Tuesday, October 21, 2014

BROADSIDE



The Broadside 
10"x14" screenprint 2014



BROADSIDE  
An exhibition based on modern reinterpretations of the one-sheet broadside. This body of work finds its place between the ephemeral, commercialized object and something more lasting, tactile, and intimate or conceptual. The artists investigate a range of interests including those of aesthetics, politics, humor, poetics, and social issues. By conflating message and medium, Broadside explores how outmoded means of communication continue to hold sway in the contemporary imagination.

Artists:

Elaine Bay

Tim Devin

Pat Falco

Raúl Gonzalez III

TJ Kelley III

Tim McCool

Robert Moeller

Maria Molteni

Rhonda Ratray

Sarah Rushford

Adria Sutter
Opening Reception: Fri 10/24 7-9 pm

  Oct 21st - Nov 14, 2014 @ 13FOREST Gallery

167A Mass Ave. Arlington, MA 02474

RAISE THE SPIRITS!


Blood Clot 5"x7" 2014
1 shot Southern Comfort peach liqueur
1/2 shot grenadine syrup
7-Up soda



Bloody Maria 8"x10" 2014
  • 2 ounces tequila
  • 1 teaspoon horseradish
  • 3 dashes Tabasco sauce
  • 3 dashes Worcestershire sauce
  • Dash of lime juice
  • 3 dashes celery salt
  • 3 dashes pepper
  • Tomato juice
  • 1 teaspoon dijon mustard (optional)
  • Celery stalk for garnish
  • Lemon and/or lime wedge for garnish
  • Cucumber and/or cocktail shrimp for garnish (optional)
I've been working on a new series called "Raise the Spirits."  These paintings are based on cocktails and apparitions. 

You can see the rest of the series here on my Flickr    

or in person at the Diesel Cafe in Davis Square at 257 Elm St, Somerville, MA
**Available for purchase. Commissions welcome.

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Brand Dead


Choke the Chicken, one of my contributions for the show Brand Dead

B R A N D   D E A D
The Hallway Gallery
66a South St.
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
The Hallway Gallery is pleased to present BRAND DEAD, a collection of works by nine artists commissioned to re-interpret contemporary logos and familiar ad campaigns. The resulting works that make up the exhibition range from the satirical playfulness of Wacky Packages and MAD Magazine advertisements, to more somber critiques of some of America’s most iconic companies such as Budweiser, Pep Boys, Procter & Gamble and Kelloggs.
The participating artists included in BRAND DEAD are Brian Butler, Peat Duggins, Pat Falco, Raspado Friaz, Ryan Hennessee, Rhonda Ratray, Jack W Schneider, Karl Stevens and Todd White.
March 6th-31st
Opening reception: Wednesday March 6th, 6pm-9pm

Monday, September 24, 2012

Wall Works: Art @ the Library

Landschap: 

Aimee LaPorte & Rhonda Ratray

         
 Bennington Mountains, July Meadow. Aimee LaPorte 2012

 The Land Bridge, Rhonda Ratray 2012

Nina. Aimee LaPorte 2012

October 6 – January 31, 2013

Opening reception: Saturday, October 6, 2012
1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Bennington Free Library
101 Silver Street
Bennington, VT 05201
(802) 442-9051
http://benningtonfreelibrary.org


Aimee LaPorte
Landscape painting traces its name from the Dutch word “landschap” meaning a patch of cultivated ground. My landscape paintings reflect this history, highlighting the margins of nature and culture. These are depictions of the wild and the cultivated. The apple orchard of my youth and the farms I visit weekly have in part, become the subjects of my paintings. It is not my intention to idealize nature or depict idealized pastoral scenes. These paintings are about stopping and appreciating exactly where I am, the smell, the light, the air.  If I can breathe the air, I can visit and revisit these meditative spaces.

