Boston Cyberarts and the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority (MCCA) will present five new works created by five teams of women artists for “Art on the Marquee,” the largest and most dynamic digital display for public media art in Boston.
Five internationally renowned female artists will be paired with five new media artists to collaboratively create the new work for the 80-foot-tall multi-screen LED marquee outside the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, 415 Summer Street, Boston, MA in South Boston. An opening reception will be held on Wednesday, June 1, 6:30-8:30pm.
According to Boston Cyberarts Director George Fifield “We are thrilled to be presenting work by ten of Boston’s most accomplished female artists who’ve received significant acclaim both nationally and internationally for their work. With this round, we hope to expand the possibilities of the marquee by marrying unique styles and ideas.”
The artist pairings are Mags Harries (public art) and Catherine Siller (interdisciplinary artist/performer); Nathalie Miebach (sculptor) and Alison Maria Rodriguez (multi-media artist & filmmaker); Emily Eveleth (painter) and Amy Baxter Macdonald (animation and digital artist); Deb Todd Wheeler and Lina Maria Giraldo; and Ambreen Butt (painter) and Cindy Bishop Sherman (interdisciplinary artist).
ABOUT THE ARTIST TEAMS:
MAG HARRIES AND CATHERINE SILLER.
Mags Harries’ public art projects have received national recognition and have won many awards. Her early projects Asaroton and Glove Cycle have become icons of the Boston area. Mags frequently designs her work with landscape materials and responds to environmental issues. She has an increasing interest in water and city scale elements of infrastructure, pathways and connections. www.harriesheder.com
Catherine Siller is an artist and performer whose interdisciplinary work investigates the relationship between digitally mediated language, the body, and identity. She currently lives and works in Boston, MA. Siller holds an MFA in Digital + Media from the Rhode Island School of Design and a BA in Visual and Environmental Studies from Harvard University. www.catherinesiller.com
NATHALIE MIEBACH AND ALISON MARIA RODRIGUEZ.
Nathalie Miebach’s work focuses on the intersection of art and science and the visual articulation of scientific observations. Using the methodologies and processes of both disciplines, she translates scientific data related to astronomy, ecology and meteorology woven sculptures. Her method of translation is principally that of weaving – in particular basket weaving – as it provides her with a simple yet highly effective grid through which to interpret data in three-dimensional space. By staying true to the numbers, these woven pieces tread an uneasy divide between functioning both as sculptures in space as well as instruments that could be used in the actual environment from which the data originates. www.nathaliemiebach.com
Alison Maria Rodriguez is a Cuban-American interdisciplinary multi-media artist and filmmaker. She received her MFA from Tufts University/SMFA and holds a BA in Language, Literature and Culture from Antioch College in OH, obtained also through study at Oxford University in England and Kyoto Seika University in Japan. Her work has been exhibited throughout the country and extensively in the New England area, in both traditional and non-traditional art spaces. She has curated/co-curated several local group exhibitions and screenings, predominantly via work in artist collectives such as the Boston LGBTQIA Artist Alliance and the former Axiom Group. www.allisonmariarodriguez.com
EMILY EVELETH AND AMY BAXTER MACDONALD.
Amy Baxter Macdonald is an artist and adjunct instructor currently teaching animation at Montserrat College of Art and the New England Institute of Art. Born in Haverhill, MA and raised in upstate New York, where her father coached swimming at Hamilton College, she continues to paint, draw, and create animated films from her studio in Boston’s Fort Point Artist Community. www.amybmacdonald.com
Emily Eveleth’s paintings form a genre unto themselves. Spanning the boundaries between portrait, landscape, and object of projected desire, her ongoing series of paintings of doughnuts invests this unlikely subject with unexpected presence and identity. “Eveleth’s paintings restlessly shift across a spectrum of meanings, covering along the way all the distances between opposing significances; prosaic and profound, profane and sacred, banal and intriguing, to say nothing of the axis between cool asexuality and gushing, if veiled, sexuality.”1 www.emilyeveleth.com
DEB TODD WHEELER AND LINA MARIA GIRALDO.
Lina Maria Giraldo is a Boston-based media artist born in Colombia who holds a Master of Professional Studies on Interactive Telecommunications (ITP) from Tisch School of the Arts at New York University where she was the recipient of both the Paulette Godard and the Tisch School Scholarships. She was awarded the Tsongas Scholarship at Massachusetts College of Art and Design, where she majored in Studio of Interrelated Media (SIM) with Departmental Honors and Academic Distinction. Her work has been displayed in galleries, museums, and public spaces throughout Massachusetts, New York and Colombia. She has produced content for the Art on the Marquee LED screen at the Massachusetts Convention Center and Fenway Cinema. www.linamariagiraldo.com
Deb Todd Wheeler is a media artist who produces installations, photographs, and sculptural objects that explore the aesthetic impact of human productivity in the natural world. From power generating interactive installations to cataloging prints of plastic as a possible new species of marine life, to working with live Western Harvester ants where, as Ann Wilson Lloyd wrote in Art in America, “ants are perfect collaborators for Deb Todd Wheeler, as their industry is a micro-complement to her own intensive, finely wrought crafting, and her ongoing interest in science and nature.” Recent exhibitions include the ICA at MeCA in the exhibit EXCHANGE, a solo exhibit at Miller Block Gallery, The New Britain Museum of American Art, as well as the Megapolis Audio Art and Documentary Festival. She teaches in the 3D Department at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. www.debtoddwheeler.com
AMBREEN BUTT AND CINDY SHERMAN BISHOP.
Ambreen Butt is a Pakistani/American artist best known for her drawings, paintings, prints, and collages. She was born in Lahore, Pakistan and received her BFA in traditional Indian and Persian miniature painting from the National College of Arts in Lahore. She moved to Boston, Massachusetts, in 1993 and attended Massachusetts College of Art and Design earning her MFA in painting in 1997. Since then, her work has been featured in solo and group exhibitions, both nationally and internationally. Butt’s work is rooted in her bi-cultural identity and retains the intricate, decorative patterning that characterizes Indian and Persian miniature painting. She has updated the medium’s painstaking technique with new materials, such as PET film, thread and collage. www.ambreenbutt.com
Cindy Sherman Bishop is a visual artist, filmmaker, and digital creative. Originally a software developer and a painter, her work ranges from creating new tools for artistic expression to realizing immersive, interactive environments. She received her MFA in Dynamic Media at Massachusetts College of Art in 2013, and is continuing to explore the intersection of art, video and technology at MIT with a fellowship at the Open Doc Lab @MITOpenDocLab. There, she has further developed the StoryBot family archive, which is now patent-pending, and has authored the Haven project, which facilitates 3D storytelling/prototyping in the browser. www.cindyshermanbishop.com