Posts Tagged ‘installations’

Save the Date: That Space Between Flying and Falling

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Please take a moment to mark your calendars now: This Fall I’ll be opening my first solo show in the City of Boston, an installation of all new cut-silhouette paintings. That Space Between Flying and Falling, seeks to evoke a simultaneous engagement in urban and emotional landscapes.

Laconia Gallery
433 Harrison Avenue | Boston, MA 02118

Opening Reception: Friday, Nov. 4, 2016
5:30pm – 8pm

Exhibit Dates: Nov. 4 – Dec. 18, 2016

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Felicia Fiona Fox

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single kit 02_400px Arlington Public Art commissioned me to make a family of foxes for Spy Pond Park as part of the 2016 Fox Festival. The fox is a mascot for the neighborhood of East Arlington and the East Arlington Library, and there are still some wild foxes in Arlington thanks to habitat provided by Spy Pond and other green spaces.

Because of the value East Arlington places on stewarding the environment, it was important to us that we create the fox family out of reclaimed materials. Used and discarded vinyl advertising banners were pieced together like a quilt, then sewn around a core of reused plastic signs. Most of the materials were provided by local Arlington business owner Jan Whitted of ArtBeat Creativity Store. Arlington Public High School student Reese Green helped extensively with the patterning, piecing, and installing of the foxes.

Felicia Fiona Fox was created by a join effort of civic groups, business owners, residents and students coming together to support an art installation for the neighborhood.

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Sky Cranes at Harbor Arts

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Boston Harbor Arts has installed my pair of Sky Cranes as part of their permanent collection in the Outdoor Gallery. The fit could not be more perfect.

The mission of Harbor Arts is to embrace the unique challenge of transforming Boston’s historic, working shipyard into a meaningful space for creativity, discovery, inspiration, and education within East Boston’s economically and ethnically diverse community. Cut by an industrial water-jet process out of cold rolled steel, then painted using sign enamels, my Sky Cranes explore a relationship between a working, industrial form—the shipyard cargo crane—and a natural landscape as might have once been found along these waterways.

Overlapping social, political, and environmental forces shift how we use and view waterfronts over time. A working water front can represent one important aspect of a thriving coastal city, while recreational use of the waterfront can represent another important civic use, and both of these exist in a context of heightened residential development pressure for desirable high-end luxury condos. With my Sky Cranes I’m using the language of my painted silhouette pieces that overlaps landscape and form, to bring multiple perspectives of various interests and pressures forward.

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Sky Cranes

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enamel on steel cut to silhouette painted obverse and reverse, shackles, chain; two panels, each: 90″h x 53″w

Installed in permanent collection at Harbor Arts Boston

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as installed at the Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition, Sept – Oct, 2014

These silhouettes reflect a consideration of the overlapping social, political, and environmental forces that shift how we use and view the waterfronts over time. A working water front can represent one important aspect of a thriving coastal city, while recreational use of the waterfront can represent another important use. These are important considerations to weigh with open eyes.

First created these pieces for a temporary installation in the Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition in their fabulous civil-war era warehouse space, the Sky Cranes have now come home to a permanent installation in Boston’s HarborArts. At HarborArts they recapitulate their surroundings, a working waterfront that fosters an overlapping and simultaneous recreational use in exhibiting art and welcoming visitors.

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This Is A Long Distance Call

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enamel on steel, powder-coated steel silhouette, enamel on plexiglass (pre-existing light window panels)
24″h x 20.25″w x 10.25″d

photo credit: Mary Miratrix

The City of Somerville in conjunction with The Nave gallery launched their Phone Art Box program in 2013 as an on-going public art project to re-purpose and transform derelict, empty pay-phone shells. There is no theme specified for this project but recommended concepts to consider included: telecommunication, change, specific neighborhoods, nearby businesses or geography, 21st century, transformation.

The project referenced correlations and connections between contemporary ranching in the Midwest with historic Somerville cattle industry, with an additional wink to the city coming through sneakers tossed over the power lines. The phone lines across the countryside play the role of Ariadne’s thread, connecting intertwined and separate worlds.