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Being & Feeling (Alone, Together)

Being & Feeling (Alone, Together) 
will become virtual!

While we are currently closed for face-to-face visits and events due to the coronavirus, our wonderful new exhibition, Being & Feeling (Alone, Together) and related events and programs, will shift into virtual and remote offerings. We are not cancelling the exhibition, just the way you access it!

The work of the participating artists in Being & Feeling is compelling and urgent, both within the context of our current circumstances, but also, apart from these circumstances. So, too, are the exhibition’s themes: how we occupy places and spaces, as physical, emotional, and sensing beings, alone in our thoughts or in community with others. Hope, self-awareness, connections to friends and family, interior lives, memories, inclusion and exclusion, and ways of narrating our experience to make sense of the world around us are just some of the topics the artists explore.

We invite you to join us as we roll out the artworks, programs, related resources, and the exhibition layout, in various digital and online formats. These materials will be posted on our website, via Facebook or Instagram, or perhaps through additional online platforms (and programs) we develop along the way. We will also share updates in our newsletter, sign up here if you wish to be on our mailing list.

Thank you for your ongoing support of the Lamont Gallery. We look forward to sharing Being & Feeling (Alone, Together) with you in new and exciting ways this spring.

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Being & Feeling (Alone, Together)
ENJOY ONLINE - March 26-May 2, 2020

                                             

Participating artists: Sachiko Akiyama, Andrew Fish, Lauren Gillette, Katya Grokhovsky, Nico Gallo, Stephanie Misa, Tobias Rud, Cheryle St. Onge, Riikka Talvitie, and Jon Sakata + Democracy of Sound (exeter)/DOS(e) [Elizabeth Kostina ’20, Gigi Gee ’21, Daisy Newbury ’23, Sophie Turer ’21, Chloe Minicucci ’21].

 

Artists in Being & Feeling (Alone, Together) explore embodiment, emotion, and being: how we make our way through the world, full of feeling, as solitary individuals and together with others. This is not an exhibition on emotions, but rather an experimental platform to contemplate the human condition via themes of longing, memory, regret, hope, ambivalence, and delight. How does it feel to encounter representations both familiar and strange? How do we bring empathic curiosity to our interactions with self and others? We invite you to become actively involved: to move with us (and be moved) and to participate in ongoing conversations around the themes of the exhibition. The work in Being & Feeling includes portrait sculpture, animation, painting, sound art, video, performance, and photography. The performances, events, and interventions give space for necessary solitude and the opportunity for joyful interconnection.

Lamont Gallery, Being & Feeling, Sachiko Akiyama, Mountain/SkySculptor Sachiko Akiyama carves beautifully introspective figures from wood which are then hand painted in muted, translucent tones that highlight the texture of the carved wood. The figures in Akiyama’s work, often paired with animals or elements from nature, are inspired by personal memories, family history, and dreams, an “exploration of how tactile, physically assertive forms can describe the psyche—not a specific emotion or thought, but rather a state of concentration and introspection.” Akiyama has developed a lexicon of symbols that draw from art, literature, and cultures, including her own Japanese American heritage. Her artistic influences include sculptors such as Brancusi and Anne Chu, Egyptian funerary sculptures, and medieval Christian woodcarvings. “While my work references the extensive tradition of figurative, religious sculpture,” notes Akiyama, “I am exploring similar existential themes from a secular viewpoint shaped by my experiences in the contemporary world.”

Akiyama is an Assistant Professor of Sculpture at the University of New Hampshire. She lives and works in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

Andrew Fish's paintings address the complexities of the human condition and our urge to provide a narrative framework to make sense of our experiences. He considers himself a figurative painter “even though abstraction, atmosphere, and landscape are equally important.” Fish creates his oil paintings by starting with an abstract underpainting, using a variety of tools and mark making techniques. His photographs, often spontaneous snapshots inspired by light and shadow, serve as source imagery, and he builds the painting’s ‘story’ through the integration of stenciling, scraping, and applying paint with palette knives. Fish’s emphasis on the formal elements in the work help him to create provocative, ambiguous narrative that often reflect the desires of the viewer. Fish notes: “My aim is to create images about the human experience and the complexities therein… a psychological lens that illuminates memory, personal experience, and one’s relationships to others and the world around them.”

