january, 2020

09jan(jan 9)12:00 am20feb(feb 20)11:59 pmVISIBILITY 20/20: Foresight & HindthoughtRichard Hackel and Michael BourqueFPAC Gallery


January 9 (Thursday) 12:00 am - February 20 (Thursday) 11:59 pm


FPAC Gallery

300 Summer Street, Boston, MA 02210

Event Details

The Fort Point Arts Community Gallery is pleased to announce VISIBILITY 2020: Foresight & Hindthought, the first show of the 2020 season.

The two-person show features the work of FPAC members Richard Hackel and Michael Bourque. It heralds the start of the 2020 season for the 300 Summer Street Gallery with an exploration of what the artist sees. For both artists, it is about how the subject matter changes at varying vantage points, lighting, and time periods—presenting foresight and hindthought.

Richard Hackel

“My work seeks to bring new insight into how landscape exists and changes. I am interested in time, and how it changes the landscape predictably and surprisingly. It is important to me to be familiar with the landscape so that as I see change I am better aware of subtleties, as in an old friend. Sometimes, this manifests itself as a singular image of a familiar spot or as a sequence of the same spot seen at two different times. I hope to capture the magic of things unplanned and unpredictable. Ultimately, I hope to photograph the invisible: something not seen until the camera and I converge at the same moment.”

Michael Bourque

“2020 brings to mind visual acuity. Though 20/20 is a measurement of the quality of sight at 20 feet, paintings may present one or more distances for visual acuity. How does the painting appear close up or at 20 feet or a distance in between? My paintings employ a layering of color and repetitive brushstrokes that can appear quite different as distance changes. Someone walking by them often perceives my paintings to be a textile. At closer range, the texture and depth of paint appears. As the observer walks up close to my paintings, he/she can’t resist a furtive touch to fully understand the richness of the surface. It is at that point that the layering of the color becomes most apparent.”

Biography: Richard Hackel


Hackel has degrees from University of Michigan and San Francisco State University. His rich biography features numerous exhibitions on both coast of the United States. His career in ophthalmic photography is evident in his sensitive work. He has been widely published and has served on numerous occasions as a photography juror and committee member/exhibition curator.

A resident of Cambridge, Mass., and Chebeague Island, Me., Richard works with time-sequenced panoramas where each 360-degree perspective represents a slice of time. He uses the panoramic perspective to flatten out and explore the simultaneous view of what’s in front and what’s behind as a way to try to see everything at once.

While many things are viewed for their façade, he thinks that what is underneath the surface is just as important as the view in front; that what is seen in the rear-view mirror is as significant as what is seen through the windshield.


Biography: Michael Bourque


Bourque has studied art and design at American University, Pratt Institute, and School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University. He has had parallel careers in commercial interior design and painting. His work has been widely published with extensive service as a juror and advisory board member. His design career has been acknowledged in having served as chair of the College of Fellows of the International Interior Design Association.

Recognized in the 2017 Chelsea International Fine Art Competition, ARTisSpectrum Magazine wrote of his work “(His) paintings are a thought provoking mixture of abstraction, repletion and improvisation. . . . Where Bourque’s work breaks out of the ordinary is in the little vignettes and flashes of genius the he allows to peek through pattern. His pieces are large-scale both in physical size and in the volume of information they contain.”

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

FPAC website: www.fortpointarts.org

About the Fort Point Arts Community Gallery
www.fortpointarts.org, gallery@fortpointarts.org

The FPAC Gallery is fully programmed and staffed by a volunteer Gallery Committee of the Fort Point Arts Community, Inc. of South Boston (FPAC), a nonprofit community organization founded in 1980. FPAC’s mission is to promote the work of member 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.


FPACE: info@fortpointarts.org | T: 617-423-4299 70 Sleeper Street, Boston, MA 02210

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