April 21 – April 25, 2014
Opening Reception: Wednesday, April 23, 5-8pm
Henry Long, Untitled 1, 2014, Poster board, construction paper, masonite board
Massiel Grullón, Hallucination Train, 2014, oil on canvas
Melissa Tremblay, Warm Water Gets Cold, 2014, Multimedia
Michelle Behre, Let's Talk, 2014, Archival Digital Inkjet Prints
Mirek Kutnik, 28-19-86, 2014, Wood and Steel
Michael Concepcion Velez, studio view, 2014, Mixed media
Melissa Miranda, Adieu, Darling, 2014, Oil paint on mounted paper
Michelle Behre's photographic imagery freezes scenes in spaces organized and controlled by the institution. She is interested in memorializing space we occupy and commenting on how these spaces are perceived through topographic images. Behre will be visiting places that are a part of the community and are vacated or visited in moderation. The spaces may give the viewer an opportunity to occupy them with their own experience. Using a lens-based media, I am interested in creating an aesthetic experience that is both visual and corporeal. In photography, images are constructed to create a reality driven from the imagination.
Michael Concepcion Velez focuses on the human reaction when entering a forest environment, whether by viewing a landscape painting or being surrounded by nature itself. Concepcion Velez didn’t set out to focus on the landscape, but as she began to review her work, she realized there was a pattern she hadn’t intended, but is pleased with.The branches obtained are not ones she removed from the trees. Many have been collected from the ground due to natural environmental situations and others
collected after the maintenance of park grounds.There is a feeling nature causes when surrounded by trees and picturesque settings. Concepcion Velez strivse to bring a piece of this feeling into a confined space where if alone and closed off to the world could possibly provide tranquility, peace, relaxation and even meditation. This is what she has personally experienced while growing up and what she has wanted to share in one way or another. Her goal is to bring a piece of that “safe haven” to a confined space and add more than what is provided with the shadows formed by the branches. Since color is not important in my environment, gray scale will be the focal point of what would be color. Concepcion Velez is focusing on the quality of the paintings and making sure she has more than enough branches for the feel she's trying to create in this personal space. As Concepcion Velez began searching for inspirational artist, she encountered Tom Price by way of his “Cherry Tree” Installation images. Much of Tom Price’s work seeks to explore the untapped potential of familiar materials, encouraging them to behave in unfamiliar ways.
Marchesa Luisa Casati is considered to be one of the most fashionable, influential and notorious Italian heiress’ that has ever lived. She stated that her life's goal was to become "a living work of art." Her legacy, along with my interest in 60's Fashion, Mod and Pop Culture have inspired, informed and influenced Massiel Grullón's paintings. Through her portrait and self-portraiture work, each painting explores the technical aspects of her interests, incorporating Optical Illusion shapes and Expressionist Realism techniques. The mural installation utilizes these concepts on a larger scale, transporting and challenging the viewer to have a psychedelic interaction. This piece enhances the other works that surround it, visually describing this specific time and place.
Mirek Kutnik says, "When I look at my work, I see myself a long, long time ago, where as a young boy I spend endless hours playing with Lego blocks, constructing things and trying to reconstruct mechanics such as laundry or sawing machines. And when I was forced to spend summers and my Gramma's house, where the most exiting thing was a house fly, flying around, I spend time studying my grandmas old origami book , from which I learned how to make many things , one of them being a paper flower. Little did I know but this flower still accompanies me and gives me great ideas for projects. Now I’m just keep on playing."
Henry Long is a senior at Montserrat who primarily works in aper. The mediums he uses are primarily paper because it is a tangible medium that is flexible and can bend to different arrangements and be recreated easily. Long plans to make collages as the main project for the seminar, creating a series of small pieces, using heavy surfaces such as masonite boards. His work is an extension of a collage class Long took two semesters ago. he is trying to expand these skills to better understand color and shapes. "I find that my work is based on compositions and applying discipline to my work, I try to create obstacles for myself. I find myself using colors I’m uncomfortable with such as yellow. Using limited palettes, I create a limitation and with that more combinations," Long says. The physical weight of the masonite boards adds to that physical nature of my collages, almost becoming three-dimensional. He looks for approachable materials to use, making my work more approachable to the viewer with recognizable material. Using a mix of different new stock paper with different textures. Long uses the first layer of my collages to build a skeleton such as a rectangle to build over with secondary layers. Building over them, he finds he is splitting the picture plane in half or in thirds. This leads to crafting the shapes across these divisions. "I care more about the quality of colors and shapes and that should define what I’m looking for in the final piece. Personally, there about the change in shapes and sizes through my changing mindset and reflect the emotional isolated situations I find myself in my studio. Using Landscape as an inspiration, it interests me in the way that it is seen by the viewer, letting the viewer read around and across the picture plane. I try to create the same viewing experience with the collages I make. I hope to learn more about sequence, light and the picture plane, through the various color combinations and to better understand my outside seminar work from this experience."
When Melissa Miranda first came to Montserrat three years ago, she was not sure where to go. All she knew was that she was at school and wanted to draw. Originally her drawings were very contained and exact. They were very much driven by what the final outcome should look like, not what it could be. "As I became more interested in painting and drawing, I began to let go of this foolish idea. I discovered that the process in how a drawing is made, such as sketches or color studies, is more important to the work than the outcome. The struggle of figuring out how all the parts come together is what I started to focus on. At the beginning of my seminar my focal point was the figure. As time progressed I experimented with the figure in a landscape which lead to landscape painting. While working from photographs taken from nature I became more and more intrigued by the lighting. So I abandoned the landscapes and set up a still life to work from. The objects I chose for the still life are with in the theme of a vanities. However, I decided to create a more open and less cluttered environment typical of a traditional vanities. The palate too is opposite of normal. I wanted a lighter mood than the cliché dark moody atmosphere. Right now I am in the process of building up the paint before moving on to full color. "
Melissa Tremblay makes connections between people through poetry. "I use my own experiences with people in my life to create situations in poetry that are relatable, situational, emotional and personal."
Memoraphilia (Featuring Artists: Ania Gruca, Emily Fung, Elizabeth Paddock) and AHA! (Featuring Artists: Aubrey Gauthier, Haley Vessey and Amanda Hawkins) Senior Thesis Exhibitions are concurrently being held at Porter Mill Gallery & Mingo Gallery and 301 Gallery (Beverly, MA).
For information on these exhibitions including gallery hours and reception times, please visit: Studios at Porter Mill and Mingo Gallery blog
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