Sunday, September 27, 2015

Elle Mackey Gracing Boston Fashion Week 2015

Local fashion designer, Elle Mackey, delights crowds with wearable works of art. She recently released an exciting piece consisting of intricately woven raffia, brushed raw lambswool, and baby's breath flowers.  Her unique artwork and use of materials truly reflects her love for nature.
The public will have the opportunity to see Elle's artwork up close during an exclusive exhibit called "Wearable Art". The show includes striking non-textile fashion pieces by an array of local fashion designers. The show will be on display at the Copley Mall until October 27th.
 (A portrait of Elle)

 (Runway model wearing custom piece by Elle Mackey)

(Elle Mackey's custom piece on display at the Copley Mall)

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Featured Artist: Eli Portman

With a warm color palette and impressionistic style, Eli Portman constructs elaborate cityscapes that spark the imagination. Precise line-work and saturated colors are this particular artist's instruments to draw the viewer in to a world of wonder and awe. Works are for sale online, at local art markets, and Out of the Blue Art Gallery in Central Square. Visit the artist site for more information.
 "Widow's Peak" by Eli Portman

 "Peaceful River Runs Through The Sleepy Town" by Eli Portman

"Rivers Of Life Streaming Through The City" by Eli Portman

Friday, September 18, 2015

Model Citizen at Robert Klein Gallery Presents Gordon Parks' Rare and Unseen Fashion Photographs

GORDON PARKS, James Galanos Fashion, Hollywood, California, 1961

BOSTON, MA - Following the runaway success of Women in Clothes, a group exhibition of 20th century fashion photographers that closed September 12, ROBERT KLEIN GALLERY proudly announces Model Citizen, a selection of fashion photographs by the acclaimed photojournalist GORDON PARKSModel Citizen is the gallery's first show dedicated to Gordon Parks' work and marks the first time in the artist's career that his formal, experimental, and playful fashion photographs will be exhibited together in a solo show.

GORDON PARKS Model Citizen
Robert Klein Gallery (38 Newbury St)
September 26 - October 31, 2015
Opening Reception, Saturday, October 3rd2 - 5 PM

With the support of THE GORDON PARKS FOUNDATION, which permanently preserves the artist's work, Robert Klein Gallery has assembled nearly 30 prints of Parks' fashion images taken between 1934 and 1965. Model Citizen, which includes many of these prints, starts September 26 at ROBERT KLEIN GALLERY (38 NEWBURY ST) and runs through October 31.

The breadth of Parks' vision and his masterful approach to every project he tackled was key to his success as an artist. Of the artist as a fashion photographer, Peter W. Kunhardt, Jr., Executive Director of The Gordon Parks Foundation, says: "Parks had the ability to photograph fashions and riots in the same day. He brought grace and honesty to each of his projects and it was his early work in 1940 at Frank Murphy's clothing store in St. Paul, Minnesota, where he first worked as a fashion photographer, that helped to cement his career."

Parks has long been celebrated for his iconic images of Malcolm X, Ingrid Bergman, and Muhammad Ali, as well as his editorial assignments on segregation in the American South, the Civil Rights Movement, and other key issues of his time. But it was by shooting fashion spreads that Parks first gained a foothold in the industry, long before he completed his seminal 1948 photo essay on a Harlem gang leader and became Life magazine's first African American staff photographer and writer.

To secure his first photography assignment, Parks approached the owners of Frank Murphy's, the chicest store in St. Paul, MN, and boldly assured them that he was an experienced fashion photographer. In what stands now as a testament to Parks' personality and perseverance, he won over the clients with a single image -- the only good negative in a roll of film he overexposed. His experiments with movement and gesture, which caught models in motion and allowed fabric to flow dramatically out of the frame, showcased Parks as an adaptive artist able to incorporate whatever came between his camera and his subject.

In an essay published in Gordon Parks: Collected Works, Henry Louis Gates, Jr. writes: "It is obvious that, from the start, he was enormously talented, gifted with an unfailing eye for beauty and composition. He seemed interested in just about everything, alive to an incredible array of subjects, ideas, and people. And he pursued those cosmopolitan interests relentlessly."

