XFest 2013: Art Exhibit(s)

Tuesday February 12 – Saturday March 9

119 Gallery:
Mitch Ahern – linoblock prints
Joe Burgio – visual scores
Id m Theftable – collage
Victoria Valente – paintings
119 Chelmsford St, Lowell

Lowell Telecommunications Corp:
Denise Manseau – visual scores, automated drawings, video
256 Market St, Lowell

Mitch Ahern – linoblock prints
Alyshia Lien – live art
Corey Luebbers – live art
Lindsey Parker – live art
Victoria Valente – live art
Live art will happen Saturday afternoon February 23 1-6pm
66 Merrimack St, Lowell
Mitchel Ahern is an active printmaker creating multiple-block mono-prints using linoleum block alphabets and illustrations he designs and cuts himself. Projects include The AngryDishtowels, The Articles of the Robot Rescue League, the On The Road Kerouac Scrolls, Gettysburg Scroll and the 108 Defilements of Buddhism which he has shown at the DeCordova Museum in Lincoln MA and in galleries such as 516 Arts in Albuquerque NM, Atlantic Works Gallery in East Boston, Lincoln Arts Project in Waltham, Gallery 119 in Lowell, Galatea in Boston and Outpost Gallery in Cambridge.

Joe Burgio born in Boston Massachusetts, received his first formal dance training from Jody Weber at Green Street Studios. He studied Experiential Anatomy, Somatic Movement and Contact Improvisation with Debra Bluth. He has appeared with several dance-theater groups, including Callie Chapman-Korn’s Zoedance and Rose-Pasquerello-Beachamp’s inFluxdance, which made an award-winning appearance at the 2006 Montreal Fringe Festival. He has performed extensively with experimental and improvisational musicians, and has on-going collaborations with Lou Cohen, flandrew fleisenberg, Steve Norton, Matt Samolis, and Walter Wright.

Denise Manseau is drawn to the inherent elegance in the pattern of things—and the curious way order somehow finds a way to reassert itself even in the most chaotic formations. The work takes shape observing the relationship between natural and constructed environments—investigating the interconnectivity between the physical and spatial structures within the landscape and the cultural artifacts that reference the processes and systems existing in nature.

Id M Theftable aka Scott Spear. He lives in the woods off a highway near Portland, Maine. He’ll often go out into the woods and record sounds of running water or birds to use later for sound collages. Part of his encyclopedic influences must come from “nerding out” in Strange Maine, a record store that doubles as a concert space and safe haven for weirdo artists. Scott’s played hundreds and hundreds of shows—taking a look through the bills he’s been on reveals a bona-fide who’s-who in underground noise music.

“There were frogs there all right, thousands of them. Their voices beat the night, they boomed and barked and croaked and rattled. They sang to the stars, to the waning moon, to the waving grasses. They bellowed love songs and challenges.”
~ Victoria Valente

Drawing above by Denise Manseau

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