Sep 30

"Forest For The Tree" at 2017 Art Ramble

  • Hapgood-Wright Town Forest

Forest For The Tree is a subtle intervention in the Concord Hapgood-Wright Town Forest, that plays with the movement of consciousness or attention between the big picture and the more granular one (with its emphasis resting on the consciousness or attention of one particular tree.)  Forest For The Tree is a part of The Umbrella's 2017 Art Ramble.

Oct 30

"Going" Installed on Walkill Valley Rail Trail

  • Walkill Valley Rail Trail

Going is a 22-mile long meditation on the paths we make through nature and life, occurring along the Walkill Valley Rail Trail in the Hudson Valley in New York State.

Going is a Cultural Crossroads project of Women's Studio Workshop and Chrch Project Space. It has received generous underwriting, advice and emotional support from the founders, staff and Summer 2017 interns of Women's Studio Workshop; as well as from the communities along the rail trail, Walkill Valley Rail Trail Association and Walkill Valley Land Trust ; and is funded in part by the NEA and NYSCA. An opening event for Going will occur at Women's Studio Workshop on July 1, 2017.

Jul 30

"All Right!" Included in Tongue Tide at Flux Factory

  • Flux Factory

All Right!, a collaboration with Ernie Kim, is a Karaoke booth that only plays one song: Adriano Celentano's 1972 Italian pop hit, "Prisencolinensinainciusol." The song, which (according to Wikipedia,) sounds like English spoken with an American accent to Italians, is actually complete nonsense except for the phrase "All right" which occurs a few times within the lyrics.

Wikipedia claims that "Celentano's intention with the song was to explore communication barriers." On NPR in 2012, Celentano explained, "I thought that I would write a song which would only have as its theme the inability to communicate. And to do this, I had to write a song where the lyrics didn't mean anything."

All Right!, created especially for Tongue Tide, celebrates and amplifies the slightly sexy/campy ridiculousness of Celentano's particular brand of gibberish. It, like all Karaoke, is best experienced while slightly inebriated. An opening reception occurs on July 6, 2017, and other events occur weekly throughout the month-long exhibition.

4:00 pm16:00

"Going" Opening & Art Walk at Women's Studio Workshop

  • Women's Studio Workshop

Join us for a day of art along the Wallkill Valley Rail Trail!

Women's Studio Workshop's public art program asks artists-in-residence to create engaging, innovative installations along the trail, which passes right in front of our studios. Each work is on view through the Summer, four months after the installation date.

Summer Art Walk and Public Art Reception:
Artist walks begin at 5 and 6 pm
Free and open to the public

About the Artists:

Philadelphia-based sculptor Mei-ling Hom employs sustainable farming practices and plant-soil relationships in her artwork. Her installation, Multiversity Garden, spells out a call to action in Morse code and will slowly change with the season.

Constructed in string, paint, collage, and nails, Alicia Henry’s mural bridges Women's Studio Workshop’s studios and new building. An interdisciplinary artist working in Nashville, she challenges the material possibilities of monumental painting.

Joining us from Boston, current artist-in-residence Heather Kapplow is imagining new interpretations of all twenty-two miles of the Rail Trail. Her experience-based sign series, Going, opens during the art walk!

[In the event of prohibitive weather, the reception will be held in Women's Studio Workshop’s new building.]

6:30 pm18:30

Slide Night at Women's Studio Workshop

  • Women's Studio Workshop

Slide Nights have been a Women's Studio Workshop tradition for years. We invite you to join us! Every second Tuesday of the month, artists-in-residence give a 15-minute presentation about their practice, influences, and what they are working on in our studios.

This week features:
Heather Kapplow, Public Art Residency Grant
Tayo HeuserStudio Workspace Residency
Patricia Mato-MoraStudio Residency Grant

5:30 pm17:30

Speaking on "How to Make Site-Specific Art" Panel at The Umbrella

  • The Umbrella Community Arts Center

This summer, The Umbrella is presenting our second Art Ramble in the Concord Hapgood-Wright Town Forest from June 5, 2017- September 30, 2017. In honor of Henry David Thoreau’s 200th birthday, this year’s Art Ramble displays work that slows the viewer’s experience of the natural world. Hear from artists and curators about what it takes to make site-specific art that encourages contemplation, play, discovery, and participation in the local environment. Additional panel details available here.

6:00 pm18:00

"Mirror Man & Naked Man Play Rock Paper Scissors" at E.M.B.C.L.