In 1970, Parks became the founding editorial director of Essence magazine, a monthly magazine for African American women. In The Man from Essence: Creating a Magazine for Black Women, Edward Lewis writes: "Gordon's editorial vision had been shaped by his years photographing forVogue and Life magazines. These were the big picture books, splashy and flashy, beautiful to look at, arbiters of taste and style in American culture. Gordon envisioned a similar mandate forEssence in black American culture."

Expanding Parks' legacy to include his fashion work is a testament to his commitment to portraying every man, woman, and child as a person worthy of dignity, beauty, and respect.

A joint opening reception for Model Citizen will take place with MARTHA RICHARDSON FINE ART, also at 38 Newbury St, from 2 to 5 PM on Saturday, October 3. Richardson is mounting John Wilson: The Young Americans, a selection of work by "Boston's native son" JOHN WILSON, the figurative artist who passed away in January of this year. As contemporaries who were prolific during the Civil Rights Movement, Parks and Wilson play off of one another in this exciting pairing of shows.

Model Citizen will run from September 26 through October 31. The gallery is open to the public.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Johnny Depp, Dakota Johnson, Creators And Cast Members At Coolidge Corner Theatre's Red Carpet For The Premiere Of 'Black Mass'

  The Coolidge Corner Theatre is a beloved historic landmark of Brookline.  They have supported and promoted local artists, animators, actors, and filmmakers for over 80 years. The Coolidge Corner Theatre has a charming classic atmosphere, unlike mainstream theaters. They are known for showing incredible independent movies, Miyazaki films, and 90's favorites such as "The Big Lebowski". From time to time, they have special guest appearances and signings by established actors. 

   Last night, the Coolidge Corner Theater hosted the premiere of 'Black Mass'. It was an unbelievably exciting event for the Boston and Brookline communities. The theatre, along with thousands of locals, welcomed Johnny Depp, Dakota Johnson, Jesse Plemons, Scott Cooper, Erica McDermott, Julianne Nicholson, Scott Cooper, Gerard O'Neill, and Dick Lehr. The stars were all personable and happy to greet everyone. They did signings, chatted with locals, and they even took fun selfies with fans.  This will be one of the most memorable occasions in Coolidge Corner Theatre history, and we hope the stars will come back and visit again! :) 

Photo of the red carpet setup

Photo of Johnny Depp by Sandy Machado (

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Jellyfish Set to Take Over Kendall Square Culture Lab at Upcoming Contemporary Art Installation

Jellyfish Set to Take Over Kendall Square Culture Lab at Upcoming Contemporary Art Installation

Understanding Jellyfish and What They Mean for the Future of our Oceans is the Focus of ‘The Trouble with Jellyfish’ at Le Laboratoire Cambridge

Cambridge, MA – Le Laboratoire Cambridge (Le Lab), a one-of-a-kind culture lab exploring the intersection of art and science through exhibitions, public programing, and radical culinary cuisine, announces The Trouble with Jellyfishdesigned by contemporary artist Mark Dion in collaboration with marine biologist Lisa-ann Gershwin. This exhibition, opening to the public on Friday, September 18th, 2015, offers a cultural immersion into the stunning world of the jellyfish, and an exploration of how their activities are dangerously affecting the fate of our oceans worldwide.

Dion has been internationally celebrated over his career for his uncanny ability to create contemporary art exhibitions fusing the disciplines of art and science, inviting one to see art as one sees nature. Gershwin is marine biology’s leading voice on the study of jellyfish and their adverse effect on the global marine environment. Her book, Stung!: On Jellyfish Blooms and the Future of the Ocean, largely initiated the project. Le Lab founder, David Edwards, has brought the two together to explore The Trouble with Jellyfish.

"The Trouble with Jellyfish by Mark Dion is a contemporary art exhibition of rare ambition, to explore the what, why, and where-next of ocean biodiversity,” said Le Lab founder, David Edwards. “Mark Dion not only tackles this subject with the depth, seriousness, and irony for which his work is well known, but with a spirit of collaboration that, while long the attitude in pioneering scientific research, is unusual, refreshing, and critical to the cultural pursuit of tomorrow."

In recent years, jellyfish have gained notoriety for wreaking havoc as they multiply en masse—a phenomenon that scientists are still working to understand more fully. The Trouble with Jellyfish helps the public understand this creature and its associated ecological destruction by bringing awareness and discussion to the emerging issue.

