Hearth and Fire

Joe Caruso, Marjorie Kaye, Rachael Shatil, Tani Shavit

Exhibition: February 27, 2017 – March 31, 2017
Reception: Thursday, March 16, 5:30 – 7:30 pm
Artist Talk: Thursday, March 30, 6:00 – 7:30 pm

The Fort Point Arts Community Gallery is pleased to announce Hearth and Fire, the fourth show of the 2016-2017 season, juried by Jeffrey De Blois of the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston.

Hearth and Fire features Joe Caruso, Marjorie Kaye, Rachael Shatil, Tani Shavit, four artists who utilize materials to produce sculpture that is informed by prehistory.

“Our materials and concepts emerge from an Earth-centered gestalt, steeped in archaeology,” they write.
“The concept of hearth—sanctuary, light, food, kinship, love, hope and protection—refers to basic markers and needs in the human experience. The concept of fire—the release of energy—refers to the forging of our materials to fashion objects that reflect traits of existence such as the need and will to survive, the ability of conceptualize, the belief in a higher power.

“Contemplation on the nature of human evolution is addressed in the form of the hand-built, however we step through a wormhole into the present in our making of our work. Materials such as pigments have changed throughout the centuries. Power tools and welding instruments have enabled the conversation to occur at a faster and more inclusive rate. Science and humanities co-mingle in inform each other. The commonality that runs through our work is a connection with the past, a harnessing of what has been lost, and a reaffirmation of the uniqueness of the human experience.”

Marjorie Kaye’s work addresses the puzzles present within the etheric universe, the mechanics of duality, vibration and magnetism. Using individual shapes cut from plywood, then nailed, glued, and painted, they often form circular and cone like entities, reminiscent of cairns and other ancient and organic forms. Her gouache paintings are built from inner observation and arise from the disorder of things.

Joe Caruso rescues discarded objects and allows them to reemerge and reassert themselves in the form of totems and power figures. With references to Congo, Aboriginal, pagan and ancient cultures, they reflect man’s enduring belief in the sacred, in greater and all powerful spiritual forces. Caruso’s paintings are very archaeological in nature; using sand, paint, wax and natural materials, they have many layers, which have been excavated, re-constructed, and excavated again.

Rachael Shatil’s work reflects post-war trauma, family loss. and remembrance. She addresses these ideas through her choice of found objects and traditional materials and the ways in which they are assembled, modified, restructured, stuffed, glued, sewn, and/or braided together is, in itself, a repetitive, ritualistic practice. Some of her pieces, largely figurative, may be described as mementos of a lost past.

Tani Shavit’s work is forged in fire and retains a fluid, humanistic expression. She is immersed in a manual process from clay to bronze that hasn’t changed in thousands of years. Her pieces travel back and forth between hand wrought primitive forms and elegant bronze surfaces. Her work is deeply rooted in the human figure.

About the Juror
Jeffrey De Blois is a curatorial assistant at the Institute for Contemporary Art/Boston. Formerly, as a curatorial fellow at MIT List Visual Arts Center, De Blois co-organized the center’s exhibition Katrín Sigurdardóttir: Drawing Apart, with Paul C. Ha. At the ICA/Boston, he organized The Freedom of Information, part of a larger upcoming exhibition First Light: A Decade of Collecting at the ICA. He holds a Master’s in the history of art and architecture from Boston University.

Gallery hours: Mon-Fri: 10:00 am–4:00 pm and by appointment.

FPAC website: www.fortpointarts.org

About the FPAC Gallery
The FPAC Gallery, operated by the Fort Point Arts Community, Inc. of South Boston (FPAC), is a non- profit community organization founded in 1980. The gallery is fully programmed and staffed by volunteers. FPAC’s mission is to promote the work of our artists to a broad and diverse audience; to preserve the artists community in the Fort Point Channel area; to ensure the continuance of permanent, affordable studio space; to build community; and to increase the visibility of the arts in Fort Point. Fort Point is one of New England’s largest artist communities, home to over 300 artists who produce work in a wide array of media.