02/02/17 – 11/03/17
Margaret Hart, Zach Horn, Elizabeth Marran, Cat Mazza
Golden Thread Gallery
84- 94 Great Patrick Street,
Margaret Hart, Zach Horn, Elizabeth Marran and Cat Mazza from the University of Massachussetts, Boston present an exhibition showcasing the wide variety of skills and mediums found at this prestigious institution. Despite the variety of the artistic approaches brought forward, the exhibition is inherently about people. These themes on people vary from Hart’s collages probing gender norms, Horn’s video and drawing work surrounding ideas of the neighbour, Marran’s abstract narratives and textile work by Mazza using traditional patterns as markers of social cohesion.
BOSTON will transport a small representation of Boston’s artistic breadth to Belfast. BOSTON seeks to transplant artwork to Belfast, to reposition a distinctly American notion of location into a new context. While the participating artists work in a myriad of styles and materials, their sense of place is eminently personal.
The project came about through dialogues at Scope New York 2015 and evolved into a conversation about potential partnerships with Boston. Boston and Belfast share a deep cultural connection.
“Together, Boston and Belfast will strive to foster educational exchanges, promote cultural understanding, and stimulate economic development through our new Sister City relationship. We look forward to new beginnings with our ‘sister’ Belfast, as this formal agreement goes far beyond a declaration on ink on paper; it truly speaks to our historic connection, genuine ties, and deeply linked heritage.” Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh.
Bruce Wright, Already Sharing Heritage, Boston and Belfast Officially Become ‘Sisters,’ Boston.com, May 12, 2014.
This is the first time these artists have exhibited together and the work draws links between their professional lives and their artistic voices. Their diversity in practice represents a broad conversation: the works don’t quite match, nor do they need to. This presentation in Belfast provides space in which to approach the work: to see something new in these links and dialogues.
Golden Thread Gallery’s artistic vision is engaged with the fluidity of history and the multiplicity of points of view. The programme investigates how moments in time can have an irrevocable impact on perspective. Our surroundings shape how we read meaning: an event can be something or nothing depending on where it occurs or what we have previously experienced.
Admission to the exhibitions is FREE.
Margaret Hart earned her BFA from the University of Iowa and her MFA from the University of Colorado at Boulder. She earned a second MFA from Transart Institute and is currently pursuing a PhD with the Transart Institute as well. Currently, she is an Chair of the Art Department and an Associate Professor of Art at the University of Massachusetts Boston, where she teaches all levels of digital imaging and photography. She has been actively involved in the Boston Cyberarts Festival and has participated on several panels and lectures addressing digital imaging and photography. Hart’s artwork has been exhibited in many venues across the United States, including Soho 20 Gallery in New York and Mobius Gallery in Boston, Massachusetts. Her most recent work won the Juror’s Choice Award in the Massachusetts Artists 2015 exhibition in Lowell, Massachusetts.
Zach Horn has participated in both solo and group exhibitions with RARE, NY, as well as Scope Art Fairs in Miami and NYC. He has shown nationally with Galerie Michael, Beverly Hills, the City Gallery, Charleston, Manifest Gallery, Cincinnati, and Soco Gallery, Charlotte, among others. He has exhibited with numerous institutions, including the Gibson House Museum, Emerson College, Eckerd College, Adams State University, and UNC Asheville. His work is also represented by Appleton Art & Design, Westport, CT, and in the Boston Drawing Project at Carroll & Sons Gallery, Boston, MA. Zach received his BA from the University of Pennsylvania and his MFA from Boston University. He is currently a Lecturer at the University of Massachusetts Boston and a Lecturer in Art at at Boston University. He is a contributing critic to Collect Magazine, published in Providence and Big, Red & Shiny, published in Boston.
Elizabeth Marran ‘s work investigates the relationship between traditional media such as drawing, painting and prints with technology. After receiving an MFA in painting from the Cranbrook Academy of Art, Elizabeth Marran moved to Boston in 1979. In 1987 she came to UMass Boston where she continues to teach introductory and advanced courses in drawing and prints. Her work has been exhibited in national and international venues that include the Fogg Art Museum at Harvard Univeristy, the California Art Museum, The Rose Museum at Brandeis Univeristy, Real Art Ways in Hartford,CT. and Galerie 5020 in Salzburg Austria.
Cat Mazza is a visual artist whose work combines craft with digital media to explore the overlaps between textiles, technology and labor. Mazza has received fellowships and grants from Creative Capital, the Rockefeller Foundation and MacDowell Colony. Her animation Knit for Defense is in the Smithsonian American Art Museum moving image collection. Past work has shown at the Victoria & Albert Museum (London), the Museum of Arts and Design (New York City), Triennale di Milano (Italy), Garanti Gallery (Istanbul), the Jönköpings läns Museum (Sweden) and the Milwaukee Art Museum.