Artists Kenji Nakayama and Pat Falco have created a studio environment in the Distillery building in South Boston that speaks to the varied contexts of their artistic processes. Their finished artworks and works in progress hang side-by-side with pieces they’ve collected from their peers, and throughout the space are readily available conceptual and material sources: from paint cans to exhibition catalogs, political posters to Easter ornaments, saws to surfboards.
Nakayama and Falco are bringing elements of their studio space to UMass Boston's University Hall Gallery for an exhibition called Current: Kenji Nakayama & Pat Falco.
About the Exhibition
Current will take form as an evolving installation, bringing elements from the artists’ studio into the gallery to create a site for active artistic production and presentation. Modeled after their shared space, they will set up work stations to make art, adding to the display throughout the exhibition. Students of the UMass Boston Art Department, as well as visiting artists, will be invited to participate in making and displaying new work in the gallery. Current is organized in collaboration with the artists, Kate Ostreicher, and University Hall Gallery Curator Sam Toabe. The exhibit will be open weekdays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. from November 10, 2017 to January 5, 2018. There will be a reception on November 29 from 6 to 8 p.m.
About the Artists
Kenji Nakayama (b. 1979, Hokkaido, Japan) is a mechanical engineer by education, and in 2004 moved to Boston to pursue an art practice and study traditional sign painting at the Butera School of Art in Boston. Nakayama’s work has been exhibited widely across the U.S. and abroad in numerous solo and group exhibitions.
Pat Falco (b. 1987, Boston, MA) is an artist and organizer from Boston, Massachusetts. He received his BFA from Massachusetts College of Art and Design. His most recent work includes public interventions and installations at Faneuil Hall and Fort Warren on George's Island in the Boston Harbor. He is the recent recipient of the Emerging Artist Award from the St. Botolph Club Foundation and a Fund for the Arts Grant from the New England Foundation for the Arts.