“My role in this project was to turn a series of remarkable ideas coming from everyone involved in the experiment—Lisa, the biologists in the South of France, the Harvard students, everyone—into a communicable piece of contemporary art,” said artist, Mark Dion. “The goal was to create an exhibition that makes the scientific issues and ideas examined, concrete in a visual realm.”

Sponsored by the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University and in partnership with the New England Aquarium, The Trouble with Jellyfish includes the following signature elements:
  • Jellyfish Salon: A signature Mark Dion salon cloaked in ominous jellyfish wallpaper featuring a visual exploration of jellyfish history.
  • A Tank of Live Jellyfish: 6’ ft diameter Kreisel tank from the New England Aquarium containing moon jellies (Aurelia aurita).
  • Classroom Lab Setting with Talk from Gershwin: Discussion section with video feed featuring collaborator Lisa-ann Gershwin, examining jellyfish-related problems in a mock classroom.
  • Hypoxia: A simulation chamber conceptualized by Harvard University students where exhibition visitors can safely experience low oxygen levels, mimicking the effects of an ocean “dead zone,” similar to the ones created in areas with overpopulation of jellyfish.
  • Proposed Solutions: The ideas of two teams of Harvard students relevant to better understanding and adapting to the jellyfish blooms:
    • Swell - making effective use of jellyfish harvest, students have discovered an unparalleled absorbency potential utilized in paper towel design.
    • ægir Innovations- data-gathering drones to collect information in efforts to learn more about the logic and pattern behind population explosions of jellyfish and other marine species.
  • Bloom Bakery: Harvard University students designed a jellyfish-derived ingredient to organically enhance moisture in baked goods. Renae ConnollyLe Lab’s Café ArtScience award-winning pastry chef, has used this culinary invention to create a jellyfish-infused cupcake available at select events during the run of the exhibition.

Edwards, a Harvard University professor, and students in his “How to Create Things & Have Them Matter” class explored various issues and ideas in the ocean biodiversity field, with a special focus on jellyfish. Dion’s The Trouble with Jellyfish includes the culmination of those ideas.

The exhibition will be open to the public Friday, September 18th, remaining open through January 2, 2016. Exhibition Hours:Wednesday – Friday 12:00 pm – 9:00 pm & Saturday 11:00 am – 10:00 pm

The Trouble with Jelly Fish is located at Le Laboratoire Cambridge, 650 East Kendall Street in Cambridge, MA. For more information, please visit or follow @lelabcambridge on Twitter and Instagram.

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About David Edwards
David Edwards is an inventor, writer, and founder of Le Laboratoire Paris and Le Laboratoire Cambridge. He is Harvard Professor of Idea Translation in the John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and a Wyss Institute Faculty Member. David is also a member of the National Academies of Engineering in USA and France, a member of the National Academy of Inventors (USA), and a Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres of the French Ministry of Culture. He is the author of many articles, patents, and books of fiction and nonfiction.

About Mark Dion
Mark Dion received a BFA (1986) and an honorary doctorate (2003) from the University of Hartford, School of Art, Connecticut. Dion’s work examines the ways in which dominant ideologies and public institutions shape our understanding of history, knowledge, and the natural world. He has received numerous awards, including the ninth annual Larry Aldrich Foundation Award (2001). He has had major exhibitions at Miami Art Museum (2006); the Museum of Modern Art, New York (2004); the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, Connecticut (2003); and Tate Gallery, London (1999). "Neukom Vivarium" (2006), a permanent outdoor installation and learning lab for the Olympic Sculpture Park, commissioned by the Seattle Art Museum.

About Lisa-ann Gershwin
Lisa-ann Gershwin is a biologist based in Launceston, Tasmania, specializing in the study of jellyfish and the species’ adverse effect on marine ecosystems. Gershwin has described over 200 species of jellyfish and developed a system to predict blooms of the hazardous Irukandji jellyfish in North Queensland. In 2013, Gershwin released Stung!: On Jellyfish Blooms and the Future of the Ocean, a book describing the diversity and adaptability of jellyfish, and their increasing numbers at the expense of other organisms worldwide.

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