group exhibition opening August 14th 2022
Thank you to the wonderful artists of our Cosmos exhibiiton; Frank Capezzera, Rosanne Di Stefano, Brad Casler, Sergiy Kyrychenko, Lucie McCormick, Carol E. Moses, Emily Song, and Shahen Zarookian..and to the many friends, family, neighbors who joined us for our events this time around as well as throughout the month during open gallery hours.
On my last trip I was pulled into the Mediterranean Sea and propelled upwards on a hill path to the lighthouse.
Sea moon pull.
And then in Paris, a waxy crescent friend peeked from behind a cupola over the Pont Neuf.
My gaze back- pull me back the tide, tide. I want to go back…
You are only ever a certain amount of steps from starting over, the next place, the new thing, a second chance…a return. Is it not what we all wish? How long will it take? It will take time. Tomorrow is another day so we will keep spinning. How many steps did we walk on that given day? Our phones know! Now we know that 24,000 steps is a jolly respectable amount, and that a certain asymmetrical gait percentage is unappealing… No matter. One step is for mankind. Hope = love with zero down and zero gravity. No? Maybe hearts and flowers.
Can we build anything or break it down, by strand and by molecule and start it over …do one more over and make it twice as nice with a clone? Não existe um planeta B.
After this there is nothing. There is love.
Yes, that’s the Big Dipper up there and others. I wish they had not created orders for them, though. No more orders please, no order please. I’d like to order something off-menu, very off-menu… a 1961 Chateau Lafite, a bucket of cockles and mussels and a view of the sea from a swing in a tree. Have you got that hiding away? I know the kitchen is still open as long as the chef is lurking around. Make me swoon. Don’t let me leave the Mediterranean coast. Turn back time, tilt the planet. You had me at the moon, Universe. My multiverse, my multiverse, my multiverse is clones of the Mediterranean sea, sea, sea and me in it. Me in the sea and me in the sea and me in the sea and the waves are rolling and rolling and rolling squared infinitely.
Symbol for infinity.
Well, maybe I’d go to the Pleiades. But are the sisters still, ahem, alive and ticking? Yes, of course they are but I would be 4000 years old when I got there? No, that’s not right. You see, I get so easily confused with particles and matter and quantum mumbo jumbo. I’ve tried.
Our little big friend at the center of our galaxy, he who shall be unnamed, I’ll call him Fred - I might be scared of that dude. But, no, I’m not really… he who can’t help himself and might even mean well. Let it go, Fred. Be nice.
Why am I afraid of so many things but not afraid of space? Why do I not fear it, the open vast all encompassing foreverness? There is no swaddle, no baby bunting, no harness except one in which to keep you from floating away (because they want you back here and with evidence). Call the court to order! Your honor, I‘d like to submit Exhibit A to the court, if it pleases the court and it will, freshly returned from the outer limits of time and space, a human form made of dust and dust and stars! I think this form has been here before. She belongs here but she keeps trying to leave. She’s a repeat offender.
But what if somebody is fine with floating away? The dream, the notion of it! There is no weight and no burden. Can this be love? At the end of the day - acceptance, no fear, letting go…A fall…into another day or dimension, another entity’s benevolent arms, grace, gaze.
In solidarity with one track mind stargazers, idealists and romantics but stuck in the proverbial sea and mud with y’all with many ways to figure it out and complete a circle,
p.s. Please enjoy the show, visit again soon and stay heavily and heavenly in tune, for next year cometh tiny miracles in Baby Cosmos…
CHALKWORK BY DANY KYRYCHENKO
Frank is showing selections from his recent series
“The Self as Universe: Figurative Musings in Cosmology,
or The All Encompassing Universe”
an excerpt from Frank's Cosmos statement
Frank's full statement is in the gallery
...During the Pandemic, I found myself becoming immersed more deeply in these worlds of discovery and following lectures in cosmological subjects. And I wanted to infuse somehow in my painting the sense of awe I experienced as I waded through general and special relativity, quantum physics and the search for the theory of everything. The Self As Universe became the theme. My experimentation has been in how to join human images with the cosmological concepts that have provided so much excitement for me...
...the titles are meant to give clues to the viewer about what I was thinking as the paintings emerged. Topics include entropy, quantum uncertainty, black holes and elements of leading theories of the workings of matter and energy on the very largest and very smallest of scales.
I am a native Bostonian, and I’ve spent the majority of my life here except during some summers growing up when I lived in Maine. At this time, I welcome the change of seasons just as I am entering the very long last season of my physical existence on this planet. As my life pivots, so does the texture of how I visualize my surroundings and the world. This push and pull of my desires allow me to feel the flow of the paints.
Being an abstract expressionist artist, I draw upon my experiences and the flavors, smells, sights and events that move my mind and spirit. I absorb all of this like a sea sponge and put it into my work. I typically do not expect the surprising results that come out of my artwork, but I approach the canvas with an open agenda as it lies naked in front of me.
