Boston University Art Galleries Announces Fall 2017 Openings

August 25, 2017

Boston, MA Boston University Art Galleries (BUAG), the consortium comprised of the Stone Gallery, Annex, and 808 Gallery, is pleased to announce upcoming exhibitions and programming.

Serving the Boston University community, as well as the greater Boston and New England public, BUAG is committed to a culturally inclusive and interdisciplinary interpretation of art and culture. Located on the Boston University campus, the Art Galleries maintain an ongoing schedule of temporary exhibitions in four locations that focus on contemporary international, national, and regional art developments.

For the 2017-18 academic year, Boston University Art Galleries presents exhibitions that redefine perceptions and stretch boundaries. Claire Ashley’s exhibition (((CRZ.F.4NRS.AAK))) defies categorization as she uses gigantic pieces of inflatable art to stretch the confines of the gallery space while redefining media, melding painting, sculpture, installation, and performance. At the Faye G., Jo, and James Stone Gallery, the BUAG will feature Geoffrey Chadsey: Heroes and Secondaries, an exploration of visual sensibility, perception, and reality through depictions of the human body. This fall, the BUAG presents its first open-call exhibition of experimental video. Presented in the intimate setting of the BUAG Annex, Private Screening will feature a selection of video and new media works by New England artists mining a range of themes, styles and techniques.

Upcoming exhibitions:

Claire Ashley: (((CRZ.F.4NRS.AAK)))
September 15 – December 3, 2017
Reception & Performance: October 14, 3-5pm
808 Gallery

Geoffrey Chadsey: Heroes and Secondaries
October 20 – December 10, 2017
Opening Reception: October 19, 6-8pm
Faye G., Jo, and James Stone Gallery

Private Screening: A Selection of Experimental Film
October 10 – December 10
The Annex 

Exhibition and Gallery Events are free and open to the public


Claire Ashley: (((CRZ.F.4NRS.AAK)))

September 15 – December 3, 2017
Dates and Events: Friday, September 15 – Sunday, December 3, 2017
Opening Reception: Opening Reception and Performance: October 14, 3-5pm
Location: 808 Gallery (808 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston)

Claire Ashley: (((CRZ.F.4NRS.AAK))) As Ashley reflects, “My work is particularly invested in exploding the structural possibilities of abstract painting, expanding the kinetic possibilities for monumental sculpture, and enlivening the dialogue around contemporary art across class, gender, age, and education.”

Claire Ashley’s large-scale inflatable objects combine painting, sculpture, installation, and performance to defy a singular definition. The coded title of the exhibition translates to “Crazy Female Foreigners Alive and Kicking” referencing Ashley’s Scottish nationality and alluding to the instability of global politics, and the temporal existence of her sculptures inhabiting and moving through space. In her debut solo exhibition in New England, Ashley offers a humorous critique of art world trends and expectations of the human body. Her vessels are boldly colorful on the exterior while supported on the interior solely by air. Ashley’s objects exist at an intersection between imposing yet vulnerable, bloated yet sagging, while combining painterly characteristics of Abstract Expressionism, the playfulness of large scale Pop art, and the psychedelic spectrum of Day-Glo fluorescent colors. The exhibition will include approximately thirty inflatables varying in scale and thirty small paper pieces.

About Claire Ashley
Claire Ashley (Scottish, born 1971) earned her BA in 1993 from Grays School of Art, Aberdeen, Scotland and an MFA (Painting and Drawing) from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (1995)… As seen in this exhibition at 808 Gallery, Ashley’s recent work explores inflatable objects as painting, sculpture, installation, and performance costume. In her artist statement, she describes, “I mine the language of painterly abstraction, monumental sculpture, slapstick humor, and pop art to transform mundane industrial materials into inflatable painted sculptures and performative props. Find more at http://www.claireashley.com.


 Geoffrey Chadsey: Heroes and Secondaries

October 20 – December 10, 2017
Dates and Events: Friday, October 20 – Sunday, December 10, 2017
Opening Reception: October 19, 6-8pm
Location: Faye G., Jo, and James Stone Gallery

Opening in October, Geoffrey Chadsey: Heroes and Secondaries is Chadsey’s first solo show since 2007. The solo exhibition explores visual sensibility, perception, and reality through depictions of the human body.

In Geoffrey Chadsey’s debut solo exhibition in Boston, he presents a series of nearly life-size portraits and smaller studies depicting a cast of figures wrought from the far reaches of the Internet and the artist’s imagination. Skillfully drawn on sheets of transparent Mylar using watercolor pencil and crayon, Chadsey renders and shapes his largely male subjects with the exactness of a plastic surgeon. But far from illustrating the chiseled perfection achieved by the scalpel or the gym, his figures are soft and fleshy, shown in discomfiting degrees of undress, sporting extraneous limbs and questionable fashion choices. Chadsey mines image material for his drawings from social media and portraits of other men posted online. The resulting figures are not representations of a direct or discernible maleness. Rather, they are complex, sometimes humorous amalgams of multiple male personas. Describing what he characterizes as “the non-compliant male body,” Chadsey’s drawings are seductive and destabilizing, portraying a gendered identity that is malleable and fluid.

Artist Talk
A conversation with the artist Geoffrey Chadsey
Friday, October 20th, 12:30pm
Stone Gallery
Please refer to bu.edu/art for event information.

About Geoffrey Chadsey
Chadsey was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In 1989, he received an AB in visual and environmental studies from Harvard University, and in 1995, an MFA in Photography and Drawing from California College of the Arts. Chadsey has exhibited in numerous group and solo exhibitions including one-person shows at the Jack Shainman Gallery, New York; Electric Works, San Francisco; and The Contemporary Museum, Honolulu.  Chadsey lives in Brooklyn, NY. http://geoffreychadsey.com/


Private Screening: A Selection of Experimental Film

October 10 – December 10
Dates and Events: Tuesday, October 10 – Sunday, December 10, 2017
Opening Reception: October 19, 6-8pm
Location: The Annex

A companion to the fall 2017 Stone Gallery show is Private Screening: A Selection of Experimental Film running in The Annex beginning October 10. The first open call exhibition of video presented by the BUAG will feature ten experimental videos by New England artists. While the BUAG has featured video pieces in shows, this exhibition, with works culled from an open call, is the first show to exclusively run digital. Selected artists include: Lani Asuncion, Amy Stacey Curtis, Joseph Fontinha, Neil Horsky, Siobhan Landry, and Michael Lewy.


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808 Gallery
808 Commonwealth Avenue

Faye G., Jo, and James Stone Gallery
College of Fine Arts
855 Commonwealth Avenue

The Annex
College of Fine Arts
855 Commonwealth Avenue

Hours:
Tuesday – Sunday: 12-5pm
Open until 8:00pm on Thursdays.
Closed Mondays and major holidays.
Galleries are closed Nov. 21-26 for the Thanksgiving Holiday.


ABOUT BOSTON UNIVERSITY ART GALLERIES

Dedicated to serving the Boston University community, as well as the greater Boston and New England public, the Boston University Art Galleries are committed to a culturally inclusive and interdisciplinary interpretation of art and culture. Located within walking distance on the Boston University campus, the Stone Gallery, Annex and 808 Gallery maintain an ongoing schedule of temporary exhibitions that focus on contemporary international, national, and regional art development. Gallery hours are Tuesday–Friday from 11am–5pm, Thursday to 8pm and Saturday and Sunday from 1pm–5pm. (Closed Mondays and Holidays). For more information, visit bu.edu/art/.

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