Summer Group Show
A special gallery selection
July 24 - August 28, 2021
Nina Bellucci • Demetri Espinosa • Steve Keister • Alysia Macaulay
• Anina Major • Tony Marsh • Jonathan Peck • Michael C. Thorpe
We are pleased to showcase a summer group show featuring a special selection of work from our gallery artists and two guest artists.
Demetri Espinosa is a painter and digital artist based in Boston, MA. He holds a BFA from Massachusetts College of Art and Design where he studied painting and printmaking. His work has been featured in The Boston Globe, Studio Visit Magazine, and numerous other publications. Espinosa is a child of immigrants—his mother from Greece and his father Mexican. Inherent in that fact is his lived experience of having grown up split between the two contrasting worlds of his parents’ native cultures, and having to square that with the American one that has never fully felt his own. His paintings are an attempt to reconcile that conflict.
Steve Keister was born in Lancaster, PA in 1949. He received his B.F.A. from Tyler School of Art in 1971. After receiving his M.F.A. from Tyler School of Art in Rome in 1973 he moved to New York City. He started working at the Whitney Museum, first at the sales desk, later doing in-house signage. The Whitney curators Marcia Tucker and Patterson Sims promoted his work, and soon he was exhibiting in solo and group exhibitions, including the 1981 Whitney Biennial. Since then he has received several grants, including a Gottlieb Foundation Grant in 1999 and a Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship in 2000. He has exhibited his work in prestigious galleries including BlumHelman Gallery, Gagosian Gallery, Bill Maynes Gallery, Feature and Mitchell Algus Gallery. His work is included in over 60 museum collections.
Born and bred in Boston and studied photography in New York. Her work is informed by the photographic lens and the art of collaging. She interprets what she sees through shapes and colors pushing the possibilities of her chosen art mediums.
Anina Major is a visual artist from The Bahamas, whose work investigates the relationships between self and place. Her work draws from anthropological research, oral histories and personal observations. Major is the recipient of numerous awards and residencies, including the St. Botolph Club Foundation Emerging Artists Award for sculpture, the Watershed Summer Residency Zenobia Award, Mass MoCA Studio Artist Program, the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center Fellowship and the Socrates Sculpture Park Fellowship. Her work has been exhibited internationally at venues in The Bahamas, the United States, and Europe including Gallery 51 (North Adams, MA), Fuller Craft Museum, (Brockton, MA), National Gallery of The Bahamas (Nassau, Bahamas) and HALLE 14 (Leipzig, Germany). Major studied at the College of The Bahamas before earning her BS in Graphic Design from Drexel University and her MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design.
"The ceramic vessel has always been my primary vehicle of artistic expression. I am fascinated by its deep and unparalleled history and position between nature and culture. While the vessels that I make are not utilitarian nor do they explicitly refer to a historical pottery type or style, I believe that I use them as a device to address the essential. On a simple level they do attempt to pay homage to what pottery from around the world has always been required to do, hold, preserve, offer, commemorate and beautify.
Marriage, fertility, creation, death and the difference between the numinous and pure materiality are the essential primary subjects related to human experience that occur and reoccur in my work.
Much of the work is dichotomous in nature; being both sensual and cerebral, organic & geometric, solid & weightless, masculine & feminine." -Tony Marsh
Michael C. Thorpe
Michael C. Thorpe is a visual artist living and working out of New York, New York, with a primary focus in textiles. His mother, Susan Richards, taught him the art and craft of quilting. Through the usage of bright colors, organic shapes, and meandering quilting patterns, Thorpe explores the limitations of both social constructs and textiles. He combines fabrics, imagery and language to evoke alternative perspectives on the human experience.
"I have been looking up at the sky and through the trees for as long as I can
remember. I often find myself in awe of the blinding sunlight that peeks through
branches or an impossible combination of colors that bleeds across the sky, from which I
can’t look away. The consistency of these natural phenomena is comforting in that such
things go on; the sun rises each day, to allow us to begin again, and the sun sets to mark
the end of another go at it. My new group of paintings, titled “Looking Up”, celebrates these natural
phenomena of the everyday and the power of nature and light to heal and energize. I
use photographs that I’ve taken on my walks, hikes, and other outings to inspire
dynamic compositions, energizing color combinations, and experiments in paint
application. As I meditate on the memory associated with each photograph, whether
taken alone or surrounded by family, I am reminded of reasons to be grateful and to be
present. My hope for this new group of paintings is that they can draw the
viewer in to encourage a similar pause or moment of contemplation, to notice the joy
and wonder that persists all around us." -Nina Bellucci
"In this work, drawing, painting, and printmaking come together through a process that moves
back and forth between the physical and the digital. Marks and illustrations are first made with
ink on paper then scanned into the computer and cutout through a vinyl plotter. Sometimes the
pieces are preconceived of in a sketch, while other times I act and react to each mark or gesture
I was drawn to this process because I was interested in exploring the authenticity of a gesture. I
was curiosity to see what properties were either lost or gained when a mark moves from the
hand to a machine, and back again. As a result, I now have a database of files that can be add to
and reuse from in a variety of new paintings.
The materials I use are typically meant for making signage. I like the plasticity of the medium and
the correlations that can be drawn between signs and paintings, materials and meaning. I’m
interested in challenging expectations of what constitutes a painting, and investigating the plastic
nature of painting in general." -Jonathan Peck