Ideology and Differences
Sneak Peek Preview Party- February 2nd, 3-7pm
Opening Reception – February 7th, 6-9pm
Showing thru February 28th
Sinan Hussein graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Baghdad in 2004. He is a member of the Iraqi Plastic Artists Society and the Iraqi Artist Association. Sinan has held solo and group exhibitions in Kuwait, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Dubai, Amman and Turkey. His paintings can be found in various museums and private collections throughout the Middle East.
Sinan, his wife, and son moved to Worcester, Massachusetts in the summer of 2011. This is his first solo show in the United States.
“His works depict the marriage of female and male figurines surrounded by members of their Tribe. Sinan has picked up a new thread of surrealistic Art with refreshing and renewed techniques, colors and materials, all in a delicate conceptual blend and expressive pictorial structure.” Boushahri Gallary, Kuwait (MASHMOOM)
Idealogy and Differences - “A face in my hand, a mask in your hand. Angels of heaven shaking off the dust of the earth. Hands are moving like dancing toys. Religions differ. Ideologies differ. And It is no different.” – Sinan Hussein
2012 -acrylic on canvas, 30×30 inches
In the City, buildings are placed carefully, but have the spaces between and around been handled with the same level of consideration? As filtered through the private sensibilities of Designers, these spaces can appear to communicate a disregard for the User.
Enjoy your _______. promotes a reconsideration of several underutilized spaces in Boston, where the User has become inadvertently estranged from a space designed for their ‘enjoyment’.
Using a combination of images, overlayed with text, this graphic installation illustrates the potential for dissonance between designer and product, and the resulting tepid relation with the public.
Please join us on January 3, 2013 from 6-9pm for the opening reception. Neil Piatt and Jennifer West, both Boston architects, have been working on this project for the past six months. Showing thru January 30th.
Open to the public!
Thursday, January 24, 8 p.m.
with readings by:
Erica Anzalone was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She holds an MFA from the University of Iowa and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where she was awarded a Schaeffer fellowship. Her first book, Samsara, is the winner of the 2011 Noemi Press Poetry Prize. She is currently Book Review Editor of the literary magazine Interim.
Sonya Larson is the Program Director of Grub Street. Her short fiction has appeared in or been honored by Glimmer Train, Meridian, Nimrod, The Red Mountain Review, and The Hub. She has received awards and scholarships from the Bread Loaf Writers Conference, St. Botolph Club Foundation, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison writing program.
Adam Stumacher‘s fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in Granta, The Kenyon Review, The Sun, Night Train, Massachusetts Review, TriQuarterly, and elsewhere, was anthologized in Best New American Voices, and won the Raymond Carver Short Story Award. He holds degrees from Cornell University and Saint Mary’s College and was a fiction fellow at the University of Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing. He has been awarded a tuition scholarship from Bread Loaf and residencies from the Vermont Studio Center, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Spiro Arts, and others. He has taught creative writing at MIT, the University of Wisconsin, Saint Mary’s College, and Grub Street, and has many years experience as an educator in urban high schools. He is the author of a short story collection, The Neon Desert, and is currently working on a novel, entitled A Liar’s Opus.
Featuring over 60 artists and 150 works of art during the month of December. Give art this holiday season…
Stop by and see work by the artists listed above, plus many more!
Please join us for lit & libations
Thursday, November 15, 8 p.m.
with readings by:
Reyna Clancy, fiction
Kate Robinson, poetry
Sue Williams, fiction
Reyna Clancy studied literature and writing at Bard, and neurobiology and psychology at UMass, and recently earned her MFA from the Bennington Writing Seminars. Born on a commune in New Mexico, she grew up in New York, New Jersey, Florida, and Boston, where she lives in Jamaica Plain with her husband, Tim, and daughter, Tallula.
Kate Robinson’s work has appeared in Ditch, The Common. Ground, Confrontation, and numerous other places. Her book of poetry, Darling Angel Meat, came out this year and has been given high marks by Amy Gerstler, Gordon Purkis, and others. She lives in the Boston Area.
Sue Williams has been published in numerous literary magazines including Narrative Magazine
(where she also used to work as an editor), Night Train
, and Smokelong Quarterly
. Under her pen name of Lana Fox, she has been an online sex columnist for both Boston Magazine
and the Nervous Breakdown
, and her erotic short stories appear in a variety of anthologies, including Best Bondage Erotica 2012
. Her petite novel is to be published by Harper Collins’ imprint Mischief and her nonfiction self-help book project is represented by the Sarah Jane Freymann Literary Agency. She is a passionate co-founder of Go Deeper Press (www.godeeperpress.com
), which will be launching on December 1, and she can be found online at: www.suewilliams.co.uk
We are excited to exhibit a series of new graphite drawings by Katherine Vetne. This Boston-based artist has spent the past year collecting ornate spoons and intricately drawing them in great detail and to scale.
The opening reception of Thirty Spoons is on November 1st, 2012 from 6-9pm.
“I have memories of sitting in a classroom as a young girl. I remember learning about the explorers who came to America, the Pilgrims, the kings of England and Portugal. We learned about overseas trade and the first presidents. Students quickly learn that learning about history means learning about men’s history. Even at an early age, I remember wondering what my history was.
