New Spring Exhibitions: Skin Deep and MADE

January 21, 2014


Carol Schlosberg Alumni Gallery
Jan. 11 – Feb. 8, 2014

Wilson Lawrence: Skin Deep
Reception: Thursday, Jan. 23, 5 – 8 pm, 23 Essex Street, Beverly

Montserrat College of Art presents Skin Deep featuring Rhode Island-based artist, Wilson Lawrence in the Carol Schlosberg Alumni Gallery. The reality of what’s familiar is not always the most dynamic (walking down the street, entering an empty room). Lawrence’s practice is just the opposite. By drawing, digging into and building out of the gallery wall, an otherwise basic structure, Lawrence recontextualizes it. A shift that begs the question, “what lies beneath”? Lawrence’s practice is a meeting between the minimal and the gestural. He adopts Minimalist characteristics such as seriality, geometric forms that explore properties of physical space and truth to materials. The artist maintains the identity of the subject through essential forms, but breaks new ground in his ability to create from a previously existing structure. Rather than constructing new forms, Lawrence deconstructs and reshapes the present moment.

Wilson Lawrence, Square, 2012, Gallery Wall

Wilson Lawrence received his BA from Hampshire College and his MFA from Massachusetts College of Art and Design. Lawrence currently lives and works in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. He has received selected publications and interviews in Big Red & Shiny, The Boston Globe, Art Forum and Ink Magazine. Lawrence will exhibit in a group exhibition at Bannistar Gallery at Rhode Island College in Providence, in 2014.


Montserrat Gallery
Jan. 21- March 29, 2014

MADE: Antoniadis & Stone (Boston, MA), Kelli Connell (Chicago, IL), Patrick Jacobs (Brooklyn, NY), and Alexa Meade (Los Angeles, CA)
Opening Reception: Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014, 5 – 8 pm, 23 Essex Street, Beverly

MADE is an exhibition that explores notions of the uncanny by featuring impeccably made works that upon closer inspection reveal themselves to be not quite what they seem. The uncanny is a Freudian concept of an instance where something is familiar, yet foreign at the same time, resulting in an experience that oscillates between the two states. This moment of seesawing is repeated throughout the exhibition in various other themes including exterior and interior, illusion and truth, handmade and fabricated.

Antoniadis & Stone is a collaborative enterprise between artists Alexi Antoniadis and Nico Stone (Boston, MA), formed in 2006. Their trompe l’oeil sculptures aim to hold the tension between objective and perceived reality yet deceive the eye.

Kelli Connell’s photographic series Double Life explores sexuality and gender roles within the construct of an intimate relationship. Polarities of identity such as the masculine and feminine psyche, the irrational and rational self, the exterior and interior self, the motivated and resigned self are portrayed.

Brooklyn-based sculptor Patrick Jacobs’ hyperrealist dioramas are built directly into the gallery wall. The viewer is invited to look into through a rounded, fisheye glass lens. The worlds revealed within are gorgeously lit landscapes with an incredible renaissance perspective.

Alexa Meade takes an innovative approach to art. In her series, Your Body Is My Canvas, she paints directly on the surfaces of found objects and live models in three-dimensional space, which collapses the depth of the real world into what appears to be two-dimensional paintings.

Alexa Meade, RISEN, 2012, Archival Inkjet Print

Montserrat College of Art Galleries | 23 Essex St. | Beverly | MA

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