Mirror Man & Naked Man Play Rock Paper Scissors, a gestural duet of as-yet-undetermined length, will be performed at the closing of The Endless and Mobile Beautiful Collapsible Labyrinth on March 17, 2017. Mirror Man & Naked Man Play Rock Paper Scissors is inspired by Facebook, and by the work of Georgiy Daneliya and Vladislav Surkov. It does not resolve any problems.

Mar 4

"Hermeneutic Cycle: Three Phases" in Coded at Lesley University

Detail from sketch of "Hermeneutic Cycle: Three Phases"

An installation/performance I'm creating, Hermeneutic Cycle: Three Phases, will be included in BLAA's Coded show at Lesley University, juried by Danielle Abrams.

Coded explores the unique role language has played in queer culture as it has developed and flourished since the 19th century. From the outset, coded language has allowed connections and communities to form among gender and sexual minorities in the midst of a hostile dominant culture. As queer culture expanded, shifting and splintering into different subgroups, slang became a way for GSM-identified people to find others who shared similar interests and ideals within the larger milieu of queer spaces. And today, as LGBTQIA identities become more accepted and integrated into mainstream society, language serves as a way to subvert sexist, transphobic, heterosexist, and racist tropes in American popular culture.

Reception: February 16, 6:00-8:00 pm RSVP

4:00 pm16:00

CANCELLED!! "Behind the AgriCulture" at Somerville AgriCultural Festival

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER! Backed by a cutting edge news team from SCAT TV, I'm asking the tough questions you've always wanted answers to about the early lives, sexual secrets, political leanings and religious beliefs of farm animals and produce. Squashes will squirm and chickens will quibble, but I'll get the real story out of all of them from 4 - 5pm at The Somerville AgriCultural Festival on Saturday, October 1, 2016.

Sep 30

Performing "What?!?!" at Panoply Performance Laboratory

  • Panoply Performance Laboratory

What?!?! will be included in an evening of performances called "Speculative (de)Structures" as a part of Panoply Performance Laboratory's Fall 2016 season, focused around the conceptual core REALITIES/REALISMS/(UN)REALS/RLLY? investigating—in laboratory format—multiplicit performative processes of reality-construction, self-presentation, and meaning-making. Forms-of-exhibition involve modes of social interaction and “trans-substantiation,” theatrical staging of alternate realities+bodies, and (disab)use of artificially-intelligent technologies and autonomous systems.

What?!?!, which involves only a typewriter and my attention span, is a real time effort not to get distracted and simultaneously a questioning of what is worth our attention/what our attention is worth. What?!?! continues an exploration of the commodification of attention in contemporary Western culture that I began via Nothing to See Here, Move Along in July of 2016.

What?!?! has received support from the Boston Cultural Council's Opportunity Fund.


Sep 20

"Dossier #2" (That Hollow Place) in Changing Allston Exhibit

Dossier #2 (detail)

Dossier #2 (detail)

About That Hollow Place:

That Hollow Place is a feminist collective whose main objective is the protection and preservation of hollow spaces against colonization of any kind. We assert the right of such spaces to remain hollow—that is, entirely unfilled—despite rapid global metastasization of the phallocentric ethos known as “development.” Towards this end, though we do document our subjects' (often precarious) existences and attempt to educate the public about their circumstances, we insist on obscuring details that might disclose their precise locations, or which could be used to identify them in their specificity. We present our findings in the form of case files and musical tributes.

About Changing Allston:

The Harvard Ed Portal’s Crossings Gallery is proud to present Changing Allston, an exhibition of works that reflect on Allston-Brighton’s landscape, people, and stories. Crossings Gallery’s exhibition, Changing Allston will reflect on the ways in which the neighborhood has changed over the last century, and how it continues to change even now. Changing Allston is curated by Eva Payne, a historian and curator earning her Ph.D. in Harvard’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences program in American Studies. Payne has worked on exhibitions of fine art including the Harvard Art Museums’ recent Corita Kent and the Language of Pop, as well as exhibitions of historical objects and archival materials. Closing Event on September 20 featuring a curator-led discussion with artists, performance by That Hollow Place, and conversation with the Brighton Allston Historical Society.


Jul 9

"Nothing to see here, move along" at FLESH CRISIS Performance Festival

  • La Esquina
Photo Credit: Emma Penrose

Photo Credit: Emma Penrose

Nothing to see here, move along is an exploration of the idea that the absence of spectacle—or more precisely, drawing attention to the absence of spectacle while also evoking our desire for it—is a radical act, resisting a culture that pushes for ever-increasing displays of wealth, technical innovation, etc. in favor of just being with what our bodies and minutes are like when they aren't under scrutiny.

