FNO 2016: Art Highlights

FNO Artists: Nathan Hanford + Soldier On

SOLDIER ON + NATHAN HANFORD
SoldierOn_ArtPoster_v2Soldier On
’s Veterans Community Arts Initiative engages homeless veterans in the arts and cultural activities to promote healing and expand veterans’ social and personal networks of support. Soldier On’s mission is to end homelessness among veterans by providing permanent, sustainable, safe and affordable housing that veterans own and operate with support services. Soldier On fosters an environment of integrity, dignity and hope to assist veterans in regaining physical and mental stability, housing and employment. The ultimate goal is to help veterans to become fully enfranchised and contributing members of their community.

Nathan Hanford is currently the Artist in Residence and a Case Manager at Soldier On, a non-profit organization committed to ending veteran homelessness, where he not only facilitates creative based education but is in the process of working hand in hand with Soldier On to create a flexible arts and culture curriculum to be used to enrich the lives of the veterans that they serve.

A native of Becket, Massachusetts, Nathan Hanford has spent the past six years dividing his time between the crisp mountain air of the Berkshire hills in New England and the urban wilds of Shoreditch, London. His work is evocative of a fusion between these environments, influenced by the rituals, sentiments and textures of the past but thoroughly modern in its messaging. He draws inspiration from “things I see; people I meet; stories from my family and past.”

Nathan is a trained dancer and spent most of his summers working and studying at the world-renowned Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, but after a dog attack curtailed his dance career, his passion for design and the visual arts surfaced. His technique has evolved over the years to involve hand-embroidering on vintage linen; each piece can take anywhere from a couple hours to three or four months– and always involves sore fingers. He first learned embroidery from his paternal and maternal grandmothers Helen Hanford and Alice Melle, and his mother Theresa Hanford.

SEE THE WORK OF SOLDIER ON’S VETERAN ARTISTS
LIVE AT FLORENCE NIGHT OUT

VFW HALL, FIRST FLOOR
18 MEADOW ST.
(corner of Main, Meadow, and Park)
FRIDAY, MAY 6
5:00-8:00PM

FNO Artists: Cycle Pottery

CyclePottery-logo-Redsmall2-2CyclePottery will host a stellar schedule of free demos, coffee, tea, Black Vineyard Wine & cheese. Pottery for sale, student gallery, and so much more!  Join CyclePotter and meet many local potters throughout the evening that will be available to speak with and provide you with some basic instructions.

 

FREE POTTERY DEMONSTRATIONS
CyclePottery23:00-6:00pm
Try your Hands at Wheel Throwing
w/ Kathryn Kothe, Owner of CyclePottery

3:00-5:00pm
Burnishing Technique
w/ Barbara Sheehy from Barcelona


5:00-6:00pm
Wheel Throwing  
w/ Andy Quient

6:00-8:00pm
Glass Glazing Coiled Pots
w/ Amalia Fourhawkes

 

6:00-7:00pm
Bike Maintenance Clinic
w/ Speed and Sprocket Cycle Works 

CyclePottery
225 NONOTUCK ST.
UNIT A
(behind the David Ruggles Center for Early Florence History)

FNO Artists: Justin Norris

JUSTIN NORRIS

JNorris_FNOIt’s important in Justin’s more recent pieces that the viewer have their own experience with what he has created. Justin has titled and given descriptions of his pieces in the past. He understands the value and impact that can have on a piece and isn’t opposed to doing so when needed to support the idea trying to be conveyed. With that being said, this project has no description and is simply titled with the event’s date, May 6th 2016.

Justin S. Norris is a self-taught student of multimedia expressions ranging from graffiti, to fine art, to dance and performance. Growing up in Western Massachusetts, he began his exploration with visual art about 17 years ago. His experimentations started with his interest in graffiti and quickly broadened to using more traditional and non-traditional mediums, while still preserving his roots by continuing to use typography and aerosol as a means of exploring painting. While receiving his bachelor’s degree at Hampshire College, Norris began to take art and dance classes. These classes were a turning point in his art making career. By allowing him to question and consider if there was a connection to his visual art and dance, he focused on finding similarities between studio art and performance, which allowed him to distill these seemingly very different ways of expression to a simpler blended form. Justin considers himself not an artist but an explorer of time and space. Figuring ways to include the viewer in his experience while making art has been his focus and a challenge that continues to interest him. His child-like enthusiasm for tinkering never stops. Justin is currently dancing with Pilobolus Dance Theater and is a part of Brick Coworkshop in Holyoke, MA.

ON SHOWING ARTWORK AT FLORENCE NIGHT OUT
When I was contacted and asked to be a part on the Florence Night Out i wasn’t sure what I was going to create or wanted to do. As I got more information about the event,  I was excited to hear we would have a pod to create something in. Thinking about transforming a “non art space” into a place where people can have an experience or opportunity to question their ideas of what art is and it’s purpose was what my interest in doing this project.

SEE JUSTIN NORRIS’ MAY 6TH 2016
LIVE AT FLORENCE NIGHT OUT

MOBILE ART BOX #4
100 MAIN ST.
(corner of Maple and Main)
FRIDAY, MAY 6
5:00-8:00PM

FNO Artists: Fafnir Adamites

FAFNIR ADAMITES

AdamitesPaperFafnir Adamites‘s Dampened is an immersive environment that is darkened, dampened and muted. A space that allows for private reflection and internalization. Paper, light and sound.

