Black and white are drab color choices, especially in mid-winter when all the world seems to be painted in various gray tones.
But Sandrine Colson and Jean Wallace explore those hues in “Black & White,” their new show opening next week at the Loading Dock Gallery at Western Avenue Studios, 122 Western Ave., Lowell. It runs Feb. 4-26, gallery hours noon-5:30 pm, Wednesday-Saturday, and noon-4 pm, Sundays. A reception is 3-5 pm, Saturday, Feb. 4, with an artists’ talk at 4 pm
Black and white are culturally powerful signifiers. Black and white thinking reduces the world to binary choices. The exhibit explores perception from opposites to the nuances in between.
Colson sees herself as a storyteller. She works abstractly, using bold marks and intricate shapes, often referencing natural forms. Her work is filled with paint swirls, playful paper cut-outs, and three-dimensional objects, resulting in richly textured canvases with intricate layers and meanings.
Personal experiences inspire Wallace, who addresses universal themes — family, strength, loss, grief — in her work. Using a variety of media, including photography, encaustic painting and mixed media, her work tells a story and is visceral and documentary.
For details, visit www.theloadingdockgallery.com.
YEAR OF THE RABBIT: Ring in the Year of the Rabbit at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston — that’s the MFA — starting at 5 pm, next Thursday, Feb. 2. Celebrate the Lunar New Year by exploring Chinese, Korean, and Vietnamese art from the extensive collection — including works on view in the exhibition “Otherworldly Realms of Wu Junyong.” Enjoy a $5 minimum, pay-what-you-wish general admission to the MFA during the Lunar New Year celebration (available in person, day of, starting at 5 pm Besides the exhibitions, enjoy Chinese brush painting art kits, kung fu and lion dance demos, Vietnamese music and dance, several spotlight talks on Asian art, music, and dining specials.Visit https://www.mfa.org/event/special-event/lunar-new-year?event=3265 for schedule and details.
THIS WEEKEND AT THE WAM: Make a trip to the Worcester Art Museum this weekend where a variety of activities are planned to enhance your exhibition watching. Art Carts include hands-on armor and mosaics. Learn about The Viking Age in the Arts and Armor Program and take a couple of teacher-lead tours through exhibits at the WAM. Visit https://www.worcesterart.org/events/ for schedule and details.
‘MANDATORY MEETING’ ALERT: “Company Meeting: New Works by Robb Sandagata” is on view in the Storage Closet Gallery, Second Floor of the Western Avenue Lofts, 160 Western Avenue, Lowell, noon-5 pm, Sat., Feb. 4, and Sat., March 4, to coincide with Western Avenue Studios’ monthly Open Studios event. The show combines paintings and drawings created during the great upheaval of the 2020s. Grotesque, cartoonish figures twist, explode, and bend backwards into psychedelic eruptions of color, pattern, and detail. Sandagata’s works critique and question, mention elements of pop culture, 80s comics, countercultural movements, punk, heavy metal, chronic illness, politics, and contemporary art into a visual riot. The artist, who now lives and works in Lowell, was born in New Haven, CT and has lived in New York, Arizona, and Massachusetts. Significant influences, in roughly chronological order, include cartoons, comic books, Dungeons & Dragons, “Alternative” music, punk rock, theatre, competitive debate, mid-90s Hardcore, and band t-shirts.
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