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LETTER FROM THE EDITOR

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By MATTEW GAMBER


Snowing. Snow over the area in New England. At least that is what I anticipate; this is the anticipation. Based on this report, come my following sentences: In between digging out your spot, and salting the steps, warm your hands on your laptop reading the pages of Big Red and Shiny, number seventy-five.

For those that haven't noticed, we have section below each article or review for reader comments. Since we silently implemented it, it has slowly become a forum for audience participation. The recent discussions demonstrate the diversity of opinions here in the community, and what's more - that people care about the art they see and make. This conversation is a good thing, and I want to encourage that discussion. If you have an opinion you'd like to share, scroll to the bottom and take a look.

For this issue, we have an article from editor Christian Holland reviewing Arts Die-Off, an event organized in response to a recent report on the local state of the arts from the Boston Foundation. Reviews in this issue include dioramas at Howard Yezerski by James Nadeau, paintings by Michael Costello at Gallery XIV, written by Matthew Nash, and Jacqueline Houton gives us a historical context on artifacts from the reign of Napoleon I at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

Wrapping up, we have the next installment of the White Cube from Thomas Marquet and a scrapbook of On the Town's from various venues.


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About Author

Matthew Gamber is a Boston-based artist with a BFA from Bowling Green State University and an MFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts / Tufts University. He has taught at Art Institute of Boston / Lesley University, Boston College, School of the Museum of Fine Arts, College of the Holy Cross, Savannah College of Art & Design, and Massachusetts College of Art & Design and worked on digital preservation projects for Harvard University and the Boston Public Library. Matthew was the Editor in Chief of Big Red & Shiny from 2004 to 2010.

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