Gravity/Levity: A Juried Members’ Exhibition
July 9 through August 16, 2020
Gravity: weight; a fundamental physical force by which all things with mass or energy are brought toward one another; a dignity or sobriety of bearing
Levity: excessive or unseemly frivolity; lightness of mind; lightness in weight
Gravity/Levity, a juried exhibition of three-dimensional artwork, is the first all-sculpture show at ArtsWorcester. Lisa Crossman, Curator of American Art and Arts of the Americas at the Mead Art Museum at Amherst College, selected twenty-nine sculptures by twenty-five artists that capture approaches to weight and weightlessness.
Works both earnest and ironic employ materials ranging from cast glass, carved stone and wood, ceramic, and steel, to paper, recycled electronics, fishnet tights, and gummy bears. Visitors will find cereal boxes imitating military equipment, concrete that encourages a change in direction, twigs and toothpicks mirroring industrial machinery, and colorful mesh produce bags that reflect a family’s history of consumption.
Sculpture is historically perceived as having significant weight, both in poundage and gravitas. The works in this show confirm and contradict that sentiment, while asking us to consider the relationship between material and message.
Above images (clockwise from top left): Tom Grady, Cereal Bomber, cereal box, 12″ x 12″ x 12″, 2018, $750
Lawrence DeJong, CWF#5: The Gold & Silver Wall-tz, clay, dry pigment, gold & sliver foil, 16″ x 4 1/2″ x 1 1/2″, 2020, $275
Gregory Barry, Writhe, repurposed wood, 32″ x 32″ x 37″, 2020, $3,800
More images of this exhibition are coming soon.
In Transition: A Members’ Exhibition in partnership with the Fitchburg Art Museum
In this members’ exhibition–the eighth “Call and Response” partnership with the Fitchburg Art Museum– one hundred and twenty artists show a single work in response to this year’s theme of transition. This exhibition begins with a loan of ten works on the year’s theme from FAM’s permanent collection, on view at ArtsWorcester since January to illustrate approaches to the theme, and to provide inspiration. From the resulting members’ exhibition, Marjorie Rawle, Terrana Curatorial Fellow at FAM, selected ten works to go on view next year there.
In the coming weeks, In Transition will be made available for viewing through this site and our social media channels. We hope for the opportunity to celebrate with a closing reception at a later time.
Susan Stuart, Stay Tuned
(oil on canvas)
Mari Seder, Dressing up for Carnaval
(digital inkjet print)
Lucy Marcigliano, Inner Rumble
(wood and metal)
Lynn Nafey, You Play the Girl
(ink, acrylic paint, transfers, graphite, dura-lar, plexiglass, paper on wood panel)
Madge Evers, Anne, Lace Maker
(mushroom spores on cyanotype)
Gedas Paskauskas, Quinquennium
(inkjet metallic print mounted on dibond with ¼ inch plexi)
Laura Cahalane, Memory #2: Please Fuck Off
Lynn Aurelie, Portrait of Arielle-Sovely
(digital inkjet print)
Garry Harley, Grace Gray No. 1
(archival pigment ink and colored metallic thread on canvas)
Richard Shilale, Nature’s Altar
These works, and the original loan, will be on view at the Fitchburg Art Museum during the 2020-2021 exhibition year. See every artwork from this members’ exhibition below: