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
April 30, 2012
Anna Heringer is an architectural designer from Salzburg, Austria. Her work focuses on the use of local materials, skills and energy sources to create buildings that are distinct and undeniably from their place. In 2005-2006 her diploma project, a school in Bangladesh built from mud and bamboo, was realized in the village of Rudrapur. This is the place where she lived in 1998 as volunteer of the local non-governmental organization, Dipshikha. The construction of a vocational school and a pilot project on rural housing in Rudrapur with students from Bangladesh and Austria followed in 2007-2008. The time in Bangladesh was a great learning process where she experienced at a grassroots level that architecture is a tool to improve lives. Building the confidence of people the craftsmen, the local community, the youth – and revealing the trust in their endogenous potentials, strengthening cultural identity, supporting local economies and fostering the ecological balance through architecture is the main aim of her projects.
From October 2008 to May 2011 Anna led the studio BASEhabitat architecture for development at the University of Arts in Linz, Austria. She lectured worldwide and conducted international workshops in Bangladesh and Austria. Since 2010 she is honorary professor of the UNESCO Chair Earthen Architecture.Her work was shown at MoMA in New York, la Loge in Brussels, Cité d`architecture and du patrimoine in Paris, the MAM in Sao Paulo, the Aedes Galery in Berlin and at the Venice Biennale in 2010. She recieved a number of awards such as the Aga Khan Award for Architecture (2007), the AR Emerging Architecture Awards (2006 and 2008), the Archprix Hunter Douglas Award (2006) and most recently the Global Award for Sustainable Architecture in 2011.
At the GSD Anna will study construction methods based on natural materials and human labor focusing on their impact on society, environment and building culture.
March 26, 2012
Sue Standing & Laraine Armenti
Sue Standing, featured poet in Issue 1, permanently resides in Cambridge, Massachusetts, but travels as much as she can. She has been awarded a Pushcart Prize for her short story, Fast Sunday, grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Bunting Institute, and is currently on a Fulbright Research Scholarship at the University of Toulouse in France. Her poems have appeared in numerous journals and literary magazines, including Agni, The American Poetry Review, American Scholar, The Atlantic Monthly, Denver Quarterly, The Iowa Review, The Nation, Ploughshares, and Southwest Review. Her poems appear in several anthologies, including Conversation Pieces: Poems that Talk to Other Poems, Deep Travel: Contemporary American Poets Abroad, and The Poetry of Solitude: A Tribute to Edward Hopper. She teaches creative writing and African literature at Wheaton College, in Norton, Massachusetts. Her most recent collection of poems is False Horizon (Four Way Books, 2003).
Laraine Armenti is an oil painter working in still-life and landscape from direct observation on a personal scale. Her paintings are done from daily life, places and things sought out, inherited, or accumulated. She orchestrates beautiful color, careful drawing, and elemental design to create sensuous images using thick, calligraphic paint. Light, atmosphere, color, and pattern are constantly on the move. The eye, heart, and mind adjust to shifting perceptions.
Armenti grew up in New England. She has a B.F.A from Rhode Island School of Design where she majored in printmaking with a focus on etching. Her course work included painting, drawing, photography, and art history. She has received fine arts grants from the Massachusetts Council for the Arts and the Artists Valentine. She is a Fellow of the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and has been a resident artist at the Vermont Studio Center. Her paintings are held in private collections in the United States and in the permanent collection of Meditech Corporation.
Concurrent with her work as an artist, she was an illustrator and graphic designer in the computer industry at Digital Equipment Corporation, followed by self-employment in conference presentation graphic design. Her painting studio is in Massachusetts.