hamilton 

Kate Gilbert 
35 Channel Center Street

SUNDAY (12.9)
Glovebox fundraiser for the arts
Featuring music by Kristin Cifelli, Ederson, and the Chaparrals.  Bid on local art by Jodie Baehre, Ari Hauben, Janelle Roscoe, Jody Morlock, and more!  Raffle tickets to win a Scooter from Scooters Go Green are $20. All proceeds support Glovebox, a 501 c3 non-profit arts organization.
4-8 pm
$20 at the door (admission includes 3 performances and free grub)

THURSDAY (12.13)
Featuring work from: Josh Falk, Sean Flood, Adam O'Day, Felipe Ortiz, & Percy Fortini-Wright
Scollay Square Gallery
City Hall – Boston, 3rd Floor
4-5:30 pm

Monday, October 22, 2012

Made in Fort Point is Open for Business

Made in Fort Point is open for business! Stop by and shop for artwork, jewelry, cards, fashions, and more - All made by Fort Point artists.

Photos © Kathy Chapman 2012

Thursday, October 18, 2012

The Sound of Singing Through Dust

Artist and Filmmaker Luther Price at Studio Soto

Studio Soto in collaboration with Mobius is presenting the work of local artist and filmmaker, Luther Price, who has taught at both MassArt and SMFA and who was the first of fifteen filmmakers presented at this year’s Whitney Biennial, and just last week was featured at the Views from the Avant-Garde film festival at Lincoln Center.

Peter Schjeldahl in the New Yorker referring to the Biennial described Price's films as "a blizzard of fantastically beautiful visual effects."  Roberta Smith in the New York Times called him "one of the Biennial's stars."  And Akiva Gottlieb in an article in the Nation titled Last Picture Shows: Film and Obsolescence said his work “made for an auspicious beginning to an ambitious, ambivalent goodbye.”

This is the second time this year that Studio Soto has shown Luther Price’s work, the first was a film program this spring.  For this exhibition, last Saturday night was the reception including his installation and screening of 5 of his films, but throughout the run of the show there will be several slide projectors projecting his 400 or so handmade slides along with some film loops.  Incredibly the slides are all from 2012, made the same year he was creating many of the 26 films screened at the Whitney. - Contributed by Douglas Urbank

"One of the Biennial's stars" ­- Roberta Smith, the New York Times

"A blizzard of fantastically beautiful visual effects
- Peter Schjeldahl, the New Yorker

Luther Price's technique is fascinating...he uses found footage, bleach, salt, ink, the shavings of film (photo above), liquid emulsion made from dissolved film; he cuts, smashes and mutilates, then tapes it all together and projects the original work. The sound is made by the imagery whirling by the optical track reader on the projector. Eye candy.  -Contributed by Kathy Chapman (All Photos © Kathy Chapman 2012)

An installation of hand-made slides and film loops by Luther Price

Saturday Oct. 13, 2012 - Sunday Oct. 28, 2012

Gallery hours: Fri. 5-7; Saturday and Sunday 2-5, and by appointment

Hours during Fort Point Open Studios 
October 19-21 Fri. 4-7; Sat. and Sun. 12-6

10 Channel Center St., Boston, MA 02210
(617) 426-7686  •  http://www.studiosoto.org/

Wednesday, October 17, 2012



(Fort Point tunnel book, Laura Davidson)
Fall is in the air, which means cider doughnuts, pumpkins, increased heating bills, and a brand new season of Open Studios! I especially love when Fort Point artists open their doors, the neighborhood seems to come alive. With so many spaces accesible to the public and a plethora of participating artists, my friends over at FPAC asked me to share some of my do-not-miss picks for the 2012 Open Studios.

Jennifer Lewis

(The Woodsman)
Studio Location:  Midway Studios, 15 Channel Center Street, Studio 320
Official Website: jennlewis.blogspot.com
What/Why:  You may recognize her illustrative style from FLUX. Offline–Jen and her husband Tom live in the Kuntz-Kamera of Midway Studios, and I mean that in the most endearing way possible.  Faux taxidermy heads and fanciful paintings of deceased animals are seamlessly integrated into their home decor. And I love that every Open Studios, Jen somehow manages to replenish her portfolio with new and surprisingly affordable work!  Nothing says ‘Happy Holidays’ quite like a disembodied pig.

Nicole Aquillano

Studio Location: Midway Studios, 15 Channel Center Street, Studio 211
Official Website: ceramicsbynicole.com
What/Why: A recent RISD grad, Nicole threw up her cap last spring, packed her pottery, and moved into Boston’s Midway Studios. As a newcomer to the building, she has already managed to fuse her work and home life together-not many people can say they live with a kiln as a piece of furniture. Nicole creates extremely detailed and thoughtful ceramic works with illustrative embellishments that give each piece a unique feel.  There is something comforting about her work, like you want to cozy up by a fire and drink a hot
toddy chocolate out of one of her finely crafted mugs while pretending its the deep of winter.

