Current: Kenji Nakayama & Pat Falco
November 30 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pmFree
Like many artists, Kenji Nakayama and Pat Falco treat their shared studio as a site for creation
and display. The two have worked in the same space for the past three years in the Distillery
building in South Boston. Unlike a cleanly arranged white cube gallery, they have created an
environment that speaks to the varied contexts of their artistic processes. Their finished
artworks and works in progress hang side-by-side with pieces they’ve collected from their
peers, and throughout the space are readily available conceptual and material sources: from
paint cans to exhibition catalogs, political posters to Easter ornaments, saws to surfboards.
Current will take form as an evolving installation, bringing elements from the artists’ studio
into the gallery to create a site for active artistic production and presentation. Modeled after
their shared space, they will set up work stations to make art, adding to the display
throughout the exhibition. Students of the UMass Boston Art Department, as well as visiting
artists, will be invited to participate in making and displaying new work in the gallery. Current
is organized in collaboration with the artists, Kate Ostreicher, and Sam Toabe.
Kenji Nakayama (b. 1979. Hokkaido, Japan) is a mechanical engineer by education, and in
2004 moved to Boston to pursue an art practice and study traditional sign painting at the
Butera School a of Art in Boston. Nakayama’s work has been exhibited widely across the US and
abroad in numerous solo and group exhibitions.
Pat Falco (b. 1987. Boston, MA) is an artist and organizer from Boston, Massachusetts. He
received his BFA from Massachusetts College of Art and Design. His most recent work includes
public interventions and installations at Faneuil Hall and Fort Warren on George's Island in the
Boston Harbor. He is the recent recipient of the Emerging Artist Award from the St. Botolph
Club Foundation and a Fund for the Arts Grant from the New England Foundation for the Arts.