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Faculty Exhibitions @ UForge Gallery
Our solo exhibitions showcase Eliot School faculty and their extraordinary craftsmanship across a range of media. All of our solo faculty exhibitions take place at UForge Gallery, 767 Centre Street, Jamaica Plain, around the corner from the Eliot School. Check here for hours and directions.
Beverly Arsem: Thread Topologies
Exhibition October 1–30, 2016
Reception Thursday, October 6, 6–9pm
Artist’s Talk Thursday, October 27, 7pm
Creating and contributing something to the world most every day has been an underlying component of my life. This includes making a home, cooking a meal for others, performing music or creating art work. This I consider an integral part of living, not an optional activity or hobby.
After many years working in the construction and architectural design field, I realized that I wanted to shift my focus to more art work, and that no one would say, “OK, start doing that work now.” I decided to redirect myself, to explore my yearning to work with fabric, colors, textures, patterns, sewing, quilting—and who knows where it will lead.
I love to look at things upside down, reversed, chance meetings, trying what-ifs, mixing techniques and disparate ideas. Currently I utilize painted, dyed and printed fabric, hand-stitching and machine sewing, folding, pleating and other ways of manipulating fabric.
In this newest body of work, I am adding another element in the pieces, stretching the materials used as thread to include twine, wire, cables and rope and other linear materials.
Beverly Arsem co-teaches Contemporary Art Quilts at the Eliot School, in collaboration with Brenda Jones, along with other fiber arts workshops.
Dyllan Nguyen: Work Worth Doing
Exhibition March 4–27, 2016
Reception Friday, March 4, 6–8pm
Video Screening & Artist’s Talk Thursday, March 17, 7pm
Dyllan Nguyen is an artist, maker and teacher. His work reflects on experience through various media and often involves disassembling objects. Dyllan has exhibited in Boston, New York, and Berlin. He holds a BFA from the Studio for Interrelated Media at Massachusetts College of Art & Design and an MFA in Creative Practice from Transart Institute/Plymouth University.
As an artist, maker and teacher, my work reflects on experience through various media and often involves disassembling objects. I believe creating is a way to feel in touch with being human more than it is about the product. Engaging with the world through manipulating materials, images, text and machines provides me with a sense of agency. It is a non-linear thinking process developed through observation, repetition and trial and error – draw, write, think, draw, make, review, scrap, write, make, sketch, doubt, sketch, share.
My recent work has developed in several parallel series. The fragmented drawings of Things
I Did and Did Not Own explore familiar objects from various points in my life, whereas my work on distraction deals with relationships between people and time. Although each of these series is unique, both dissect and reassemble aspects of reality as a way to better understand their significance.
Dyllan Nguyen teaches Tinkering and Teen Woodworking I and II classes at the Eliot School, and additional classes through our School Partnership Program. He has also taught visual arts at Massachusetts College of Art & Design and UMass Boston.
Rob Stull: Connection 2
Exhibition May 7–31, 2015
Reception Thursday, May 7, 6–8pm
Artist’s Talk Thursday, May 21, 7pm
Rob Stull is an accomplished illustrator, curator, designer and creator of comic books and graphic art. This exhibition showcases his recent work on the borders between visual art and music.
He defines his terms: “con•nec•tion (noun) A relationship in which a person, thing or idea is linked or associated with something else. ART, by definition, is the quality, production, expression or realm, according to aesthetic principles, of what is beautiful, appealing or of more than ordinary significance.
“Sequential art is a storytelling medium, but most visual art is telling a story of some kind. Connections is a selection of works that showcase the intentional combination of music and visual art through a series of collaborative projects with musicians and recording artists.”
Rob Stull has worked for over two decades for every major publisher in the comics industry, including Marvel and DC Comics, where his projects include Spider-Man Adventures, Iron Man, X-Force, Wolverine, Nightwing and more. He is featured in the groundbreaking books, Black Comix: African American Independent Comics, Art and Culture and The History of American Graffiti. He created and curated Sequential Art: The Next Step, a traveling exhibition spotlighting the contributions of African Americans to mainstream comic book art and popular culture, and his work has been shown in galleries around the United States.
