may, 2019

16may6:00 pm8:00 pmSea Ode Opening ReceptionFPAC Gallery


(Thursday) 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm


FPAC Gallery

300 Summer Street, Boston, MA 02210

Event Details

The Fort Point Arts Community Gallery is pleased to announce Sea Ode, the final show of the 2018-2019 season, juried by Sam Toabe. Sea Ode conveys personal interactions with the ocean, as a trans-sublime space, through the unique lenses of multigenerational artists Max Razdow and Arnon Vered.

“The subject of the sea is often historicized, but for contemporary artists it remains an alluring, devotional location and sometimes a material unto itself,” note Razdow and Vered. “A sojourn with the ocean is often now less particular to mechanisms of livelihood or distanced romanticism for artists, as it was in Winslow Homer or J.W.M. Turner’s day, but more an immersive and symbolic companion, a subject that allows for devotional and physical interaction within the act of art making, as well as psychic dives of metaphor that attempt to interact with the unknown.”

“This juxtaposition of two artists from different generations represented an exciting and unusual proposal,” says Toabe. “With different aesthetics, media, influences, and audiences, these two artists presented side-by-side will bring up productive conversations around how Abstract Expressionism has influenced contemporary figurative drawing and subvert taxonomies in display to challenge the usefulness of art historical frameworks.”

In Razdow’s “The Rift,” a mural-scale work on paper prepared with sand and ink on the seashore, figures pass through stages of life and into aquatic abandon, overcoming a lacuna of transcendence to find a form of peace. Vered’s obsessively generative touch in his ongoing series of oil paintings of the ocean’s surface lays a bed of motion in which waves become charged and supple, elements that are caressed into material.

Both artists include works that grapple with personifications of the sublime. In Razdows “De Vermis in Se,” sea serpents writhe below fathoms, preening as they engage the viewer through their blooming, sequential heads. In Vered’s “Rain Dragons,” postulated elemental creatures arise out of the accidental and passive articulation of water falling on paint.

As the exhibition winds toward the solstice days of summer, Vered and Razdow will engage in a public, genre-defying conversation in the gallery. Date and time to be announced.


Arnon Vered

Vered has been invested in the sea for many decades. A former resident of the Chelsea Hotel in New York, where he worked with Ray Johnson, Andy Warhol, Harry Smith, Maclom Morely, and Larry Rivers, Vered has spent most of his life in Boston. He frequently visits the ocean with aims that mix artistic creation and the conviction of a personal brand of naturalism. Vered is known for painting lush oil seascapes from his imagination and photographs, collecting and collaging with seashore detritus, and sometimes using sea flora, sediment, and fauna as materials in his works.

Maz Razdow

Razdow has lived around the sea for much of his life and often utilizes it as a subject and material in his ink-wash drawings. Preferring to work with metaphoric spaces that allow speculative figments to arise from pools of ink and water, Razdow often makes drawings that evoke mythic and unknown elements of the fathoms. Razdow spent two years exclusively making works about the ocean, with this collection spanning genres as diverse as poetry for sound, mural-scale drawings made with ink and sand, and works on paper to explore mankind’s interaction with the ocean, as well as the hidden mysteries below.

About the Juror

Sam Toabe is the Gallery Curator, Art Department, College of Liberal Arts at UMass Boston. He received his M.A. in the history of art and architecture and museum studies from Boston University and a B.F.A. from the Studio for Interrelated Media at Massachusetts College of Art and Design. His research and writing focus on alternative curatorial practices across a variety of periods and geographies, revisionist art histories, and the advancement of cultural plurality in our global, visual lexicons. He has contributed to over 50 Exhibitions, with supporting roles at institutions such as the Yuan Art Museum in Beijing, the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston and Brandeis University.


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