Wednesday, December 28, 2011

The Stuff of Art

It's been a long time between posts, but I just had to be sure that the bricoleurs out there were aware of Joanne Mattera's wonderful post that collects images of artworks made from non-traditional materials that she saw at the Miami art fairs. (Talk about a run-on sentence!) Anyway, there are some wild and wonderful pieces in her post and you can link to it here. (The image below is from her post, "Fair Play: Stuff" of today's date. The work is by William J. O'Brien at Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York, at ABMB.)

Image from Joanne Mattera Art Blog - "Fair Play: Stuff" of 12.28.11. See details above.

When you link to Joanne's post, you will see all her other wonderful posts about the Miami art fairs that give you a real sense of being there in a tour edited and organized by JM herself.

My Solo Show at The Bing

Material World, 2011, tacks boxes, book parts, printed corrugated, rubber,
patinated aluminum and copper, record album parts, tacks and encaustic on panel.
This image will be on the postcard for the show.

I am getting ready for a very large solo show that starts February 3rd and runs to the beginning of April. It will be called GEOMETRIC BRICOLAGE: Found Materials Transformed. Believe it or not, there are more than 100 linear feet of lovely white walls for me to hang on at The Bing Arts Center in Springfield, Mass.

The Bing at night, photo by Chris Marion Photography from the Bing's website

The Bing is a 1950s neighborhood theater that has been revived and reinvented as a non-profit "multi-use hub for community cultural activity." The prime mover of this endeavor, Brian Hale, had a vision for the Bing that is becoming reality through dedication, hard work and a terrific blend of alternative arts programming. I am pleased to have the opportunity to exhibit in this great space. I'll be posting much more about this later complete with images. Right now I'm making two bricolage works in my largest size ever - 4' x 6', each made as a diptych. The plan is that these will hang in the lobby entrance at The Bing.

For more about this and The Bing show, see my other blog Art in the Studio


  1. Congratulations, Nancy. Your work truly puts me in awe- It is so gorgeous aesthetically, technically masterful, and conceptually brilliant. I can't help using so many superlatives! I am looking forward to going out to Springfield for the show.

  2. Can't wait to see photos from this show, Nancy. Have fun creating. What a wonderful way to start the New Year!