Our show is about tying together elements of space and color through two dimensional and three three dimensional works, in a way that plays with surfaces and patterns while bringing in our own experiences and personalities as the basis for our content. Each of us utilize overlapping elements throughout our work, for example: the use of sculptural form within Jylik, Jamie, and Matthews three dimensional works, which form connection to the elements of shape, space, and depth within Shannon, Jack, and Matthews two dimensional works.
I think about too many things all of the time. These interwoven thoughts and desires often interconnect with my creative drive. Whether it is through painting, sculpture, or collage I am focused on creating works that deal with the figure, portraiture, and color play. The formal elements are always at the forefront of my concerns, finding the necessary components for a strong composition to hold my arrangements of expressive, bold figures and quiet portrait sitters. In my abstract work, the vibrant colored shapes and forms act as a tactile laboratory in which any possibility of color combinations or assembly of shapes can occur, which then inform my representational works. Sculpture entered my practice as a natural extension of the action of building the forms and figures that occur in my paintings. Alongside the color and shape relationships I explore, through works such as my painting I Love You, Andy Warhol, I am utilizing the idea of portraiture to create a relational experience between the subject (Andy Warhol) and the viewer. No longer is the portrait about viewing a subject, but about the audience and the subject viewing one another, experiencing the complexities of staring and being stared at, and I believe that these complex emotions are what drive me to capture figures and portraiture.
Matthew Rucki was born and raised in Jackson, New Jersey. With a BFA in painting from Montserrat College of Art, he studies the complexities of portraiture and figuration through paint, collage, and sculpture, utilizing a bold and expressive color palette. Rucki often consults his growing library of art history books to see how past artists have answered the similar questions he faces now when painting a face, sculpting a figure, or arranging colored pieces of paper in a collage. Spanning across many media, Matthew has has been a part of several student exhibitions across Montserrat’s campus in Beverly, MA (including a joint exhibition in conjunction with the Peabody Essex Museum in 2019), as well as participating in many online art sales and exhibitions through ArtStartArt in Austin, TX.
Titles, Mediums, Dimensions:
– I Love You, Andy Warhol. 48”x 36” Acrylic on Canvas. 2020
– Arrangement. 30”x 48” Acrylic on Canvas. 2020
– Porno. 36”x 48” Acrylic on Canvas. 2020
– Testimonial. 30”x 40” Acrylic on Canvas. 2020
– The Butcher . 30”x 40” Acrylic on Canvas. 2020
– Head Study . 12”x 12” Water-Soluble Oils on Wood Panel. 2020
– Seated Figure. 19”x 25”x 30” Acrylic, Plaster and Burlap. 2020
In my paintings, I have been focusing on color interactions and geometric design as a way to create optical effects and a sense of space, with the use of acrylic paint. In this body of work, color theory and he knowledge of how we as humans perceive color has played an important role in my color choices. I often use colors that are transitioning from a lighter tint into more saturated color, exploring what optical effects can be achieved with transitioning color. The specific color combinations I have chosen in each painting creates a vibration that amplifies the optical effect that the geometric design creates.
Shannon Herrick is an artist from Woodstock, Vermont. She has received her BFA from Montserrat College of Art, with a concentration in painting and a minor in art history. Shannon has been creating abstract acrylic paintings since 2017, and has been exploring the use if line to create optical effects since 2018. She has combined use of line with her fascination with color and perception of color in her work. Shannon has exhibited her work in many shows held at Montserrat Galleries such as The Artists Notebook, Image and Object, many Open House exhibitions, and more. She has also exhibited work in other shows such as Crane Estate, Art Show & Sale: Earth, Wind, Fire, and Water, in 2018, and the inaugural show Into the Mystic, at Porter Gallery in Cambridge, MA in 2020.
Pink X, 36”x36”, Acrylic on Canvas, 2020
Ray of Sunshine, 30”x30”, Acrylic on Canvas, 2020
Red Lines in Green Space , 24”x24”, Acrylic on Canvas, 2019
Teal Diamonds in Pink and Orange Space , 26”x26”, Acrylic on Canvas, 2019
Red Lines in Green Space , 24”x24”, Acrylic on Canvas, 2019
Yellow Light , 24”x24”, Acrylic on Panel, 2019
My obsessive desire of repetitiveness and pattern on surfaces, as well as the connection between art and life, is mainly what drives my art practice. One thing I focus on is finding fabric, wood, and whatever other found materials as tools/stencil itself as a piece on its own. I take these objects that may at first appear to be too different to ever exist amongst one another, and through developing patterns and colors cohesively I create a world that brings connection amongst the contrasting items. My color palette is based off of the memory of my childhood toys and items marketed towards children during the late 90’s- early 00’s; these colors often consist of bright blues, pinks, and purples with hints of green and yellow. Many times I dull down the saturation or tone of colors, showing how I view these moments through a fog of memories. The experience of art is very important to me; that being the immersion of the self into the wondrous world of art through painting, sculpture, and installation in order to bring about a feeling of awe. This feeling can also be felt through the more optical side of some of my works as well as the scale of the pieces related to the accrual of marks.
