Opening Reception: Friday, August 26, 6-9 pm.
“Barbara is currently devoted to capturing personal and universal experiences caused by loss and daily survival. Repeated shapes of the square and circle hold fast in Barbara’s work: the form of a haven, a homeland, a structure, a container for displacement...camps destroyed by war or natural catastrophe. Rimless tires, random as weights above tin, pleated rooftops suggest protection.
Lives change in an instant, cloud-like containers holding the raining skies. These paintings as fleeting moments: strips of land fall, dust and devastation permeates as war blows, destroys and sweeps. The artist standing alone: seeking refuge, sorting, waiting, swimming, floating, and finally buoyant. Observing this new meadow, these new structures, its hazy frame a ceaseless cycle, destroyed down to the bone, hoisted and carried on her back.” – Susan Rand Brown
Barbara Cohen received a B.F.A. from Tufts University and the School of Museum of Fine Arts in Boston with earlier studies in art history at Oxford University. Awarded grants include: The Pollock-Krasner Foundation, Artists Foundation Mass Fellowship Program, Polaroid Artist Support Program, and Blanche E. Colman Award, as well as artist residencies from The Emily Harvey Foundation in Venice, Italy and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. Barbara has exhibited her paintings and sculpture in numerous galleries and museums across the country. She is the author of eight published books including, Venezia: Essenze, New York Love Affair, Dog in the Dunes, and Provincetown ‘East West’. She lives and works in New York and Provincetown.
“In varied ways, my artwork deals with the functionality of process and the materials at hand.”
M P Landis was born 1965 in Lancaster, PA. As a child he traveled throughout the world with his Mennonite missionary parents. After studying political science, philosophy and literature for a few years, he dropped out of Millersville University of Pennsylvania to help open a bookstore in downtown Lancaster.
In 1989 he moved to Provincetown to concentrate on making visual art, which had been his intention since early childhood. He quickly began exhibiting there and was awarded a solo exhibition at the Provincetown Art Association and Museum (PAAM) in 1995. In 1996 he moved to Brooklyn, NY, where he lived and worked until the spring of 2015 when he and his family moved to Portland, Maine. Since 1990 Landis has participated in over 30 solo exhibitions, and numerous group and two-person exhibits. His work is included in many public and private collections.
M P currently lives and works in Portland, ME.
“My foundation training in the fine and graphic arts included an intensive drawing practice, the extensive investigation of color theory coupled with the elements of design. After many years of working in photography, printmaking and mixed media, I arrived at the intent to devote most of my studio practice entirely to painting. Engaging with the geometric/linear abstract, the work moved towards minimalist grids and stripe configurations. The emerging images took on a feel of the iconic through the felt plasticity of simple linear and grid forms. The drawing within each painting is rendered with graphite, which is then toned down with a gesso wash, softening the lines.
Heightened response to inner feelings as well as outer stimuli, is what activates the start of a new painting. Intuition, as well as color making skill creates and harmonizes the palette as the piece develops. The emerging colors are quickly and deftly mixed and methodically applied. It is this spontaneous yet focused energy that moves the subtlety of color work, shifting and engaging the eye to slowly move around the picture plane. This method of color-making and application is compatible with the freedom offered by the stabilized grid form. My current palette often leans to the use of mostly high key chroma. Recently, I have begun to explore bonding panels into extended shapes and the combinations of more deeply saturated hues.
My paintings express various shifts in chromatic mood, as well as an expanding vocabulary of grid and line compositions. Using a palette knife almost exclusively, oil paint is applied to birch panels, canvas, and occasionally heavy paper. By intention, the applied paint has no truly hard edges, conveying a looser yet integrated aesthetic.”
Midge Battelle was born in 1945 in Worcester, MA. In 1967, she visited Provincetown and remained as a year round resident for the better part of the next fifty years. Currently, Battelle is residing in Gulfport, FL, returning often to Provincetown, where she remains an active participant in the arts community.
In 1986 Battelle graduated from Greenfield Community College with an Associates Degree in Art and Design, and in 1989 graduated with a BFA from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Boston, MA, pursuing a concentration in photography, graphic arts, and critical studies in art history. Over the years Battelle has been involved in the arts as a teacher, gallerist, independent curator, and studio practitioner. Currently Midge is committed to working in the oil painting, drawing, and collage mediums.
Midge Battelle has exhibited widely, with her work is in both private and museum collections.
Small Invader I & II — Love You ‘til The End of Time
“For several years now I have been combining found Styrofoam pieces with organic forms made from paper-mache. Even though EPS foam can be recycled, it rarely is. Paper-mache on the other hand is a king among recycled materials because it can be made from most any kind of paper or plant material.
In my generation we grew up thinking the ocean was the source of all life, paramount in its ability to absorb, and infinite in its ability to support. How childish that seems now. “Invaders” are my imagining what the ocean will grow instead of fish, mammals and plant-life if we do not change. “Invaders” are my imagining the seas’ cries for help.”
