Boston Cyberarts. “ART ON THE MARQUEE.” Premieres Nine New Works Created by Massachusetts Artists at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center. Opening: Thursday, December 11 from 6:00-8:00pm.
Boston, MA – For the twelfth round of “Art on the Marquee,” Boston Cyberarts and the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority (MCCA) will be presenting nine new works created by nine talented Massachusetts residents on the 80-foot-tall multi-screen LED marquee outside the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center in South Boston. All of the artists have created unique digital pieces specifically for the Marquee. An opening will be held on Thursday, December 11 at the BCEC, 415 Summer St., Boston, MA, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Art on the Marquee is a collaboration between the MCCA and Boston Cyberarts that puts rotating digital art on display on the BCEC’s outdoor Marquee. This is a first-of-its kind partnership that integrates local art alongside commercial and informational content as part of the MCCA’s longstanding neighborhood art program. Since the Art on the Marquee program’s inception in 2012, the MCCA has featured more than 64 artists and 108 different digital artworks on the Marquee for the residents and visitors of Boston to enjoy.
“The Art on the Marquee program offers New England regional visual media artists an excellent opportunity to have their work shown on a highly visible, unique screen,” says artist Dennis Miller, whose work has been featured on the Marquee several times. “The Marquee configuration presents an intriguing challenge to the artist, and seeing one’s work on the array is a very rewarding experience.”
ABOUT THE ARTISTS AND THEIR WORK:
Sarah Bliss, Laundry Line:
Shirts and undershorts hung on a line to dry are caught by gusts of wind. High above passersby, they billow, snap and surge. Deep, vibrant colors pop, and we’re swept up in the joyful, lyric dance. Laundry Line offers a playful respite from the chaotic stress of the urban grid and returns us to the simple pleasures offered through the body and senses: experiences we’ve become less and less accustomed to. The independent and hidden life of a work costume just like ours references the unseen body now freed of clothes — just as the clothes themselves are freed by the wind – and gives us a gentle tweak, reminding us of our daily masquerade. Laundry Line makes playful reference, as well, to the Marquee’s location in the Seaport district: these too, are sails in the wind.
Sarah Bliss is an artist and filmmaker who explores the relationships between body, place, language and memory, engaging both personal and social history. Bliss works in multiple media, including still and moving image, installation, sound, and writing. Her work has been recognized by a 2013 Massachusetts Cultural Council Fellowship in Sculpture/ Installation; and by the Brazilian Azorean Prize of Plastic Arts. Recent and upcoming screenings include the Alchemy Film Festival, Scotland; TransArt Film Festival in Berlin; STIFF Seattle; Espaço Cultural ESPM in Porte Alegre, Brazil; Artspace Projects in Sydney, Australia; and the Creon Gallery in New York. Bliss is the recipient of full residency fellowship awards from the Cill Rialaig Project in Ireland, the Alchemy Film Festival in Scotland, and the Vermont Studio Center. She teaches video production at Greenfield Community College. For more information: www.SarahBlissArt.com
Corey Corcoran, The Claw:
In Claw, the unique shape of the marquee is transformed to mimic the classic arcade game. Colorful toys are piled sky-high using digital and hand-drawn elements. Will the player nab the prize?
Corey Corcoran is a mixed-media artist and illustrator. His work has been exhibited throughout the country and extensively in the Greater Boston area including group shows at LaMontagne Gallery, Suffolk University Art Gallery, deCordova Sculpture Park + Museum, and Montserrat College of Art. His work has been featured in publications such as The Huffington Post, The Boston Globe, and Beautiful Decay. Corcoran received a BFA in Painting from Massachusetts College of Art and Design, and he is a 2011 recipient of a Clowes Fellowship from Vermont Studio Center.
Jon Forsyth, Dancing at Saint-Rémy :
Vincent Van Gogh’s “Starry Night,” painted at Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, provides the backdrop for “Dancing at Saint-Rémy,” an ethereal dance among the stars. It features the abstracted forms of the artist and his wife waltzing together, accompanied by a chorus of smaller figures dancing in unison.
Jon Forsyth is a multimedia artist specializing in video, sculpture, photography and graphic arts. He teaches music video production at the Berklee College of Music, on their Boston and Valencia, Spain campuses, as well as information systems for UMass Lowell Online. He led a humanitarian documentary filmmaking workshop in Belize, and he has studied filmmaking at MassArt and marble sculpting in Tuscany, Italy.
