Boston area artists Kathryn Geismar and Alexandra Sheldon delve into curating with a show called Give and Take, up now at the Cambridge Art Association and online. The exhibit features artwork by Geismar and Sheldon, as well as local artists Deborah Baskin, Margaret Scoppa, and Kim Triedman.
Here is an excerpt from Geismar’s thoughts behind the exhibition:
Collage is about sticking things together. It is also about taking things apart. Paint over, tear off, nail on: this is the give and the take.
We are five artists who find a fascination in the poetic energy of things: Colors, old surfaces, blocks of wood, expired books, rusty objects, painted newsprint, discarded ephemera. Stories are suggested and found in the meeting place where objects come together and find a new community and identity. There is a huge respect for the serendipitous and the synergy of meeting the materials in the middle.
Artists are often scavengers but collage artists are even more so. Old newspapers and packaging, tossed out window frames and disparate planks of wood on a curb become our treasures. They speak to us and invite us to collaborate. What is discarded and the overlooked by many is more than a fascination; for us it is rich and evocative source material.
Kathryn Geismar, A Delicate Balance
Deborah Baskin, You and Me
Alexandra Sheldon, Happy Accident 5
Kim Triedman, You Show Me Yours
Kathryn Geismar, Night Forest
Alexandra Sheldon, Happy Accident 7
Margaret Choppa, Chock a Block
Deborah Baskin, An Evening Chat
Like all shows of the Covid era, there will be virtual opening reception on ZOOM; this Friday, April 9, 6:30-7:30 pm. Register here.
There’s also a fun interactive ZOOM workshop, Give and Take In Action: Making Collages from Scratch; this Saturday, April 10, 10-11am. Register here.
Give and Take
April 1 – 30, 2021 Kathryn Schultz Gallery, Cambridge Art Association
25 Lowell Street, Cambridge, Massachusetts
I really hope you can make it to see the “Miniatures” show at the Cambridge Art Association before it closes on Saturday. Not just because there are many wonderful (and very affordable) little works, but because I juried it!
I was thrilled when artist Cory Shea, who is Cambridge Art Association‘s associate director, asked me to be a jury of one for the small works show this spring. I first met Cory over coffee to a ask her about showing her photos at the Art + Cocktails pop-up gallery I put together in Truro last summer. (I had seen Cory’s work at the MassArt auction earlier that year and fell in love.)
I had such a good time choosing the pieces. When I came in, Erin Becker, CAA’s esteemed director and Cory had the 150 pieces laid out and waiting. The process was blind, so I didn’t know the artists’ names, though I admittedly recognized a few. I chose about 60 or so, and later that week Cory hung them. Beautifully. It was a really fun process, and I hope I’ll have the opportunity to do something like this again.
Many of the pieces I’d love to bring home. (As Cory knew when she asked me to jury the show, I have a weakness for small works.) I purchased Hilary Tait Norod’s triptych that morning, and yesterday when my husband went to see the show he bought Giacometti’s Giraffe.
“Miniatures” through Saturday, May 6, 2017 at the Cambridge Art Association (25R Lowell Street just off Mount Auburn Street across from the hospital, Cambridge, Mass.)
Keith MacLelland, Angel Cowboy, Recycled Mixed Media, $450
Far left: Bonnie Lerner, Deep in the Forest, Monoprint on Board, $150
Left top: Susan Siefer, Coming and Going, Acrylic, Resin, Wax, Thread, $350
Left bottom: Margaret Sheldon, Landgrove Field, Oil, $225
Right top: Diane Nelson, By the Sea, Acrylic on Paper, $100
Right bottom: Phil Young, Winter Series, Acrylic, $125
Far Right: Roz Sommer, Other Side, Oil on Board, $350
Top: Lorraine Agri, Fantasy, Mixed Media Ink and Wax, $75
Bottom: Stephanie Todhunter, Best Friends, Mixed Media, $120 each
Top: Susan Wood, The Rhinoceros and the Bird
Indirect Drawing on Mulberry Paper, $500
Bottom left: Anne-Marie Delaunay-Danizio, Chameleon
Ink Markers on Paper, $175
Bottom right: Bob Hesse, Sunflower
iPhone photo on Dyseub on Aluminum, $80
Peter Cohen, Shrine No. 2, Welded Steel and Wood, $2,800
Left: Mirela Kulovic, Object, Candlewax, Ink and Pencil on Paper, $900 Right: David Covert, Giacometti’s Giraffe, monoprint (sold)
Far left: Kathe Gregory, Twist of Fate, Relief, Found Object, $750
Middle top: Janet Smith, Plum Island, Photography, $75
Middle bottom: Deborah Peeples, Psychedelic Crop Circles, Encaustic, $400
Far right: Steve, LeBlanc, Red Door: North Cambridge
Toy Camera Photography, $95, Juror’s Choice
Hilary Tait Norod, My Beautiful Mess Oil and Mixed Media on Panel, $300 each (sold), Juror’s Choice
Denis Wogan, Blue and Ambition
Oil on Birch Squares Mounted on Panel, $125 each
Rachel Hammerman, The Very Thirsty Caterpillar and After Hour Tales
Polymer Clay, $250
Left: Conny Goelz Schmitt, Am Zebrastreifen, 2013 and Overview/Weist (diptych)
Vintage Book Pages, $450 and $900
Right: Andrea Oseas, Mono No Aware, Glass, $800
Top: Anne Beinecke, Pink Boat, Mixed Media, $360
Bottom: Amantha Tsaros, Tropical Sunrise, Acrylic on Panel, $119
Upper left: Lorraine Agri, Fantasy, Mixed Media Ink and Wax, $75
Bottom left: Ant Oraloglu, Levitate, Photograph, $300
Right: Fay Lamson Hannon, Garlic, Oil on Canvas, $325