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Essays

"This Doubt Which Moves and Locates Everything", exhibition essay for Jennifer Moses: Elbow Room, Kingston Gallery, Boston, MA, 2016

"Frequently humor arises in her paintings through the disruption of the painting's internal logic. In the past she has described her painting process as solving a self-created puzzle of integrating multiple visual languages. Now she has focused her language, only to disrupt it with a wayward form or other singular incursion. The puffy pink stylized, vaguely humanoid cloud form that lounges in one painting inserts itself between the viewer and what we might imagine to have been a complete painting before it arrived. It settles in and gets comfortable, at once character and punch line." Read full essay >

"Kathleen Volp: PRONK!", exhibition essay for Kathleen Volp: PRONK!, Bromfield Gallery, Boston, MA, 2015

"(Un)Familiar", essay for 2015 book documenting Carol McMahon: Home Front, Bromfield Gallery, Boston, MA, 2013 and Carol McMahon: The Age of Un-Reason, Bromfield Gallery, Boston, MA, 2011

"Multiple tensions in McMahon’s work exclude the possibility of sentimentality. Her affinity for objects that are clumsy or awkward rather than graceful or elegant, coupled with her frequent spatial reorientation of familiar objects, gives her work a feeling of dislocation: things are simultaneously familiar and unfamiliar, comfortable and uncomfortable. And when she purposefully negates the functionality of objects by actions such as binding or nailing—whether that negation is visible to the viewer or not—the actions are deliberate, specific and necessary. They become part of the energy of the piece." Read full essay >

"Negotiated Possibilities", exhibition essay for Jennifer Moses: The Black and White of Things, Kingston Gallery, Boston, MA, 2014

"Yet at a time when the deliberate open-endedness of provisional painting is a much-discussed response to our era of ever-increasing uncertainty and possibilities, Moses takes an opposing path: she demands a resolution for each painting. She challenges herself to avoid remaining in an unresolved, gray area — making and ultimately committing to decisions, to the black or white yes or no of the process. The inherent tension of her finished paintings, comprised as they are of an accretion of reconsidered marks, is compellingly destabilizing: in this work the certainty of resolution does not mean that the dynamic tension has been relieved." Read full essay >

"Chimeric: A Poetic Ecology of Energy", exhibition essay for Linda Leslie Brown: Chimeric, Kingston Gallery, Boston, MA, 2013

"But far from monstrous, Chimeric is simultaneously marked by humor and grace, playfulness and gravity. Brown leverages the possibilities art offers, proposing a poetic, hybrid framework for considering the complex morality of our humanity in relation to the natural world through many interconnected current topics and disciplines: cloning, hybridization, and genetic modification; ecology, recycling and consumerism; and identity and familial relationships. Moving around and through the work offers viewers the opportunity to inhabit this magically recombinant space both physically and energetically." Read full essay >

Exhibition essay for Janet Kawada: Shift in Time, Kingston Gallery, Boston, MA, 2012


(all writing below published in Art New England magazine unless otherwise noted)

Features/Columns
"Column: Museums — More than Getting the Numbers Right," March/April '13

"Destination: Cape Ann Contemporary," July/Aug '12

“Peabody Essex, Massachusetts Museum Features Rare Glimpse of Ancient Maya Culture Fiery Pool: The Maya and the Mythic Sea,” ARTES Magazine, May 11, 2010

“Artists’ Communities in the Northeast,” Feb/Mar ‘07

“Installation: Clouds of the Contemporary and Baroque,” Dec/Jan ‘07

“Report from San Francisco: Bay Area Vibe,” June/July ‘06

“First Look — Our Land: Contemporary Art from the Arctic,” April/May ‘05

“Sitings: The Revolving Museum,” April/May ‘04


Extended Reviews
“Pat Steir: Drawing Out of Line — Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, MA,” June/July/Aug ‘10

“DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park/Lincoln, MA — Going Ape: Confronting Animals in Contemporary Art,” Dec/Jan ‘07

“Schiltkamp Gallery, Clark University/Worcester, MA — Denise Marika: Body Actions,” Feb/Mar ‘05

“Grossman Gallery, School of the Museum of Fine Arts/Boston — Jessica Stockholder: Rawhide Harangue of Aching Indices as Told by Light,” Dec ‘05/Jan ‘06

“Evos Arts/Lowell, MA — Ghosts in the Machine: Paintings by Cristi Rinklin and Sarah Walker,” June/July ‘05

“Housatonic Museum of Art/Bridgeport, CT — Interface: Jenny Holzer and Media Art,” June/July ‘04