Georgie Friedman, Digital Waterfall:
Digitally altered video footage creates a faux waterfall or architectural fountain in the middle of the city. The imagery both follows and defies gravity, referencing the naturally occurring source and the constructed nature of the piece.
Georgie Friedman is an interdisciplinary video and video installation artist who considers the psychological and physical relationships individuals have to various uncontrollable natural forces. She creates experiential pieces that highlight our interconnections to the elements and our relationships to natural, built and digital environments. Friedman received her MFA from SMFA, Boston/Tufts University, and her BA from UC Santa Cruz. She was awarded a Massachusetts Cultural Council Artist Fellowship in Sculpture/Installation (2013) and this is her fourth public media art commissions for Art on the Marquee. Recent exhibits include: Into the Wind (solo), Foster Gallery, MA (2014), BRINK v1, Mills Gallery, MA (2013), Waves & Currents, Transylvania University, KY (2013), Moving Image Arts, The Armory Center for the Arts, CA (2012), Ripple Effect, Peabody Essex Museum, MA (2011-2012). She currently teaches in the Fine Arts and Film Studies programs at Boston College and in the Film/Video and Sculpture departments at MassArt. www.georgiefriedman.com
Bang Luu, Shoals:
Exposing the allure of water by exploring its flow in the natural environment, I paint individual, pixilated, colored forms and layer them atop one another. These splotches, seen at a distance, are perceived as a united color system. They retain a painted border ring that segregates itself from one color to another. Mimicking the gestures of water, simple, quivering images are simulated from microscopic observation then blown up and translated for the big screen.
Fish McGill, Dance Grid:
The Dance Grid is a tessellating disco floor of animated robots and doodads getting down in their own colored, glowing quadrants.
Fish McGill is a Bostonian drawer and designer. He has received commissions from Harmonix, MTV, The ICA, City of Boston, Nike, MassArt, MIT, Deitch Projects, Adobe, Bocoup, and more. He has been an artist in residence at Montserrat and twice at MassArt. Fish McGill has an MFA in Communication Design from the Dynamic Media Institute at MassArt. See his work at fishmcgill.com.
Dennis Miller, Spiro:
Spiral is a site-specific piece composed for the Art on the Marquee project. The work transforms the screen array into a giant spirograph with morphing shapes and colors.
Dennis Miller is on the faculty of Northeastern University in Boston. His work illustrate principles drawn from music composition applied to the visual realm.
Jeff Warmouth, Pulleys:
This 45 second video composition features multiple iterations of the artist as weights and bobs in a pulley system. Gears and wheels turn, which in turn move the various Jeffu up, down, or sideways. As always, this is a visual metaphor that uses the artist as a stand-in, everyman character to comment on the human condition and life in contemporary society.
Jeffu Warmouth is a Massachusetts-based contemporary artist, and professor of Communications Media at Fitchburg State University, where he runs the Interactive Media & Game Design programs. Warmouth is a conceptual artist who creates work that asks the viewer to unravel their relationships to language, identity, and culture. His installation & media work has exhibited and screened internationally, including the Fitchburg Art Museum, the DeCordova Museum, Boston Center for the Arts, Kohler Arts Center (Sheboygan, WI), Kaunas Photo Festival (Lithuania), MicroCineFest (Baltimore, MD), Art Interactive, Boston Cyberarts Gallery, and the Experimental Media Arts Tour originating in Melbourne, Australia.
Ellen Wetmore, Frescoes:
This set of videos is inspired by the frescoes on the ceilings of the Uffizi museum in Florence, Italy. The videos mimic those tromp l’oeil scene effects, artificial surfaces, and collections of flora and fauna. As evident in my other works, elisions of space, time and fantastic dysmorphia are important themes. The largest vertical oval ocean scene was shot in Haifa, Israel. The other ocean scenes were shot on Plum Island, and the landscape is from Groton. All flowers, toads, and bugs were volunteers from my garden in Groton and safely returned.
Wetmore is a member of the Boston Sculptors Gallery LLC, where she will have her fourth solo show in November 2011. Ms. Wetmore has also exhibited at the Dorsky Gallery in Long Island City, the Fitchburg Art Museum, Contemporary Sculpture at Chesterwood, the Art Complex Museum, and the Trustman Gallery at Simmons College. In 2007, Wetmore’s Land o’ Lactation was featured in the exhibition Trainscape at the DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum. This year she was featured in seven national shows. Ms. Wetmore is an assistant professor of art at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell; her work can be found online at www.ellenwetmore.iwarp.com and at www.bostonsculptors.com. She lives and works in Groton, Massachusetts.