Two Sculptors in Two Dimensions

Panel Discussion & Reception: April 14, 2-3pm, 3-6pm

119 Gallery fosters innovative cooperation between artists, musicians, dancers, performers, video artists and creative thinkers. As part of Two Artists in Two Dimensions, the gallery is pleased to host several notable artists’ teams, who will share images of their work and discuss their experiences as collaborators.

The panelists are: Margot Stage and David Crane; Rick Breault and Elaine Wood; Tim Winn and Zehra Kahn; Donna Dodson and Andy Moerlein. The moderator is Walter Wright.

Rick Breault & Elaine Wood
Rick Breault is a sound artist and musician. He performs in solo and group improvisations using processed field recordings, electric guitar, electronics, and voice. He also collaborates with Elaine in the video/sound duo “brood”.

Rick is a member of the New England Phonographers Union who improvise using unprocessed field recordings. The group is featured on an upcoming DVD by the Media Archaeology of Boston.

Elaine Wood studied painting and drawing at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, and Photography and Video Production at Harvard University. Her two-dimensional work has been in various juried shows including: The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Kingston Gallery in Boston and the Brush Gallery in Lowell, MA. Her video collaboration works with Rick Breault have been installed, screened/and or performed in various venues including a juried show at the 119 Gallery in Lowell, MA, the Arts League of Lowell, the Boston Cyberarts Festival 2009 and at Opensound in Somerville, MA.

Elaine and Rick formed the duo “brood” and originally screened pre-produced video/sound shorts. Elaine produced the video and Rick produced the sound track. Their more recent work has been performed live in composed improvisations using both pre-processed sound and video.

Tim Winn & Zehra Khan
Tim and Zera create collaborative art installations and performances, but consider drawing to be their primary medium. They have exhibited together at ArtCurrent in Provincetown, UMass Amherst, UMass Lowell, Worcester State University, Cape Cod Community College, the Chazan Gallery in Providence, RI and Gallery Ehva in Provincetown. They were selected as 2012 Artists-in-Residence of The Compact’s dune shack in the Cape Cod National Seashore.

Tim Winn was featured in 2011 Northeast edition of New American Paintings and is part of the Boston Drawing Project at Carroll & Sons Gallery.

Zehra Khan is included in the NYC Drawing Center’s Viewing Program and was awarded a 2012 Massachusetts Cultural Council fellowship in Drawing.

They both received their Master of Fine Arts degrees at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. They are represented by artSTRAND gallery in Provincetown.

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David Crane & Margot Stage
David Crane’s work in sculpture started in welded steel during the 1960s. I later moved to wood carving, and most recently to wood assemblages. I use found and cast-off detritus, collecting my material from beaches, millwork scrap bins, dumpsters and forests. Anything can capture my imagination, from exotic wood like purple heart to plywood, to torn veneer becoming the ingredient that conveys messages inspired by the natural world. The pieces entitled “Currents” evoke the way water moves in small eddies, gathering together bits of terra firma. While the series entitled “Energy” portrays the rush of inspiration or burst of clarity felt by an artist.

Margot Stage: The essence of creativity may well be making something from nothing. It’s this impulse that informs my three-dimensional work. I am intrigued by things left behind, overlooked or discarded. They catch my eye and find their way into my pocket, into my studio, into my art. From left-over linings of silk neck-ties to fallen black locust pods or lost hubcaps, I take these objects and transform them into sculpture. The intangible things that people leave behind — their legacy and memory — are another important aspect of my creations. A sense of play, experimentation and curiosity are inherent to the work.

I often apply techniques I use as a fiber artist in this process of transformation — sewing, stringing, folding and layering the materials. Using them in a context different from their original or intended purpose, and manipulating then in unusual ways invites a refreshing and often whimsical view of our world.

Donna Dodson & Andy Moerlein
Donna and Andy are creative forces to be reckoned with, and 119 Gallery is pleased to rein a portion of their individual and collective energies into the gallery this spring. Two Sculptors in Two Dimensions is a multi-media look at the converging and diverging paths, sensibilities, and media of these two artists, whose work runs the gamut from monumental outdoor sculpture to intimate statues, and compositions. ~ Mary Ann Kearns, Curator

Donna Dodson: When I start a piece of work I need to evoke such a strong feeling about each piece that I can dare to listen to the piece, to make mistakes – to just create. It is the emotional investment in the act of creation that crystallizes the work for me.

Andy Moerlein is a sculptor because he wishes to deal with the authentic. I convey in solids and presence.

A single sculpture is most often measured in weeks. A drawing is measured in hours. Often prints are accomplished several in an evening. It is a rush as a sculptor to draw, print or paint as a way to explore ideas. This is a show exposes the visual process behind several monumental works. It is in some ways a documentary of two artists and their working process.

Donna Dodson and Andy Moerlein have walked parallel paths for the past three years. They have collaborated on several important works during this time, and worked elbow to elbow on a projects that shared their names.

For Andy Moerlein and Donna Dodson, New Hampshire and Massachusetts-based sculptors of different breeds and training, the past three years of sharing artistic goals have brought new learning, tests and pleasure, even as their individual work has continued to advance. ~ Elizabeth Michelman , Andy Moerlein and Donna Dodson: In a Collaborative Spirit, artscope magazine: September/October 2011

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