Artists' Reception: Caroline Bagenal, Mags Harries @ Boston Sculptors Gallery, Boston [20 May]

Artists' Reception: Caroline Bagenal, Mags Harries

05:00 - 20:00

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Boston Sculptors Gallery
486 Harrison Ave, Boston, Massachusetts 02118
Join Boston Sculptors Caroline Bagenal and Mags Harries for an Artists' Reception celebrating their current exhibitions «Summer Palace» (Bagenal) and «Adrift» (Harries). «Summer Palace» and «Adrift» are on view through June 11th at Boston Sculptors Gallery!

Caroline Bagenal’s exhibition Summer Palace, on view May 10 through June 11, explores themes of freedom and confinement. Simultaneously evoking both exterior and interior worlds, Summer Palace is a large suspended sculpture built from latticed panels. The piece invites the viewer to enter and contemplate the dualities it poses, such as enclosure and openness, fragility and strength, and protection and confinement.

A second piece, Book of Hours, is constructed from over 600 pages of the Encyclopedia of Needlework. The book—its pages heavily annotated and underlined—belonged to the artist’s great aunt who was confined to her home for most of her life. The title Book of Hours refers not only to illuminated medieval manuscripts, but also addresses themes time and labor that recur throughout the exhibition.

Addressing themes of global warming to the survival of humankind, Mags Harries’ new solo exhibitionAdrift will feature sculptural and two-dimensional works depicting subjects ranging from life vests to icebergs. In response to the political environment created by the Trump administration, Adrift alludes to the tide of uncertainty in which we are caught. Sensing a threat to our democracy, the planet, and its inhabitants, Harries grapples with glacial melts, and the turning back of migrants who have come here to establish a better life. The artist, an immigrant herself, asks, “How does one ignore these changes? How does one understand this uncertainty?
How does an artist deal with these issues?”

Through simple placement, materials and scale, Harries creates a darker side to objects that reflects our new reality of global warming. In her public art practice with Lajos Héder, many of the award winning projects are based on water, and often reflect on environmental issues.
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