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Meet the New Boss, Same as the Old Boss

Wow, it has been quite a week!

As I'm sure you've noticed (because you are reading this) Big Red & Shiny is back. We have a new team, a new look and a renewed focus on art in Boston. I couldn't be more thrilled!

Our new team is full of ideas, experience, and motivation to make the new BR&S their own and to live up to the vision and optimism that is the heart of the art culture in our city. They are artists with real vision, and I'm confident they will be editors with equal integrity, bringing fresh perspectives to the broad conversation that Big Red & Shiny has been engaged in for a long time.

If you were out this Friday at the various openings along Harrison Ave and at the ICA you probably saw the new team making the rounds. As publisher it is incredibly gratifying to talk with each of them about what they have seen and what they hope to cover. Of course, it's not so much about what is "good" or "bad" as what is going on, where the energy is, what is happening, what is the conversation... They are still getting their feet under them and figuring out how to bring that conversation to these pages, and I love the uncertainty of it all. It's all new again, fresh and raw and unexpected. It's a new Big Red & Shiny for all of us!

I would also like to take this moment to thank everyone who has contributed to our Kickstarter. Big Red & Shiny has always been funded by the community, and we truly appreciate the support of each and every one of you. We are about 1/3 of the way to fully funding this thing, and anything you can spare will help out. The amount of time and energy it takes to make this site happen is staggering, and we would love to host a kickoff shindig to welcome the new team, introduce them to all of you, and get this new BR&S off to a solid start.

There is one thing about BR&S that hasn't changed: I'm still the publisher. It's been 9 years since we started publishing, and it is very important to me that we do this re-launch right. If you have any thoughts about where to take the new BR&S, I'd love to hear them!

I hope you're as happy as I am to see the return of Big Red & Shiny. We are working hard to provide a voice for all of the artists in New England and truly appreciate your support, comments, and loyalty as we figure out what Version 2.0 looks like.

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About Author

Matthew Nash is the founder of Big Red & Shiny. He is Associate Professor of Photography and New Media at the Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University and was the 2011-12 Chair of the University Faculty Assembly. Nash is half of the artist collaborative Harvey Loves Harvey, who are currently represented by Gallery Kayafas in Boston and have exhibited in numerous venues since 1992.

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