written by Kathleen Bitetti
September is always filled with tons of art happenings and art openings. Here is a run down of what is happening in the 02127 zip code of South Boston. All the galleries and events are free and open to the public!
Now @ the Lot F Gallery:
Two artists who have their studio practice based in South Boston, Jason Falk and Gregory Maxim (aka MRNVR), have a two person show entitled, Natural Process, that opened at Lot F Gallery on September 7th and it runs until Sept 28th. Note the gallery is open by appointment only.
Lot F Gallery
145 Pearl Street #4 Boston MA 02110 (near South Station and the Financial District) Gallery is open by appointment 617-426-1021
Two openings on September 15th – just one block from each other!
Opening on Saturday, September 15th @ Proof Gallery (6 to 8pm)
Time on View a solo show by Alice Vogler. It features Vogler’s her sculptures created by and for performances. The show runs from Sept 15th to . Reception is Saturday, Sept 15th, 6-8pm. The reception and gallery are free and open to the public
Free Performances every Wednesday, 7-8pm (9.19, 9.26, & 10.10)
From the Artist:
“Objects hold the memory of their life. A performance action only happens once. That moment in time cannot ever happen again. It’s the beauty of performance…. The objects in Time on view are both relics from past performances and living interactive sculptures. The viewer’s interaction and interruption of each object creates the existence of a new piece – their piece – a memory of an action for some, an imagining of an action for others.”
The Distillery, 516 East Second Street, Second Floor, South Boston MA 02127
Gallery Hours- Thurs- Saturdays 12 to 5pm & by appointment
Opening on Saturday, September 15th @ LaMontagne Gallery (6 to 8pm)
A solo exhibition of photographic works by Gil Blank, opens on September 15 and runs through October 24, 2012 at LaMontagne Gallery.
“Over the course of 2004, Gil Blank downloaded 35 images from a remote webcam positioned to look out over the old waterfront of Portland, Maine. Once the center of the city’s maritime industry and home to an oceanic observatory, the waterfront’s viability as a working urban environ has long since passed. In the years since he first collected the images, Blank has continuously reproduced the same group of images, though always in a different form.”
“For the exhibition at LaMontagne, Blank will show two distinct generations of works from this project. The main gallery features a single group of the graphite slabs, the primary engravings from which all the subsequent image groups descend”… and the other body of work is.. “a grid of the same 35 images, reprinted in unstable dye inks on handmade rag paper, are hung in the gallery’s project room.”
555 East Second Street, Second Floor, South Boston MA 02127
Gallery Hours- Wed- Saturdays 12 to 6pm
Opening on Thursday, September 20th 7-9pm @ the Distillery Gallery
Elsewhere, a group show curated by Liz Devlin, runs from September 20th to October 26th at the Distillery Gallery. Devlin is the founder of FLUX. Boston, a comprehensive digest of art happenings in and around the city. “The exhibit showcases a wide range of artists working in varied mediums: Site specific installations, sculptures, and works on paper and canvas imagined by local artists are threaded together through slightly surreal-realistic undertones.”
Elsewhere features the work of: !ND!V!DUALS Collective, Elizabeth Alexander & Todd Bowser, Aimee Belanger, Matt Brackett, Stephanie Cardon & Marc McNulty, Beth Dacey, Kat Ely, Chris Faust, Nathan Fried-Lipski, Judy Haberl, Scott Listfield, Molly Segal, Brenda Star, Juan Travieso, Evan Voelbel
Reception, Thursday, Sept. 20th 7 to 9pm.
The Distillery Gallery
Gallery Hours: Mon-Sat, 9-5
The Distillery, 516 East Second Street, First Floor, South Boston MA 02127
All free and open to the public
Opening on Saturday, September 22nd @ Spoke Gallery/Medicine Wheel Productions
The Spoke Gallery exhibition, Terrain*, runs from September 22 – November 16th and it features the work of nine artists and one artists founded & run organization and is exploring the word terrain and all of its multiple meetings. Although maps and traditional mapping methodologies/practices are some of the key threads of show’s investigation, the show also encompasses non traditional mapping approaches such as emotional, impressionistic, abstractive, and/or inventive mapping.
List of those participating in alphabetical order: Gail A. Burton, Marie Cieri, Raúl González III, Rinat Harel, Caoimhghin Ó Fraithile, MAP – Make Art with Purpose, Bruce Myren, Rajiv Ramaiah, Elise Wagner, and Heidi Whitman.
Save the date: Saturday, September 29th at 7pm -A Celebration of the Small Literary Presses -see Medicine Wheel website for more info!
The gallery and connected events are all free and open to the public:
Reception, Saturday, September 22, 5 to 7pm
Gallery Talk, September 22nd 7pm
Screening of Rinat Harel’s work September 22nd 5 to 7pm (on a continuous loop)
Performance by Gail A. Burton: November 2nd, 7pm
Gallery Hours: Wednesdays- Fridays from 12 to 5pm and Saturdays
by appointment (For a Saturday appointment-email please at least
two days in advance: [email protected])
Spoke Gallery @Medicine Wheel Productions
110 K Street – 2nd floor, South Boston, MA 02127
*This exhibition’s main inspiration was derived from Medicine Wheel’s youth driven project called the Safety Map project.
Kathleen Bitetti is a practicing visual artist, a curator/art administrator and a public policy and advocacy expert based in South Boston. www.kathleenbitetti.com
Image #1 Performance Documentation by Alice Vogler (proof gallery)
(images from 2 to 5 all from Terrain show)
Solar Riddle 9
encaustic, monotype and oil on birch,
12 x 12 inches
Courtesy of the Artist and Chase Young Gallery
Lost in Place”, 2012,
5’10” x 10’2″ x 5″,
ink, acrylic, gouache, paper, wire, and wood.
Raúl González III
The Shape of your Path
Acrylic, color pencil, pen, innertube, wood, cloth, nails
Detail of installation
Courtesy of the Artist and Carroll and Sons