Go To The Light...Halloween Edition @Montserrat College of Art
CURATED AND CREATED BY
Helen Popinchalk & Morgan Grenier of Trifecta Editions
James Weinberg of Weinberg Design
& Jay LaCouture of AntiDesigns
GO TO THE LIGHT
Hosted by Montserrat College of Art
301 Gallery: 301 Cabot Street, Beverly, MA 01915
October 21 – November 5, 2016
OPENING RECEPTION: Saturday, October 29
If you only go to one exhibition this Fall . . . GO TO THE LIGHT! Go to the Light is a uorescenceinspired screen printing show featuring prints by 45 artists from around the country. Curated and created by screen printers James Weinberg, Trifecta Editions and Jay LaCouture, this exhibition
will highlight collaborative prints from artists working in a wide range of mediums.
Greater Boston and North Shore audiences will be treated to an immersive and unique viewing experience; Montserrat College of Art’s 301 Gallery will be lit exclusively in black light for optimal neon viewing.
Join us on Halloween weekend — Saturday, October 29, 2016 from 6 to 10 pm — for an opening reception where costumes are recommended! Whiten your teeth and your sneakers, put on your best and brightest costumes, and prepare yourself for a psychedelic art adventure.
FEATURED ARTISTS & COLLECTIVES INCLUDE: Andrew Bablo, Elaine Bay, Joe Barillaro, Brian Butler, Cash For Your Warhol, Cyrille Conan, Michael Crocke, Farel Dalrymple, Michael DiMaggio, Caitlin Duennebier, Pat Falco, Mahew Gamber, Sarah Gay-O'Neill, Frank Germano, Raul Gonzalez III, Sophie Greenspan, Morgan Grenier, Hungry Ghost Press,
Gunsho, David Hochbaum, Stephen Holding, Ness Lee, Michele L'Heureux, Jay LaCouture, Greg Lamarche (SP.ONE), Josh Luke, TJ Kelley III, Marissa Malik, Robert Maloney, Xander Marro, Dan McCarthy, Fish McGill, Morning Breath, Chris O’Neill, Dave Ortega, Anthony Palocci,
Helen Popinchalk, Jake Rainis, John Rainis, Michael Sieben, Skinner, Nat Swope, Tallboy, Remi Thornton, James Weinberg, Wilding Davis & co, Nicholas Zaremba.
ABOUT TRIFECTA EDITIONS:
Trifecta Editions is a growing print collective based in Boston, MA.
They work with artists from all disciplines to create limited edition screen prints and art objects. Their unique editions are all hand-printed and made with a strong focus on quality and craftsmanship. They take pride in a business model that benets, supports and promotes emerging artists and fosters a new generation of art collectors. Learn more about Trifecta Editions and their work by visiting trifectaeditions.com
ABOUT WEINBERG DESIGN: James Weinberg of Weinberg Art & Design is a silkscreen printer and designer based out of Somerville, MA. Working in both illustration and design his work can be seen on silkscreen posters, bookcovers, and murals. His work has been featured in The AIGA BoNE Show, Communication Arts, Print and Uppercase.
ABOUT ANTIDESIGNS: AntiDesigns is a Boston-based, artist-centric print shop located in South Boston's King Terminal complex. Self-taught artist & print-maker Jay LaCouture spear heads the team. The group cut its teeth printing art-wearables and limited edition prints for sale online and in
local shops. Aer being named one of Entrepreneur Magazine's Top 100 Companies to Watch, there was a push to take things to the next level. AntiDesigns focuses on creating prints and apparel featuring
custom design, artwork and colorways for clients around the country.
First Solo @Montserrat Galleries... Montserrat School of Art in Beverly, MA
L’APPEL DU VIDE: CYRILLE CONAN
JUNE 28 – JULY 22, 2016
Carol Schlosberg Alumni Gallery
23 Essex Street
Beverly, MA 01915
Reception and Artist Talk
Thursday, July 21
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L’appel du vide, a solo-exhibition of Boston-based painter, Cyrille Conan in the Carol Schlosberg Alumni Gallery. Curated by Pam Campanaro, the exhibition celebrates the artist’s signature abstract vocabulary of mark making, collage, and textures that deconstructs and reconstructs an automatic, intuitive, and improvisational process.
Conan’s studio practice embraces intuitive and responsive mark making, an approach that parallels his own nature and mirrors his frame of mind. The artist says this allows for the paintings to generate as honestly and intuitively as possible, making them a kind of, “anchor to keep connected to realness and truth, like a meditation. There is less thinking and more reacting and building.” Each mark and layer informs and dictates the final composition that ultimately achieves a visual balance of form, color, and repetition. The artist uses a range of materials such as: painters tape, reclaimed wood, remnants of exhibition design, paint, and fabric to narrate the action of painting itself. L’appel du vide continues this method of dialectic making as the artist gathered recent work to “talk and respond to” in the creation of a new large-scale mural.
Conan’s latest, site-specific mural, Beilhan (to stay awake) (2016) emphasises and makes large, stylistic choices and the accumulation of mark-making found within his smaller paintings on board. Regardless of scale, Conan’s use of materials and textures defines his unique perspective; his signature, or handwriting, contributing to the larger narrative of painting. Roiñ penn da (to yield) (2016) and Moment of Hesitation (2015) flank the twenty-seven foot wide, grey gallery wall. These two paintings on board serve as metaphorical bookends to Conan’s painterly story, containing the artist’s mixed-media writing. The artist rips pages from his life as an exhibition and design preparator by appropriating materials from discarded exhibition remnants and mock-ups. Between Roiñ penn da (to yield) and Moment of Hesitation, Conan wheat pasted sample text from the MFA Boston’s current major exhibition, MegaCities, that investigates urban life in Asia. On top of the wheat pasted fragments, Conan taped off three rows of circles and semi circles in blue tape, as if to make zoomed in view of the smaller painting, Pelec’h emañ honnez? (Where is she?) (2015) resting just opposite the mural.
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2016, 40” X 30”, Mixed Media on Board
The title of the exhibition, L’appel du vide is a French existential phrase that translates to, “the call of the void.” The expression references a sudden, inexplicable urge to indulge or act on something despite knowing it would lead to unfavorable consequences, such as deliberately letting go of a fragile, porcelain vase or stepping out over the edge of a high point. Human internal censors ultimately override this impulse by rationalizing reasons not to do something, but the option or sheer possibility arises because our minds are built to be flexible and consider all options. Cyrille Conan’s practice mirrors that same flexibility and impulse to engage in an instinct. While we physically don’t act on the call of the void, the artist’s explores it within each of his compositions and as a result, to stand in front of Conan’s paintings is to be at the threshold of an alternate future.
Cyrille Conan is a French (Breton) born, New York City native. He earned his BFA in Painting from the Hartford Art School before planting his roots in Boston. While Conan’s primary practice continues to be painting, he works in a variety of mediums and scales. He has produced site-specific installations and murals across the United States in addition to local galleries and public spaces in Boston, including The Cyclorama and City Hall. Conan lives and works in Roxbury, MA.
Roiñ penn da (To yield)
ROIÑ PENN DA (TO YIELD)
Mammskrid (Mother writing)
MAMMSKRID (MOTHER WRITING)
Pelec'h emañ honnezh (Where is she?)
PELEC'H EMAÑ HONNEZH (WHERE IS SHE?)
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