Ongoing Gratus Portrait Series. This portrait series borrows it’s name from the Latin word Gratus, meaning beloved, dear, pleasing or agreeable. The style of these miniatures is inspired by a series of colonial family portraits from the collection of the Bennington Museum.  My subjects are companion animals, some of which are my own family pets.  Intended to delight, these mementos humorously honor dear family members. I work from photographs and digital images. Please contact me if you would like a custom portrait. laporteorama@gmail.com

Rhonda Ratray
The Bridges, is an ongoing series begun in March 2011.  Bridges can be epic like the 1,000 mile long Bering Land Bridge that created a link between North America and Asia ushering humans to a new continent.  Bridges can be fantastic like the Flaming Rainbow Bridge of Norse mythology that connects the Earth to the realm of the gods. Bridges can be iconic like Vermont’s covered bridges that speak to history. These bridges serve to join two pieces of land and foster a connection through time. My series began with bridges in knots as a way to hold the connection tighter. The bridges have evolved from there.  


Saturday, August 4, 2012

Bridge

The Weaver's Bridge 2 2012


                                         The Rainbow Bridge 2 2012

Bridges can be epic like the 1,000 mile long Bering Land Bridge that created a link between North America and Asia ushering humans to a new continent.  Bridges can be spiritual like the Flaming Rainbow Bridge of Norse mythology that connects the Earth to the realm of the gods. Bridges can be iconic like Vermont’s covered bridges that speak to history. These bridges serve to join two pieces of land and foster a connection through time. My series began with bridges in knots as a way to hold the connection tighter. I was in the middle of this series when the destruction of Hurricane Irene hit Vermont. Bridges were washed away, and one that I know of exploded. The bridges became more then a metaphor. People were stranded and the water main to my town was crushed. This ongoing series includes: The Weaver’s Bridge 1 and 2, The Granny Bridges (for Grandma Moses) , The Rainbow Bridge 1 and 2, The Coffin bridge, The Burning Bridges, The Brooktrout Bridge, Disaster at Wishbone Bridge and New Wishbone Bridge. You can see this series in person during the month of August at Kevin's on Main St in North Bennington Vermont, or on my Flickr http://www.flickr.com/photos/7420909@N08/sets/72157625979225522/

Friday, June 29, 2012

yum!


CREATE: Six Artists, Six Chefs, One Canvas, at the Boston Center for Adult Education. An innovative one day event, June 3 2012 bringing together all manner of deliciousness for your enjoyment! Spearheaded by Louis DiBiccari. http://create-boston.com/ We were so happy to collaborate with the lovely and talented Suzi Maitland from Trina's Starlight Lounge! 

Saturday, May 5, 2012

The Year of the Dragon 2012

Part of the series Divided Dragon. Demon Eyes 5"x7"
I have heard that the most popular tattoo worldwide is a traditional eastern style Chinese Dragon. Who knows if this is true. This tattoo is said to embody strength power and good luck. In China, the Dragon has been the the bringer of rain, hurricanes and floods as well as the national emblem of the emperor.  Some scholars believe that the Chinese dragon form originated from totems of different tribes in China. Huangdi, the first Emperor of China used a snake for his coat of arms. According to the myth, every time he conquered another tribe, he incorporated his defeated enemy’s emblem into his own, this may explain why the dragon appears to have features of various animals. Separating mythology from a China’s politics has been challenging in creating this series.
The series Divided Dragon is a tribute to the 9 animal resemblances of the dragon in Chinese mythology as documented by The Han Dynasty scholar Wang Fu :
“... as to the nine resemblances, they are the following: his horns resemble those of a stag, his head that of a camel, his eyes those of a demon, his neck that of a snake, his belly that of a clam, his scales those of a carp, his claws those of an eagle, his soles those of a tiger, his ears those of a cow. Upon his head he has a thing like a broad eminence (a big lump), called chimu. If a dragon has no chimu, he cannot ascend to the sky.” 
You can see the rest of the of this series here
On view at The Bennington Arts Guild 103 South Street, Bennington, VT. reception May 12, 5-8 pm