Boston Sculptors Gallery
486 Harrison Avenue, Boston, MA 02118
Exhibition Dates: August 6 – 24, 2014
Opening Reception: Thursday, August 7, 5 – 8pm
Artist talks: Thursday, August 21, 6pm
Gallery Hours: Wednesday to Sunday, 12 – 6pm
Contacts: Jean Mineo, Director, (617) 482-7781 and Liz Shepherd, (617) 842-4010
Twelve Nights “Exquisite Corpse” invitation [PDF download]
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Press Release [PDF download]
(Boston, MA): Boston Sculptors Gallery presents Twelve Nights, an exhibition of works by Todd Antonellis, Halsey Burgund, Stephanie Cardon, François-Xavier de Costerd, Kelly Anona Kerrigan, Leah Gauthier, Liz Shepherd and Liz Nofziger. Twelve Nights explores the impact of group critique on individual practice and the connections across media that develop as a result of frequent collaboration and exchange.
Once monthly, amounting to twelve nights a year, the eight artists in this exhibition convene to discuss their evolving work. Those conversations focus on artworks often in their infancy, at the stage of an idea or a sketch. The exhibition displays a selection of works that have resulted from these shared moments of monthly reflection. It is the conclusion of an experiment in revealing the intersections which can occur even within an eclectic group of individual artists owing to the intimacy with which they have come to know each others’ practice since they first started meeting in 2007.
The group, as an exercise over the course of a year, has kept a shared blog of their studio work, in order to expand on the conversation beyond the single evenings and, later, to trace the emergence of ideas and forms. A space in the gallery is devoted to playfully revealing the lines of inquiry that lead to each artwork, and the twists and turns taken in each individual’s process as it responded to the group’s input.
For instance, material parallels may be seen between Leah Gauthier’s 2456714.01616 Some Bring Gifts (2014) and Stephanie Cardon’s TransAtlantic (2014) knit and crocheted structures and containers. But where Gauthier works on an intimate scale, combining inert forms with live plants to design whimsical, living sculptures, Cardon relies on the presence of a viewer to engage with her large pattern-based work and experience the interference brought about by its overlapping planes.
Meanwhile, Liz Shepherd’s Ferris Wheel (2014) and Todd Antonellis’ Legendary (2014) are influenced by each artist’s own explorations of consciousness, memory and growth, and set up dramatic shifts in scale. Kelly Anona Kerrigan and Liz Nofziger both perform transformative gestures using photographs, either as source material or by obscuring parts of a found original with paint to create new expressions of space and new narratives. Halsey Burgund and François-Xavier de Costerd engage in forms of mapping at once logical and entirely fictional.
About Boston Sculptors: Boston Sculptors Gallery is a landmark cooperative and has served as an alternative venue for exciting, innovative solo sculpture exhibitions since 1992. Twelve Nights was selected through a competitive process and launches an annual summer exhibition open to include non-member sculptors. Similar past exhibitions include: Stirring the Waters / Between Two Bodies: Cleveland Sculptors in Boston (2012), Strand (2011), On / Of / Like / About Paper (2010) and the Massachusetts Cultural Council sculpture award recipients (2008).
The artists are available for interviews and appointments.
Please direct requests to Liz Shepherd, firstname.lastname@example.org / (617) 842-4010
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Artist Biographies [PDF download]
Born in Amherst Massachusetts, Todd received his BFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in 1992. He has shown his photography, collage and sculpture at the Atlantic Works Gallery, Eclipse Gallery, Nave Gallery, Art Market Gallery and the Gallery as Spencer Lofts. He works as a graphic designer from his studio in East Boston.
Halsey has exhibited and performed in museums and galleries internationally, including the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Puke Ariki Museum (NZ), the Museum of Science, Boston and the California Academy of Sciences. He was awarded a Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship to explore their audio archives for future work and published an artist project in the Public Art Dialogue journal. Halsey will be an artist fellow at MIT’s OpenDocLab during the 2014-2015 academic year.
Stephanie received her MFA in Photography and Interrelated Media from MassArt in 2010, and has a BA in History and Languages from the University of Oxford (1999). Recently, her work has been exhibited at the Wassaic Project, Jane Deering Gallery, Atlantic Works, and Kingston Gallery (she was the 2010-2011 Emerging Artist), internationally, at Galerie Michèle Chomette, the Institut Franco-Américain, and Sotheby’s London, and will be included in the forthcoming Biennial at the Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA). In 2013, she was an artist-in-residence at the Wassaic Project and was awarded a place in the Warhol Foundation | Creative Capital | AICA Arts Writing Workshop. Stephanie works as a Visiting Lecturer in Foundations at Massachusetts College of Art and Design.