Jaime Fox is a 22 year old artist from Framingham, MA. She has her BFA from Montserrat College of Art in Beverly, MA, with a concentration in painting and a special interest in sculpture and installation art. Jaime has shown in local galleries within her home town including Fireseed Arts, where she completed her internship in the summer of 2019. She has also been showcased in school run exhibitions and events, including Artrageous! 33, Color and Abstraction: Students respond to Hofmann, I/Object, The Thing Is, and more. Growing up on a budget, she has always been one to use and reuse all materials sparingly as possible, leaving little byproduct to go to waste. This lifestyle mixed with her excessive need to collect has led to her art practice today, which has much to do with collecting and reusing materials that make up each piece.
Repetitive Grid in Primary Colors: Yellows, Reds, and Blues – Acrylic paints and inks and metal wire on paper
Floam – Polyurethane expandable foam, pigments, spray paints, acrylics, and wood
Metamorphose: Stretch, Spray, Set – Gridded fabric (Found), spray paint, resin, pigments, and wood
Mimicry: Call and Response – Wood lattices (Found), spray paint, acrylics, ceramics, and glazes
Club Throne: for Mary Heilmann – Plywood, lace fabric as stencil (Found), spray paints, acrylic paints, polyurethane expandable foam, and painted screws
Consanguineous: From A to C – Frame and canvas (Found), lace fabric (Found), spray paints, and acrylic paints
Currently I am exploring the world that exists between reality and non-existence or abstractness. What lives just outside of our vision, behind the fabric of observed matter? As questions of do we only exist because for there to be nothingness there in turn has to be something, and vice versa. When we close our eyes we can view abstract nothingness, when our eyes are open again, reality collapses in on itself, creating the visual world we know and cling to. A lot of these ideas stem from my own struggles with mental health, absurdist philosophy, and a desire to peek behind the curtain at the inworking abstractions that exist between between spaces. I paint these ideas because they give an option for the painting to not only be visually stimulating but also as a glimpse into who I am and what distortions hide within my own mental health. Color and form, act as vehicles for me to express what I can’t find the words to.
Born in 1997 in Leominster, MA, Jack Fay started his art practice at an age that even he cannot remember. He started with painting classes that took place inside a building that was later demolished for being too old in downtown Gardner. From there, Jack attended various classes offered by the Fitchburg Art Museum until attending highschool at Cushing Academy. At Cushing, he studied under Robert Johnson, who taught the process of watercolor, photography, oil painting, and silversmithing. Jack fell in love with painting, and worked diligently throughout his highschool career taking two painting classes each semester. Moving forward, Jack knows he can find happiness through painting and will always continue to paint.
My work consisting of organic forms made from fabric and handmade paper with leaves explores materiality and process using both natural and unnatural materials to convey the Patterns and symmetry that are often overlooked in nature. The eyes of humans are made to look for symmetry in everyday life. Our bodies, flowers, leaf patterns are inherently symmetrical. Ingrained within the mind so as is ingrained within my work. Traditional processes like papermaking and sewing used in my work are a homage to nature and challenge the non traditional techniques as well as metaphorically illustratiing how humans affect the earth.
Hello, my name is Sylvia Burger and I am a 21 year old multidisciplinary artist, I study sculpture at Montserrat College of Art. I am also a painting instructor at ArtWorks community art center. I enjoy being a part of the North Shores thriving art community.
A large part of what drives both my art and I is the pursuit of the overlooked. Things that have been abandoned and left behind still have a beauty to them that I seek out. Much of my material choice is based around what I consider to be pillars of our society metal, stone, and glass. Many man made structures and objects are built from these materials and because of this I find excitement in taking a table found in the trash and bringing new function to it as an automatic expression. The influence for my work tends to come from what I experience and absorb during the day. Almost always in some way related to media or pop culture, I draw from video games, tv shows, comics as well as practicing artists I follow on social media such as Alex Pardee and Alex Yanes. These outside sources are what i digest and use as fuel for my colorful displays and objects. Choices in color are just as important to me as the overlooked forms, the specific toxic color combinations I use are meant to reference Street Art and Graffiti not only as mediums but as cultures. There is an appeal to how the harsh bright colors captivate an audience and can keep them there for better or worse. The awed produced when people look at my work whether its for liking it or for hating it is the trade-off I receive for the time and effort when creating.
Jylik Donell Buissereth, born and raised in New York City, has pursued art since childhood. Attending the High School of Art and Design allowed him to explore graphic design as an artistic passion, but he did not begin to fully flourish as an artist until declaring sculpture as his major in collage. During his time at the Montserrat College of Art he has made discoveries about himself, both personally and artistically, that have contributed to the culmination of his works’ particular contemporary style. With the clash of bright toxic colors and stimulating designs, born from his love of graffiti and street art, Jylik channels all the contemporary culture and influence he absorbs into artistic expressions of the mind. He has exhibited in several shows across campus, namely the I/Object Show as well as The Thing Is, both held in Montserrat’s 301 Gallery.