Show of Hands: Gestural Works on Paper

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Exhibition: June 8, 2017 – August 1, 2017

Reception: Thursday, June 15, 5:30 – 7:30 pm

Artist Talk: Saturday, June 10th, 4 – 5 pm

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

Show of Hands features Adria Arch, Kristin Breiseth, Catherine Carter, and Anthony Falcetta, four Massachusetts artists whose distinctive mark-making reveals the movement of their hands as they work. In palettes ranging from somber to vibrant, each employs a wide variety of nontraditional techniques including pouring, scraping, dragging, extruding, trimming, and tearing. The resulting works on paper retain the essence of these original gestures, leaving a permanent record of the creative spark.

Adria Arch splashes diluted paint, then embellishes the impromptu outlines with precisely crafted edges and backgrounds. Her quirky forms wriggle and twist across the page, performing their own little dances with offbeat grace.

Kristin Breiseth pulls paint over the surface in flowing motions that leave a rippling trail. Quiet tones imbue her monotypes with dimension and majesty, just like the watery environments they evoke.

Catherine Carter draws with squeeze bottles, directing fluid acrylic in calligraphic coils that swoop through space. Her cut-paper collages recall such influences as lace, cobwebs, and graffiti.

Anthony Falcetta spreads paint in angled, interlocking shapes that are bold in color and complex in texture. Broken areas allow a glimpse through the jewel-toned strokes to decipher the history of layers.

“By retaining the energy of their initial applications, these artists manage to capture fleeting moments in the studio,” says Catherine Carter, who curated the show. “Without recognizable imagery or formulaic results, the spontaneity of their approach becomes the main character in their artwork. Thus they are reflecting and commenting upon the ephemeral and unpredictable nature of human experience.”

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: Tues-Fri: 11:00 am–3:00 pm and by appointment.