Art Berkshires

OUR AMERICA/WHOSE AMERICA? Featured in the Berkshire Eagle

Norman Rockwell?s illustrations with their ?armies of perfectly imperfect girls? never resonated with artist Niki Johnson, a member of the ?Atari 2600? generation, as they peered at her from porcelain commemorative plates that seemed to be everywhere during her youth ? the pages of magazines, television screens, the walls of middle America?s homes.

And yet, some 30 years later, she would begin purchasing these commemorative plates, at thrift stores for just a few dollars each, tucking them away for a moment that felt right, for a project yet unrealized. Over a decade, she would amass a collection of a few hundred Rockwell plates, along with dozens of other motifs and designs featuring American landscapes, playing children, churches and historical landmarks, flora and fauna.

CRANK vases, installation view, 2019, Coiled Red Earthenware ? Kid Tested Mother Approved, 13 x 13 x 22?

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Sergei Isupov’s Fire Sculpture & TurnPark Summer Event Featured in the Berkshire Eagle

?Two clay heads nestle cheek to cheek, hidden inside a tall outdoor wood-fired kiln that has burned since dawn. In the darkness of night, the sides of the kiln are lowered, like petals on a tulip, revealing a glowing red-hot 8-foot sculpture, flames licking at its base and shooting out of perforations in the form. Soon the kiln sides will close again, letting the artwork cool slowly before taking its place among the sculptures of TurnPark Art Space.

?Earth & Sky,? a rare fire sculpture by world-renowned Estonian/Ukrainian American artist Sergei Isupov??

Sergei Isupov, ?Fire Sculpture? Guildagergaard, July 2017. photo courtesy of Pricilla Mouritzen

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Sergei Isupov: PAST & PRESENT Featured in the Berkshire Eagle

?Sergei Isupov?s newest sculptures are tiny universes filled with never-ending narratives in the round.

There are men and women engaged in intimate conversations, traveling in cars and on foot; a mechanic fixes a car; a cat looms large in the background as a couple lounges on a lawn gazing skyward. In all there is an air of urgency; of waiting for the other shoe to drop; of hope.

The work, he insists, is not in response to the war in Kyiv, Ukraine, where his parents, a brother, live and work.

?I made all of this listening to the stories on the radio and talking to my parents every day about what they are going through??

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MELTING POINT Featured in the Berkshire Eagle

?Pale pink ferns drip down the side of a cornucopia, pooling in glass puddles besides the melting statue. Amber Cowan?s ?Cornucopia in Shell? is on view as part of ?Melting Point? at Ferrin Contemporary in North Adams.

Amber Cowan?s ?Cornucopia in Shell? melts silently on a shelf in Ferrin Contemporary?s North Adams gallery. In New York City, at the Heller Gallery, her piece, ?Fountain in Rosalene,? silently sits, its bright pink ferns and flowers drip and pool in the same manner. Although the pieces are hundreds of miles apart, they are part of the same show, ?Melting Point,? a collaboration between Ferrin Contemporary and the Heller Gallery, featuring nearly 100 works by 22 artists in the two locations. ??

Artist Amber Cowan?s American pressed glass installation at Ferrin Contemporary, July 2021. Photo by John Polak.

Posted by Lauren Levato in Artist News, Blog, News, Press Coverage
DownStreet Art Summer 2015

DownStreet Art Summer 2015


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Thursdays, July 30, August 27, and September 24, 6 to 8 pm
1315 MASS MoCA Way and throughout North Adams

Ferrin Contemporary and other DownStreet art venues and galleries, stores, and restaurants will extend their hours on the last Thursday of the summer months to celebrate the arts.

Posted by AxelJ in Events, Past events