Context and Counteractions, Hans Hoffman Gallery, Provincetown Art Museum, Provincetown, MA
January 10 - February 23
Exhibition essay by Evan Garza, Exhibitions and Public Programs Coordinator for School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
"There is something about Provincetown that draws, and produces, visionaries. It is a site of enduring and extraordinary artistic history, and the stuff of creative myth and queer legend. A simple walk down Bradford, Pearl, or Commercial Street retraces the steps of Robert Motherwell, Helen Frankenthaler, Jackson Pollock, Jack Pierson, Louise Glück, Michael Cunningham, and, just as quickly as those histories rush under your feet, John Waters rolls past on a bicycle waving good morning to Jeffery Roberson, who plays Varla Jean Merman for the queens passing through town. What destination on Earth other than Ptown could comfortably foster the careers of both Hans Hoffman and Dina Martina?
It’s here in this historied Portuguese fishing village that for more than 45 years the Fine Arts Work Center (FAWC) has been one of the most active and significant anchors of visual and literary arts in Provincetown, which is the country’s oldest art colony. Founded in 1968 by artists, writers, and patrons including Fritz Bultman, Salvatore and Josephine Del Deo, Stanley Kunitz, Phil Malicoat, Robert Motherwell, Myron Stout, Jack Tworkov, and Hudson D. Walker, among others, the Work Center serves as a vital creative outpost for emerging artists and writers. Fellows live and work at the FAWC seven months out of the year, and are visited by internationally celebrated poets, scholars, curators, artists and writers throughout the duration of the program. This communal experience is also a reclusive one – spanning cold, quiet winters and snowy springs – a deeply charming and isolated setting for artistic productivity, and a place to quietly focus on new projects.
This exhibition of work by 2013-2014 FAWC Visual Arts Fellows, hosted by the historic Provincetown Art Association and Museum (PAAM), emphasizes the vitality of the Work Center’s mission to encourage the growth of emerging artists in the early, seminal stages of their careers, and reflects the material and conceptual miscellany of its Fellows. Unexpectedly, it also underscores a common currency among its artists: actions and interactivity. Be they physical or symbolic gestures (or both), the practices of this year’s Fellows might be collectively contextualized by a specific attention to reference and reaction. Context and Counteractions: Selected Works by the 2013-2014 FAWC Visual Art Fellows provides the physical evidence for that argument. [...]
Another Fellow committed by surface engagement in his practice is Gabriel Pionkowski, whose process of creating woven paintings is startling in its complexity and visual splendor. The canvases for each work are taken apart, strand by stand, and individual strings are then hand painted and woven by a loom to create a patterned canvas fabric. This new canvas is hand painted by Pionkowski, then sliced into strips to be woven onto the stretcher to form a completely new composition. Clearly uninterested in picture making, Pionkowski actively questions the surface of painting and, in the process, the history of painting itself."
Visit the museum after hours for "Under the Influence".
November 14, 2013
Rather than shy away from the “anxiety of influence”, this exhibition openly acknowledges creative kinship. Original artwork from over 19 artists will be displayed alongside the work of an others.
The Wisconsin Triennial represents the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art’s much anticipated and celebrated survey of current directions in Wisconsin visual art. The 2013 Triennial—the latest in an ongoing series of triennials and biennials presented by the museum since 1978—is on view in the museum's lobby, State Street Gallery, New Media Gallery, main galleries, and rooftop sculpture garden through January 5, 2014. A cornerstone of MMoCA's exhibition programming, the Triennial captures the richness and variety of artistic practice across the state and showcases emergent trends in the larger contemporary art world.
Painting is far from static. Styles, forms, boundaries and mediums resist limitation, making the practice full and exciting. This singular exhibition showcases paintings created throughout the nation, introducing viewers to the creative producers of today. Artists include Mark Bowers, Gregory Euclide, Carlos Fragoso, Daniel Gerwin, Eli Halpern, Robert Jessup, the late Steven MacGowan, Susan Michod, Lorri Ott, Gabriel Pionkowsi, Preetika Rajgariah, Celeste Rapone, Andrew Rogers, Adam Scott and Hollis Brown Thornton.