Fish lives in Somerville, MA and teaches at Massachusetts College of Art and Design and Lesley University.

Lamont Gallery, Being & Feeling, Lauren Gillette, Things I Did
Maine artist, Lauren Gillette's work, Things I Did, Your Life in Five Lines, was inspired by a character in Paul Harding’s The Tinkers. Gillette often enlists the help of volunteers for her work, and for this project she contacted people through Facebook and Craigslist and asked them to summarize their lives in five lines of text. Gillette then etched the autobiographical summaries into mirrors, explaining “I was intrigued with how much 'memoir' you could jam pack into the brevity of an autobiographical list.” Reading these lists in the mirrors, viewers see their reflections, too, but only in fragments.

Gillette earned a BFA from the Rochester Institute of Technology. Her diverse biographical and conceptual works have been exhibited throughout the US.

Katya Grokhovsky is a multi-disciplinary artist based in New York City who works in performance, sculpture, drawing, painting, and curation. Her works in Being & Feeling explore “…ideas of gender and identity construction, alienation, labor, history and the self. Through research and autobiographical experience, Grokhovsky … examines and underscores stereotypes, assumptions, prejudices and injustice.” In her paintings, Grokhovsky’s incorporates collage, bright colors and bold mark making. These images are reminiscent of human figures but are “… rearranged to create grotesque beings, inviting the viewer to re-imagine the world.”

Grokhovsky was born in Ukraine and raised in Australia. She is an artist, independent curator, educator and a founder of The Immigrant Artist Biennial (TIAB) and Feminist Urgent (FU).


Stephanie Misa examines diverse histories, the impact of colonism, diasporic identities, and intersectionality, among other topics, through video, performance, writing, sculpture, and curation. Her research looks at the persistence of language relegated to oral form, and the activation of this “orality” outside the usual educational modes of instruction. For Being & Feeling, Misa’s installation Transplant is “a series of stories rooted in real-life, of people transplanted into Vienna, Austria… a book on being alien, and being other… sometimes where you are is the fiction, and what you are is still becoming.” In A Bedtime Story for Someone Else’s Child, three voices read Mira Lobe’s Komme Sagte die Katze (Come, Said the Cat), a children’s story. Audience members hear different ways of speaking and listening when the tongue wraps around a language that is foreign, familiar, or loved. Misa’s performance, Filipinos, Cannibalism, and Mothers Dancing on Tongues, questions power hierarchies in institutionalized languages, arguing that the embodiment of an orality, its containment in a colonized, disenfranchised, diasporic body, is exactly what gives it power.

Born in Cebu City, Philippines, Misa lives in Vienna, Austria where she graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna. She is currently a doctoral researcher at the University of the Arts Helsinki.

Tobias Rud is a 2D animator and filmmaker from Copenhagen, Denmark, living and working in Canada. Rud’s hand-drawn animated videos explore belonging, nostalgia, and memory. In But Jane Was Deaf, curious little characters on a bathroom counter sing, hum, and harmonize together, each with individual expressions of hope, uncertainty, and earnestness. A middle-aged man in Sweetie O’s discovers a path back to happy childhood memories through a box of cereal.

Rud’s films have been screened internationally, including at the Void International Animation Festival in Copenhagen, the Ottawa International Animation Festival, and Pictoplasma.

Photographer Cheryle St. Onge presents a selection for works from Calling the Birds Home, a collaboration between St. Onge and her mother, who has vascular dementia. St. Onge remarks “at first, I stopped making pictures with her, then I stopped making pictures at all. Perhaps as a counterbalance to her conversations of why she wanted to die, of how she imagined she could die. And because I needed some happiness, some light in the afternoon, these portraits of my mother began. Made in the moment, as a distraction from watching her fade away. I would make a picture of her, then share that picture of her with others I love. Sharing the act of being in the moment, sharing the ephemeral nature of my looking and her seeing.” These portraits were recently featured in the New Yorker 

St. Onge, of Durham, NH, teaches at Phillips Exeter Academy, and has also taught at Clark University and Maine College of Art. She is a 2009 recipient of the John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship.