Bebe Beard earned her BFA in 1976, her MFA from Mass College of Art’s Studio for Interrelated Media in 1996. She has just received a significant New England Artists’ Trust grant as overseen by the Berkshire Taconic Foundation. Past grants include the Massachusetts Cultural Council, St Botolph’s Club Art Foundation and the Gottlieb Foundation Emergency Assistance. Beard has held residencies at Djerassi Resident Artists Program, MacDowell Colony and the Experimental Television Center in Owego, NY. She has exhibited in a wide variety of venues – alternative spaces, galleries, and theaters throughout New England and New York. Her most recent group exhibition was at Site: Brooklyn between Red Hook and Park Slope. Beard’s next upcoming solo show will be at Hallspace, Dorchester in Spring 2017.
“Haven is an offering of empathy for those who have lost their homes whether through war, divorce, or financial strife. A narrated 3D illustration that renders in virtual reality, Haven premiered at Tribeca Interactive this April. Here at AMP you can watch the short vignette about the Aldehneh family who fled Syria in 2014. Haven is illustrated using VRDoodler and narrated by Danny Aldehneh, the 10-year old son.”
Cindy Sherman Bishop is a visual artist, filmmaker, and digital creative. She is currently at MIT with a fellowship at the Open Doc Lab @MITOpenDocLab. At MIT, she has prototyped a number of interesting projects, her primary focus currently being VRDoodler, an online 3D drawing/prototyping tool for artists and storytellers that renders in VR (http://www.vrdoodler.com). Storybot, an audiovisual archive for family history, is also patent-pending.
Dots and Dashes
“In my latest sculptures I’m examining the play of angles as they work with and against each other. I’m also investigating perspectives of an object from different views.”
Anne Corrsin is a multi-media artist based in Somerville, Ma. She received a BFA in Sculpture from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts/Boston. The grants and fellowships awarded to her include an Individual Artist Grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council (through Somerville Arts Council), a Professional Development/Travel Grant (to study Glassmaking and Design in Copenhagen and Ebeltoft, Denmark) from the Boston Athenaeum and an Artist Residency Fellowship to the Vermont Studio Center. Anne’s work is held in a number of private collections. She has exhibited at galleries including Barbara Krakow Gallery (Boston, MA), Real Art Ways (Hartford, CT), Sacramento Street Gallery (Cambridge, MA), Luhring/Augustine Gallery (NYC), Sikkema Jenkins and Co. (NYC), and AMP Gallery (Provincetown, MA).
Weeping at the Well
This multi-piece installation was originally conceived to be part of a large exhibit whose purpose was to bring attention to the plight of women around the world who are being raped as tools of war, sold into sexual slavery, punished by acid and burning for tribal transgressions and enduring other horrifying acts of abuse.
The proceeds from this exhibit were to go to support organizations that help, support and bring dignity to women who have been subjected to this kind of abuse and humiliation. As such the artist will be donating all of her profits from this smaller installation to the support these same causes.
Arlene Shulman is a photographer and sculptor living in New Jersey. Arlene’s main body of work explores the connection between photography and found-objects and new ways of seeing. She has had pieces in the Phillips Mill Photography Show, and in the Hunterdon Museum. She has also exhibited in Provincetown, MA. Four One-Woman shows in New Jersey provided her with the opportunity to fill four rooms with works based on single themes.
The first, “Transparent Locations,” explored photographic portraiture within the context of three-dimensional found-object constructions.
The second, “Hidden Exposures,” explored the forbidden aspects of the nude in public art forums by creating very personal and private viewing opportunities in found objects sculptures and large installations.
Her third show of abstract photographs grew out of a response to an illness which temporarily limited her physical abilities. These limitations which necessitated working in very small, close-up environments, actually opened a new world of possibilities where the artist began to use the camera as a paint brush.
Her fourth show was a retrospective called “A Way of Seeing” which provided a way to explore and contrast the wonderful dissonances and harmonies of her previous work.
Arlene is now focused on working with miniature sculptural figures which focus on the plight of raped and abused women across the world. This work—and its materials and focus—is a return to a format she used many years ago in a more whimsical fashion.
"In describing my work I use the term "Organic Minimalism." Implicit in this designation are my artistic roots: Abstract Expressionism, an important artistic movement from my original home in the USA, and Konkret Art or Minimalism, the culturally predominant art of German speaking Switzerland where I now spend the major part of each year. These movements have been intertwined in my work resulting in a very individual artistic perception. I am committed to making art with emotional directness, deliberately using the minimum of means –lines, color and texture--thus subscribing to the adage “Less is more.” Another way to understand my paintings and sculpture is that each is concerned with the emotional division of space. In this space total movement joins active stillness."
Judith Trepp was born in New York City, graduated from Bard College. Accepted and lived in the first federally sponsored housing for artistes, Westbeth, in the USA. Has lived in Switzerland since 1970, Switzerland and the USA since 1989. Has written art criticism for the International Herald Tribune and is Zurich correspondant for ARTnews, USA. VISARTE Residency at La Cité Interantional des Arts, Paris from 11/20012-3/2013.
Judith's work is exhibited and in numerous private collections throughout the world. Her work is also included in the permanent collection at the Provincetown Art Association and Museum, where she had a solo show in 2011.
For more information, please visit: http://judithtrepp.net/