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Installing “Trigger and Reconfigure” January 26, 2011

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Last Friday we installed the exhibition “Trigger and Reconfigure”
, an exhibition featuring artists Laura Evans, Abbie Read, Jessica Straus, & Antoinette Winters.  The enormous variety of different two-dimensional and three-dimensional works required a lot of attention to detail in putting the show together. Several sculptures were drilled into the wall, while others sat on bases or shelves installed into the wall. The exhibition opens tomorrow, 4:45-6pm.

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Jessica Straus installs her sculptures into the wall.

Installing

(left to right) Antoinette Winters and Abbie Read install Antoinette’s drawings on the wall.

Installing

(left to right) Abbie Read, Jessica Straus, and Antoinette Winters work on the installation

Installation for “Deconstruct/Reconstruct” December 13, 2010

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This morning I worked together with students in my ARTS 314 Advanced Drawing class to install their exhibition “Deconstruct/Reconstruct” in the gallery. Students included Eliza Tibbits, Jacob West, Ali Crank, Yoojin Chung, Sophie Wang, and Serena Eastman. We quickly deinstalled the previous exhibition and worked together to curate the layout of the exhibition. Our primary concern in terms of layout was to balance between the color and black and white, as there were varying degrees of color throughout all of the works.  Many of the pieces in the exhibition had multiple images, so we had to consider that as well when thinking about where to place specific works. You can view all of the images of the exhibition on the Jewett Gallery’s Flickr page.

Deconstruct/Reconstruct

Deconstruct/Reconstruct

Deconstruct/Reconstruct

Deconstruct/Reconstruct

Deconstruct/Reconstruct

Upcoming Exhibitions November 29, 2010

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We’ve got a number of great exhibitions coming up soon in the gallery. My ARTS 314 Advanced Drawing class will be featured in “Deconstruct/Reconstruct” opening on Tuesday, Dec. 14 at 4:45pm. Students in the exhibition will include Jacob West, Serena Eastman, Ali Crank, Sophie Wang, Yoojin Chung, and Eliza Tibbits.

Deconstruct/Reconstruct poster

Our first professional exhibition “Trigger and Reconfigure” will be on view in January and February. The exhibition features artists Abbie Read, Laura Evans, Jessica Straus, and Antoinette Winters. The show is curated by Jessica Straus and Antoinette Winters.

Trigger and Reconfigure

Video: Transformations Gallery Talk May 24, 2010

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The gallery talk given by RISD Professors Thomas Lyon Mills and Ken Takashi Horii from the “Transformations” exhibition a few months ago is now available for viewing on the Jewett Art Gallery’s new Youtube channel. Click on the links below to view all 6 segments of the gallery talk.

Video 1 of 6: Thomas Lyon Mills
Video 2 of 6: Thomas Lyon Mills
Video 3 of 6: Thomas Lyon Mills
Video 4 of 6: Ken Takashi Horii
Video 5 of 6: Ken Takashi Horii
Video 6 of 6: Ken Takashi Horii

Gallery Talk: Thomas Lyon Mills

Studio Art at Wellesley Summer School April 27, 2010

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The Wellesley College Summer School is offering several courses in studio art this year.  Click on these links to read the course descriptions and learn more about the studio art courses: Drawing I, Photography I, Basic 2-D Design, Digital Imaging, and Color.  The summer school program is co-educational, featuring full credit courses drawn from the regular Wellesley curriculum.  The summer school is open to all college students, college graduates, as well as eligible commuting high school juniors and seniors. For more information or to register, visit the Wellesley College Summer School website or call (781)283-2200.

Summer School Poster

Installing “350: Student Exhibition” April 13, 2010

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This morning we finished up the final stages of deinstalling “Transformations” and began installing “350: Student Exhibition“.  This student exhibition spotlights students who are doing 350 level projects this year as well as students in the ARTS217 Life Drawing course. Join us for the opening reception next Tuesday, April 20 from 4:45-6pm.

