Saturday, April 26, 2014

LGBTQIA Artist Alliance Presents Scidentity

On May 2nd, from 6 - 8 PM, the Boston LGBTQIA Artist Alliance will be having an opening for their newest exhibition "Scidentity." It will be at their gallery, located at 571 Columbus Ave in Boston (right near the Mass Ave stop on the orange line). Scidentity is an exploration of 21st century science and technological advances in relation to developing identity politics. Works touch upon topics of how we use either/both science and technology to alter and change or express the way that we as humans perceive identity. Participants are either/both visual artists, scientists, and other practitioners in technology creating a cross dialog in both art and science. 
 Participating Artists: 
 Kevin Barton 
 Corey Dunlap 
 Steven Godanis 
 Rohan Manohar 
 Rebecca Potter 
 Allison Maria Rodriguez 


 To learn more about BLAA, please visit http://blaa.us or on Facebook under Boston LGBT Artist Alliance.

ArtWeek Boston! April 25-May 4

ArtWeek Boston is an initiative of the Citi Performing Arts Center, whose mission is to be a champion for nonprofit innovation in Boston and provide arts and entertainment to the greater community. ArtWeek Boston is a biannual celebration of the arts and allows arts patrons of all kinds to have a unique curated experience. ArtWeek events are unique in that they tie directly to the community in which they are happening. The concept of creative-placemaking is the basis for the mission of ArtWeek Boston’s nationally recognized funder, ArtPlace America. Spring ArtWeek will be April 25-May 4, 2014. For more information on events, click here. For more information on how to submit an event for ArtWeek, click here.

Parisian-Based YellowKorner Photography Gallery Introduces the Art of Paris at Society on High as Part of Boston ArtWeek 2014

Burlington, MA (April 22, 2014) - As part of Boston ArtWeek 2014, Parisian-based YellowKorner gallery is inviting the artistic community to a delectable tasting of its internationally acclaimed practice of “democratizing” exquisite photographic art, paired with a masterpiece of its native cuisine at Society on High in the Financial District on Tuesday, April 29th beginning at 7pm. French-born urban landscape extraordinaire, Franck Bohbot, will be featuring his exclusive YellowKorner collection shot at monumental architectural structures throughout France and will conduct a Q&A, as well as an education on the intricacies of producing the highest art form of urban landscape photography. Society on High owner and renowned French restaurateur, Ian Just, has composed a mouthwatering French Prix Fixe menu for only $25 as YellowKorner introduces guests to a member of its meticulously selected artist roster. Since opening its very first Massachusetts location in the Burlington Mall several months ago, YellowKorner has been searching for the opportune time to fly one of its many world-renowned artists to the Boston area to display their exclusive collection. Bohbot jumped at the opportunity to participate in Boston ArtWeek for he is in the process of planning a collection to be shot here in Boston capturing the city's many architectural works of art. 
 Additional event information and dinner tickets are available at: ArtWeek Boston: YellowKorner Introduces the Art of Paris at Society on High. 

 About YellowKorner: Founded in 2006 by Alexandre de Metz and Paul-Antoine Briat, YellowKorner exhibits and markets photographic art with the goal of bridging the gap between world-renowned artists and the public. Headquartered in Paris, YellowKorner has 80 galleries worldwide with Burlington being its first Massachusetts location. YellowKorner democratizes art photography and makes exquisite works increasingly attainable to amateurs and collectors by publishing an increased number of prints at a decreased price. YellowKorner preserves the integrity of its art by producing limited edition works from a meticulously selected group of artists from around the world. For more information, please visit www.facebook.com/YKBurlington for more information.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

YellowKorner Gallery Captures Sweet Dreams of Surreal Photography Created by Alastair Magnaldo

Surreal Photography by Alastair Magnaldo   

Parisian-Based Gallery Making Exquisite Works Increasingly Attainable to the Public Holds Artist Feature at Burlington Location on Saturday, April 19th at 4pm Burlington, MA (April 7, 2014) 

YellowKorner Photography Gallery is capturing the imaginations of Boston-area art lovers and is imprinting surreal photographic memories with a feature on one of its world-renowned artists, Alastair Magnaldo. The Parisian-based gallery is holding an artist feature on Saturday, April, 19th beginning at 4pm showcasing Magnaldo’s dream inspired collection as it continues to introduce its internationally acclaimed practice of “democratizing” the world’s finest photographic art to the Greater Boston area. YellowKorner currently holds 80 galleries worldwide with its recently opened Burlington location being the very first in Massachusetts. 

