About the Exhibition
Each year PAAM mounts upwards of 6 members’ open and juried exhibitions in which participants display their work alongside some of America’s most noteworthy artists.
Members’ Exhibitions at PAAM represent the work of contemporary artist-members of the Provincetown Art Association and Museum. Many of these artists live on Cape Cod either full-time or for part of the year. While the work varies greatly in media and approach, each artist-member joins a long roster of distinguished artists who have studied, taught, and exhibited at PAAM over the past 100 years. There is no submission fee for members’ exhibitions, but membership must be up to date.
It is a daunting undertaking to select an exhibition from hundreds of fascinating and varied pieces of art. In reviewing the wonderful sea of works submitted to PAAM’s member show this year, I thought about making decisions based not only on the individual quality and strength of the works, but also with an eye to teasing out perceived threads of interconnectedness and dialogue between the ideas and materials that artists were exploring.
To me, one of the powerful themes that emerged in this process was that of artists interested in capturing the hybrid nature of nature, in particular, looking at the human figure in relation to other creatures real or imagined, folkloric or biological, taking them apart and building them up through materials including cut and torn paper, found and deconstructed nylon rope, paint on scavenged wood, and mark-making mixed with printmaking.
I also enjoyed the imaginative and often playful use of a wide variety of strong graphic elements, including cartoon-like collage work, embroidery used in service of pop culture, and the delightful ways that text on paper was made sculptural – for example in tightly rolled coils that manifest as spikes or in small squashed bits that are clustered to form faces and figures, or carefully excised printed markings from maps, cut then rolled into a ball to confound two dimensional reading.
Last but not least, I felt drawn to the many expressions of modern anxieties: Xanax, Monsters and Dark of Night play quite a role in these artists’ imaginations. They surface here with a light touch in most cases, integrated into the most mundane of daily situations – a bit of 21st century surrealism.
Ramon Alcolea, Lennie Alickman, Jean Fogg Brock, Chip Brock, Karen Cappotto, Robert Christian, Amy Davies, Jan Donley, Joerg Dressler, Richard Fishman, Asa Gallagher, Paige Gillies, Kathleen Goldsmith, William Hamlin, Celeste Hanlon, Patricia Hardie, Valerie Isaacs, Deb Kerr, Theresa Kirchner, Andreas Kuehn, Richard Lacasse, R. Layton, Alexandra Leaver, Robert Leaver, Sean McCabe, Maureen McCarron, Hilary McHugh, Deb Mell, Richard Neal, Marsha Nouritza Odabashian, Carol Odell, Karen Ojala, Billy Ray, Robert Rindler, Sian Robertson, Julia Salinger, Lew Schwartz, Laura Shabott, George Shaw, Margot Stage, Gin Stone, Vicky Tomayko, Michael Walczak, Rowan Wielblad, James Wolf, and Mike Wright.
ABOUT THE JUROR
Randi Hopkins is Director of Visual Arts at the Boston Center for the Arts, where she oversees the BCA’s Mills Gallery, Visual Arts Artist Residency program and Artist Studios Building. She has initiated ongoing programs including GERTRUDE’S artists salon, the Brink exhibition series, and Run of the Mills (created in partnership with BCA Dance Manager Andrea Blesso Albuquerque) – a laboratory for innovation in art that crosses boundaries between visual and movement-based arts – and has worked with invited curators on exhibitions including James Montford: Persuasions 1990-2015, Queer Threads: Crafting Identity and Community and Alida Cervantes: Majas, cambujas y virreinacas. In October 2017, in partnership with Oliver Mak from Boston’s Bodega and Fourth Wall Projects, she launched the inaugural, annual Boston Art Book Fair at the BCA.
She was formerly Associate Curator at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, co-founder and co-director of Allston Skirt Gallery, and weekly arts columnist for the Boston Phoenix. She also teaches contemporary art history in the Art & Music Department at Simmons College in Boston.