August 26 – October 15, 2016
Opening Reception September 8, 2016 4-7 P.M.
University Hall Gallery
1st Floor University Hall
University of Massachusetts Boston
In a mixed media drawing representation of jazz great Charlie Parker, who was so famously nicknamed “The Bird,” Parker makes his grand entrance in the form of a signature Todd Pavlisko move, where an otherwise straightforward graphite portrait is transfigured by the punctured addition of gemstones hanging from elegant chains. In this portrait the image offers dangling participial nuance about Pavlisko’s own infatuation, while decorating the icon more generally for his massive impact on the broader creative class.
In this presentation, Pavlisko’s interests in science, innovation, and cross-pollinating disciplines are on display. One of his principal roles is assigned to Dr. Robert Carter, Professor and Chair of the UMass Boston Chemistry Department. Carter plays two major parts, an artist in the show and an engineering collaborator on the fabrication of other works, which weaves a complex intellectual and conceptual forum establishing new approaches and innovations to the art of installation.
Pavlisko’s work—already often marked by a sense of play and adventure—comes to a fever pitch in “Now’s the Time.” In addition to some of the artist’s signature media such as drawing and sculpture the exhibition is punctuated by a floor-to-ceiling backdrop of thousands of Play-Doh cans, carefully arranged to essentially “frame” the entire show. Through this Play-Doh patina, Pavlisko at once undermines the sterility of the white cube and provides the architectural proscenium (both physical and conceptual) for the entire exhibition and presents a unique confluence between High Art and popular culture.
For more about the artist, see: Samsøñ- Todd Pavlisko