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Monday, August 22, 2011

See Art More Often: Brill Gallery II

Art in a museum, gallery, school, even outdoor art we’ve seen before. Something we hadn’t seen before – an art gallery that is not only located outside, but is located on the exterior of the building! Ralph Brill opened Brill Gallery II this summer on the outside of the Cariddi Mill on in North Adams and we got a chance to see it. In a recent article from BerkshireOnStage.com, writer Charles Giuliano talks about Brill’s exterior gallery along with his many art projects in the area:

“In addition to the Brill Gallery in the Eclipse Mill you are using large images attached to some of the windows of the Cariddi Mill between North Adams and Williamstown. You are calling it Brill Gallery Two and it is intended to create an awareness of your gallery in the Eclipse Mill. You have mentioned drive by visibility during the season in the hundreds of thousands”

Have you seen the Brill Gallery II while you are making your way to Porches? What’s your favorite piece of outdoor art?

Brill Gallery II
Cariddi Mill Exterior
Route 2, between North Adams and Williamstown
On view 24 hours

- May / Sept “Changing Displays”
Visual art and light shows on exterior of Cariddi Mill.

Monday, June 20, 2011

See Art More Often: MAYA IV by Jarvis Rockwell

Batman, Spiderman, He-Man (She-Ra?), action figures are part of most boys childhood adventures. Check out Jarvis Rockwell’s MAYA IV and how he re imagines these childhood toys (opening reception during DownStreet Art):

MAYA IV 49 Main Street
Wed-Fri 12-6pm, Sat 10 am – 6 pm, Sun 10 am – 2pm
Pyramid of toys, wall drawings, and assemblage reveal the imaginative world of Jarvis Rockwell.
MAYA IV is a voluntary indulgence in obsessive-compulsive disorder, a mirror reflecting ourselves and the story of our lives. Jarvis Rockwell started buying action figures in 1978 and over time his collection grew. In 2001 the artist partially found a home for the collection at MASS MoCA. Now at its forth stage, MAYA IV is the essence of the way that everything goes through continuous change.
“Inspired by the Hindu temples that he saw on a trip to Madras/Chennai in India, artist Jarvis Rockwell created an enormous 11′ tall stepped pyramid at MASS MoCA and lined it with thousands of action figures. The work, installed in MASS MoCA’s Fitzpatrick Family Gallery on the third floor of Building 4, was a dizzying display of every kind of toy from limited edition Star Wars figurines to exotic Japanese monsters to vintage Howdy Doody and Batman dolls.”

Read more about Rockwell’s original incarnation of MAYA at MASS MoCA

Become a fan of the MAYA IV Gallery on Facebook!
- SGW

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

See Art More Often – Next Week: DownStreet Art is back!

The Fourth Annual DownStreet Art initiative – organized by MCLA’s the Berkshire Cultural Resource Center (BCRC)– will feature more than 100 exhibitions showcasing the work of artists from around the world.

The Thursday June 23 celebration – a massive block party to include gallery exhibition openings, street musicians and specials at local businesses – will run from 6 to 9 p.m. It is free and open to the public. This season’s opening event coincides with the kick-off of the Solid Sound Festival, at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA). “This year’s DownStreet Art will hold more exhibition openings than ever before”, according to Jonathan Secor, Director of Special Programs at MCLA.
DOWNTOWN NORTH ADAMS, 6-9 PM
Here are a some of what you’ll see during the opening weekend:
NAACO Gallery
33 Main Street
Mon-Fri 11am – 6pm, Sat 10 am – 6pm, Sun 10am – 4pm
The North Adams Artists’ Co-Operative Gallery, otherwise known as the NAACO Gallery, is an independently member-run organization of over 35 active and talented, primarily regional, artists exhibiting contemporary fine art and craft.
- June 23 / July 25, “Unconscious Convergence”
Works of Debi Pendell. Abstract landscape-type space and imagery paintings.
MAYA IV
9 Main Street
Wed-Fri 12-6pm, Sat 10 am – 6 pm, Sun 10 am – 2pm
Pyramid of toys, wall drawings, and assemblage reveal the imaginative world of Jarvis Rockwell.
MAYA IV is a voluntary indulgence in obsessive-compulsive disorder, a mirror reflecting ourselves and the story of our lives. Jarvis Rockwell started buying action figures in 1978 and over time his collection grew. In 2001 the artist partially found a home for the collection at MASS MoCA. Now at its forth stage, MAYA IV is the essence of the way that everything goes through continuous change. (Check out pictures on the Berkshire Cultural Resource Center’s Flickr page from MAYA IV!)

