Gallery Boppin’ – Concord Art Association

The past month my gallery (Cambridge Art Association) has been closed to prepare for our fall exhibition season. This time period always feels like the calm before the storm… before those ‘back to school’ feelings take over and everyone has a case of PPD – Post Party Depression.

Within this month of calmness, my director and I went on a couple local gallery adventures – first was to the Concord Art Association to see the show, that sadly just came down, Sight Specific Exhibition – it was absolutely amazing.  Curated by George Nick, this exhibit is one of the most significant undertakings to date for the Concord Art Association. For this show, Nick selects a range of artists from legendary to mid-career painters, assembling more than 70 paintings from more than 50 artists. He comments, “The goal of the show is to celebrate the tradition of careful observation as the basis for an important aspect of American painting and to emphasize the remarkable variety of imagery it has generated.”

What I appreciated most as a local artist, as well as local art appreciator was the fact the Concord Art Association opened me up to artists I wasn’t familiar with, yet the artists hold national recognition. My favorite works that were presented were the following:

Screen Shot 2014-08-27 at 10.53.54 PM Mathew Cerletty, The Bath 2002 – I mean come on – what is not to love about this piece, the colors, the texture, the raw human emotion! It has everything.

Screen Shot 2014-08-27 at 10.55.53 PM Haley Hasler, Saginati Animali, 2013 – this lady, I just want to be this lady with her extravagance. And I think Rachel Zoe would see her vest, and say “I die.”

And lastly but certainly not least –

Screen Shot 2014-08-27 at 10.57.21 PM  Joseph McNamara, Window (Yankee Stadium Demolition), 2012-13, Oil and mixed media on panel, 24 x 18 inches. To really understand the intricate work and details this piece is definitely one you need to see in person. I love the texture/overworked feeling of the canvas, with unfinished edging and evidence of grid lining, it brings the piece to another level of grittiness that would have be lost if the piece was polished and ‘finished’ as some fancy art reviewers might say.  I also really loved this piece because it reminded me of something my Dad would enjoy, and would pull me aside at a museum and say, “Kid, come look at this one…”

Well that wraps it up for this show – stay tuned for more gallery boppin’ adventures.


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