Fafnir Adamites creates sculptural and installation work that serve as meditations on trauma, memory and the legacy of emotional turmoil inherited from past generations. Material exploration is the starting point for all of her work and plays a key role in building the conceptual backing of each piece. Fafnir Adamites holds an MFA degree from the Fiber and Material Studies Department at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a BA in Photography and Women’s Studies from UMass Amherst. Her work has been exhibited around New England. She teaches felt-making and other fiber processes at Snow Farm: The New England Craft Program. She lives in Turners Falls, MA.

ON SHOWING ARTWORK AT FLORENCE NIGHT OUT
The challenge of working within the parameters of the shipping container was one of the reasons I applied to Florence Night Out. I am interested in creating a viewing experience that allows for reflection and focus and the intimate size of the container will play a key role in achieving this goal. I’m excited to be part of a temporary exhibit that brings art outside of a gallery or an institutional setting and will be available to anyone who stumbles upon it, whether they would call themselves art appreciators or not. I grew up in Florence and have many memories of it feeling isolated, limited and uninspiring. I would have loved to have been exposed to art through a public, inclusive event like this one.

SEE FAFNIR ADAMITE’S DAMPENED
LIVE AT FLORENCE NIGHT OUT

MOBILE ART BOX #2
4 DEPOT AVE.

(Florence Paint + Decorating, adjacent to the bike path)
FRIDAY, MAY 6
5:00-8:00PM

FNO Artists: Jenny Vogel

JENNY VOGEL

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“Before Our Eternal Silence,” 2012, light installation, arduino, sound

“What Hath God Wrought” was the first message transmitted by Samuel Morse on his newly invented telegraph line in 1844. Curiously ambiguous, the message could be read either as the words of the inventor in awe with the possibilities of his new tool, or as a cautionary message weary of the changes this new invention might bring to society. The doubt raised by this phrase is explored in Jenny Vogel’s installation, What Hath God Wrought, and represented in the fragility of a chandelier transmitting the message again in Morse Code through blinking lights.  

Jenny Vogel works in video, photography and computer arts. Vogel’s art explores the world as viewed through new media technology. She received her MFA from Hunter College (NYC) in 2003. She is a 2005 NYFA fellow in Computer Arts and is currently Assistant Professor of New Media Art at the University of Massachusetts. Her work has been screened and exhibited in group and solo- shows in numerous locations and galleries: Storefront Gallery, NYC; The Dallas Museum of Art, TX; McKinney Contemporary, TX; San Francisco Camerawork, CA; Arnolfini, UK; The Siberia Biennial, Russia; The Swiss Institute, NYC; EFA Gallery, NYC; Kunstwerke, Berlin; PS1 Contemporary Art Center, NYC.

ON SHOWING ARTWORK AT FLORENCE NIGHT OUT
This will be the first time that “What Hath God Wrought” is installed outside of a gallery or museum space and I am really looking forward to seeing it in that way. The chandelier’s blinking lights are carrying the main message of the piece and they should be allowed to come into focus slowly, reflecting off of its surrounding. The piece is festive in nature. It is attempting to communicate, to connect through unconventional and perhaps unpractical means. I am hoping that the Florence Night Out visitor will be drawn to the lights, perhaps partially out of curiosity, perhaps partially to decode the blinking. Either way, I hope that the chandelier will add to the magic of an evening spent with your friends or family at this lovely Spring festival.

SEE JENNY VOGEL’S WHAT HATH GOD WROUGHT
LIVE AT FLORENCE NIGHT OUT

MOBILE ART BOX #6
40 Main Street
(parking area by Tranquility Day Spa)

FRIDAY, MAY 6
5:00-8:00PM

FNO Artists: Sophia Cook

SOPHIA COOK
SophiaCookFNO.jpgSophia Cook has been exploring technologies, humans, and objects. Each work becomes a creature living in a small world. Sometimes their studio feels like a community of creatures chattering with each other. The skin is a body’s largest organ. Every day the skin of living and nonliving things interacts with reality. The skin touches and senses the complexity and habitual nature of life. Sophia’s what happens to you explores the way skin travels, the way it changes over time, and the textures that mark it with life’s repetitive movements and gestures. Skin snares and shares body consciousness. Objects find Sophia and they develop a relationship. They observe how objects live and move and act: the story in a piece of lace, the life cycle of insulation foam, the erosion of a zinc plate. These entities are not inanimate; they are the marrow of the creatures in Sophia’s studio or the topography of their small worlds.

Sophia is a Californian who has been studying art at Hampshire College and graduates this spring.

ON SHOWING ARTWORK AT FLORENCE NIGHT OUT
I was excited to share my work and also get to see other people’s work as well. Also,  finding new spaces to install work interests me because it always comes with challenges and puzzles that are exciting to figure out.

SEE SOPHIA COOK’S what happens to you
LIVE AT FLORENCE NIGHT OUT

1st Floor Studio
30 N. Maple Street
FRIDAY, MAY 6
5:00-8:00PM