Saturday, March 8, 2014

ROOM press and events

                                             photo credit: Freddie Wiss 

A boisterous preview night. here's the card and the image list.

And the article in the Boston Globe 
The Boston Globe 3/12/14
New space in Watertown
By Cate McQuaid
Un-Mapping the Air: Bob Oppenheim, Carol McMahon, Ted Ollier
At: Room 83 Spring,
83 Spring St., Watertown.
Artists Ellen Wineberg and Cathleen Daley have opened a new project space next door to Drive-By Projects in Watertown. They’re reluctant to call it a gallery. “We’re artists for artists,” says Daley.
Their first show, “Un-Mapping the Air,” is spare, uncluttered, and deeply moving. It’s all about foiling expectations. Large is made small. Something tactile and present somehow conveys absence.
Bob Oppenheim’s painted panels stitched and splayed with loose threads are delicate with breathy hues and barely visible lines. They might map the cosmos, or the underside of a piece of embroidery. They pull you in close with their hints and whispers, weaving a net of memory and longing. What’s there feels like traces of what has gone.
Speaking of cosmic, Ted Ollier’s silkscreened pulsing concentric circles with pools of color at their core are simplified visions of planets and their rings. They read like objects of meditation, icons that draw you into the center. “Planetary Rings, Uranus” has a small pale blue circle at its center, and the rings around it imply distance. “Planetary Rings, Neptune” has a larger, turquoise core, and fewer rings. Where Uranus recedes, Neptune seductively rises to meet us.
Carol McMahon explores the dark side of domesticity with white-washed doll houses. “Homefront” is nearly empty, upside down and askew, with stray boxes and a white-painted doll’s hat resting on its upturned foundation. God knows what damage came to this home, from within or without, to leave it so bereft.

We were featured in an artscope eblast by Lacey Daley

This blast is full of what we like to call innovators. The folks of these exhibitions are opening new art spaces, displaying life-size artwork and debuting the entire realm of a renowned artist's work—all of which we consider to be trailblazing efforts. So whether you consider them pioneers of paint or theme or space, they're all trying something a little different, which is always worth checking out. 

Un-Mapping The Air at Room 83 Spring
in Watertown, Massachusetts today through April 10th

Arts without exception, it's all about the conversation—that's the tagline for a new art venue opening in Watertown and we think they've got the right idea. Room 83 Spring is a space for art and a studio for projects and events that promote experimentation and process, hosting a mix of creative disciplines, provocative installations and engaging discourse. Artists Cathleen Daley and Ellen Wineberg launched Room 83 Spring, located at 83 Spring Street between Common and Main Streets and adjacent to the venerable Drive-By Projects Gallery, as a project to foster and celebrate other artists. For years, the duo has been looking for the perfect spot to open an alternative, inclusive art space, and starting tonight, they get to do just that. The debut exhibition, Un-Mapping The Air, features the paintings, assemblages, prints and video of Bob Oppenheim, Carol McMahon and Ted Ollier. The featured artists work to undo the scaffolding and disrupt the foundation of all concepts familiar, shaking our every expectation and turning them inside out. Oppenheim is Professor Emeritus at Simmons College and former director of the Trustman Art Gallery. He is represented by Miller Yezerski Gallery. McMahon exhibits at Bromfield Gallery, where her last two solo shows were Age of Un-Reason and Home Front. Ollier also exhibits at Bromfield Gallery, is Press Master at Harvard University's Bow and Arrow Press and teaches at Harvard Extension and the New Hampshire Institute of Art. Un-Mapping The Air opens tonight, Thursday, February 27th and will be on view through Thursday, April 10th. A reception will be held on Sunday, March 9th from 3-5pm. Room 83 Spring is open every Thursday from 12-4pm, and by appointment. As for future shows and exhibitions, the venue will combine painters and sculptors with authors, artisans, poets and more. With art on the wall and off, Room 83 Spring ensures that compelling conversations will ensue. Join their talks now by liking them on their Facebook page.

and a capsule preview by Brian Goslow:

In the march/april 2014 artScope:

It’s been gratifying to see a number of new galleries opening up in the New England region in recent months. As we went to press, Ellen Wineberg and Cathleen Daley opened the doors to their room 83 spring gallery, which they call, “A site for experimentation and process.” The space is intended to host a mix of creative disciplines, provocative installations and engaging exchange. “We are artists who wish to foster and celebrate other artists. Arts without exception, it's all about the conversation.” Room’s first exhibition, “Un-Mapping The Air,” featuring works by Bob Oppenheim, Carol McMahon and Ted Ollier, continues through April 10 at 83 Spring Street, Watertown, Mass.

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