248 Cabot Street
Beverly, MA 01915
October 30-November 18, 2020
Open to Montserrat Community or by appointment.
ALL THAT AND A BAG OF CHIPS
Ceramic Sculptor ‘21
My work examines the spatial relationship between forms and the interconnection between interior and exterior. This exploration stems out of my own and others’ relations to the human body, mind, and emotion. I am often inspired by the things around me and in nature, I also take inspiration from the human body, as well as emotions, which are used to create these personified objects and forms. These ideas are usually explored through the use of ceramics with technological kinetic aspects. I am intrigued by the many ways clay can be manipulated and formed and how both humans and machines leave their mark. I like to work in the realm of human-sized proportions because it allows the viewer to relate to the form in a more personal way. This better incorporates the sculpture into our reality rather than leave it confined to a pedestal.
Illustrator, Painter ‘17
Jake Ursino is a painter and illustrator from Massachusetts. After earning a BFA in Illustration from Montserrat College of Art, he has since explored other areas of fine art including painting, sculpture & printmaking. Jake’s work is still rooted in illustration however, grabbing much of his inspiration from 1990’s animation and DIY aesthetics. Overall, Jake’s main goal as an artist is to make light of situations around him and create metaphors for a world that seems endlessly full of dark comedies. When he’s chuckling to himself while working, he knows it’s a good idea. Whether it’s exploring feelings of isolation and depression, reminiscing about childhood, or attempting to look cool while eating a cheeseburger in one bite, Jake’s main consistency in his works is that he approaches all of these things with a sense of humor and a willingness to poke fun at himself and others. The subjects may be silly, but the work is serious.
Jake has shown in several galleries in Massachusetts’ North Shore and was featured in a group show in Washington D.C. His most recent gallery show “Duck Duck Goose” was showcased at the Mingo Gallery in Beverly, MA.
All That And A Bag Of Chips presents the reality of 2020 and our own identities through a lens of abstraction. Themes of isolation, anxiety, and idling are revealed in Jake Ursino’s painted figures and Cam Silva’s anthropomorphic ceramic works. Both Cam Silva and Jake Ursino utilize different methods of humor to confront the human form, in turn portraying the mundane experience that we are all familiar with. All That And A Bag Of Chips reminds us of our relationships with each other as people both socially and individually, in a society that we’ve created for ourselves.
Curated by Lexi Palmberg ’21 & Saya Norton ’22