News & Events
By Cate McQuaid| GLOBE CORRESPONDENT
OCTOBER 23, 2013
"Welcome to the 16th annual Antimatter!
Dedicated to the exhibition and nurturing of diverse forms of media art, Antimatter is one of the premier showcases of experimentation in film, video, audio and emerging timebased forms. Encompassing screenings, installations, performances and media hybrids, Antimatter provides a noncompetitive setting in Victoria, British Columbia, free from commercial and industry agendas.
Since 1998, the quality and creativity of its programming, commitment to audience development, and respect for artists and their work have made Antimatter one of the most important media arts events in Canada, and the world.
The 16th annual Antimatter runs October 18 to November 3, 2013, an extended timeline to allow for an expanded focus on media installations and performances."
View the full festival program and info here.
Lana Z Caplan will be screening on Halloween and more information on that specific screening can be found here.
Nicole Chesney Ever Farther (blue and white) 2012 oil painting on acid-etched mirrored glass 31x40"
Nicole Chesney now represented by Gallery NAGA
Nicole Chesney's newest projects include large-scale architectural commissions at 7 World Trade Center in New York and at Massachusetts College of Art's new residence hall on Huntington Avenue. Her paintings, created from layers of oil paint on etched and mirrored glass, envelope viewers in a seductive, mysterious space. Their reflective, shining, richly saturated surfaces are unapologetic in their beauty and desirous, jewel-like appeal. Chesney's work is always visually transforming and she creates an optical depth that glows - beckoning viewers in. Her colors vibrate off the wall.
Please inquire or stop by the gallery to view additional work.
Nicole Chesney Kairos (installation view) 2013 oil painting on acid-etched mirrored glass 11'x85'
Photo: Peter Vanderwarker
October 4 - November 2 at Gallery NAGA
Returning for his ninth solo exhibition with Gallery NAGA, George Nick demonstrates his continued commitment to paint and his latest paintings are evidence of a master at work. One of Boston's favorite painters, Nick creates paintings that are instantly identifiable by their style and composition. The newest body of work is everything we have come to know and love about the painter, reflecting a range of subjects from the bridges and canals of Venice to still lifes and urban vignettes, while introducing a new element of mass, intensity, and vibrancy of palette to the work. In this show, Nick journeys from the shop fronts and familiar blocks of Boston's Back Bay to the mysterious and complex alleyways of Venice. Nick's time spent in Italy was an especially important source of inspiration for the new work: the irregularities in architecture and the reflections in the water captured Nick's gaze, helping us to see afresh the iconic bridges and canals.
At 86, Nick exhibits his mastery, employing the brush with confidence and energy to recreate the world reduced to pure color and form. However effortless the final results may look, these paintings are truly a product of Nick's "wrestling" with the medium. When asked about a specific painting, Nick starts by talking about all the paintings that led up to that one. Nick says, "I've abandoned every painting I've made," explaining that he is constantly re-thinking and correcting. In Tribute to Abd al Rahman, Nick says he attempted to paint that subject three or four times. "I ignored what I did in other paintings, but they became the germs for the painting I was currently working on," Nick explains. The abstract shapes created by the water and architecture in the painting resulted from Nick's self-described "curiously haphazard manner" and his quest to work through to some meaning in the painting. Nick's philosophy can be explained by the title of the painting. Abd al Rahman was the ruler of a Muslim dynasty in Iberia in the 8th century who brought ordered government,religious tolerance and literature to the region. Speaking about Rahman's influence, Nick says, "I was delighted by the man, by the idea of one man's dreams and how he was smart enough, intelligent enough to push it through." A quotation that could be just as aptly applied to George Nick the painter, as to the Muslim leader.
In Self- Portrait, we see a summation of all Nick's hallmark characteristics: the subtle relationships of color, the interplay of light and shadow, and the bold confidence reflected in Nick's gaze directed back at the viewer. In works like Cynthia Chelsea Harbor, Boston and International, Nick turns his eye tomore immense subjects, filling the canvas with the massive forms of tugboats and construction vehicles, building up the surface with each brushstroke of startling color. Nick's colors continue to develop with this new show. They are vibrant and robustand also reflect Nick's focus on improving and expanding. He is searching for "good color for the real world," and believes that with this new work he "had found a little color I hadbeen waiting twenty years for."
Blurring the line between realism and expressionism, Nick has described his painting style as intuitive and inventive. What we see between the frames of his paintings is not a moment frozen in time, but a collection of moments that unify in our mind's eye. Nicks paintings are complicated, he is constantly running in circles, following ideas that lead to moments of clarification, which in turn, give birth to a new set of problems and thoughts waiting to be chased down and painted.
George Nick: A Lifetime of Self Portraits will be on display from November 8 to December 13 at the Nesto Gallery at Milton Academy. In April 2014, Nick will also be featured in a solo exhibition at the Cape Cod Museum of Art.
A reception for the artist and public will be held at the gallery on Friday, October 4 from 6-8pm. Please join us Saturday October 12 at 2 pm to hear George Nick talk about the work and his painting process.
Complete images of the work to be exhibited are posted on gallerynaga.com and are available on request.