Jamal Thorne: Dualities & Binaries
Exhibition Feb 5–Mar 1, 2015
Reception Thursday, Feb 5, 6–8pm
Artist’s Talk Thursday, Feb 19, 7pm
Jamal Thorne is a drawing virtuoso. His large-scale images explore what's on and below the surface. He says:
“People and objects constantly oscillate between a number of identities. The changes are largely based on situational elements. For example, we are expected to exhibit certain behavioral patterns in the company of our parents that are not exactly consistent with those we exhibit in the atmosphere of a tavern. The same can be said about inanimate objects. Automobiles are an incredibly convenient mode of transportation until operated by a driver who is under the influence of alcohol. It is both interesting and scary to think about the identity of an object or person dictated by external factors. The idea speaks to the complicated relationships between people, objects and their external environment. In my work, I attempt to explore visualization of an individual’s multiple identities and the different uses or identities attached to objects based on individual interaction.”
Jamal Thorne first learned basic drawing, painting and photography techniques through his experiences as a street artist in the Washington DC area, which he later honed under the tutelage of Guy Jones, Eric Briscoe, Kenneth Royster and others. In addition to the Eliot School, he teaches at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston and at Northeastern University’s College of Art, Media & Design. His Eliot School classes include Beginning Drawing and Drawing for Pleasure.
Anna Kristina Goransson: Seeds
Exhibition Oct 2–26, 2014
Reception Thursday, Oct 2, 6–8pm
Artist’s Talk Thursday, Oct 9, 7pm
Fusing form, color and repetition, Kristina Goransson creates installations and sculptures using felted wool. Felting is a process of matting wool fibers together using water and soap. She shapes and hand-dyes this lightweight, structural material, filling it with energy and life.
Seeds and other microscopic elements in nature inspire Kristina’s latest work. She studies their tiny forms, patterns and colors and creates exploded, otherworldly versions of her own imagination. The forms are reminiscent of growing forms that create pattern and movement of their own.
Kristina’s recent classes at the Eliot School include Nuno Felted Scarf. She has been teaching felting for the past six years. Originally a furniture maker, she turned to felting as a way to create lightweight, vibrantly colored three-dimensional objects. Her work is published in 500 Felt Objects (Lark Press) and has been shown nationally.
Michael Gleason: Striving for Fine Furniture
Exhibition April 3–27, 2014
Reception Thursday, April 3, 6–8pm
Artist’s Talk Thursday, April 17, 7pm
Michael Gleason has taught woodworking and furniture restoration for over three decades at the Eliot School of Fine & Applied Arts. He made custom cabinetry and furniture at Gleason, Hendrick & Devine from 1981–2014 and did antique restoration with Nils Johnson at A.G. Johnson & Son from 1972 to 1981. He currently works out of his own studio in Newton MA.
Michael says, “Over many years as a professional woodworker, I have built hundreds of rooms full of cabinets and bookcases and benches and tables. It was great to to be able to make a living building things. Creatively, however, it could be confining. So whenever I get a chance to design and build something on my own, I really enjoy the freedom and hope that what I make is beautiful and useful.
“I’ve been teaching at the Eliot School for many years. Through those years, I've always enjoyed being able to convey to others an enthusiasm for craft. People love to make things or fix things or play with things. It's fun to help them learn to do that. It has also been a real joy for me to have met so many terrific people through the classes I’ve taught.”
Joetta Maue: when all the plants need water
Exhibition February 6–March 2, 2014
Reception Thursday, February 6, 6–8pm
Artist’s Talk Thursday, February 20, 7pm
Joetta Maue uses the traditional arts of embroidery and appliqué to reflect on contemporary domestic life. Her recent work has explored the bed as a place of rest and regeneration. In this exhibition, she explores a new theme – plants and their need for nourishment (perhaps a metaphor for any growing organism).
