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Boston: Don’t Dump

July 14 – August 16, 2011

“Boston Don’t Dump” is an environmental art project by international artist Jane
Ingram Allen
, originally from the USA but living and working in Taiwan since going
there in 2004 as a Fulbright Scholar artist in residence. For the “Boston Don’t
Dump” project Jane will create a new series of handmade paper artworks focused on the environmental issue of clean water and urban runoff and pollution of Boston’s waterways. The project will begin on June 29, 2011, with a two-week artist in residency at the Distillery Gallery, South Boston, MA, to create the artworks and involve the public in open studio sessions with the artist. The public is invited to join the artist in making handmade paper and putting the wet newly formed sheets to dry on the metal sidewalk signs found on many Boston corners that say “Don’t Dump – Drains to Boston Harbor” or other Boston waterways.

Open Studio Sessions will be held in the lobby gallery space at the Distillery Building from 10 AM to 12 Noon and from 2PM to 4PM, on June 30, July 1, July 2, July 5, July 6, July 7 and July 8.

An exhibition of the works created during the Distillery Gallery residency, along with related works made in Taipei, Taiwan, on city manhole covers, will open on July 14 and continue through August 13, 2011, at Distillery Gallery. An opening reception and gallery talk by the artist will be Thursday, July 14, 6-8 PM.

Funding for “Boston Don’t Dump” has been made possible by the Puffin Foundation.

UPCOMING:

“Make it Together”
August 25 – September 27, 2011
Opening Reception: August 25, 7-9pm

The confines of the artist’s studio allow the artist to focus, free of distractions, on the creative process. Both a place of solitude and freedom, the studio is where ideas come to fruition and the sometimes messy practices of art making are of little concern in regards to the space. The studio, however, with all of its usefulness, can also be limiting.

In an attempt to address the notion of isolation within one’s studio, The Distillery Gallery has challenged a group of artists to produce works beyond their normal individual control. “Make it Together” asks artists to collaborate with one or more fellow artists on individual pieces, thus surrendering complete authority by any one contributor. The results will be unique to each pairing and will encourage the participants to take risks they otherwise do not take in their routine individual processes.

“Make it Together” will feature collaborative works involving:
Hilary Alder, Gulay Apley, Aimee Belanger, Walter Crump, Alison Davis, Pat Falco, Josh Falk, Elizabeth Grammaticas, Stephen Holding, Vanessa Irzyk, Meredith Iszlai, AD Jacobson, KDONZ, Cassandra Long, Eric Love, Kenji Nakayama, Elizabeth Nicholson, Adam O’Day, Shana Paleologos, Danielle Spurge, Joshua Taylor, Nick Ward, and Dana Woulfe.

Please join us for the opening reception on Thursday, August 25, from 7-9pm.

*image: “Cave Monster Stalking a Unicorn” by Adam O’Day & KDONZ

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