Massachusetts

Regional Juried Exhibition

Selected by Dina Deitsch, Curator emerita of Contemporary Art at the deCordova Museum and Sculpture Park

March 20 – April 12, 2014

Reception: Friday, March 28, 7-9pm

Massachusetts is the second part of a two-part juried exhibition series celebrating five years of art, music and people at Gallery 263.  Turning our attention towards artists living and working in the Bay State, Massachusetts features 38 local artists and 41 contemporary artworks.

This diverse group of Massachusetts artwork is pertinent to contemporary American cultural topics and technical choices.  Massachusetts artists McCool, Pattison and Thorne comment on the digitization and packaging of our experiences, while the work of Leone, Martini, Kim and Yeol relates to health, mutation and scientific experimentation.  MA residents will surely resonate with representations of strong local individuals present and past, from McMahon’s personal story of recovery from the indelible Boston tragedy last April, to Cann’s depiction of Emily Dickenson and her parting words.  A more macrocosmic look at American consciousness is made by Marcoux’s picture of pride in Provincetown, as well as by Crowell’s found object assemblage that investigates a “new American ethnic identity”.  In terms of technique, the use of gold as a surface material is employed in several works, by Photopoulos, Brister and Layzer.  Other unusual technical approaches include Beisecker’s electrically exposed parsley on photo paper, and Gregg’s fiber and acrylic piece, illustrating an entire text listing for a “Call for Art”.  Massachusetts truly celebrates contemporary MA artists, who Gallery 263 is proud to represent.  Thank you for taking a stake in our success, Massachusetts!

Guest juror, Dina Deitsch, pioneered the deCordova’s Biennial programming in 2010, and has organized numerous solo and large-scale group exhibitions since.  Prior to working at the deCordova, Deitsch held curatorial positions at the Williams College Museum of Art, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.  In addition to working as an independent curator locally and regionally, Deitsch served as the guest juror for the 2012 Northeast Issue of New American Painting.  Gallery 263 appreciates Deitsch’s support in selecting the artwork for Massachusetts.

Massachusetts features work by the following artists:

Freedom Baird / Jim Banks / Kristi Beisecker / Lauren Bennett / Kaca Bradonjic / Erik Brisson / Kathriel Brister / Connie Cann / Cyrille Conan / Charlie Crowell / Steven Duede / Claire Elliott / Arlene Fins / Tatiana Flis / Sharon Freed / Sandy Gregg / Lydia Harris / Helena Hsieh / Yeol Jung / Natanya Khashan / Sawool Kim / Molly Lamb / Jennifer Layzer / Lauren Leone / Brittany Marcoux / Julie Martini / Timothy McCool / Ryan McMahon / Noritaka Minami / Laura Miner / Yola Monakhov / Jeanette O’Connor / Todd Pattison / Alexandra Photopoulos / Alex Sewell / Kyle Thorne / Timothy Wilson / Mong-jane Wu