 Magnaldo’s exclusive YellowKorner collection invites its artistic audience on a return to childhood by utilizing surreal aesthetic elements portraying images of liberation and desire. Disregarding the laws of physics and logic, Magnaldo creates a universe inspired by a cognitive niche found in the early stages of mental development and his works are often positioned from back to front, providing its audience with a child’s perspective. 

Magnaldo’s works have been compared to those of famed 1920’s surrealist artists, Rene Magritte and Salvador Dali for their technical reproduction of the mechanisms of dreams. 

Complimentary libations will be provided by Deep Eddy Vodka, while YellowKorner’s ownership team takes guests on a visual exploration of the French surrealist photographer’s luminous vision of photography, utilizing an experimental and creative digital approach. In addition to a feature on Magnaldo, guests will be educated on YellowKorner’s meticulously selected artist roster, positioning ultra-talented contemporary and period photographers alongside some of the greatest names in photography, all of whom have accepted to exceptionally increase the print volume of some of their works to make prices affordable. 

 The Magnaldo feature begins at 4pm and YellowKorner North American CEO, Joseph Peteul, is offering private gallery appointments during regular gallery hours by request. Please call781-272-2549 for appointments. YellowKorner is located on the lower level Nordstrom wing of the mall next to the Rockport store. 

 About YellowKorner: Founded in 2006 by Alexandre de Metz and Paul-Antoine Briat, YellowKorner exhibits and markets photographic art with the goal of bridging the gap between world-renowned artists and the public. Headquartered in Paris, YellowKorner has 80 galleries worldwide with Burlington being its first Massachusetts location. YellowKorner democratizes art photography and makes exquisite works increasingly attainable to amateurs and collectors by publishing an increased number of prints at a decreased price. YellowKorner preserves the integrity of its art by producing limited edition works from a meticulously selected group of artists from around the world. For more information, please visit www.facebook.com/YKBurlington for more information.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

“Evelyn Rydz: Forever Yours” Brings New Work by Massachusetts Artist to the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston


(April 1, 2014) BOSTON, MA—A fixture of Boston’s vibrant local artists’ community, Evelyn Rydz (b. 1979) is known for exploring America’s coasts and carefully observing the remnants of modern life that wash up on the shoreline. An alumna of the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (SMFA), Rydz was awarded the School’s prestigious Traveling Fellowship in 2012, which brought her to Hawaii, where she was struck by the foreignness of the landscape of Kamilo Beach––an area covered by an accumulation of garbage from the world’s oceans. She created new works, including drawings and photographs, for the upcoming exhibition, “Evelyn Rydz: Forever Yours,” on view at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA), from April 19–September 14, 2014 in the Eunice and Julian Cohen Galleria. Her works depict colorful plastic particles that drifted from dumping sites around the world to occupy 90 percent of the beach’s shoreline––reaching depths of up to 10 feet. Rydz traversed unpaved roads to reach the site, where she collected countless plastic samples for the works on view in the exhibition. Support for the exhibition provided by A Street Frames. 

 Rydz is best known for her highly detailed drawings of debris found on Massachusetts shores, where she explores the marine debris that populates the beach, and is fascinated by nature’s attempt to reclaim these cast-offs. Her meticulous work draws attention to the transformation of discarded objects on their long journey along the global ocean current—and, more broadly, to the long-term implications of society’s everyday actions. Plastic’s resilience is exactly what makes it useful, but much of what is disposed of rapidly becomes part of the oceanic ecosystem. 

 “We are extremely excited that the MFA will present alumna Evelyn Rydz’s solo Traveling Fellows exhibition this spring. The School’s partnership with the Museum takes many forms, but the Traveling Fellows program is one of the most powerful opportunities for artists to show their true potential,” said SMFA President, Christopher Bratton. “We are very proud of this important fellowship award which continues to recognize the innovative work of the School's alumni. Evelyn joins a long list of other extraordinary fellows dating back almost a century, including Philip-Lorca DiCorcia, Omer Fast and Ellen Gallagher, and we now congratulate and honor her outstanding work.”  

