Thursday, June 28, 2012

New Member, Emily Humphrey

Hera Galley is pleased to welcome Emily Humphrey as our newest member. She is currently entering her Sophomore year at University of Rhode Island, where she studies Landscape Architecture. You may remember her as our most recent intern, and she is curating a exhibition focusing on conscientious landscape architecture design.

Breaking Out, lino print on cloth, 2011

Flag Study, charcoal on vellum, 2011

Lily on Fabric, charcoal, pastel on bogus paper, 2010

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Gallery Member, Michael Yefko showing at Chesterwood

Michael Yefko /// Laundry Grove /// Contemporary Sculpture at Chesterwood  2012

Artist Statement

My sculpture for Contemporary Sculpture at Chesterwood 2012 is a site-specific installation titled “Laundry Grove.” I was inspired by the exhibition’s theme “genius of place,” which Frederick Law Olmsted used to express his views about “the unity between landscape and the social and economic order,” to quote Justin Martin from his biography of Olmsted, Genius of Place. I see this sculpture installation as an opportunity to extend my own series of work about the built landscape of suburbia, which I see as a strange world of almost religious obsessions with lawns, homes, and social order. As with recent installations of mine—“House and Home,” “Sod,” and “Shed”—“Laundry Grove” continues a body of work that critiques and ponders our relationships to nature and peopled places. I would add that much of my work struggles with my own upbringing in a suburban environment, my engagement with environmentalism, my outrage at financial injustice in the housing/economic crises of our day, and my love of the comic nature of people in the world.

“Laundry Grove” creates a pattern that echoes the built landscape in a humorous manner. I chose the umbrella clothesline for a number of reasons. Most obvious is its tree-like shape. “Laundry Grove” is also emblematic of returning to the old way people did things:  the energy crisis of our day has brought back ecological ideas like hanging your laundry outside in the air to dry. Looking back at the history of laundry shows a communal activity where people shared news and built social bonds (forgetting for a moment the tedious hard work of it all). What’s old is new again. I am further interested in the “two sides of a coin” nature of thought, so this installation also plays with the paradox of having communities creating laws that outlaw outdoor laundry lines because such clotheslines, with the display of people’s undergarments, disturb picture postcard Edens. Yet the “genius” of open space is that it is a great place to dry out your laundry and talk to your neighbors.

What better way to ponder, critique, and change the stigma of drying clothes than to create a dedicated monument to the act of laundering with “Laundry Grove.” As Justin Martin writes, Olmsted in creating the design for Central Park in New York City saw its potential as a “place in the city where rich and poor could meet on equal terms.” I see the use of this particular ready-made and its extended Olmsted-like patterns as a bringing together of art/museum with pragmatic utilitaristic Americanism.

Laundry Grove is an interdisciplinary effort. The sculpture illustrates how art and business can work together. The sculpture was made possible by a generous donation from G and G Clotheslines,, a company that holds a 1915 patent for the design you see in the exhibition. At the end of the exhibition the clotheslines will be donated to a local housing authority so that art will regain utility and function within the temporal life of people.

Michael Yefko, Laundry Grove

Michael Yefko, Laundry Grove

Hera Gallery presents NEW GROUND: An exhibition of Hera Gallery Members

An exhibition of Hera Gallery Members
July 7 – July 21
Opening Reception:  Saturday, July 7, 6:00 – 8:00

Hera Gallery has spent the past 37 years bringing contemporary art to Southern Rhode Island, working diligently to promote creativity in our community for nearly four decades. During this time, Hera has resided in the heart of Wakefield; and with the exception of an eighteen-month displacement, Hera has predominantly occupied gallery space located on Main Street. However, Hera Gallery has moved locations and is pleased to welcome the community to our new gallery space located at 10 High Street. In celebration of this new location, Hera is presenting New Ground, which will feature the work of Hera Gallery’s artist members, who are the driving force ushering the gallery into this new location. 

New Ground brings together the artists of Hera Gallery in a group show including painting, photography, jewelry, sculpture, printmaking and more. The wide scope of work is reflective of Hera Gallery member’s diversity of media and interest. This show will also introduce two new members. Paul Forte, a poet and artists has recently joined the gallery; as well as Emily Humphrey, who is the first student member of Hera Gallery.

Hera is pleased to have new gallery space in Wakefield, and invites the public to join us at the opening reception for New Ground, on Saturday, July 7th from 6:00 – 8:00pm

Claudia Flynn, Legacy, miscellaneous personal objects, 2012

Elizabeth Lind showing at Attelboro Arts Museum

Gallery member and sculptor Elizabeth Lind will be exhibiting a work, Pool of Thought, at the Attleboro Art Museum. Her work will be up through the 30th of this month, go check it out! 

Friday, June 22, 2012

Michael Yefko Exhibiting at Chesterwood

Hera Gallery member, Michael Yefko, will be exhibiting in Chesterwood's 2012 Contemporary Sculpture Show. The opening for this exhibition is 4:00 - 6:00 on June 30th. For more information about Chesterwood and this exciting show, click here.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Broches and Forte published in the Ocean State Review

Gallery members, Alexandra Broches and Paul Forte, have been published in the 2012 Ocean State Review.  Each artist has five pieces published in the book, which features the writing of numerous local writers and poets. Be sure to go pick up a copy and have these two autograph it for you!
Paul Forte, Juggler's Box, collaged wood spheres, illustration with added found text

Alexandra Broches, Beach House, St. George Island, FL, 2011

Friday, June 15, 2012

New Member, Paul Forte

Hera Gallery is pleased to welcome Paul Forte to the gallery. A nationally recognized artist who lives and works in Wakefield; working with visual metaphors, Forte has been an active participant in the gallery prior to his membership. His work "uses a variety of cultural artifacts as well as the occasional find from the natural world.  [His] work brings these things to life with an economy of means that relinquishes neither depth of feeling nor conceptual complexity." Hera looks forward to working with Paul, and having his creativity and sensibilities reflected in upcoming exhibitions.
 Vegetal Man (detail), collage on medical illustration, 2006

Bucolic Strains, mixed media, 2007
Mantle (After A Fashion), mannequin, paper butterflies, 2007