The Big Bang Departures

The Big Bang: Departures copper wire and brass rod on painted birch panel. 24″ X 36″

I just finished the largest and most technically challenging of my soldered wire drawings to date. Inspired by reflecting on the impact of social violence on home and community, and also in part by Laurie Anderson ‘s VR piece “Aloft” at MASS MoCA.

Come see it in the Kingston Gallery upcoming Associates show, Pushing Forward, open for the month of January. Opening reception, Friday, Jan. 4, 5:30-8pm.

The Big Bang Departures layout

I’ve been sharing fragments as I finish them. Here is how they all come together. Today I’m adding the brass rod stand-offs that mount the wire above a painted birch panel, where it will cast shadows. Come see this, The Big Bang: Departures in the Kingston Gallery upcoming Associates show, Pushing Forward. Opening reception, Friday, Jan 4, 5:30-8pm.

Kingston Associates: Pushing Forward

Thursday, January 3 – Sunday, January 27
Opening Reception: Friday, January

To make art involves a push: tools on surfaces, hands on materials, minds on ideas. As artists we push into next steps and unknown territory, we push against deadlines and push ourselves to make a thing we haven’t seen before, then push to bring it forward to be seen by others. With these concepts in mind, the Kingston Associates present Pushing Forward. Kingston Associates are members of Kingston Gallery who meet regularly throughout the year, extending the breadth of the gallery community through meaningful engagement and contributing to the exhibition season with high-quality contemporary art and their annual group theme-based exhibition. Associates exhibiting in Pushing Forward include: Jamie Bowman, Steven Cabral, Anthony Falcetta, Jane Lincoln, Brian Littlefield, Rachel Mello, Rachel Sevanich, Rachel Thern, and Anne Sargent Walker. The artists are exploring, discovering, responding, and transmitting thoughts onto paper, canvas, and into the gallery space. Experiencing these works, viewers feel how “push” can be sustained as a resistance against pressure, whether from our own lives or from the wider world with its always-breaking news. The action of pushing can be explosive, a force opening up potential in a process that has stalled. It can be curious; lifting corners, investigating edges, quietly determined to find something of value. A push, at its simplest, transmits energy. Make a thing, make a change, make a decision, make another change. The clock is ticking and it moves in one direction, so push on, push ahead, find a way to stay in motion. Pushing forward can be exhausting. It can also be exhilarating.

Commission

I just sent this piece home with Katie Pierce, who commissioned this copper wire drawing of her Somerville home. So delighted to get to work with someone who is so excited about the city and involved in the community.

I’m really happy with how this came out, too.

Between you and me

Here is the beginning of my next copper wire drawing. I’m going to be honest here… I wasn’t sure I could pull it off, these two tiny figures in bent wire, with enough expression and gesture to imply a connection between them across the open space. I’m really happy with how they came out. This one will join “She Works the Lines” in the Kingston Gallery Associates show, Entangle, opening July 5th. Hope to see you there!

Rest

Adding the stand-offs for the last piece in the summer miniseries. There was Ride, Camp, Sing, and now “Rest.”

Come see them all before they go during Somerville Open Studios at Mad Oyster Studios.

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