François-Xavier de Costerd
Born in Lyon, France, François has a Master’s degree in fine arts from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. François is an artist who creates image based works using photography and video installations. He has shown works at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, the Museum of Science Boston, The Boston Convention Center, Gallery XIV, Axiom gallery, The MIT Museum, Tufts University, Atlantic Works and performed at First Night Boston, Boston CyberArts and Pixilerations. His new video series LightBeams will be featured at Beacons Festival in the UK this summer. He was the 2006 Grand Jury prize for the Annual Film and Video Competition, SMFA, Boston. He teaches video, editing and post-production, as well as traditional and digital photography. François currently teaches photography at Montserrat College of Art.
Leah Gauthier is an intermedia artist who lives and works in Brunswick, Maine. Leah’s art has been exhibited in traditional and unconventional spaces including Eyebeam, deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, the Portland Museum of Art, SoFA Gallery at Indiana University, Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, the National Heirloom Exhibition, GASP Gallery, 808 Gallery at Boston University and 0.00156 Acre Gallery.
She has been an artist-in-residence at the MacDowell Colony, Eyebeam and The Burren College of Art, and has received grants and awards from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, Puffin Foundation, Efroymson Contemporary Arts Fellowship, National Endowment for the Arts, Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation and others.
Leah received her M.F.A. From the School of the Museum of Fine Art Boston and Tufts University, and her B.F.A. from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She has taught at Butler University, Henry Radford Hope School of Fine Art Indiana University Bloomington, the School of the Museum of Fine Art Boston, Tufts University and Chester College of New England. She is a founding member of ||| Art curatorial collective.
Kelly Anona Kerrigan
Originally from New Hampshire, Kelly Anona Kerrigan received her BFA in painting from Boston University, and her MFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Her work has been in included in group shows, and was featured in the 2006 New American Paintings MFA edition. She was also chosen as a finalist in MyArtSpace.com’s New York competition.
Kerrigan has done costume work and scene painting in Boston area theaters. She has taught painting at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts. She currently lives and works in Boston’s Fort Point Arts Community.
Liz’s work has been shown nationally and internationally, recently with two new site-based video works in Shifting Terrain: Landscape Video, a group exhibition at the Currier Museum (Manchester, NH). Nofziger was included in the 2010 deCordova Biennial (Lincoln, MA), and has had solo exhibitions at Galéria Ateneo (Medellin, Colombia), the Glass Curtain Gallery at Columbia College Chicago (Chicago, IL), Vox Populi (Philadelphia, PA), Kult 41 (Bonn, Germany), the Contemporary Artists Center (North Adams, MA), and Montserrat College of Art (Beverly, MA), among others, with group exhibitions at The Cheekwood Museum of Art (Nashville, TN), the Sante Fe Art Institute (Sante Fe, NM), and at the Judi Rotenberg Gallery (Boston, MA).
Nofziger has received numerous nominations, residencies, and awards, including an AICA Award for her solo exhibtion, Grate (Black Gold) at Second Gallery (Boston, MA), a position as Artist in Research at the Berwick Institute, and funding from the LEF Foundation, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the St. Botolph Club Foundation, and the Berkshire Taconic Foundation.
Nofziger is an adjunct professor at Massachusetts College of Art and is the former Managing Editor of ASPECT: The Chronicle of New Media Art, a biannual DVD publication of time-based work.
Liz Shepherd is a sculptor and printmaker. Her sculpture has been exhibited widely in New England. She has had three solo exhibitions at the Boston Sculptors Gallery. The Trustman Gallery at Simmons College hosted a solo show of her work in 2013. Her prints are in the permanent collections of the Museum of Fine Arts (Boston), Edinburgh (Scotland) College of Art, Syracuse University, Boston Children’s Hospital, Boston Public Library and numerous corporate and private collections. In 2013 Shepherd participated in a group printmaking show at the Hanoi (Vietnam) Contemporary Arts Center. In 2014 she will be one of 25 sculptors showing at the Q’orikancha Art Museum in Cusco, Peru.
Originally from New York City, Shepherd has lived in the Boston area since 1981, where she and her husband, Ben, raised two children. She received her MFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in 2006. Shepherd owns a large collaborative printmaking studio in the Boston’s South End. She is a visiting faculty member at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. She also teaches occasional classes and workshops in her studio.
She is a member of the Executive Committee at the Boston Sculptors Gallery and is the President of the Boston Printmakers.