Lisa Knox

(Open Bureau Object No. 2, Her Hymn)
Studio Location: 249 A Street, Boston, MA 4th floor
Official Website: lisaknox.com
What/Why: Lisa’s studio is like a living classroom, in addition to being a place she calls ‘home’, the artist also teaches painting lessons out of her gorgeous space. Shelves are stocked with tchotchkes from projects long since passed. While canvases and paints seem to swirl around her latest still life, surrounded by thoughtful sketches alluding to the final masterpiece. You can tell the artist truly has a command over her medium, an almost magical way of enlivening even the most ordinary of subjects.

Nathan Fried-Lipski

(The work of Nathan Fried-Lipski currently on view at Elsewhere)
Studio Location: Midway Studios, 15 Channel Center Street, Studio 618
Official Website: natephotography.com
What/Why: You may have seen Nate’s birdhouses and cabinets on view at Elsewhere at the Distillery Gallery, but he is one of those irritatingly gifted people who can build/make/do most things, and do them well. He needs a chair, and within a day he will have fashioned one out of an old crate. A pencil? Wittled in minutes. During the day you can find him snapping photos around Boston in order to afford his hoarder-like salvage habit. Be sure to stop by his studio and see what he’s whipped up for Open Studios, it’s sure to be incredible–maybe you’ll even pick up some DIY inspiration along the way.

Laura Davidson

(Tourists and 2 Venus, Laura Davidson)
Studio Location: 249 A Street, Boston, MA 4th floor
Official Website: lauradavidson.com
What/Why: I love stopping into Laura’s space because although I don’t know her, I’d like to imagine she has the patience of a saint. She creates the tiniest of mosaics, intricate pop-up books, and small painted playing cards that I’m convinced are the result of
Cinderella’s mice long hours and a jeweler’s magnifying glass. Her studio is always inviting and filled with cabinets of old trinkets and tin toys that innocently hint at her sources of inspiration.

Andrew Neumann

Studio Location: 300 Summer Street, 5th floor
Official Website: adneumann.com
What/Why: Andrew is one of those artists whose work makes me happy that the internet exists. Whenever I try to explain his kinetic Casablanca film loop installation, or 2001 Space Odyssey piece that automatically scans over text on a track, or his superimposed Psycho v. 1998 remake video..I’m thankful I can send along a link to his website instead of rambling off an incoherent recap of his complex endeavors.

Dorothea van Camp

(Leonardo’s Lap (RW I))
Studio Location: 300 Summer Street, Unit 35
Official Website: unit35.com
What/Why: Dorothea van Camp and her husband Jeffrey P. Heyne have such an intriguing space chock full of otherworldly creations. Heyne creates motion inspired  works in the vein of Muybridge, while van Camp renders dream-like swirls and patterns that baffle on a technical level-it’s almost as if you’re looking at a sophisticated spirograph. After so many Open Studios visits to her home, maybe 2012 will be my year to finally sit down with the artist and pick her brain.

Jodie Baehre

(Beech Nut Factory)
Studio Location: Midway Studios, 15 Channel Center Street, Studio 219
Official Website: jodiebaehre.wix.com
What/Why: When Jodie isn’t holding down the fort as founder of local Arts organization Glovebox, she is a wife, dog mom, and artist in a cavernous studio space on the 2nd floor of Midway. She beautifully renders scenes of familiar Boston landmarks, and not-so-familiar spots around the City. Even paintings of unknown alleys have an air of local familiarity that resonates with Bostonians-she is truly an artist with a deep appreciation for her City. I mean, her dog’s name is Allston, need I say more?
(Allston guarding the studio)

Quick Tips:

  • Don’t forget your checkbook! Some artists may not accept credit cards and wouldn’t it be nice to say you finished up your holiday shopping BEFORE Halloween?
  • Stop by the group show in the old theater space of Midway Studios, over 15 participating artists!
  • Welcome artist-run Made in Fort Point store to its new location at 30 Channel Center Street, pick up unique and affordable gifts while supporting your local art scene
  • Grab a map. It’s extremely helpful in aiding your decision making process especially towards the end of the day when your head is spinning and there are 15 minutes left before doors start slamming shut.
  • While in the neighborhood, be sure to grab lunch at Channel Cafe - everything on the menu is amazing. If you end up dining there, please fax me a BL&FGT (bacon/lettuce/fried green tomato) sandwich. Many thanks.
Full list of participating artists here.
(Barbie with O-Rings No. 18 , Jeffrey Heyne)
Fort Point Open Studios will be held:
Friday October 19th: 4:00-7:00pm || Saturday October 20th – Sunday October 21st: 12:00-6:00pm
Hope this was a helpful guide–come by early so you have enough time to visit all the sites and make the most of your day! - See you there. ♥