April 7, 2014: Marie Craig & Cherie Clinton
Monday, April 7, 2014 @ 7:00pm
text & conText presents
Marie Craig & Cherie Clinton, co-directors Fountain Street Fine Art.
Fountain Street is an artist-run, member-based gallery in Framingham with a strong focus on regional art. These two artists will speak on the gallery, their art and creative process through slides and discussion.
Clinton’s paintings capture the moods, colors, and patterns of the landscape, inspired, for instance, by the unspoiled beauty of rural New England, the waterways of Venice and the surf of Greece’s Skopelos Island. “I want to grab hold of the elusive elements of mist and fog,” she writes, “to interpret the idea of space and light or an illusion of space that moves between two and three dimensions.”
Craig’s work as a medical photographer and illustrator informs her delicate, detailed photographs. “Places that are unnoticed at best, eyesores at worst, attract me like a powerful magnet,” she says of her images of abandoned structures, luminous nature in miniature, and other incongruous, unexpected scenes she comes across in her travels.
March 3, 2014: Playwrights of New Rep’s Next Voices Fellowship Program
Monday, March 3, 2014 @ 7:00pm
text & conText presents
Playwrights of New Repertory Theater’s Next Voices Fellowship Program
Meet Evan Sanderson, Walt McGough, Deirdre Girard, and Danny Bryck whose plays will be performed as productions and staged readings this March, April and June. Now’s your chance to hear excerpts from the shows, learn how they created their works, ask questions and discuss the creative process.
November 13, 2013, Pablo Medina & Pablo A. Medina
Wednesday, November 13, 2013 @ 7:00pm
text & conText presents
“The Art of the Word”
An evening with Pablo Medina, poet, and his son, Pablo A. Medina, artist.
Please join us for a dynamic evening in which two wonderful artists present their work and discuss their creative process! Wine and cheese reception begins at 6:30pm. Program ends approximately 8:30pm.
Pablo Medina, poet is the author of 14 books of poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and translation. Until the age of 12, he lived in Havana, Cuba, then moved with his family to New York City, where his culture shock was softened by snow and by countless visits to the New York Public Library. His work has appeared in major periodicals in the United States and abroad. Currently, he lives in Boston, MA and teaches at Emerson College.
Pablo A. Medina describes himself as “a designer, artist, teacher, builder, filmmaker, photographer, socializer, lover, traveler, dancer, and cyclist.” Inspired by the hand-painted signage of The Mission District in San Francisco, Medina has developed a series of paintings with words that provoke inquiry and meditation. “One of my goals with this work was to have people find solace and identification with my stories of struggle and recognize the universality of suffering.” Medina lives in New York City.
October 28, 2013
October 28, 2013
featuring filmmaker Sandra Jaffe, $5 admission.
Meet filmmaker Sandra Jaffe at a screening of her powerful documentary “Our Mockingbird,” which concerns a collaborative production of Harper Lee’s iconic work “To Kill a Mockingbird” by two Birmingham, Alabama high schools – one black, one white. Discussion with the filmmaker will follow.
May 22, 2013
Originally from Watertown, Matthew Salesses is the author of the recently published novel in flash fiction I’m Not Saying, I’m Just Saying, a raw, honest look at parenting, commitment, morality, and the spaces that grow between and within us when we don’t know what to say. His other award-winning works include novels as well as stories and essays for The New York Times Motherlode blog, American Short Fiction and other media outlets. A Grub Street teacher, he also writes a column about his wife and baby for The Good Men Project where he serves as fiction editor.
April 22, 2013
Tamziq: Scattered and Connected
Artists from the current exhibit Tamziq: Scattered and Connected will speak on their art and this exhibit which explores the impact of war and oppression from American and Arabic perspectives, with a focus on Iraq. A reception for the exhibition will be held 5:30-7:30pm with the panel beginning at 7pm. An intro by Paul Atwood of the William Joiner Center for the Study of War and Social Consequences, followed by author Mark Kukis of Boston University, exhibiting artists Rania Matar, Robin Shore, Amy MacDonald, and moderated by Tamziq co-coordinator Ban AlMahfodh-Graime.
March 18, 2013
John Foote & Brian Caverly
From Book to Sculpture: A Story of Public Art
John Foote, author of Touchdown: The Story of the Cornell Bear & Brian Caverly, sculptor, discuss their roles in a Cornell University project, which brings public sculpture to the Cornell campus in time for Homecoming 2015 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the first Touchdown the Bear, as well as the University’s sesquicentennial.