The piece will be performed as a part of the FLESH CRISIS performance art festival and symposium at La Esquina Gallery in Kansas City, MO.

Mar 31

"Mix & Love" Installation at Fung Wah Biennial Exhibit


Last chance to see the ephemera and research results from my project Mix & Love, along with the ephemera and documentation of the work done by all of the other artists of the 2016 Fung Wah Biennial!!!  Here's a little press preview of what you might see evidence of if you visit in person...

Gallery Hours 3-7pm each day or by appointment: // +1-828-226-6083

EXHIBITION CELEBRATION: March 25th, 2016 from 6-11pm.

Jun 27

"Dossier #1" (That Hollow Place) in Re: Development Exhibit

  • Atlantic Wharf Gallery
Dossier # 1 (detail)

Dossier # 1 (detail)

Opening event: Wednesday April 6, 2016 5:30pm - 7:30pm

About That Hollow Place:

That Hollow Place is a feminist collective whose main objective is the protection and preservation of hollow spaces against colonization of any kind. We assert the right of such spaces to remain hollow—that is, entirely unfilled—despite rapid global metastasization of the phallocentric ethos known as “development.” Towards this end, though we do document our subjects' (often precarious) existences and attempt to educate the public about their circumstances, we insist on obscuring details that might disclose their precise locations, or which could be used to identify them in their specificity. We present our findings in the form of case files and musical tributes.

About re: development:

Implied in our contemporary understanding of the word “development” is a suggestion of progress, economic gain through the cultivation of properties, the erection of buildings; linear forward motion and visible growth. This definition evolved out of the late 19th century, with an emphasis on what it meant to bring out the latent possibilities of land or property, yet the terms “develop” and “development” evolve from a much richer set of Old French roots (desveloper) with an emphasis on unwrapping, unfurling and revealing a true meaning.

re: development has invited artists to reconsider their definitions of development in order to unveil current realities and the true potential of our shared, private and public spaces. In the work of Maria Molteni, Elisa Hamilton, Silvia López Chavez, Risa Horn, Ryuji Suzuki, That Hollow Place, Jose Santos and the Austin Architects, we are witness to art as an investigative and visionary tool in approaching the way that urban spaces are owned, operated and utilized. In Boston, the relationship between urban development and the arts remains a source of conflict and opportunity. A renewed visibility of contemporary public art has been fueled by private/public partnerships; rents are at an all-time high, especially in “artful” neighborhoods; the arts are being utilized to celebrate, defend and preserve the communities most affected by gentrification. In short, art is a vehicle used by individuals, community leaders, policy makers, real estate developers and investors; the equity of our city very much depending on how and where we drive it.

Through this exhibit and subsequent programming, we hope to engender a dialogue around how we honor the needs, potential and dreams of all of our region’s communities; including new visions of the role artists, local government, the private sector and nonprofit organizations in cultivating a sustainable, holistic and equitable city.

Artists in the exhibition: Austin Architects with Alternatives Unlimited and Photographs by Raj Das, Silvia López Chavez, Elisa Hamilton, Risa Horn, Maria Molteni, Jose Santos Ryuji Suzuki, That Hollow Place

8:00 pm20:00

"Mix & Love: A Meal for Weary Travelers"

  • Flux Factory
Photo: Will Owen

Photo: Will Owen

Mix & Love: Pass in the night. Speak in passing. Only a signal. Distant voice in the darkness. Ocean of life. Only a look and a voice. Darkness again. Silence.

On March 5, 2016, during the inaugural Fung Wah Biennial, while in transit from Boston to NYC, I did a subtle performance called Mix & Love.

On March 10, 2016, Mix & Love will evolve into Mix & Love: A Meal for Weary Travelers, a collaboration with artist Will Owen. Mix & Love: A Meal for Weary Travelers will be presented at Flux Factory as a part of Flux Thursday beginning at 8pm.

2:15 pm14:15

"Mix & Love" and a "NO RUSE" Tour are Part of Fung Wah Biennial

  • Atlantic Works Gallery

On March 5, 2016, I'll be participating in the first ever Fung Wah Biennial in a couple of different ways. First, I'll be giving visiting Biennial artists (and anyone else who shows up) an overview and tour of the NO RUSE project that the fabulous Liz Nofziger and myself brought into being last Winter. NO RUSE was Boston's first underwater art exhibition, and Liz has gone an extra-fabulous mile and created a brand new multimedia installation to celebrate the one year anniversary of the (now touring) exhibition's opening which will be unveiled as a part of the tour, sometime between 2:15 and 3:30pm this Saturday, at the Atlantic Works Gallery in East Boston.

