Opening Reception for “Now’s the Time:” A Site-Specific Installation by Artist Todd Pavlisko
OPENING RECEPTION- SEPTEMBER 8, 2016 5-8 P.M.!
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 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.
Learn more about the artist: Samsøñ- Todd Pavlisko
MBTA: Guests are encouraged to take public transportation. Take the Red Line to the JFK/UMass station and then take one of the free campus shuttle buses which run every 5 to 10 minutes. Get off the bus at the Campus Center (#1 on the campus map). Enter the Campus Center and take an immediate right to enter the hallway to University Hall (#12 on the campus map). Once you enter University Hall, follow the event signs to the gallery.
PARKING: Guests should park at UMass Boston’s Bayside Parking Lot located at 200 Mount Vernon Street located one half mile from campus (#20 on the campus map). Board the #3 shuttle and get off at the Campus Center (#1 on the campus map). Enter the Campus Center and take an immediate right to enter the hallway to University Hall (#12 on the campus map). Once you enter University Hall, follow the event signs to the gallery.
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