Author Archives: HarborArts

Apogee

By Karl Saliter

“When I am in the studio, I am not attempting to represent anything, or teach. My relationship to stones, and lines in bronze, had become somewhat reverential. These are considered my medium, but I seem myself more as serving them. ”

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Still Waiting

By Nora Valdez

Nora Valdez is an Argentine-born artist working and exhibiting since 1977. In 1982 she graduated from the College of Fine Arts (Mercedes San Luis, Argentina) with the title of Professor of Fine Arts. Her work has been exhibited in a variety of venues in Argentina, Brazil, Peru, Italy, Spain, Germany, Greece, Japan, Canada and the United States.

From the beginning, Valdez has utilized sculpture and installations to create images that reflect on the nature of change, the life of the individual and the natural or societal forces that buffet our souls.

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Nostalgia for the Current Tragic Beautiful Human Tragedy

By Maayke Schurer

Maayke Schurer is a Dutch/Canadian artist whose work derives from a long held passion for raising environmental respect and awareness – particularly with regards to those spaces that belong to the commons. Based on a belief that we place greater value on that which has been filtered through another human mind than on truth alone. Materials function as metaphors without the use of any digital effects or manipulation. At the same time beautiful and creepy, her works are magic realism documentaries of her impression of the current environmental condition.

“I Spend My Time Experimenting To Create Real-Time Magic Realism. Nothing Is Digitally Created Or Altered. All Works Are Hand-Made In Miniature With Various Techniques Ranging From Filming Under Water To The Use Of Reflection. The Primary Motivation Behind This Approach Is Two-Fold. First: A Deep Concern For The Environment And A Belief That Our Impact Will Not Truly Change Without Genuine Heartfelt Appreciation, As Opposed To Feelings Of Guilt And Blame. Second: A Theory That Viewers Afford Greater Value To That Which Has Been Preprocessed By Another Human Being Than Truth Alone. Hence, While The Works Are Firmly Rooted In The Here And Now, Scenes Are Constructed From Memory And The Imagination. In This Way, These Works Are Highly Dramatized Nature Documentaries, Featuring The Fluttering Husks Of Human Remnants.”

Visit Maakye Schurer’s website.

A WAKE

By Dana Woulfe

Aesthetically, I wanted to return to what I was doing on Rain of Fire for this piece but experiment with the composition and have it be more of a “cloud”… not filling the entire wall. I also was interested in playing off the piece that was on the rooftop adjacent to where I was painting, a massive sculpture of a mermaid/squid creature, and have my piece feel like the wake from its passing.

Dana Woulfe is a visual artist living and working in Boston, MA.  He is known for his vivid, abstract paintings and large scale mural work. A New England native, he grew up in Rhode Island and learned to appreciate the arts at a young age through the influence of his grandmother, an illustrator and painter. After moving to Boston in the mid-90’s to attend Massachusetts College of Art, he became involved in the local graffiti scene and developed an affiliation with the members of Project SF.  As co-director of the Project SF artist collective he directed and exhibited at events worldwide, and worked with clients including Nike, Converse, Vitamin Water and Bodega. His solo and collaborative work has appeared in publications such as Juxtapoz, Booooooom, Inked, Acclaim and Sole Collector. Woulfe currently works out of his South Boston shop, Studio Fresh, where he continues to develop his visual language and build towards whats next.

http://danawoulfe.com/

Connected By Sea

By Liz LaManche

Called “the world’s largest tattoo”, Liz LaManche’s “Connected by Sea” is a 1,000 foot installation at HarborArts that leads visitors on a walking path down the main pier. Its 19 sequential tattoo-themed elements give homage to the places and people we have been connected to by sea during the history of this place… Expressed through tattooing, the art form which sailors used to commemorate the places they have been and the rites of passage of their lives.

“Instead of putting paint on the cement surface of the pier (which would eventually flake off and pollute the water below) I proposed to ‘tattoo’ it, by using stains to color the cement and gradually fade with the weather. The cultures we have been connected to by sea are represented by their art motifs from the period of the last 400 years, the time of our connection. Tattoo motifs from some of the peoples who lived, sailed, or landed here, ceramic and fabric motifs from the cultures who sent us wares and ideas over the sea as part of our trade history… using symbols of each culture chosen to represent identity, friendship and peace, and safe travel over water.”

See more of her work at http://earthsign.com

Read more about this installation at: Docktattoo.com

 

Sky Cranes

By Rachel Mello

Rachel Mello lives and works in Somerville, MA, using traditional painting and printmaking techniques to explore the contemporary world. “At its heart, my work is about sense of place: how a house is a home, how a group of homes is a neighborhood; what it’s like to live and dream in cities.”

Cut by an industrial water-jet process out of cold rolled steel, then painted using sign enamels, my “Sky Cranes” explore a relationship between a working, industrial form—the shipyard cargo crane—and a natural landscape as might have once been found along these waterways.

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Sea Anemone/Boston

By Catherine Evans

“It is said that the sea anemone is immortal, capable of rebuilding itself when harmed. I see this to be true of Boston and its people. In spite of what happens, in spite of the harm, Boston rebuilds and goes strongly on.”

Catherine Evans is an artist based at ArtSpace, Maynard, MA. She has exhibited work in galleries and shows throughout the US. She also creates fibrous public art installations. See her work at: Catherineevansart.com.

Twist

By Matt Evald Johnson

“The urban/industrial scene has always supplied me with subject, materials, processes and narrative. Whether the work is figurative or not – whether it is two or three dimensional, the physical undertakings during artmaking mirror the intended tone of the given piece. The idea not only determines but demands that the piece be what it must. My resources, within me and without, must change with the challenge of each new work or body of work. The limitations of my intellect, body and studio are to be constantly engaged thus assuring stimulation, growth and renewal in life as well as in art.”

http://www.evaldart.com/

Hazards of Modern Living

By Gary Duehr

Duehr is codirector of the Invisible Cities Group, which creates “large-scale urban detours” combining performance, poetry, and installations of visual art. He has written about the arts for journals including ArtScope, Art New England, Art on Paper, Communication Arts, Frieze, and Public Culture. He has also managed the Bromfield Gallery in Boston’s South End.

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Fiddler

By Robert Craig

Fabricated with recycled painted steel in 2003. “My current work points both inward to the inherent qualities of metal and outward to the constructed environment and to the history of the industrial age. The processes involved in the shaping and fabrication of metal informs my art making. Integral to my most recent work is the collecting of a range of objects designed for industrial and domestic use. Each particular artifact leads to deeper research, discovery, and understanding. I am drawn both to common and to obscure objects from a modernist appreciation of form. …Color is a critical element and the colors are chosen to be as suggestive as the structure itself.”

http://robertcraig1.com/

Gates of Transcendence

By Michael Alfano

“Gates of Transcendence is a face, ten times larger than life, split down the middle, representing two sides to every situation. It addresses the idea of transcendence in a number of ways, which the viewer can experience from multiple views. When you face this monumental portrait, you tend to think about life as a whole and its big challenges. From behind the sculpture, you can look through the eyes, as if looking through someone else’s eyes, to see a different perspective. Walking through the Gates of Transcendence is like taking a symbolic journey, breaking free from the habitual facades we all sometimes adopt, and into a clear new view of life.”

Visit Michael Alfano’s website.