Visual Arts

A Rainy ArtWalk Keeps It Warm

by Brian Slattery | May 14, 2017 2:43 pm

A steady rain couldn’t keep people away from ArtWalk, held in Westville Saturday afternoon. Though the neighborhood’s central streets were missing the usual crowds during the annual event, Edgewood Park stayed lively, and indoor activities in the artists’ studios in West River Arts and Lyric Hall on Whalley Avenue ensured ArtWalk kept its tradition of celebrating the arts — for 20 years and running — alive.

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Art At Institute Library Minces Words

by Brian Slattery | May 12, 2017 7:55 am

Brian Slattery Photo There’s a model of a barbed-wire fence erected in a sandy landscape, like part of an elaborate train set. The political context, given President Trump’s campaign promise to build a wall on the U.S. border with Mexico, is obvious. At first, that context might make the letters spelling out You’re Welcome read like a taunt, a message from the authorities who built the fence to the people on the other side of it, the people being kept out. But look a little closer and you’ll see the hole clipped in the fence, big enough to crawl through.

And then, there on the ground next to the hole, a pair of pliers, and a ball of yarn. A story unfolds. No sooner was the fence built, but the hole was made, and the sign put up.

You’re welcome. Maybe the phrase isn’t just anticipating thanks for making it easier to get through the fence. Maybe it’s also a statement about the reception that people might get once they crawl through that hole. If the authorities are trying to keep people out, maybe a lot of people think letting more people in is just fine.

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Photobook Exhibit Asks You To Puzzle It Out

by Allan Appel | May 11, 2017 8:00 am

Peter Amlutski Photo Are you suffering from photo-weary eyes?

Does the epidemic of selfies have you just about convinced that rampant egotism is infecting the very foundations of civilization itself? Flummoxed by the gazillions of things to see on Instagram? Alarmed that the tsunami of images is sweeping away the very value of the individual picture and its ability to communicate?

Have I got a cure for you.

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