I'll also be producing the first part of another project while for the Biennial-on-a-bus while it's in-transit to NYC (beginning around 5pm.) This project, called "Mix & Love", is part one of a two-part project that I'll list as a separate "upcoming event". The second part is a collaboration with artist Will Owen and will occur on March 10th, 2016.

Apr 6

"Days After the Darkest Day" in Mass Convention Center Show

"Days After the Darkest Day" will be on view as a part of group show at The Boston Convention and Exhibition Center from December 15, 2015 - April 6, 2016, with an opening reception on December 16th from 6pm - 8pm.

Created in the early mornings of the last ten days of 2014, these daily images capture the (supposedly) brightening sky following the Winter Solstice. The series involves 10 images and the medium is FP100c 3.25" x 4.25" instant film, multiply exposed on a Polaroid (250) Land Camera.

Jan 15

"WATER" at SPACES' "People's Museum of Revisionist Natural History"

The People's Museum of Revisionist Natural Itstory (PMRNI) is a national leader in revising dominant scientific and cultural narratives. It unveils its groundbreaking work in a temporary exhibition housed within the halls of SPACES, a peer organization that is equally devoted to challenging the status quo.

Various exhibits in the perspective-changing PMRNI take us on a magnificent journey through time and space that concludes with an ethic of questioning we ignore at our own peril. Powerful storytelling, exceptional objects, extinct species, multimedia stations, and a feminist planetarium will enable visitors to participate in a collaborative effort seeking narrative justice within the realm of natural history. Dig deeper, through the PMRNI website, to find the museum's research, collections, field notes, and a full calendar of related events, featuring an adults-only sleepover at the Museum (December 19th).

The PMRNI exhibition team is comprised of: Amber J. Anderson (Cleveland Heights, OH), Lauren Davies (Broadview Heights, OH), Jacob Feige (Collingswood, NJ), Keith Freund (Akron, OH), Jonathan Gitelson (Brattleboro, VT), Brandon Juhasz (Berea, OH), Heather Kapplow (Allston, MA), Marc Lefkowitz (Cleveland Heights, OH), Michelle Murphy (Chicago, IL), David Politzer (Houston, TX), Kristin Rogers (Lakewood, OH), Corrie Slawson (Cleveland Heights, OH), Christina Vassallo (Cleveland, OH). Additional contributors to the gift shop include Pita Brooks (Lakewood, OH), Catherine Butler (Cleveland, OH), Ryan Dewey (Lakewood, OH), and Heidi Neilson (Queens, NY), among others.

6:00 pm18:00

"Driving Culture" Featured at Boston Creates Town Hall 2

  • The Boston Latin School
Driving Culture on City Hall Plaza

Driving Culture on City Hall Plaza

Driving Culture, the culminating project of my July - September 2015 work as an "Artist-Ethnographer" embedded in the City of Boston's cultural planning process, Boston Creates, will be featured at the Boston Creates Town Hall Meeting on November 2, 2015.

The meeting will present the findings of the community engagement portion of the research undertaken to develop Boston's Cultural plan under its first cabinet-level chief of arts and culture, Julie Burros (who I've been told will be driving the car!)

Shaw Pong Liu and Leonardo March, my two compatriots in art-ethnography will also be presenting their very cool projects.

Join the Mayor, Ms Burros, and everyone else involved in the Boston Creates process for a synthesis of what has been learned by asking the city about its cultural needs.

Oct 11

"Ovation" at Illuminus Boston 2015

"Ovation", an interactive sound and light piece that I'm producing in collaboration with Liz Nofziger and Ian King (with invaluable assistance from Kevin Micka, Georgia Hubley, Ira Kaplan and James McNew) will be featured in the 2015 Illuminus Festival. The piece includes an opportunity to step onto the field in Fenway Park, so if you've ever wanted to do that, now is your chance...

Dec 20

"Flabby" in Feelers Show at The BCA

The Boston Center for the Arts (BCA) presents Feelers, the 24th installment of the BCA Drawing Show, this year featuring work by 56 artists. In Feelers, curator Susan Metrican considers the possibilities of existing in a two-dimensional reality through drawing’s inherent encounter with flatness.

The exhibition draws its title from Edwin Abbott Abbott’s novel Flatland, a 19th century sci-fi examination of dimensions in which Abbott describes a two-dimensional world occupied by geometric figures. Metrican notes that in this novel, “the squares, octagons, straight lines and so on are all governed by the rules of their flat world, and their behaviors and customs reflect their limited reality as they can comprehend it.  In Flatland, to be a ‘feeler’ is to determine one’s surroundings by reaching out to touch it with appendages.”