ROSANNE DI STEFANO
Rosanne Di Stefano (RD) is an astrophysicist and artist. Her work is motivated by a sense of connection among diverse objects and peoples and is very much informed by her cosmic education; astronomy being a wonderful example in which structures and processes associated with one phenomenon, such as supermassive black holes, are also present and active on many other scales.
Di Stefano's artistic focus is typically not on astrophysical phenomena, however, but is instead on the inherent beauty of the many connections between people and the unity of the underlying rules that produce the whole.
Di Stefano has studied at the Art Students League of New York.
Sergiy Kyrychenko is an artist living in Boxborough, MA.
He was born and grew up in a small town in a heart of Ukraine. From an early age, he was obsessed with nature and drawing.
Following his first passion, he pursued a career in biology. After receiving his PhD in Kyiv, Ukraine, he moved to the United States to continue/advance his scientific journey. He worked on multiple projects studying molecular mechanisms of various diseases and developing novel therapeutic approaches including gene editing to cure them.
Sergiy finds joy in unraveling the secrets of the tiniest cells in our bodies. Every live cell for him is a unique system, the whole microworld with an extremely complex network of complicated relationships. So much like our Macro Cosmos - the Space where we all live!
Reflecting on the connections of micro- and macro-worlds inspired Sergiy to develop his second passion: art. He believes that a deeper understanding of ourselves will help to admire the unknown mysteries of the Universe in the future.
Sergiy's art is inspired by the elements and textures of our Nature. He weaves his dreams and knowledge creating surrealistic and alternative reality space paintings
Lucie McCormick is an artist and documentary filmmaker. Through her work she aims to explore the relationships we hold with our environments and selves, looking for the truth in small moments.
For Lucie, eclipse chasing and watching the night sky has become less of a hobby and more of a pilgrimage to presence. An eclipse, like all experiences, is a moment in space and time. If you’re not in the right place for the one to two minutes of totality, the moment passes away – you can’t revisit it, you can’t make it wait.
In life, even as patterns appear to emerge, we never truly repeat ourselves. Looking out to the cosmos, we can see this truth reflected back to us.
CAROL E. MOSES
This group of small oil paintings, most simply called planets (1-6) – reflects our connection with our cosmos. We live on one planet – we search for other planets that we might inhabit, and all the while, we are surrounded by an infinity of stars, planets and moons; our visible sky.
These paintings express my affection for all these cosmological bodies that we are privy to. We can feel intimate with them - they can be our beneficent friends, and at the same time, they are distant, alluring and unknown. The colors used range from calm and cool, to warm and radiant, to chipper and activated! Just projecting my own emotions about our space connections; I imagine them to be variable, and accommodating
of my projections.
I made these paintings when I myself was staying in an alien and friendly environment;
I was doing an extended art residency in Leipzig, a city in eastern Germany. I was a bit
at sea, but also exploring, making new connections, finding my way, in a new place. Exploring is part of our human heritage, and we must welcome news and opportunities from afar. I would be delighted to live in a future time when interplanetary travel was a given. Until then, we can admire and give tribute to our distant connections and
wish them well
planets (1 - 6)
5 x 7 oil paintings on paper, floated in 19” x 20” frame 1700.
Emily Song is a Boston-based visual artist. Like so many others, the pandemic caused a radical shift in Emily’s life and since 2020 she has been focusing primarily on the creation of art and exploring how she relates to the world around her.
Prior to 2020, Emily received her Bachelors in Finance and Associates in Baking and Pastry. She grew up in Arizona, went to school in Miami, studied in the south of France, and spent a summer in Milan before moving north to Maine and then to Boston.
Join Emily on her introspective and personal journey of rediscovering the joy ad zeal for life that she possessed in her younger years; the world viewed through the eyes of a child where magic flourishes and endless possibilities exist.
Space Person depicts the sliver of time between reality and imagination. Experiencing the feeling of weightlessness jumping with friends on a trampoline during a warm summer night; the possibility of slowly floating away into the starry sky seemed all too real.
Space Person is a 30 foot long labor of love created over many months using watercolor paint and resin-resist on two giant reams of paper, installed with the use of grommets and spring hooks, many screws, one hefty extension ladder and grace under pressure.
Price available upon request.
For forty years, Shahen Zarookian has led an illustrious career in graphic design.
In 2008, soon after he left the Bose corporation, where he spearheaded the company’s design creatives, he launched into the fine art space and took his own concept of abstract realism into the fine art world.
The result has been a thrilling ride of pop culture juxtaposition inspired by his love of domestic and world travels. Shahen’s work has been displayed in the U.S. in galleries from Boston to Southern California.
Shahen lives and works in Belmont, MA.
The Space, The Lines, The Touches 30 x 24 acrylic on canvas 2000.