Curated by Jeff Bartell
On view 6/7 - 7/28
CURATOR STATEMENT: Self-portraiture is an age old practice merging artistic subject matter and the creator. In lieu of a sense of tradition or conventional presentation, SELF COMPOSED highlights works that seek to abstract, deconstruct, re-contextualize, and push at the boundaries that define a self portrait.
Workshops with Sarah K. Benning
FRIDAY 3/16 & SATURDAY 3/17
Abandon your embroidery expectations and embrace freestyle stitching and experimentation during this hands-on Contemporary Embroidery workshop with fiber artist Sarah K. Benning.
In this 4-hour session Sarah will help you prep your hoop and fabric, transfer a design from paper to cloth, and introduce you to some of her favourite stitches, while encouraging you experiment with mark-making and non-traditional embroidery techniques. A selection of workshop-exclusive botanical designs will be provided for you to get started, but there are no rules here, just you + your creativity!
Sarah’s contemporary approach to embroidery pulls this craft out of the past and into the present with modern designs and a relaxed attitude. Her emphasis is on drawing, composition, and color choice over rigid structures and traditional stitches. This workshop celebrates intuitive decision making and a departure from the conventions of hand-embroidery, grants you permission to experiment with thread, play with color, embrace imperfections and leave full of inspiration and a new piece of wall art.
INCLUDED MATERIALS: 5 inch wooden embroidery hoop, Fabric *, Needle, Thread Scissors, Pencil, 2 botanical patterns **, DMC embroidery floss ***
*Participants are welcome to bring their own piece of special fabric if they would prefer, must be at least 7 x 7 inches and shouldn’t be too thick, dark, or stretchy.
**Designs may differ from those in the images.
***A large selection of DMC floss will be provided for participants to share.
BIO: Sarah K. Benning is an American fiber artist with a nomadic studio practice. Originally from Baltimore, she attended the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and received her BFA in Fiber and Material Studies. Shortly after graduating in 2013, Sarah discovered her love for embroidery and has never looked back. Sarah currently lives and works from home in the White Mountains of New Hampshire.
Stompbox Sonic Presents: Yoga with Effects
$10-$15 Sliding Scale
All Proceeds benefit Aviary Gallery
The universe was created by sound. Spend an hour moving, meditating and adding sonic vibrations to the universe. Each class will create a unique sound track created by your movements on the mat tweaked by effects that will make this class feel otherworldly.
All are welcome regardless of experience on the mat.
”The American History Survey: Problematizing National Histories” by MCtheProfessor.GOV
This lecture will be a brief critique of the national history survey as the predominant form for organizing historical inquiry, specifically for high school and college students.
James Ikeda [on lecture]
Dylan Citron [on synth]
Fenn Macon [on bass and beats]
Sydney Smith [on clarinet]
$5-10 suggested donation
Aviary has been open for 7 years!!! Come celebrate with us on Saturday, March 3rd!
There will be drinks, snacks, and music (performers TBA). This will also function as the opening reception for the fibers show which will be on view through March.
Along with celebrating our seven years in business, we're hoping to raise money to expand our programming and keep the space alive! We will be accepting donations during the event. If you can't make the event but would like to give Aviary a gift and be entered in a raffle, you may paypal email@example.com.
Thank you for all the years of support! We can't wait to see you on Saturday, March 3rd!
On 12/16, we will be hosting our second trunk show of the holiday season. Our buy-off-the-wall holiday show will still be up as well for your viewing pleasure.
Starting in the evening, there will be musical performances by:
Robert Noyes (https://poonvillage.bandcamp.com/album/the-feudal-spirit)
Wendy Eisenberg (https://hectapes.bandcamp.com/album/time-machine)
We will also have wine, mulled cider, and snacks. Come buy gifts/come say hello!
Have you ever wondered what it's like to listen to music in July?
beautiful Matt Delligatti solo - songs that touch and caress - gives you an itch and scratches the itch for you
~Red Sled Choir~ (on tour from Ithaca, NY)
Amazing patient sounds and singing from hero of humanity Matt Gordon - not to be missed, he will invite you and you will not want to leave
Quiet singing for the hymn deprived
Comedian David Mogolov hosts a live reading of some of the best pieces from his project Out of Stock.
Hear authors read their writing inspired by ridiculous stock art bought by David off the internet, including some new pieces written just for the show!
We welcome authors...
& Steve Kleinedler
Our seasonal performance of satirical writers reading their work has quickly become many people's favorite show in Boston! This go around, we've got an insane lineup of hilariously talented writers performing, including Wes Hazard (stand-up comedian, poet, and recent winner of a Moth StorySLAM), John Perich (author of the excellent Mara Cunningham mystery series), Steve Macone (Salon, The Atlantic, The New Yorker), and our own Jackie Arko and Hannah Foell. Come see some of the best and funniest writers in the city read their work as it's meant to be read.
Skin and Bones is a two part exhibition of photographs by Dan Boardman and Dylan Nelson.
This two person show takes its name from an unrealized Ray Harryhausen film. The film was based on Throne Smiths novel about a photographer who while messing around in the darkroom discovers a chemical compound that makes him nearly invisible. The compound leaves only his skeleton.
Please join us for the opening reception on Thursday, September 4th from 6-9pm.
The second part of the exhibition will open at Boston University's Annex Gallery on Tuesday, September 30th!
A night of seismic drones, electro-vox minimal, & a Capella experimentation.
Teeth Like Operas
Celebrate summer with this sunny show full of warm weirdness from Milo Jonesand Toromiro and Cedar Point coming to you from the tropical island of Brooklyn!!!
Aviary Gallery is pleased to present Capture Fields, a solo exhibition of works by Yola Monakhov Stockton: www.yolamonakhov.com. Capture Fields is a combination of two larger projects:
In 'Post-Photography', pinhole cameras are sent via post and courier to create exposures of a parcel transit, beneath the ceilings of sorting facilities, inside delivery trucks, and along neighborhood carriers’ rounds. Like surveillance drones or stories in their retelling, these operator–less cameras take independent journeys, and produce images with a formal vocabulary inherent in the camera’s optics, and the chemical life of light–sensitive materials. This work is featured in the June 2014 issue of Harper’s Magazine.
In 'Field Guide to Bird Songs', living birds in the field are closely examined while exploring the connection between seeing, knowing, and wanting. In detailed, hyper–real photographs that recall the decorative drawings of natural history, the work evokes the delicate experience of holding a bird, against traditions of landscape representation in religious iconography, Renaissance frescoes and tapestries, and Modernist painting and sculpture. Through collaborations with scientists, ecologists, and naturalists on the Massachusetts coast, and at universities and research centers across the Northeast and in Costa Rica, the photographer gained access to wild birds captured for banding, before their release, and those captive in labs.
Yola Monakhov was born in Moscow, Russia. She completed her MFA at Columbia University in 2007 and her MA in Italian Literature in 1998. She has been a photographer for The New Yorker magazine since 2006 and received a Meredith S. Moody award from Yaddo as well as a Macina di San Cresci Fellowship from Greve in Chianti. She is currently a faculty member at Columbia University, Pace University, International Center of Photography, and LaGuardia Community College.