In “Forever Yours,” the panoramic format of Oceanfront (2014), a work of colored pencil on drafting film, echoes the miles of color that stretched before her on Kamilo Beach. For her Floating Artifacts series (2013), Rydz collected tiny shards of plastic and then photographed them through a microscope at Harvard University. The tremendous transformation of these objects is evident: they are weathered and cracked, and harbor mold and small organisms. The extreme close-up view makes the debris appear more like broken pieces of ancient pottery or, ironically, gemstones, than discarded consumer materials. 

 Also in the exhibition, the series Postcards from Kamilo (2013–14) references the ubiquitous “Aloha from Hawaii” tourist cards, but instead sends greetings from a paradise destroyed. Wind-driven ocean currents are like a global conveyor belt—something tossed into the sea can be taken around the world with their force. Each of Rydz’s Postcards is a portrait of an object that the sea morphed into an alien hybrid of its previous form. 

 “Evelyn is one of Boston’s brightest stars. Her delicate, beautiful works blend technical virtuosity with conceptual depth to address a timely topic that concerns us all. This exhibition in particular marks an exciting new direction in the evolution of her practice while building upon the style she is best known for,” said Al Miner, the MFA’s Assistant Curator of Contemporary Art. 

 Rydz is the recipient of a Massachusetts Cultural Council Drawing Fellowship and a MassArt Faculty Foundation Fellowship. She has been the Lead Artist for the MFA’s Community Arts Initiative Artist Project, a program where she collaborated with students from after-school community organizations in the Boston area. Rydz received her Master of Fine Arts from SMFA in affiliation with Tufts University and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Florida State University. She is currently an Assistant Professor at MassArt. She lives and works in Boston. 

 Her work has been included in selected exhibitions at institutions such as: Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, MA; DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park, Lincoln, MA; Berliner Liste, Berlin, Germany; Brattleboro Museum, Brattleboro, Vermont; El Parque Cultural del Caribe, Barranquilla, Colombia; Tufts University Art Gallery, Medford, MA; Aqua Art Fair, Miami, FL; La Otra: Feria de Arte Contemporáneo, Bogotá, Colombia; and the Anchorage Museum, Anchorage, Alaska. 

 SMFA Traveling Fellowship Program 
 Support for exploration and research are critical in the early stages of an artist’s career and SMFA has a strong history of providing these opportunities, none more enduring than the Traveling Fellows program. Since 1894, this program has awarded funds to select SMFA artists providing support to launch individual careers through independent work, travel and exhibition opportunities. Each year up to 10 individuals are awarded fellowships by an independent jury and have approximately one year to complete travel and create new work; then their works are reviewed by a second jury and one artist is selected for a presentation at the MFA. The Community Arts Initiative is generously supported by the Linde Family Foundation. 

 About the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston: 
 The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA), is recognized for the quality and scope of its encyclopedic collection, which includes an estimated 500,000 objects. The Museum’s collection is made up of: Art of the Americas; Art of Europe; Contemporary Art; Art of Asia, Oceania, and Africa; Art of the Ancient World; Prints, Drawings, and Photographs; Textile and Fashion Arts; and Musical Instruments. Open seven days a week, the MFA’s hours are Saturday through Tuesday, 10 a.m.–4:45 p.m.; and Wednesday through Friday, 10 a.m.–9:45 p.m. Admission (which includes one repeat visit within 10 days) is $25 for adults and $23 for seniors and students age 18 and older, and includes entry to all galleries and special exhibitions. Admission is free for University Members and youths age 17 and younger on weekdays after 3 p.m., weekends, and Boston Public Schools holidays; otherwise $10. Wednesday nights after 4 p.m. admission is by voluntary contribution (suggested donation $25). MFA Members are always admitted for free. The Museum’s mobile MFA Guide is available at ticket desks and the Sharf Visitor Center for $5, members; $6, non-members; and $4, youths. The Museum is closed on New Year’s Day, Patriots’ Day, Independence Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. For more information, visit mfa.org or call 617.267.9300. The MFA is located on the Avenue of the Arts at 465 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02115. 

 About the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston: 
 Founded in 1876 and accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design, the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (SMFA), is one of only two art schools in the country affiliated with a major museum—the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Our mission is to provide an education in the fine arts—for undergraduate and graduate artists—that is interdisciplinary and self-directed. This education values cultural, artistic and intellectual diversity; it embraces a wide range of media; it stresses the development of individual vision and its relation to culture in general; it values equally the knowledge gained by thinking and doing; it is deeply engaged with the world as a whole. If the mission is constant, its practice is always transforming. For more information about our programs and partnerships, visit www.smfa.edu.

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