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Just a little bit

‘Lossless’ at The Sert Gallery, ‘Overflow’ at Laconia Gallery, Garry Knox Bennett at the Fuller, and String-Theory-inspired art and music at NESAD
Digital-era experimental filmmakers occupy a rich and interesting place in relation to the new technology available to them.
By: RANDI HOPKINS  |  September 23, 2008


When the red, red robin . . .

‘Language Of Color’ at the Harvard Museum of Natural History, ‘Speaker Project’ at MassArt, Cathy McLaurin at Montserrat
This exhibit explores the basic nature of color and its relationship to survival and pleasure in the world.
By: RANDI HOPKINS  |  September 17, 2008


Dollhouses and dream states

Memory, sound, time, and toothpicks define the season
Autumn highlights in the museums and the galleries.
By: RANDI HOPKINS  |  September 11, 2008


The nature of the beast

Kevin Hooyman’s ‘Dark Walk’ at Proof, ‘The Exquisite Line’ at BU, ‘Material Meditation’ at The New Art Center
In the world of graphic novelist Kevin Hooyman, whose show opens at Proof Gallery on September 13, packed line drawings take you deep into strange and fantastical scenes.
By: RANDI HOPKINS  |  September 10, 2008


I am I said

‘Empire and Its Discontents’ and more at Tufts; ‘Re-View’ and visiting faculty at Harvard; GASP’s Fourth Anniversary
Tufts University Art Gallery presents “Empire And Its Discontents,” which opens September 15 with work by 11 artists tied to previously colonized regions in the Middle East, North Africa, and South Asia.
By: RANDI HOPKINS  |  September 03, 2008


Time bombs

‘Atomic Afterimage’ at Bu, Foreclosures and Risk Structures at MIT, and the Cultural DMZ At Simmons
Timely new exhibitions look at the lust for power and risky business.
By: RANDI HOPKINS  |  August 27, 2008


The devil in the details

‘Drawn to Detail’ and ‘Laylah Ali’ at the DeCordova, Esteban Pastorino Díaz at the SMFA, and Student Loan Art Program at MIT
It’s hard to imagine stopping to look at drawings that don’t coalesce till you let them pull you in and spin you around a bit.
By: RANDI HOPKINS  |  August 28, 2008


One world, several dreams

“Business as Usual: New Video From China” at MassArt, “Text in Video” at Axiom, and “Many Kinds of Nothing” at Montserrat
It’s no secret that recent years have seen a new “cultural revolution” in the visual arts in China.
By: RANDI HOPKINS  |  August 12, 2008


Rubber soul

‘Momentum 11: Nicholas Hlobo’ at the ICA; ‘12 X 12’ in Provincetown
Pink satin ribbon, rubber inner tubes, and large swaths of flowing organza are some of the materials that Nicholas Hlobo uses in various media to examine gender, ethnicity, and his South African heritage.
By: RANDI HOPKINS  |  July 29, 2008


Flora, fauna, and the female figure

Art Nouveau Jewelry at the MFA, ‘Players’ on MIT’s Media Test Wall, and ‘Nascent’ at NESAD
The Art Nouveau movement of the late-19th/early-20th century distanced itself from the mass production of the Industrial Revolution with elaborate, one-of-a-kind works made from unusual materials.
By: RANDI HOPKINS  |  July 15, 2008


Everybody get together

‘Boston Young Contemporaries’ at 808 Gallery, ‘Big Bugs’ at Garden in the Woods, and the 10th Annual Lantern Festival at Forest Hills Cemetery
The 808 Gallery is a BIG space to fill.
By: RANDI HOPKINS  |  July 08, 2008


Cape light

‘Light And Artifice’ at The Schoolhouse Gallery; ‘What Is Big?’ at Brickbottom; ‘Birds Do It’ at Montserrat
Pinpricks and irregular streaks of light illuminate a circular orb that might be the moon, or a partly peeled orange in each of Judith Larsen’s series of photographic works called “Phasing and Solon."
By: RANDI HOPKINS  |  July 02, 2008


Line up

Katy Fischer at Proof, ‘Paper Quilt’ and Rainey at the Essex Art Center, and ‘Ink & Steel’ at Space 242
Katy Fischer's art points to the darker forces in nature, where clouds threaten rain and rivers carry people off.
By: RANDI HOPKINS  |  June 24, 2008


Time out of mind

Luisa Rabbia at the Gardner, ‘Polar Attractions’ at the Peabody Essex, And ‘Meat After Meat Joy’ at Pierre Menard
Luisa Rabbia created a slow-moving video work that offers a kind of travelogue of her own journey through Isabella Stewart Gardner's historic scrapbooks.
By: RANDI HOPKINS  |  June 17, 2008


You wear it well

‘Dress • Redress’ at Brandeis, Fredo Conde at the Artists Foundation, Parade For The Future with Platform2, and June art talks at BU thanks to AIB
The relationship between our bodies and our clothing is, of course, intimate.
By: RANDI HOPKINS  |  June 10, 2008


Waxing poetic

Joanne Mattera and encaustic painting plus sculpture At Montserrat; Ceci Méndez at the Center For Latino Arts
New York–based artist Joanne Mattera wrote the book (literally) on encaustic, an ancient method of painting with pigmented wax.
By: RANDI HOPKINS  |  June 03, 2008


Live at five

Fifth Annual Juried Summer Show at Tufts, Norman Laliberté at Montserrat, Julie Vinette at Atlantic Works, and Annual Juried Members’ Show at the Danforth
The Tufts University Art Gallery has taken the off-season opportunity to celebrate its year-round neighbors.
By: RANDI HOPKINS  |  May 28, 2008


A certain kind of disorientation

Anish Kapoor at the ICA, MCC Award Winners at Boston Sculptors, And ‘8 in ’08’ at Massart
Home-grown new sculpture is alive and well right here right now, as Boston Sculptors Gallery regularly reminds us.
By: RANDI HOPKINS  |  May 20, 2008


Journey to the surface of the Earth

Landscape anew at Mass MoCA, ‘Exposure’ at the PRC, Dana Clancy at the Danforth, and grouped figures at GASP
Looking at the landscape brings out the artist in everyone.
By: RANDI HOPKINS  |  May 13, 2008


Don’t leave me this way

Botanical Forms at Harvard’s Museum of Natural History, Carroll Dunham and more at the Addison, and Renzo Piano at the Fogg
Leaves lead a wild life, and each leaf’s physical structure reflects both its individual biography — revealing the pathways, for example, of insects that have eaten their way across a leaf’s surface.
By: RANDI HOPKINS  |  May 06, 2008
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