Deinstall: "Transformations"

The incoming student paintings are against the gallery wall, waiting to be installed into the gallery space.

Deinstall: "Transformations"

Nathalie Miebach works with a student gallery assistant to pack up her sculptures from the “Transformations” exhibition.

Installing "350: Student Exhibition"

Madeline Vara works to arrange her works on paper project onto a wooden shelf she installed into the gallery wall.

Installing "350: Student Exhibition"

Becky Parker’s oil paintings are on the left, with Wanda Xu’s landscape paintings and Laura Foley’s oil paintings of cupcakes on the right. To view all of the works in the exhibition, visit the Jewett Art Gallery’s Flickr Page.

Gallery is closed March 20-29 March 21, 2010

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The Jewett Art Gallery will be closed March 20-29 for Wellesley College’s spring break.  Our current exhibition, “Transformations” featuring artists Ken Takashi Horii, Crudelle-Janello, Thomas Lyon Mills, and Nathalie Miebach reopens on March 30 and runs through April 10.

View these videos  of Crudelle-Janello and Thomas Lyon Mills speaking about their work in the “Transformations” exhibition. The videos were shot and edited by Paul Falcone from WCAC-TV.

Video with Crudelle-Janello

Video with Thomas Lyon Mills

Transformations: Installation, Opening, & Gallery Talk March 8, 2010

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Last week was a busy week in the gallery: on Monday and Tuesday we installed the exhibition “Transformations”, Thursday was the opening reception, and on Friday we had a gallery talk with Ken Takashi Horii and Thomas Lyon Mills.

Installation: "Transformations"

(left to right) Thomas Lyon Mills, Gallery Director /Curator Clara Lieu, Nathalie Miebach, and Ken Takashi Horii discuss the installation plan.

Installation: "Transformations"

(left to right) Thomas Lyon Mills, Gallery Director/Curator Clara Lieu, and Nathalie Miebach discuss options for how to install the exhibition.

Figuring out the layout for the exhibition was complicated due to the fact that every artist had both two-dimensional and three-dimensional work. All of the exhibitions we’ve mounted since I started directing the gallery in 2008 have largely featured two-dimensional work, so this was a first for the gallery to have so much three-dimensional work in a single show. Other important considerations were how to distribute and balance color throughout the gallery. Nathalie Miebach and Thomas Lyon Mills both had works which were heavy in color whereas Ken Takashi Horii and Anthony Crudelle-Janello had largely black and white or monochromatic works.

Installation: "Transformations" Installation: "Transformations"
Left: Nathalie Miebach and a student gallery assistant work to assemble her sculpture into the gallery space.
Right: Ken Takashi Horii works on assembling his large sculpture “Of Mind and Matter”.

Each artist had their own pre-determined system for hanging and arranging their works in the gallery.  In Ken Takashi Horii’s case, his large sculpture arrived in several pieces and was installed piece by piece into the wall. Nathalie Miebach had sculptures and also several audio components which went along with her musical scores. Thomas Lyon Mills had a simple and effective hanging system for his paintings which allowed them to hang on the wall unframed. Anthony Crudelle-Janello’s sculpture was  constructed on a set of wheels, allowing it to be wheeled right into the gallery.  Crudelle-Janello’s photographs were hung on the wall using strips of velcro stuck to the back of the photographs.

Installation Views: "Transformations"

Installation Views: "Transformations"

The opening reception was well attended by both members of the Wellesley College community as well as several people from off campus, many of whom were visiting the gallery for the first time. A live jazz performance with piano, flute, and bass was provided by the Wellesley College Music Department.

Opening Reception for "Transformations"

Opening Reception for "Transformations"

The following day the gallery hosted a gallery talk  by Thomas Lyon Mills and Ken Takashi Horii.  Hearing their insights and thoughts about the work provided a whole new level of depth and understanding of their work in the exhibition.  View all of the photos from this exhibition and events on our Flickr account.

Gallery Talk: Thomas Lyon Mills

Thomas Lyon Mills speaks about his work.

