The shape and size of the first diptych determined the rest in this series in its reference to a tall yellow notepad with ruled lines. Lines of image sequences are the primary structural element. The process usually involves working from the top of the painting downward, then back and forth between the two panels with very little editing, resulting in a cumulative set of decisions. Each painting can take three months or more to complete. Michelle’s interest is in building a theme by elaborating on a subject through pattern and repetition; for example in the painting, Matisse Rooms, she began with a collection of black and white thumbnail photos from the bibliography section of a book on Matisse. The photos consisted of collectors’ rooms and gallery spaces displaying Matisses’s work in the 1920’s and 30’s. From this handful of images that looked categorical and austere she wanted to create something that expressed intrigue, rhythm and musicality.
There is a tension in these paintings between maintaining a tonality, color scheme and personality to each painting while building the more incremental, linear narrative juxtapositions. They also move freely across time, placing images from the past in the vicinity of those in the present and allowing for metaphorical and allegorical instances to blossom.
The Literature of the Non-Word is on exhibit from September 5 to October 10, 2014.
Loutrel constructs concise, evocative objects. By using lines that diverge slightly from true, or angles that are just off of right, she creates tense arrangements of irregular shapes and misleading depth cues, making it difﬁcult for viewers to resolve the forms into dimensional space. The pieces are unadorned and precise, but not without evidence of the artist’s hand.
The exhibition centered around the H Di. series. Supported by a grant from the Artists’ Resource Trust, the series consists of eight geometric, black and white wall-mounted constructions. They are each approximately 60″ x 12″ x 5″d and made from painted wood. Additionally, there are works on paper, smaller multimedia pieces, and models for the wall mounted sculptures.
Lara Loutrel holds a BFA in Printmaking from the Massachusetts College of Art. Her solo shows include exhibitions at the South End Branch Library (Boston) and the Sheetz Gallery (Penn State Altoona). Her works have appeared in numerous group shows, among them The Boston Printmakers Selects: A Distillation from the 2013 North American Print Biennial (California), New Art Center (Newton), Khaki Gallery (Boston), Carroll and Sons (Boston), MPG Contemporary (Boston), La Galería at Villa Victoria Center for the Arts (Boston), Mills Gallery (Boston), Printmaking Biennial of Douro (Portugal), Nachtundnebel 08 (Berlin), Gallery Aferro (New Jersey), Foundry Art Centre (Missouri), Hunterdon Museum of Art (New Jersey), Axis Gallery (California), and many others across the United States.
Loutrel was awarded an artist residency at the Bridge Guard (Slovakia), an Artist’s Resource Trust Grant (Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation), a Johnson & Johnson Purchase Prize (Hunterdon Museum of Art, New Jersey), a Gallery Award at MPG Contemporary (Boston), a Group 4 Award (Foundry Art Centre, Missouri), and a Juror’s Selection Honorable Mention in Printmaking (30th Bradley International Print and Drawing Exhibition, Illinois). Her work is included in the Boston Public Library’s print collection.
reflection featured the work of Jean Nicolazzo and Jon Laustsen. Jean Nicolazzo’s paintings emphasize a focused, immersive attention toward stillness and how it can be captured in the fleeting moments of nature. Her subject matter – often water – becomes both a formal and abstract consideration as she marks in time the varying, layering and dissolving strokes of color continually in flux that simultaneously remain. Jon Laustsen’s work is of a long-term project built up primarily from scaled-down building materials, such as 2×4 lumber, cast concrete foundations and drywall. For this exhibition he is shifting both in scale and toward the interior to engage in both an appreciation and critique of art-worldliness, work trace-lines and home-fullness. While composing certain rhythms of shift-making in perspective and time, he’s interested in merging what seem contradictions into a fricative, off-balanced, and potentially transcendent whole.
Time Pieces featured the work of Quebec native Danielle Sauvé and Venezuelan-born Jesús Matheus. The sculptures presented by Sauvé in this exhibit manifest the material artifacts that result from, and represent, human behavior. Employed as fabric, clay is molded (or folded) by invisible hands in repetitive procedures. When this process is halted, midstream, an entirely new territory is opened up for speculation and revelation. The paintings by Matheus feature fresh and surprising uses of color applied to his experienced use of line and composition, resulting in a deep and sensitive geometry.
Richard Bertman is a registered architect and sculptor who has worked in the medium of welded steel and carved wood for 45 years. Through his sculptures, he explores the concept of change and how perspective is affected by change. Bertman frequently uses motors to create movement in his pieces, and even when the pieces are stationary, they express an implied movement. Humor and satire are hallmarks of his work.
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