Fall Preview: Diverse artwork abounds

by Thomas Gagnon
Wednesday Sep 15, 2010

Exhibits sure to delight both novice and connoisseur will take place all around the South End this fall

In the coming months, exhibits of all kinds will be as plentiful as the falling leaves.

Galatea Fine Art Gallery
460B Harrison Ave.
In "The Galapagos Suite," Claudine Bing is currently displaying drawings and paintings of rocky volcanic islands surrounded by sea and sky-all, indescribably colorful. Her work often sets massive volcanic action against tiny human action. O'Brien, in her current exhibit "Respite: Patterns and Places Real and Imagined," displays hybrid artworks that she characterizes as "collage meets digital." In October, the Galatea Gallery exhibits the rather surreal painting of Shelah Horvitz in Peace Songs and the sculpture of Joan Mullen in Recent Sculpture, which combines playfulness with minimalism.
Galapagos Suite and Respite: Patterns and Places Real and Imagined: September 3 - 27; Peace Songs and Recent Sculpture: September 1-30; reception Friday, October 1, 6-8 p.m.
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NK Gallery
460A Harrison Ave. #17
The current exhibit "MOVE!" features digital prints, by Jeffrey Heyne and Rufus Butler Seder, which show (mostly) people moving: running, walking, jumping rope, et cetera. In October, the gallery will present David Lloyd Brown's "Orange Paintings," first exhibited the weekend before 9/11. The catastrophe and its aftermath is what Brown wishes the viewer of his artwork to be pondering. In November, the gallery presents Gary Duehr's "erasure," an exhibit of photographs, taken from trains, capturing fleeting-as if erased-glimpses of landscape.
MOVE: September 1-26; Orange Paintings: October; erasure: November
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Gallery at the Piano Factory
791 Tremont St.
The Gallery at the Piano Factory is currently presenting the 2010 Annual Group Show. This group show features approximately twenty artists who live and work at the Piano Factory, including artist Paul Goodnight, whose muscular women and men loomed large at an exhibit at the Piano Factory gallery last July. The show is a collection of painting, drawing, photography, and mixed media collage. For October, Nathan Fried-Lipski is organizing photographers on the subject of the countries they have traveled to.
2010 Annual Group Show: September 3 - October 2; Visual Reportage: Retrospective: October 8-31
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La Galeria at the Villa Victoria Center for the Arts
85 West Newton St.
Paredes en Fuego is an annual exhibition that shows off the voices of the artists in the Cacique Youth Learning Center. From fine art to tech-based design, the show is a way for students to explore social responsibilities and their identity.
Paredes en Fuego: November 18 - December 23; reception: Thursday, November 18, 6-9 p.m.; artist talk: Wed., December 8, 6-8 p.m.
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Mills Gallery
539 Tremont St.
At the Boston Center for the Arts, the Mills Gallery will offer eight to twelve media-works by international artists, curated by the worldwide Goethe-Institut. In this exhibit, entitled "Intemperie/To the Elements!," the artists observe the interaction between nature and human activity, documenting their reactions through video works, photography and sound recordings. Simultaneously, the gallery - again partnering with the Goethe-Institut - will present a selection of video work called "Control Issues" from a larger exhibition titled the "Climate Initiative United States & Canada."
Intemperie/To the Elements! and Control Issues: September 17-October 24
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United South End Settlements
566 Columbus Ave.
The Harriet Tubman House will be showing an exhibit called "Community Colors," a potpourri of artwork by various artists from the community, the Children's Art Centre at USES, and the Senior Watercolor Class at USES.
Community Colors: September 22-November 26; reception: Wed., September 22, 6-9 p.m.
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Vessels Gallery
450 Harrison Ave. #71
In the SOWA district, the Vessels Gallery will be presenting the exhibit "Body Language: The Ceramic Sculpture of Shaune McCarthy." There will be six to eight pieces: mythical, mysterious, or magical figures, two to three feet tall, inspired by primitive ceramics. These pieces are inspired by McCarthy's experience in dance, utilizing concepts like improvisation, balance, and shape as well as the strength and power required of a dancer.
Body Language: The Ceramic Sculpture of Shaune McCarthy: September 25-October 24; artist talk and reception: Fri., September 24, 6-8 p.m.
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Bromfield Gallery
450 Harrison Ave.
Also in the SOWA district, the Bromfield Gallery will be showing photography by Emily Corbato ("Under Construction: The Stata Center, MIT"). Here, Corbato records the construction of a unique building complex at MIT, which excited her sense of space, shape, rhythm, and balance. Meanwhile, Odile Dix will present a mixed-media installation derived from instructions for appliances, called "quality of life report." And Elizabeth Strasser will be presenting an exhibit of painting called "Enchantment," based on the power of metaphor in fairy tales.
These will show from September 29-October 30; Reception, Fri., October 1, 6-8:30 p.m.
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