Gallery Talk: Ken Takashi Horii

Ken Takashi Horii speaks to the crowd about his work.

“Transformations”: Exhibition events February 16, 2010

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Join us for these upcoming events associated with the exhibition “Transformations” at the Jewett Art Gallery.  The exhibition features Anthony Crudelle-Janello, Ken Takashi Horii, Nathalie Miebach, and Thomas Lyon Mills.  The show runs March 3-April 10; the gallery is closed March 20-29 for spring break. Read more about the exhibition here.

1)Opening Reception: Thurs., March 4, 4:45-6pm
Meet the artists!  Enjoy free wine & refreshments with a live jazz performance from the Wellesley College Music Department.
RSVP to this event on our Facebook page here.

"Transformations" exhibition poster

2)Gallery Talk: Friday, March 5, 1:30pm
Join us and hear Ken Takashi Horii & Thomas Lyon Mills speak about their work.
RSVP to this event on our Facebook page here.

"Transformations" gallery talk poster

3)Applied Arts Workshop: Sculptural Weaving: Saturday, March 13, 1-4pm
Nathalie Miebach will lead a free hands-on workshop in historical and contemporary weaving techniques. Open to the Wellesley College community.

Sculptural Weaving poster

Studio Visit with Anthony Crudelle-Janello December 21, 2009

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This past Friday afternoon I drove to Rhode Island for a studio visit with Anthony Crudelle-Janello, (more widely known as Tony Janello) who will be one of the four artists exhibiting in the upcoming show “Transformations” in March 2010.  We first met in 1998 when I was a student in his painting class in the Illustration Department at RISD during my senior year.  I now teach Drawing at RISD in Foundation Studies and he’s continued to teach Painting and Drawing in the Illustration Department since then.  We’ve kept in touch over the years since I graduated, and it was very exciting to visit his studio and get some insight on his thoughts and creative process.

Anthony Janello's Studio

Crudelle-Janello’s process involves many phases and transformations in a range of media. He creates essentially paper mache sculptures which are then lit and photographed, with the sculpture as a means to the photography. The role of photography as the final result allows him tremendous visual flexibility with the sculptures that he would otherwise not have. I was impressed by how much his photographs looked like paintings; they had an incredible atmosphere and depth that transcended the sculptures themselves.

What is astonishing about these sculptures is how low-tech they are in terms of construction and materials. For the interior structures of the sculptures, he uses sonotubes, which are extremely strong cardboard tubes that are used in construction for pouring concrete columns.  You can see in the photo below on the sculpture on the far left an example of one of the sonotubes that he’s sawed into a ring to hold the sculpture up. On top of the sonotube structure, he uses paper towels dipped in elmer’s glue to sculpt the heads into more detail. These materials also allow the sculptures to be highly durable, yet lightweight at the same time.

Anthony Janello's Studio

Below is an example of how Crudelle-Janello uses backgrounds and creates sets for his sculptures.  The backgrounds are created from thin sheets of plywood which are then painted to reflect surface, texture, and writing. Several of his backgrounds feature the visual look of a chalkboard which has writing layered over itself continuously.

Anthony Janello's Studio

Below are some experiments for adding yet another phase in his process: after he photographed the sculptures, he drew on the digital prints using crayons.  In this series below, there is a progression in the images where he is “healing” the “injury” in the sculpture’s head by drawing with cross-hatched marks on the images with crayon. Crudelle-Janello was a portrait painter for many years , and it seems like this is a perfect way to work in his experience in drawing into his current work.  These pieces above are still very early in their development, but we discussed the possibility of creating works with this process for the “Transformations” show.

Anthony Janello's Studio

The back of this sculpture seen in the photo below reveals the interior structure of the sculptures, created from sawed up strips of sonotubes.

Anthony Janello's Studio

Below is a close up view of one of his sculpture heads, where the painting process and surface texture of the sculptures is apparent. For more information about Crudelle-Janello’s work, you can visit this previous blog post which features his artist statement.

Anthony Janello's Studio