November 5, 2012
Ellen Wineberg & Tim Horvath
Ellen Wineberg (Mixed Media Artist) creates assemblages and mixed media paintings that play off and with each other. Energetic marks and paint texture combine with recycled quilt pieces, old tools, Grandma’s embroidered dish towels, tree branches and plumbing parts into 2-D and 3-D compositions with themes of time and loss, hope and the abyss. There is not a lot of distance between the past and the present here, new and old objects are organically combined with paint as if they all grew together. Recycled and reused, nothing is wasted.
Visit Ellen Wineberg’s website for more: http://ellenweinberg.com/
Tim Horvath teaches creative writing at New Hampshire Institute of Art and Boston’s Grub Street writing center. He has also taught high school English and worked part-time as a counselor in a psychiatric hospital, primarily with autistic children and adolescents. His novella Circulation(2009) was published by sunnyoutside press, and Understories (2012), was published this May by Bellevue Literary Press, and includes stories that originally appeared in Conjunctions, Fiction, Puerto del Sol, and the Normal School. “The Understory” was selected by Bill Henderson for the Raymond Carver Short Story Award, and he has received a Yaddo Fellowship. He lives in New Hampshire with his wife and daughter.
Visit Tim Horvath’s website for more: http://timhorvath.com/
September 24, 2012
Luminarium: Merli V. Guerra & Kimberleigh A. Holman
arsenalARTS kicks off the fall text & conText series on September 24 at 7:00PM with Luminarium artistic directors Merli Guerra and Kimberleigh Holman discussing the use of art, film, light and design to transcend the realm of traditional dance. The evening will include an introduction from each artist describing their movement backgrounds and focuses followed by an in-depth presentation describing their use of art, film, light and design to enrich traditional dance performances. Audience members will ponder: What defines the medium of dance? When does light become a character within the space?
May 21, 2012
Mark Peterson & Lynn Whitney
My intent is to take an ordinary view of specific but possibly anonymous site and expose a hidden composition within it. Fundamentally, this is a matter of framing, which for me is the principle contribution of the photograph. Composition is not possible with eyesight alone but requires a frame. I hope to make the composition formally obvious, possibly to the point of absurdity.
If the site is sufficiently banal and the composition sufficiently elegant, then the photograph may be very ironic.
To unveil the composition I often use a very long lens in order to bring shapes up against each other more tightly –an effect I call automatic montage. I find that very early morning light also emphasizes composition by making the lines more definite and by providing more angular shadows.
To place the site in its situation I attempt to make explicit the color of the ambient light, the angle of viewing, and the quality of diffusion of the light. When viewing a scene in person, these elements tend to be computed out after looking at any scene for more than a few moments. The job of the eye-brain is to deliver the real color and real shape of any object and therefore to compensate quickly for the yellowness of the morning light and for quirks of perspective –for instance. In my photographs I try to arrest the earlier, what I consider primary, moments of seeing before these adjustments are made. With a photograph there is an opportunity to capture the situation as first encountered and then to hold it there more or less indefinitely less practical but potentially very entertaining.
The particular temperature of light at transition, the beginning or end of the day, is especially fleeting. It evokes not only a specific time but also the moment of reflection in solitude that often accompanies the awareness of this time. Photographs can hold and then multiply these moments.
Locations of most of the pictures in the gallery are self-explanatory. A couple exceptions. . .
Hartford City is Hartford City, Indiana, where I grew up.
Karakoy is a village in Turkey, which was essentially abandoned as a result of the 1923 population exchange, a scheme whereby Turks in Greece and Greeks in Turkey were to be exchanged back to their correct homeland. (This became known in Greece as the Asia Minor Catastrophe.) A wonderful and terrifying account of this event is Louis de Bernieres’ novel, Birds without Wings.
Lynn Whitney is a well-known photographer. Some of her most famous photographs document the project to replace The Craig Memorial Bridge that is suspended over the Maumee River in Toledo, Ohio connecting Interstate 280. Captured with an eight by ten large-format camera, these black-and-white formal studies of this massive structure depict remnants of the old bridge as well as the new. Whitney’s photographs document not only the change that the bridge is undergoing, but also the transformation of the overall landscape. Her pictures comment on how the bridge’s magnitude and construction impose upon the landscape, workers, and residents of the surrounding area.
Lynn Whitney was born in 1953. She received a BFA from Massachusetts College of Art (1984) and an MFA in Photography from Yale University, New Haven, CT (1986). Whitney’s work is held in the collections of institutions including the Toledo Museum of Art; Yale University’s, Sterling Memorial Library; and the Southeast Center for Photographic Studies, Daytona Beach, FL. She has exhibited at venues including Jinan Art Museum, China; the Toledo Museum of Art and the University of Florida, Ham Museum of Art, Gainesville, FL. Lynn Whitney is currently an Associate Professor and Area Head of Photography at Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH.
Lynn Whitney at MoCP