It isn’t often you get to be in a show with other artists who are both friends and talented makers. I am having that chance now with Riki Moss and Keith Maddy. The artist reception on Friday night was pure joy, and the people that came seemed particularly warm and receptive. Maybe they sensed the mutual respect.
Having an evening like that should be de rigeur but it isn’t. There is so much baggage attached to so much of this venture–art, art making, artists, galleries, art merchandising, the cognoscenti vs. the great unwashed, elitism, hardening of the categories, and a surprising unwillingness to just be open and to truly “see”–so a night that felt very free from any of that is a gift.
Keith’s work is fantastical, full of whimsy but also skillfully crafted and imagined. His images seem kinetic, delighted to be squirming and squiggling their way across the painting plane. Riki, a woman of many expressions, has transformed a wall in the gallery into a celebration of vesselness. Her ethereal lantern-like biomorphs seem to be breathing on their own. This is such fine company for me and my work to keep.
If you live in the Boston/Cambridge area, I hope you can stop by. The gallery space is like no other, and curators Kate Fleming and Nancy Hoffmeier are experts at creating a flow from one piece to the next, from one artist to another.
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