Avant Gardens, Newport Art Museum, April 27- September 8, 2019

The Great Piece of Turf, Cut Paper Installation, 2019

The Great Piece of Turf, Cut Paper Installation, 2019

Opening, Friday April 26, 5 pm - 7 pm

“Avant Gardens” brings together the work of contemporary artists who examine themes related to the garden and cultivated nature….While some of the artists begin with the garden as a point of creative departure to explore the aesthetic and decorative qualities of plants (flowers, herbs, and vegetables), others focus on the environmental issues related to the garden and gardening. Still there are other artists who emphasize the social dimensions of gardening by focusing on the literal and symbolic roles of gardens in cultures and communities. Participating artists include Roberley Bell, Caleb Cole, Bob Dilworth, Thea Dodds, Steven J. Duede, Lucas Foglia, Beth Galston, Joo Lee Kang, Mary Kocol, and Randal Thurston.

Visit Brickbottom Artist Studios, November 17 & 18, Noon - 6pm

One of the joys of being a part of such a creative community is how what we do evolves over time. Brickbottom is a wonderful place and I hope you have the opportunity to stop by and visit!

Sketches for two public art projects, silhouette installation, paintings on panel by Alyson Schultz and apple cake are some of the highlights to be found in our studio. Over 70 artists doors will be open as we celebrate 31 years in our live/work spaces.


ILLUMINUS Boston Nov. 2 & 3, 2018 • 6pm - 11 pm in the Downtown Crossing


“Arrival” is a projection artwork comprised of photographs, historical documents, maps and student developed text. The piece works to bring to the forefront a theme of Neighborhood, specifically within the building site and the Suffolk community.

One of 23 light and sound installations in a nighttime contemporary art event.

cut. paper. fold. | October 29 — December 20


Blankpaper, the place artists and writers begin, is often overlooked as a medium unto itself. The seven artists in cut. paper. fold. make, tear, cut, fold, crumple, paint, sew, and burn paper,pushing its intrinsic qualities to create their visions. These artists take the ordinary and make it extraordinary.

Randy Garber, hearing impaired since infancy, combines a variety of techniques to create work that visualizes what she refers to as “the space between silence and sound.” In “Dimuendo”, she uses piano player rolls, letting the drape and fold of the paper create a visual rhythm. The holes in the piano rolls become the metaphor for sound. As she says, “The absence of paper indicates the presence of sound.” In “Echo”, stuffed and printed paper sewn in concentric circles suggests both the reverberations and the muffling of sound.

Fred Liang pulls from jian zhi, the traditional Chinese art of cut paper and Song Dynasty scroll paintings, to transform paper into delicately nuanced three-dimensional worlds that seem to breathe. His work bridges tradition and innovation, drawing on both Eastern and Western philosophy, noting their differences and finding areas of overlap.

Randal Thurston builds on the tradition of the silhouette. Fascinated with contour, he focuses on cut paper whose believability as representations of things rests solely on his ability to accurately summarize their identities through a solitary outline. He creates site-specific installations. In this case, responding to the architecture of Concord Art's John Ball House, he has created a work that bridges time—an echo of the real world that allows us to better understand what was and what is.

Interested in the intersections of science, technology, and the natural world, and in the notion of collection and consumption, Michelle Samour makes, cuts, and manipulates paper to create two- and three-dimensional worlds that explore the use of light and the lens—the physiological eye, computer monitor, or microscopic slide—as a means for seeing.

Erik and Martin Demaine, father and son working together at M.I.T, meld art and science—marrying paper, glass and mathematics to create swirling sculptural forms and gestural, burned-line drawings. The sculptures are at once elegantly simple and beautifully complex, the resulting shapes of folded, curved creases that remain a mathematical puzzle. Pouring and dribbling molten glass onto water-soaked paper, the drawings that emerge are at once gestural and formal like fine handwriting.

Adria Arch cuts painted paper, collaging pieces together, all owing the gesture of the painting to emerge. These surprising and wonderful compositions evoke stories of “humans or animals navigatingtheir worlds as best they can with humor and perseverance.”

