Bend it Like Boubat, Brandt and Cartier-Bresson
Many years ago, I bought a large book from Rodney's booksellers in Central Square: Édouard Boubat, The Monograph. On the front cover is a boy, Boubat's grandson, holding a large seashell to his ear. His eyes are closed. It's one of my favorite books of images. Other collections come to mind when considering the impact and allure of black and white: The Family of Man, with page after page of powerful images and accompanying text, and the offerings of Minor White and André Kertész and others...
No other visual art form comes close to capturing a moment.
Here's to the record keepers of moments, thieves of unseen looks, shadows, lingering sunbeams, magicians of the light box projection.
Thanks to our participants who will be hanging out throughout March and hopefully longer.
I'm floored by the amalgam of Judith Larsen and her artwork - that years of pattern making and mapping have found a union in her employment of the human form through choreographic photography. Thank you to my dear friend Americo Andrade for introducing me to her very unique work.
Thomas comes to the gallery through Montserrat College of Art. On his website you can see his very strong affinity for overlain imagery, which is in fact reflective of his own description of himself as being keenly aware of the passage of time and reverent of memory.
Mr. Sheehan from New York also offers a window to the past, not only through his surprise of somewhat forgotten statues but also in the sublime image of a lovely young woman in a doorway, waiting, looking, smiling, an effigy to the freedom of a moment. The sweet significance of a photo from post war 1950s Germany stands the test of time as a 20th century Mona Lisa, because... it is simply the smile.
And thanks to John Anthony Rizzo for sharing modern scenes from architecturally rich Eastern Europe but sharing also the back story of his award-winning In The Ring series, and the possibility of showing his very appealing full color supra-real works in the future.
Come to the gallery in small numbers, masked, and enjoy the work of these folks and lots of others who have been here since 2020...
Judith S. Larsen has a BFA in Education
and MFA in Painting from Tufts University and the Boston Museum School. She has taught painting, drawing, design and computer techniques for artists at Wellesley College, the Boston Architectural Center, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Mass College of Art and Harvard University. She has exhibited widely in the Boston area, as well as nationally and internationally, and is represented in numerous collections, including the DeCordova Museum. the Museum of Fine Arts Boston and the Ann and Graham Gund and Stephen D. Paine Collections. Larsen is currently the Art Editor for the Harvard Review.
She has been represented by Eli Klein Fine Art in New York, by Artforum Newgate in Seoul, South Korea and the Schoolhouse Gallery Video Showcase in Provincetown, MA. Barbara Cole Lee + Company is her Boston Art Representative and her work is currently showing at iartcolony with Bob and Jill Armstrong in Rockport, MA.
My work incorporates the figure as an empty vessel or blank canvas which is then infused with a series of images from the history of Art and Science. The projected images examine various organizing systems, including language, mapping and microscopy which over time have attempted to illuminate the darker corners of our understanding. The viewer or audience is invited to look beyond the "apparent" and imagine the implications of these symbolically clad vessels. As the figure and the imagery merge, the body begins to shed its epidermal shield and inhabit its own metaphors.
This figurative work is as much about stillness as it is about the constant metamorphosis of possibility. It dwells in suspended opposition between the enduring vitality of the flesh and its fragile impermanence.
Shima, 21 x 23 archival print on Rag Photographique, Edition #2/8, 2014
Luvio, 21 x 26 archival print on Rag Photographique, Edition #3/15, 2015
Solen Motion, 18 x 23 archival print on Rag Photographique, Edition #2/15, 2008
Crossing Over, 18 x 21 archival print on Rag Photographique, Edition #8/15, 2008
Thomas Rutigliano resides in Beverly, MA and is currently a candidate for a BFA in 2021 with a concentration in Photography/Video/Film at Montserrat College of Art. His work is a deep understanding of how to navigate the winding hills and blurred lines that lay within the hearts and minds of our memories.
Thomas is showing the two photographs here as well as two smaller images of overlain imagery, of which more, including his zine of dream sequences, will be available for viewing and sale in April.
instagram: @thomas_rutigliano and @thomasrutiglianophoto
Pay Here, framed 20 x 16
Holden, framed 16 x 20
Phil Sheehan started taking pictures about seventy years ago, when black and white was the default format. His first fancy camera was a Leica, bought while stationed in Germany in the Fifties. Even now, a forgotten old box of prints or roll of film from those days shows up.
He spent many years in the last century working in television, taking and editing newsfilm, and later producing news programs.
The arts have always been at the center of his interests, teaching literature, hosting a listener-request program on radio, and performing in local theater productions. His favorite roles have been Stage Manager in Our Town, and Ebenezer Scrooge in A Christmas Carol.
He appreciates and admires lovely pictures people send him from their telephones, but he's most comfortable with the old Canon 7 which he bought twenty years ago.
Thistle Weeds, Central New York, 2016, framed 11 x 14
Puntagarden, 2009 8 x 10 framed 17 x 21
Lisbon Alleyway, 8 x 10, framed 17 x 21
Waitress at a tavern in Tulau, a German village, 1957. Taken while I was in the Army, stationed on the East- West line. One of my buddies tried hard to get her attention, but failed. This pic was taken while she was standing in the tavern doorway, laughing at him.
John Anthony Rizzo
John started his career in Boston, Massachusetts where he studied and taught photography. His early work as a Documentary Photographer earned him a Massachusetts Council for the Arts and Humanities Photography Fellowship ( now the Mass Cultural Council ) for documentation of professional wrestling and a National Endowment for the Arts Project Grant documenting the Fort Point Channel and the Leather District of Boston. .*
With a New York agent and a desire to live on the West Coast John found his way to Portland, Oregon where he enjoyed a successful career as an Advertising and Editorial Photographer.
Presently John enjoys the contrast of living in both the Piedmont region of Italy and Boston, MA. Although John continues to work with his advertising and editorial clients his focus is on personnel projects and projects directed at social issues that speak to his passion and his politics. John’s work has been shown in numerous galleries, installations and Museums throughout the United States and Europe.
Look for more of Mr. Rizzo's photography at honeyjones in the coming weeks, including work from his full color still life little studio series.
Prague Series limited edition, signed with Certificate of Authenticity, 10 x 10 inkjet printed on rag archival paper, 9 x 9 photographs in
12 x12 frames
Charles Bridge, Prague 9 x9 print, framed 12 x 12
King Karlov, Prague 9 x9 print, framed 12 x 12
Bridges, Valta 9 x 9 print, framed 12 x 12
Valta Swans, Prague 9 x 9 print framed 12 x 12
Thomas Rutigliano in the gallery with one of his dream images (and Phil Sheehan's Florida Park Statue below...
and Thomas with Pay Here,
(and John Anthony Rizzo's Valta Swans on his left)