It is this kind of touching, testing and searching that unites the work in the exhibition. Feelers brings together a group of artists, works and practices that feature artists’ sensitivity to materials, subject matter and the ability to use feelers to explore through practice and ideas.  Using the principles of drawing as its ground, the show opens up to gestures of flatness, line, touch and emotion. In Feelers, the work considers the line that is drawn between the experience of the three-dimensional world or the multi-dimensional interior world to a separate and exterior surface.

Exhibition curator Susan Metrican is an artist whose work includes painting, sculpture, and video.  She is a co-founder of kijidome, an experimental collaborative and project space in Boston, which is a recipient of the 2015 James and Audrey Foster Prize awarded by the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston.  In 2014, she had solo exhibitions at Boston University and Proof Gallery and was a participant at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture.  In 2013 she was the sübSamsøn artist-in-residence at Samson Projects.   Metrican has been featured in group and solo exhibitions in New York, DC, Vermont, Chicago and holds a BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute and a MFA from Massachusetts College of Art and Design.  She currently lives and works in Boston, MA.

Jennifer Amadeo-Holl, Erika Baglyas, Diana Behl, David Bligh, Dan Boardman, Adina Bricklin, Luke Buffenmyer, Theodore Cantrell, Kate Castelli, Xinyi Cheng, Brian Cirmo, Heather Clark, Barbara E. Cohen, Corey Corcoran, Ruth Daniels, Ian Deleón, Samantha Fields, Rachel Frank, Ariel Freiberg, Gabriela Gamboa, Brian Christopher Glaser, Carly Glovinski, Zachary Herrmann, Nona Hershey, Erika Hess, Kolbeinn Hugi, Vanessa Irzyk, Heather Kapplow, Heidi Lau, Sarah Lubin, Julie Martini, Timothy McCool, Valle Medina, Andrew Mowbray, Nancy Murphy Spicer, Jenene Nagy, Rebecca Newhouse, Liz Nofziger, Marcus Payzant, Diana Jean Puglisi, Carol Radsprecher, Benjamin Reynolds, Ellen Rich, Jennifer Schmidt, Lenny Schnier, Mark Schoening, Gary Setzer, Jim Shrosbree, Garric Simonsen, Jill Slosburg-Ackerman, Eric Stefanski, Willie Stewart, Alain Urrutia, Matthew Whitney, Fanny Wickström, Maxine Yalovitz-Blankenship


5:30 pm17:30

Speaking on Art Week Boston Panel: Change, Connection and Community

This is a technology town complicit in promoting the culture of technology, which relies on a plastic real. We are all in love with our small, circumscribed screens, often to the exclusion of anything and anyone else. What is happening to human connection, people facing and touching each other, vulnerable and flawed, at a time when more empathy, not less, is needed? It is by identifying and seeing beyond ourselves that we cultivate our personal humanity. In our love of the machine, do we become more or less humane? And the biggest question of all: What is it that makes us human?

Creator and Moderator: Dr. Barbara Lewis, Director, The Trotter Institute, UMass Boston

Panelists: Lisa Link, Blanca Bonilla, and Heather Kapplow

This event is a part of Art Week Boston and co-presented by Franklin Park Art Grove, The William Trotter Institute at UMASS Boston, Boston Cultural Council, Franklin Park Coalition, and Boston Art Commission.

Sep 4

"Eau D' Wilderness Grove" at Art Grove in Franklin Park

During Art Grove, on August 8 and 9, I will conduct smell tours/workshops and use them to collect data from visitors about who they are and what the Wilderness Grove area smells like to them. Through September 4, self guided tours will be available as well. After the project is over, I will be working with a perfumer to develop a (natural) perfume based on the information that has been collected. It will be called "Eau D'Wilderness Grove".

Pop-Up: Franklin Park Art Grove is a collaboration between the Boston Art Commission, Franklin Park Coalition, the William Monroe Trotter Institute, and the Boston Parks and Recreation Department. All related events are sponsored in part by the Boston Art Commission, Fund for the Arts at New England Foundation for the Arts, The Boston Cultural Council, and the Trotter Institute for African American Studies.

6:00 pm18:00

"Days After the Darkest Days" at AMP Gallery: Opening Reception July 24

"Days After the Darkest Day" will be on view as a part of a group show at Art Market Provincetown from July 24 - August 12, 2015. Created in the early mornings of the last ten days of 2014, these daily images capture the (supposedly) brightening sky following the Winter Solstice. The series involves 10 images and the medium is FP100c 3.25" x 4.25" instant film, multiply exposed on a Polaroid (250) Land Camera.