Joetta says: “In this show, I explore how the small everyday moments and objects in our daily life are often the truth tellers of our state of being. This work is inspired by the realization that when all my plants need water it usually means that my life and relationships are out of balance and attention needs to be paid. The work on display is part of a larger and active body of work that explores how the seemingly insignificant moments and objects in our domestic space signal to others and ourselves where we are pyschologically and emotionally, mostly represented via found still life, text from notebooks and scraps of writing. The centerpiece to the exhibit, plants hung, represents a new direction that is moving toward a more ambiguous image stripped of color. Other works in this series include images of household piles, the found collections of toys that exist within a childrearing home and the detritus of daily life.”
Eliot School Community Exhibition
C A N C E L E D
Darice Cadriel: Blurring Boundaries
Rethinking Jackson Square: An Eliot School Annex
Darice Cadriel is not a member of our faculty. Instead, she recently completed her Masters degree at Boston Architectural College, and in her thesis she imagined an extensive annex for the Eliot School combined with a revitalized community center at the Bromley Heath housing development. This imagined space at Jackson Square, Jamaica Plain, combines classrooms for woodworking, fiber arts and art with rooms for tutoring, community meetings and adult ESL. A glass-walled meeting space overlooks Columbus Avenue, elegant night lighting lines the Southwest Corridor bicycle path as it winds through the site, the façade is clad in copper and a loading dock allows easy import and export of lumber and supplies for our School Partnership Program. We would love to see these and many other elements of Darice's for our school, and in our neighborhood.
We planned to exhibit Darice's wonderful architectural and sketchbook drawings along with a three-dimensional model of her imagined building, and hear her speak about her vision of how architecture can help bridge boundaries based on class, race, language and age. However, a computer crash at the last minute prevented her from being able to show her work.
Julie Martini: Recent Drawings
Exhibition Nov 14–Dec 22, 2013
Reception Thursday, December 5, 6–8pm
Julie Martini creates intricate, subtle, textured works on paper. Inspired by images from the Hubble Telescope, microscopic images of the human body and other visual documents produced by scientists, she is currently exploring micro and macro structures that make up our universe. She wants to pose these questions: “Has science brought us closer to understanding the nature of life? Is it possible to glimpse the soul through the physical world? Is science a religion?”
Julie Martini teaches drawing classes at the Eliot School, and visual arts classes for children through our School Partnership Program. Her most recent offerings are Beginning Drawing, Drawing Beyond Basics and various experimental drawing workshops.
Ifé Franklin’s Indigo Project is a work-in-progress: a living testament to ancestors who lived and died producing two materials she works with closely: plantation-grown cotton and indigo. Ultimately, an 8-foot wooden structure, resembling a slave cabin, will be completely covered inside and out with Aso Adire indigo-dyed fabric, derived from West African Yoruba culture. This exhibition includes drawings, textiles and installation elements that will be part of the final project.
Ifé Franklin teaches drawing and fiber arts classes at the Eliot School. Her most recent offering is Adire West African Dyeing in June 2014.
After our exhibition, The Indigo Project grew and traveled to Spoke Gallery @ Medicine Wheel and UMass Boston. Fitchburg Art Museum purchased Ifé Franklin’s indigo-covered slave cabin in March 2014. Read more in the Boston Globe.
Exhibition February 14–March 10, 2013
Reception Thursday, March 7, 6–8pm
Robert Worth creates furniture that is comfortable and elegant, modernist and modest, appreciated as much by touch as by the eye. His work embraces line and structure, testing wood's strengths and weaknesses and reacting to the subtle curves of its grain. He says, “I think of my furniture as not being the first thing you see when you enter a room (not showy or flashy), but perhaps what you remember once you have left.”
Robert Worth teaches adult woodworking intensives at the Eliot School in the summers. His latest is Dining Room Chair in July 2014.