Composer Riikka Talvitie is based in Helsinki, Finland. In her doctoral research at the Sibelius Academy at the University of the Arts Helsinki, she considers how the composer's practice could be opened from the point of view of shared authorship and communality. In her video piece, Omakuva (‘self-portrait’ in Finnish), Talvitie wanted to expand her compositional thinking – arranging elements in time – to visual and conceptual expression. The video consists of four vignettes: fictional discussions between the composer and the oboist, the bodily improvisations by the oboist, the composer's reflections, and the final composition, which is performed in a concert hall. Talvitie notes: “I perform both persons at the same time. Paradoxically, I do the video alone, but I seek for shared authorship.”

Talvitie is a composer, oboist, and educator, with a particular focus on vocal and electro-acoustic music. Her radio opera, The Queen of the Cold Land, won the Prix Italia price in 2018.

Concert pianist and transdisciplinary artist Jon Sakata and the Democracy of Sound (Exeter) have created an installation in which visitors encounter auditory, visual, and sensory experiences. This installation is part of an ongoing response to the poetry of poet and PEA instructor Willie Perdomo. Five poems from Perdomo’s collection The Crazy Bunch serve as the core and sonic horizon of this immersive installation, for which Sakata created a composition, elegies-axon-asterismal (2019-2020). This installation was a collaboration with members of Democracy of Sound (Exeter), which includes Elizabeth Kostina ’20, Gigi Gee ’21, Daisy Newbury ’23, Sophie Turer ’21, Chloe Minicucci ’21.

Jon Sakata is faculty in the Music Department at Phillips Exeter Academy. Sakata has performed or presented his work (often with partner Jung Mi Lee) at Radialsystem V in Berlin, Färgfabriken in Stockholm, Beijing Central Conservatory, and the Carnegie Mellon Center for Arts in Society, among many other venues.

Programs for Being & Feeling (Alone, Together):  

While we are currently closed for face-to-face visits and events due to the coronavirus, we are exploring ways we can reconfigure the following events, or provide virtual/remote alternatives. For now, please enjoy learning about the types of programs we would have had, and stay tuned for what we’ll do instead!
Visit the events page for more information.

Virtual Offering TBD: Opening Event: Feeling All Your Feelings
Virtual Offering TBD: Critical Cultural Practices
Virtual Offering TBD: Filipinos, Cannibalism, and Mothers Dancing on Tongues
Virtual Offering TBD: Art of the Personal
Virtual Offering TBD: Interior States and “Thingness”
Virtual Offering TBD: Mental States: Psychedelics & Mental Health
Virtual Offering TBD: Ambiguous Desires
Virtual Offering TBD: Conversing And… 

 

Lamont Gallery programs are supported in part by the Michael C. Rockefeller ’56 Visiting Artists Fund.

 

Special thanks: Beehive Dramaturgy Studio/Jeremy Stoller, John Ellis, Kara Fili, Shannon Humphries, Jake Josef, Image Arts, and the University of the Arts Helsinki/TTOR.

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Image credits: Cheryle St. Onge, Untitled, 2019, Photograph. Sachiko Akiyama, Mountain/Sky, 2019, Wood, paint and resin. Andrew Fish, Interior Dialogue, 2015, Oil on linen. Lauren Gillette, Things I Did, 2018, Multi-media installation, glass, vinyl text. Katya Grokhovsky, Possibly Maybe, 2018, Acrylic, collage on canvas. Stephanie Misa, Transplant, 2016, Installation view. Tobias Rud, But Jane Was Deaf (film still), 2018, Digital animation. Cheryle St. Onge, Untitled (Afternoon), 2019, Photograph. Jon Sakata, ex(i/ha)le, 2020, Detail of installation.