Friday August 5 through Wednesday August 24, 2016
MARK ADAMS / DANIEL HEYMAN/ EILEEN MYLES/
FRANKIE RICE/ DOUG PADGETT
PROJECT: ANNA POOR
Reception: Friday August 5 from 6 – 9 PM
The gallery presents new work from five artists working in photography, painting, and print making.
MARK ADAMS will present new paintings and drawings on paper, wood and mixed media in a dedicated project that explores his interest in open and direct mark making, layering information like text and data with images, and the subject of how nature claims its place in beautiful and challenging ways on Cape Cod.
I’ve been trying to take myself back to some beginning. To remember how I felt. To explore again the basics of how light and color drape themselves across surfaces of water and sky. More than anything I’m trying to recapture it simply, without forethought, in wet ground on wood and paper: how it feels now. Not the distant worldly confusion that comes out of broadcasts, but a present moment when we just slide into liquid and become weightless. ~ MA
Adams is a painter, printmaker, and a cartographer with the National Park Service and has been based on Cape Cod and Martha’s Vineyard since 1987. He exhibits regularly at The Schoolhouse Gallery where he has focused on works of art that use layered images of maps, personal notebook pages, text, data and images of animals and friends in light accumulation on paper and wood panels. Adam’s work is about things that imperfectly represent the nature to our society, harvesting curiosity, wonderment and a little biology as source material.
He has taught at the Provincetown Art Association, Castle Hill Center for the Arts (Truro MA), and the Provincetown School Academy program and as a guest in the MFA program of the Fine Arts Work Center/Massachusetts College of Art. He has studied ecology, landscape architecture, printmaking and photography at University of California, Berkeley, California College of Arts and Crafts and studied with artists at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. He also worked as a wildlife field biologist, scientific illustrator, forest fire fighter, gymnastics coach.
DANIEL HEYMAN presents a new suite of drawings on wood. For a number of years and in service of larger constructed narratives he has been using the plates from wood block prints as states and also as final works. These pieces, often carved, inked, burned and burnished contain text and painted sections and function both as the exposed skeleton and the breathing results of each drawing.
Daniel Heyman’s work is in many prestigious collections including the Yale University Art Gallery and Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University; Baltimore Museum of Art; Hood Museum of Art and Rauner Special Collections Library, Dartmouth College; Davison Art Center, Wesleyan University; Davis Art Museum, Wellesley College; Free Library of Philadelphia; Getty Research Institute; Library of Congress; Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA); Mead Art Museum, Amherst College; Minneapolis Institute of Art; New York Public Library; Philadelphia Museum of Art; Portland Museum of Art; Princeton University Art Museum; and the RISD Museum, among others.
Heyman has recently become part of the collection at The Yale Bienecke Rare Books Library, and also at The New York Public Library. He will exhibit eight prints at the St. Louis Art Museum (from their collection) in an exhibition of four printmakers who have made works about war including Caillot, Goya, and Beckman. A second show (solo) this fall will feature his prints at Temple University/Tyler School of Art.
EILEEN MYLES presents an exhibition of new photographs. These images from her Instagram feed illustrate perfectly what is possible when someone opens up new spaces in society and fills them with language and image.
Social media’s openness to a new consideration of self-portraiture and acceptance of the general messiness of everyday life is part of a new contemporary cultural landscape where we are exposed to a rapid succession of images that are thought to be replacing words with new significance, but are experienced as quicker and less long lasting. We are a seeing new relationships to memory and permanence in viscous and possible space where language is shifting into a zone where multiple protagonists steer anxious narratives to new places. Gender is more openly fluid here and painting a little less patriarchal. It is a tribal space that is taking on post-feminist thinking with vigor, where invincibility and urgency vie for position creating a pulse that reforms and upsets. Eileen Myles has occupied social media with language since she could and has let language hang out with image there, in a new mnemonic place of her own making, where everything feels both projected and bodied, substantial, possible and fleeting.
The exhibition consists of twenty four framed photographs.
Eileen Myles is the author of nineteen books including I Must Be Living Twice: New & Selected Poems, and a 2015 reissue of Chelsea Girls. Eileen is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship in non-fiction, an Andy Warhol/Creative Capital Arts Writers grant, four Lambda Book Awards, and the Shelley Prize from the PSA. In 2016 Myles received a Creative Capital grant and the Clark Prize for excellence in art writing. Currently they teach at NYU and Naropa University and live in Marfa TX and New York.
FRANKIE RICE was born in Truro, Massachusetts and lives and works in Brooklyn, NY and on the Outer Cape. Previous exhibitions include “The name of this show is not: GAY ART NOW” curated by Jack Pierson, Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York, NY (2006); “Eliminate” curated by John Waters, Albert Merola Gallery, Provincetown, MA (2007) and “Wrestle,” Launch F18, New York, NY (2011). Frankie will present a suite of new color photographs.
DOUGLAS PADGETT’S new paintings pick up from a series of jigsaw puzzle drawings he made in 2013. Rather than focus on the subject matter of the puzzles as they are dissected by the outline of the pieces, the new paintings and drawings use the jigsaw puzzle more as a structural framework. Figurative imagery has been replaced with abstract painting ideas; flat colors, gradations, and wood texture are held up by the architecture of the puzzle.
The paintings retain the careful technique and 3-D look that has been consistent in Padgett’s work. The pieces of the puzzles feel like they could be taken apart. The simplicity of the subjects combined with the rhythmic movement of the puzzle designs make many of the paintings feel calm and meditative.
ANNA POOR was born in NYC and grew up in a family of artists. Her carved wood, stone, metal and clay works are inspired by art historical references, techniques and objects from the past, while being steeped in the political climate of the present. The sculpture encourage thought on the critical contemporary issues of appropriation, idolatry, ownership, destruction of cultural objects and disruption of western religion and myths.
Anna Poor has been teaching at The Art Institute of Boston since 1992 and is a visiting associate professor. She received her degrees in sculpture from the Massachusetts College of Art (BFA) and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst (MFA). She was awarded a Massachusetts Cultural Council Artist Grant in 2001. She exhibits regularly in the US and Europe and frequently on the Outer Cape.