Women’s history, like many other histories, has been marked by “experts” as unimportant and uninteresting, and this decision has shaped what we know and do
not know of our past. As an adult, I have found myself still asking what my history is, and my spoon drawings are an effort to answer that question. They are an attempt to define and emphasize my history; they are a kind of drawn identity that references both my domestic heritage and notions of feminine ornamentation. My spoon drawings are historical documents drawn from observation, overwhelming in accuracy down to the very sizes and dimensions of the physical spoons.
The ideal resting place of these pieces, unlike much of contemporary art, exists in
the domestic sphere: they are meant to be hung in dim kitchens, propped on cluttered
bookshelves, and displayed amongst the imperfect artifacts of our everyday lives. They
are hand-held monuments to the way we live, eat, and sleep, and to the women that have been responsible for these things for much of time; to the place they honor: the home and my history.” -K. Vetne
Katherine Vetne received a Bachelor of Fine Arts, Magna Cum Laude in 2009 at Boston University in Boston, Massachusetts. She has participated in various solo and group shows in New England over the past few years.
Showing thru November 30th.
A monthly reading event that highlights the diverse literary community in the New England area. Open to the public and held on the third Thursday of each month.
Please join us for lit & libations
Thursday, October 18, 8 p.m.
with readings by:
Lisa Korzeniowski, fiction
Steven LaFond, fiction
Elizabeth Witte, poetry
Lisa Korzeniowski is a member of the Bay State Scribblers writing group and has reviewed literary journals for The Review Review. Her flash fiction “While You Were Gone” was recorded at The Drum‘s Open Mic session at the 2011 Boston Book Festival and appears in the November 2011 issue of The Drum. Her short story “The Summer of Nathan Nicky” appears in the October 2012 issue of the magazine. She has also been published in Opium.
Steven LaFond is a resident of Arlington, MA. His work has appeared in Worcester Mag, apt, and fiveonfive. His book, Derby Widows, received a semifinalist nod from Elixir Press. When not behind a desk, he’s an announces play-by-play for roller derby games under the name “Pelvis Costello.”
Elizabeth Witte lives/works in and around Somerville. Her work has appeared in Shampoo, Glitter Pony, LIES/ISLE, Anomalous Press, Kill Author, Swink, elimae, and elsewhere.
John Steck Jr. returns to Boston with a solo exhibition at The Hallway Gallery.
During the month of October, the gallery will be showcasing new work that Steck has created over the past year. He left the east coast last summer and moved to California to begin his MFA program at the San Francisco Art Institute.
Join us on October 4th from 6-9pm for the opening reception of sea-coast / sea-ghost.
“The line created where the sky meets the sea, usually represents a space that seems physical, yet is somewhere that can never really be reached. Its a places that represents the extreme workings of nature, along with emotional contexts, from the metaphorical to the sublime. In this installation of images, I contemplate the different ways to look at the vastness of such a space. These images offer different ways to think about the physicality of the horizon line, using various methods of photographic arts.”
-John Steck Jr.
Join us on September 6th for the opening reception of Reconciliation, a solo exhibition by Boston-based photographer Laura Wulf.
A dozen of her color photograms will be showing for the duration of the month and also featured during Jamaica Plain Open Studios on September 22nd and 23rd.
“These pieces reconcile the technology and the mediated experience of making a photograph with the tactility and the immediacy of making a drawing. First, in the color darkroom, I expose the paper, multiple times, as a photogram, without the use of a negative. Then, back in the studio, I scratch with a sharp tool or sandpaper directly into the emulsion of the paper.
I was involved with photography long before I began to draw, but when I encountered drawing I discovered a new kind of engagement with, and a deeper understanding of, the creative process. The compelling question for me became could I work more directly with photographic materials or would I have to start all over with a new medium? This body of work is the result of finding a question worth asking.
The work explores the color potential of chromogenic photo paper, serendipity in a completely dark room and mark-making on an unforgiving surface. Each piece is unique and expands the notion of what a photograph can be-not simply a reproduction of something that already exists but an object in and of itself, something completely new.”
Opening Reception- September 6th – 6-9pm
Other special events will be listed soon.
Join us on August 2nd (6-9pm) for the opening reception of Christopher DiPietro’s solo exhibit at The Hallway Gallery.
“My new paintings confront the notion of the icon.
Drawing from abstract religious signifiers such as the halo or circle of stars, I aim to make images that have the weight of icons without actually depicting a deity. The human forms are replaced with avian counterparts; Passenger can be seen as the martyr, while Bluebird w/halos recalls the Blessed Mother. Black Pigeon is the dove reversed, asserting its darkness with an even darker halo-form, which surrounds and overlaps the body.
Within the confines of traditional oil painting, enamel paint is utilized as a graphically pure substance; a kind of un-natural, high gloss purity that can both obscure and heighten more naturalistic forms simply by way of reflective contrast. Through this graphic intervention, the figures are elevated, while remaining firmly grounded in light and shadow.”
For more writings, details and gallery of work, visit his studio blog or website for a preview.
showing thru August 26th.