Remmi Franklin uses cut paper to play one color against another, creating perceptual challenges that stretch viewers’ expectations. Her aerial images evolved from an exploration of collage. Delving deep into the nature of cut and manipulated paper, she combines her love of land and sea with a challenge to see something familiar in a new way.

Each of these artists pushes the boundaries of the medium. Paper, old as civilization itself, inspires contemporary and conceptual work that is thoughtful, eloquent, and elegant.

Ilana Manolson and Susanah Howland, Curators
Concord Art, 37 Lexington Road, Concord MA

Cannot be Described in Words: Drawing/Daring

Randal Thurston,   ECHO  , (detail), 2014, cut paper

Randal Thurston, ECHO, (detail), 2014, cut paper

Featured artists include: Jill Slosberg-Ackerman, Ilona Anderson, Sheila Gallagher, Audrey Goldstein, Raul Gonzalez, Chuck Holtzman, Fred Liang, Cynthia Maurice, Ethan Murrow, Randal Thurston and Debra Weisberg

Deborah Davidson, Guest Curator

The Art Complex Museum

189 Alden Street, Duxbury, MA
September 20, 2015 – January 16, 2016 

Something is communicated in a drawing that has remained a constant for centuries - an intimacy of expression that is otherwise the province of writing. Cannot Be Described in Words: Drawing/Daring features works by eleven artists who engage in a variety of mediums and are all interested, in some way, in the materiality of drawing. They share a sense of daring: exploring new approaches, scale and mediums that expand the definition of drawing and add to what that definition can be. Their drawings are projective, that is, they depict something that is imagined before it is drawn. The drawings range from installations to works that are iterations of sculptural space, to the use of traditional materials like charcoal, which are pushed beyond their expected limitations. 


On the Wall at Gallery Naga | June 6 – July 11

All Souls, Randal Thurston, Cut Paper, 2014

All Souls, Randal Thurston, Cut Paper, 2014

On the Wall showcases work by:
Sophia Ainslie, John Guthrie, Masako Kamiya, David Moore and Randal Thurston. These artists use the gallery walls as their canvas for site-specific, temporary installations with paint and cut paper as their tools. This collection of artists varies greatly in their process and mark making.

Sophia Ainslie, a South African artist working in Boston, creates strong, energetic paintings with daring color combinations and wisps of black marks and shapes.

John Guthrie is a Boston-based artist and sophisticated colorist. Guthrie’s focus remains on linear and geometric patterning and the illusion of three-dimensional forms on a flat surface.

Masako Kamiya is a painter who constructs tiny towers of gouache, an opaque watercolor, one dot of paint at a time.  Kamiya’s process of repetition and accumulation is also apparent in the work of David Moore.

David Moore’s inspiration is part music and part nature. He is an energetic painter of curvilinear forms that layer and twirl obsessively through one another to create an entrancing illusion of depth and space.

Randal Thurston is interested in the architecture of memory. He uses imagery associated with the idea of mortality as a way of exploring what it means to be alive. Using cut, black paper as his tool, Thurston is using shadows as a way of echoing the world.

Color Ways , a separate group exhibition runs simultaneous in the front gallery space.

Selected for GLX Integrated Art Program!

The Green Line Extension (GLX) Project is excited to announce that it has selected three artists for the GLX Integrated Art Program. 

GLX Lechmere Station concept

GLX Lechmere Station concept

The project received over 80 submissions to the GLX Integrated Art Program Request for Qualifications this past February and after careful consideration and input from the community has now selected three artists whose work will become an integrated part of the first three new stations (Lechmere, Washington Street & Union Square) of the Green Line Extension.

The artists that have been selected are: Mary Lucking, Randal Thurston, and Nader Tehrani.

These artists will work directly with the design team architects in order to have the greatest influence on the overall design of the station and incorporation of artwork, and we are looking forward to what unique input each of them will bring to the project!

The GLX project would like to thank all those who had sent submissions and participated in this program. We would also like to thank all the semi-finalists for their cooperation during the process. We would encourage all those interested to submit for the four additional stations on the Green Line Extension – watch for an announcement on the GLX Art Program webpage for these future integrated art opportunities.