Reviews
"James Montford: Black Indians in Space — Howard Yezerski Gallery, Boston, MA," May/June '13

"Glass Heart (Bells for Sylvia Plath" — Davis Museum, Wellesley College, Wellesley, MA," May/June '13

"Multiple Perspectives: New Work by Peter Milton and Douglas Prince — Museum of Art, University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH," Sept/Oct '12

"Resa Blatman: The Ultimate Whorl — Ellen Miller Gallery, Boston, MA," Sept/Oct '11

"Annette Lemieux: The Strange Life of Objects — Worcester Art Museum, Worcester, MA," July/Aug '11

“Bernd Haussmann: Passages (Mountains and Oceans) — ChaseYoung Gallery, Boston, MA,” Jan/Feb ‘11

“Anne Krinsky: Time Line — Trustman Gallery, Simmons College, Boston, MA,” Sept/Oct ‘10

“The Old, Weird America: Folk Themes in Contemporary Art— deCordova Sculpture Park + Museum, Lincoln, MA”, Aug/Sept ‘09

“Trash Menagerie — Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA”, Aug/Sept ‘09

“Thorpe Feidt: The Alchemist’s Altar — Paintings from the Ambiguities Series — 301 Gallery, Montserrat College of Art, Beverly, MA,” April/May ‘09

“Remix: Indigenous Identities in the 21st Century — Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology @ Harvard University, Cambridge, MA,” Aug/Sept ‘08

“Robert S. Neuman: Selected Works 1954–2007 — Beard Gallery/Weil Gallery, Wheaton College, Norton, MA,” Dec/Jan ‘08

“J. David Broudo Gallery, Endicott College/Bevery, MA — Kathy Desmond: New Work,” June/July ‘07

“Elizabeth A. Beland Gallery, Essex Art Center/Lawrence, MA — Tory Fair: Ready, Set, Bloom,” June/July ‘07

“Barbara Krakow Gallery/Boston, MA — Donald Judd: 12 Sculptures from 1991,” Dec ‘05/Jan ‘06

“New Bedford Art Museum/New Bedford, MA — Vault Series Focus: Ragna Robertsdottir,” Dec ‘05/Jan ‘06

“Nielsen Gallery/Boston, MA — Sachiko Akiyama: Between Dream and Memory,” Aug/Sept ‘05

“Brickbottom Gallery/Somerville, MA — The Dictionary Project,” Aug/Sept ‘05

“Bernard Toale Gallery/Boston, MA — Carl Fudge: Camouflage — Paintings and Prints,” June/July ‘05

“Judy Ann Goldman Fine Art/Boston, MA — Jill Slosburg-Ackerman,” April/May ‘05

“Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University/Boston, MA — Robert Stivers: Gestures, Memories, and Gradations,”
Oct/Nov ‘04

“NAO Project Gallery/Boston, MA — Asuka Ohsawa: Metaphors,” Oct/Nov ‘04

“Wenniger Gallery/Rockport, MA — Tetsuya Noda,” Aug/Sept ‘04

“HallSpace/Boston, MA — Liz Sweibel: Re:Union,” June/July ‘04

“Gallery of Contemporary Art/Sacred Heart University, Fairfield, CT — Uncommon Portraits, Uncommon Views,” June/July ‘04

“Jane Deering Gallery/Annisquam, MA: European Contemporary Artists from Purdy Hicks Gallery, London,” Dec/Jan ‘04

“Cape Ann Historical Museum/Gloucester, MA — Erma Wheeler: Landscapes Real and Imagined,”
Oct/Nov ‘03

“Genovese/Sullivan Gallery/Boston, MA — Fran Siegel: New Paintings: Pacific Glow”, Oct/Nov ‘03

“Erlich Gallery, Marblehead, MA — George Nick,” Aug/Sept ‘03

“Barrington Center for the Arts at Gordon College, Wenham, MA — Both Sides of the Cut: Six Cape Ann Photographers,” June/July ‘03

“Winfisky Gallery, Salem State College, Salem, MA — Maureen Creegan-Quinquis”, June/July ‘03

“Gallery of Modern Art, Marblehead, MA — Inner Voices”, April/May ‘03

“Schlosberg Alumni Gallery at the Montserrat College of Art, Beverly, MA — Ronnie Wright,” April/May ‘03

“Montserrat College of Art — Distillation: New Work by Doug Bosch and Hannah Burr,” Dec ‘02/Jan ‘03

“University of Massachusetts Amherst — The Culture of Violence,” Oct/Nov ’02

“Montserrat College of Art — Beneath the Surface: Frances Barth, Michael Beatty, Debra Weisberg”, Aug/Sept ‘01