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Play Hooky

Here are a few reasons to play hooky this month! Huckleberry Delsignore: New Concepts in Crochet at The Berkshire Museum through June 21st – inspired by geometry, geodesic domes, rocks, zomes, platonic solids and Lou Reed, this artist creates small spaces to sit inside and ponder. The Harrison Gallery has a show of American Realist paintings running the entire month of June – above, we’re sharing an example of the work – this one by Hale Johnson. If you’d rather grab a beer and watch a ball game, the North Adams SteepleCats is a collegiate summer baseball team that brings the best college baseball players from across the country to play summer baseball right here in North Adams - here’s the schedule of games for your consideration…

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Thursday, May 19, 2011

Triple Header

Before the summer crowds get here (and, don’t get us wrong, we love our summer crowds!), c’mon up to Porches for an art-filled getaway. MASS MoCA has three temporary exhibitions on view that are amazing. Katharina Grosse: One Floor Up More Highly has been up since last fall. She’s known for large-scale canvases and raucous installations that employ a vibrant palette and exuberant gestures merging painting, sculpture, and architecture. Grosse opens up a new path for painting while rearranging conventions, hierarchy, and our very habits of seeing.  Nari Ward’s dramatic sculptural installations are composed of material systematically collected from the neighborhoods where he lives and works or is personally connected to. By revealing the complex emotional registers inherent within everyday found objects, Ward’s work examines issues of race, poverty, and consumer culture and the inherent meaning and gravity we place upon objects from the discarded to the treasured. Nari Ward: Sub Mirage Lignum is his new installation encompassing the entire second floor of Building 4.  Memery: Imitation, Memory, and Internet Culture shows the work of nine artists in the show mine the Internet – drawing on YouTube videos, pictures from Flickr or Tumblr, website logos, social networking sites, and webchat programs – examines the connections between memes (a form or concept that spreads via the Web) and memory in online culture.

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Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Multifaceted Gem

The Williams College Museum of Art just finished a two-year project of reinstalling their collection, resulting in eight exhibitions that explore the idea of “museum” as subject.  Take a look at this link to see what they’ve cooked up! Don’t Fence U.S. In: Crossing Boundaries in American Art expresses the power of boundaries–making, breaking, crossing, drawing, and erasing them–and the cultural, sociological, and geographical boundaries that are drawn and redrawn through the various historical phases of our political state of the Union. The breadth of the collection is impressive and the exhibitions thoughtful and thought-provoking. Don’t miss!

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Thursday, December 9, 2010

Keepin’ It Local

Our friends in downtown North Adams got together to offer a shopping extravaganza, full of festive events to keep you entertained as you scour the city for everyone on your holiday list!  Shop handmade jewelry, fine art, artisan chocolate, unique toys, historic gifts, books, locally made pottery and more…  There are a number of restaurants where you can fuel up along the way – click here for a list. HARDWARE at MASS MoCA now features the wares of over Berkshires artisans, a great place to take home truly local gifts for the whole family. Check out Develop North Adams’ website for all the details!

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Friday, July 30, 2010

Mass Transport

One of our local art heros, sculptor and Eric Rudd, founder and operator of the Historic Beaver Mill, revitalized a vintage trolley, got some sponsors (Porches is THE major sponsor!), and is now offering Art Tours of North Adams. The first tour, which leaves the MASS MoCA parking lot at 1 p.m., is a 75-minute drive through the city’s historic neighborhoods guided by local historian Paul W. Marino. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for children. A second two-hour-long “art hot spots” tour, led by artist guides, leaves the museum at 3 p.m., with a pick-up right here at the Porches Inn. The tour includes revolving stops at artists lofts, galleries at the Eclipse, Windsor and Beaver mills and DownStreet Art galleries and installations. Tickets are $10 per person and $5 for children under 12. Save some time for a trolley tour on your next visit!

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Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Art Walk

Art has taken over North Adams again! Make sure you set aside enough time to explore the entire Down Street Art spread – it encompasses much of North Adams’ downtown area, from the storefronts to the mills. At Gallery 51, EVERYTHING IS OK, the first solo-exhibition for local artist, Sean Riley features painting, collage, sculpture and fabric works – most engrossing is a quilt of Riley’s deceased father’s work clothes, Carhartts and all. Click here for a map. One of my favorite places to shop for affordable art has a new show going on in conjunction with Down Street Art… The North Adams Artist Coop Gallery kicks off the new season with a juried show presented by members of NAACO featuring fine art and craft that is meant to “soar.” Some artists have interpreted the theme by creating three-dimensional creatures while others stuck with a two-dimensional medium to represent something airborne. This is a great place to find an affordable work of art for your own collection or even for a wedding gift – tis the season for weddings, after all!

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Friday, June 25, 2010

Community

Down Street Art opened to much fanfare last night in North Adams… about a thousand people made their way around the galleries and storefront installations. I walked over from Porches today to check out some of the art on view. MCLA’s Gallery 51 has an amazing show by Sean Riley, who recently renewed his interest in American quilt-making to honor his deceased father’s life by making a quilt (illustrated above) from his father’s clothing – walking up to the quilt, the viewer is enveloped by a collage of fabrics from Riley’s father’s work clothes, Carharts and all. It’s powerful.  MCLA’s Cultural Resource Center teamed up with Art for Change in NYC for a show entitled Haiti: Beyond Mountains There Are Mountains. Rather than focus on the devastation and suffering of Haiti and its people following the recent earthquake, this show explores the political, economic and social landscapes of Haiti post-earthquake. This is the first of several exhibitions and events exploring the compelling art, music and culture of a country that has been shaking things up culturally and politically for over two centuries. A portion of all sales will be donated directly to the relief efforts in Haiti.

I asked MCLA’s Jonathan Secor if he sees a theme running through the shows and he commented that it’s all about community. Down Street Art  brings together a variety of media, styles and cultures, but they all have some kind of commentary on their communities and the artists’ places in it. Here’s a link to a map showing how easy it is to walk Down Street Art – more on this summer-long event soon!

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