Dioramas and Other Great Art at "The Quarry"

I stopped by an art gallery in Acton, Massachusetts to check out some work by a former college professors over the holiday break and it was an awesome breath of artistic air.  The exhibit by my former professor Tony Flackett of my alma mater Massachusetts College of Art included some of the coolest art I've seen in a while.  He makes video dioramas; small boxes that you look into that show a looping scene.  There were 5 in all and each was abosolutely spectacular.  Here is one of them:

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My favorite of the the five is a bit NSFW (thanks to American sensitivity to the human body), if you want to check it out follow this link.

The rest of the art at the location (called "The Quarry") was super cool and unique as well.  Most of it was stone and metal sculptures all located outdoors on some beautiful land.  Even though it was nearly December, we were treated with an amazing 60+ degree day which made it that much easier to see and enjoy.  If you ever find yourself in central Massacusetts on a nice day I highly recommend stopping by this spot! So fun.   

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Pug: Made With Paper

Using technology to make art; a dream come true to me.  I love how far drawing apps on things like iPad have become.  I went to art school yet It has been so long since I've taken the time to draw something of meaning and actually finish it.  I did that recently using my favorite drawing app on iPad called Paper.  I'm super happy with how it came out (this is rare for me) and here's hoping this isn't the last thing I draw. 

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Nick Cave Exhibit at the Boston ICA

I had a chance to check out some of the new exhibits at the Boston ICA last week.  I have yet to go there and not find something that I really loved and this time what I really like most was Nick Cave's "sound suits".  You can read about the exhibit here but I suggest taking a look if you have the chance.  The detail on these things is just awesome.  

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Also on exhibit at the ICA is some work from William Kentridge which includes a mind blowing immersive room experience with wall to wall projection and sound and some really interesting stuff from Christina Ramberg, an artist with an interesting style who died very young.  

Body Worlds: Vital

A friend told me about a Living Social deal for an exhibit I had never heard of before.  It's call Body Worlds and once I looked into it I was compelled to get tickets.  A description from the website.

BODY WORLDS Vital celebrates the potential of the active and actualizing human body. Featuring authentic human bodies, the exhibition shows the body through cautionary displays about distress and disease, and inspirational insights about the virtuosity and resilience of the human body.

So basically it is an exhibit that uses real human cadavers.  It sounded creepy but also extremely interesting, and it was.  I guarantee you have never seen the human body in this way.  All cadavers have the skin removed to show certain aspects of the body such as muscles, nerves, and organs.  

Pretty extraordinary stuff.  Here are some pictures I snapped.

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Body Worlds: Vital is currently in Boston and the main Body Worlds site has info about the project, other exhibits throughout the world, and how you can donate your body to the project.  Yikes!

Mosaicultures Internationales

Super awesome exhibit at the Montreal Botanical Gardens.  Running through summer, the gardens are full of sculptures formed out of live plants.  They use wire mesh and other things to actually form the base structure but the outer parts and colors are all living vines, grass, and flowers.  They have submissions from lots of different countries and it runs through the end if September.  A great place to spend a few hours if you are in the Montreal area!

Click through for the full size photo. 

"A True Story" - Shanghai's submission to the living Plant sculptures at Montreal Botanical Gardens

I took a lot of photos of the exhibit and will update with more as soon as I get through editing them.   

Official Site - http://www.mosaiculturesinternationales.ca/en/

Barry McGee

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Last weekend at the Boston Intitute of Contemporary Arts I saw one of the best art exhibits I'd seen in a few years.  It was by painter and graffiti artist Barry McGee.  

I can't believe I have never heard of this guy because his work is just amazing.  From graffiti to drawings to patterns to video installations, this guy really impressed me with it all. His graffiti is definitely great and has a lot of character, but it was his use of patterns in his work that I liked most.  I could have stared at this bulged out framed pattern wall for days:

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McGee is really into mechanical displays as well.  This wall of figures with mechanical spray painting arms was cool as hell.

He also had a great video installation.  It was run by a ton of DVD players.  Being an A/V nerd, this was art in itself.  

McGee's work will be on display until September 2nd so you have plenty of time to check it out. For more info check out the ICA's website. Also you can check out my Flickr page for more photos. ART!

Another piece from the Barry McGee exhibit at ICA

Samurai! Exhibit at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts

I had quite the art-filled weekend, visiting the Boston ICA for a Barry McGee exhibit as well as the MFA for a Sebastiao Salgado lecture (more on this later).  So much good stuff!

Luckily we got to the MFA a bit early before the lecture which gave some time to take a look at the recently added Samurai exhibit and holy lord it was a-maz-ing.  All the articles are on loan from the collection of Ann and Graham Gund and every piece is simply stunning.  This is a section of a helmet.

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It blows my mind that things made as far back as 1400 were so intricate and beautiful, but also functional.  

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It is hard to describe in words just how amazing this exhibit was to me.  So many awesome articles of history from so long ago.  I can't recommend it enough.  If you are in the Boston area anytime now through August 4th when the exhibit ends I highly recommend you take a look.  Do yourself a favor and get some culture in ya!

More info on the MFA website.