Monthly Archives: October, 2013

Articles Nocebo Placebo I. Satin paper, quartz (believed to augment crystal resonances), amethyst (believed to relieve pain), garnet (believed to heal blood disorders), tourmaline (believed to aid healing), thread. Source data: Colloca L, et al. Overt versus covert treatment for pain, anxiety, and Parkinson’s disease. Lancet Neurol. 2004;3(11):679—684.
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Inside Out: Outro

This is my last post as artist-in-residence at Big Red and Shiny. I have really enjoyed the challenge of making my thoughts coherent on a regular basis. Thanks for listening. Nocebo Placebo I. Satin paper, quartz (believed to augment crystal…

Magazine Jonathan Calm, Community (after Pruitt-Igoe Housing, St. Louis, MO), 2013. Mixed media installation, dimensions variable. Courtesy of the artist.

Jonathan Calm, Scudder Towers Down (after Scudder Homes, Newark, NJ), 2013. LCD flat screen monitors and video, dimensions variable. Courtesy of the artist.

Photograph by Clements Photography and Design, Boston.
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The artists of the deCordova Biennial

The deCordova Biennial includes twenty-one artists from all six New England states. In terms of media, it is richly diverse. Generally speaking, the work has a noticeable trend towards very strong colors and reflexively abstract compositions. From Rachel Gross’s…

Magazine Installation view of The 2013 deCordova Biennial. 
Photograph by Clements Photography and Design, Boston.
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The Meta-Biennial: the 2013 deCordova Biennial

Over the last few years I’ve developed sympathy for those who organize large, all-encompassing exhibits like biennials. If you hold on too tightly to a curatorial vision, you can create an autobiographical list of your favorite artists or styles. If…

Articles Michael Lin's FreePort installation at the Peabody Essex Museum. Courtesy Peabody Essex Museum.
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Art in the Innovation Hub Part 2

In my last post, I discussed Boston’s push to brand itself as an innovation hub and raised questions about the role of art within this context. As I continue the series, I am engaging diverse members of the city’s art…

Interviews "From Preludes to Quaaludes" by Devon Clapp. Image courtesy of the artist
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Studio Sessions: Devon Clapp

Welcome to the newest episode of Studio Sessions with guest Devon Clapp. Devon earned a BFA in Printmaking from the Montserrat College of Art in 2006, and an MFA in Painting from the Pratt Institute in New York in 2011.…

Articles Photo credit: Don Mo.
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In Brief: The TransCultural Exchange

Last weekend, hundreds of artists from more than 40 countries convened in Boston for the biennial TransCultural Exchange Conference. Held at Boston University, this year’s TCE, Conference on International Opportunities in the Arts: Engaging Minds, boasted 50 panels with artists,…

Articles Throw down a rope!
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Inside Out: Shelved

Recently, ArtSake posted a couple of blog articles asking artists if they ever set aside works of art that still had potential. Many of the responses struck a chord so I decided to take a look at my own habits…

Articles Installation view of Steve Locke: there is no one left to blame at the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston. Photo: John Kennard.
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Queering the ICA

It’s been a long time coming, but the ICA is beginning to show its true colors. The last few years have seen solo exhibitions by a strong number of female artists, a great many queer artists and people of color,…

Articles Fernando Botero
Colombian, b. 1932
Abu Ghraib #45, 2005
Oil on canvas
University of California, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Gift of the Artist, 2009.12.25
Photographed for the UC Berkeley Art Museum by Benjamin Blackwell
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Botero’s Abu Ghraib

My first question is: Why Botero? How did this mild, sometimes trivial artist become the chronicler of darkness? At age 73 Fernando Botero broke out of his benign reputation with a series of 100 works—50 paintings and as many works…

Interviews The House, 2013
composition of 2 24x20 inches polaroids
overall size 29 x 46 inches
Courtesy of the artist and Stephan Stoyanov Gallery.
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Interview with Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons

Ben Sloat One theme that has always struck me about your work (and seen most recently My Mother Told Me at the Tufts University Art Gallery) is that of impermanence: the impermanence of history, the impermanence of one’s experience, but…

Articles Selected artist from yBos 1;
Candace Corbin, Untitled, 2012, 10 x 10", collage and acrylic on paper
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An Opportunity for Young Artists

Why does Boston produce such an immense number of young artists and yet retain so few of them? This is the question that began the call for work for last year’s yBos 1 exhibition at UMB’s Harbor Gallery, which called…

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