450 Harrison Ave., Boston, MA



Jan 4 - 28

Opening Reception
Friday, Jan 6
6-830 pm

Johnathan Derry:
"I've Been Again"

Winner of 2012 SOLO Competition
Juried by Jen Mergel, Senior Curator of Contemporary Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston



“I've Been Again” explores the paradoxical relationship between material and message, and between notions of the tragic and comic. It is where these incongruous shifts take place that imagination is captured.

I present the viewer with a series of sculptural diagrammatic narratives. The viewer is tasked with interpreting the work's meaning based on personal understandings of cultural and symbolic references in the elements that comprise the piece.

The work in “I've Been Again” can be described as a set of objects displayed before you that have the hallmarks of a Totem disassembled on the floor, which need the viewer to act as an anthropologist to transcribe their significance. 





Alison Kotin:
"Listen Close "

Winner of 2012 SOLO Competition
Juried by Jen Mergel, Senior Curator of Contemporary Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston


"Whisker Organ"
Cat whiskers, piezoelectric sensors, speakers, Arduino microprocessors, laptop computer, wood, chorus. 36" x 30" x 15", 2011. (Photo credit: Andrew Ellis)

"Listen Close" is an exhibition of tactile new media works exploring narrative, performance, and musical composition. Touch- and motion-activatedmusic and story interfaces (including an instrument made from cats’ whiskers and the voices of a 30-person chorus) add a layer of metaphorand responsiveness to familiar objects and places.

Visitors are invited to touch, listen, and play.

I create participatory works that spark collaborative, unscripted performance and play, as a means to explore the creative potential of interaction. By creating touch and motion activated digital interfaces modeled on musical instruments, I hope to encourage a spirit of curiosity and experimentation, leading participants to reflect on the process of creation as they perform. These open-ended, interactive situations favor chance and ambiguity, adding a layer of metaphor or unexpected responsiveness to familiar objects and places.

In considering the nature of experience and performance, I gather lessons from the history of performance art, avant-garde musical composition, and studio arts pedagogy. Historically, “relational” performative artworks have sought to foster community and creativity by making spectators an integral part of a performance piece as it unfolds towards completion. Modern interactive media objects have the potential to create experiences and outputs that are variable, personalized, and evolving over time, redefining the author's role and blurring the boundary between “user” and “creator.”





Lisa Olson:
"Small Tallies "



For an artist interested in finding ways to record bits of everyday experience, the question becomes how to structure a response that remains faithful to specific details but also creates a visually interesting result.

In the summer of 2010, with the recorded walks of early conceptual artists On Kawara and Richard Long in mind, I playfully assigned myself the task of marking the paths of my evening walks, adding a treasure hunt component by collecting bits of appealing street ephemera on the way. I then screenprinted shapes of the area circumscribed, used the found paper as a color guide and tagged them to the image.

The result is a recording of nothing important, but a true record nonetheless.

Although those who know my work will find this series of prints to be different in concept from what I usually show, they are really a part of a longtime but often private studio practice that I affectionately call my little tallies. In the 20 odd years that I have been making art, I have often worked on side projects that were forms of visual diaries—small books responding to current events, collage made from bits of studio projects, sometimes just a collection of organized and dated scraps kept from the debris of my daily work. There is a deep satisfaction that these little projects give me as a way to gather and transform transient moments as days and years pass by.

Lisa Olson is a gallery artist at Bromfield Gallery.






























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