June 7 – July 14
Artist Opening Reception: Friday, June 7. 5-8pm.
Free and open to the public.
Reception coincides with Art ‘Round Town monthly art walk in Portsmouth and the Artist Opening Reception for Factory Made.
Additional Art ‘Round Town on Friday, July 5. 5-8pm.
I create “hybrid paintings” on lightweight plastic comprised of cut out abstract elements inhabiting space. Points of entry physically engage and suggest new ways of seeing. Suspended from the ceiling and walls, this work combines the formal concerns of painting while extending into space like sculpture, thus their hybrid nature. These installations question what makes a painting and how the viewer interacts with it.
Building on the foundations in her exhibit that inspire curiosity, playfulness, humor, and buoyancy, Adria has invited the element of dance from Boston-based Luminarium Dance Company and live music by saxophonist Ken Field. They will perform during the Artist Opening Reception for an additional dimension of engagement with Adria’s work. The performance will take place in the Lobby Gallery on June 7
About Adria Arch:
Adria Arch is a painter and installation artist. Arch has had solo exhibitions at Danforth Art in Framingham (MA), the Art Complex Museum in Duxbury (MA), and the Hunt Gallery at Mary Baldwin College in Virginia. She has completed site specific murals at Lesley University’s Porter Square building in Cambridge (MA), Stonehill College, and Danforth Art in Framingham (MA). Arch has been awarded residencies at Vermont Studio Center, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Sanskriti Foundation in Delhi, and in Auvillar, France. Her work is included in many private and public collections including the DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Fidelity Corporation, and the Federal Bank of Boston. Her work will be featured in fall of 2019 at the Fitchburg Art Museum.
About Luminarium Dance Company:
Founded by Merli V. Guerra and Kimberleigh A. Holman in Boston in 2010, Luminarium Dance Company is an award-winning contemporary dance company now in its ninth season that is regularly hailed for its unique combination of dance and light. Luminarium’s mission is two-fold, stemming from the word “luminary” (n. 1. a body that gives off light 2. sheds light on some subject or enlightens mankind). The company has performed its repertory in venues ranging from New York City to California.
Key venues include: The Boston Opera House, American Repertory Theater’s OBERON, Boston Center for the Arts, Mobius Alternative Arts Space, UMass Fine Arts Center, Mount Holyoke College, Outside the Box, the WGBH Boston Summer Arts Weekend (MA); Seacoast Fringe Festival (NH); Southern Vermont Dance Festival (VT); Ithaca College, Jennifer Muller/The Works (NY/NYC); Wiscasset Art Walk (ME); the San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles (CA); and Grounds For Sculpture (NJ).
Guerra and Holman were praised as “unsung heroes” in the Boston arts scene, with Luminarium featured as one of ten “stellar organizations that may have slipped under your radar” in the Spring 2013 issue of Improper Bostonian magazine. In its third year, the company was invited to showcase its work at the prestigious Fine Arts Center Concert Hall (Amherst MA), whose 2013–14 professional dance series was comprised solely of nationally-recognized choreographers and companies: Kyle Abraham, Parsons Dance, Time Lapse Dance, Alonzo King LINES Ballet, and Luminarium Dance Company. The company’s biggest project was a commission to open TEDxCambridge—the largest TED event in the world—which debuted on June 9, 2016, at the historic Boston Opera House.
Featured dancer Jess Chang graduated from Mount Holyoke College in 2011, where she earned a BA in Dance. She began her professional dance career in Boston and has worked with companies such as Angie Moon Dance Theatre, Annie Kloppenberg & Co., Audra Carabetta, Chun-Jou Tsai, Luminarium Dance, Ruckus Dance, and Vimoksha. The greatest influences of her dance aesthetic are Omar Carrum, Deborah Flemming, Carl Flink, Terese Freedman, Kathleen Hermesdorf, Claudia Lavista, Katie Martin, Fritha Pengelly, Kendra Portier, Cheryl Quek, and Lisa Race.
Featured dancer Jennifer Roberts is a graduate of Mount Holyoke College where she began her formal training in dance. Thanks to the brilliant faculty of the Five College Dance Department, she’s encountered many forms of dance and the different pedagogies for engaging and teaching non-traditional movers. Roberts has had the opportunity to perform works by wonderful choreographers including Katie Martin, Carl Flink, and Camille A. Brown. In addition to performing, she has been awarded grants to pursue her independent work in dance and liturgy and is a 200-hour certified Vinyasa yoga instructor. Recently, Roberts has had the honor of performing with Boston-based companies Weber Dance, Quicksilver Dance, Angie Moon Dance Theater, Grant Jacoby & Dancers, and Ruckus Dance along with collaborative projects with Olana Flynn and Jessica Chang. When not in the studio, Jennifer can be found indulging in good fiction, good food, or a good nap.
About Ken Field:
Ken Field is a saxophonist, flautist, and composer. Since 1988 he has been a member of the internationally acclaimed electronic modern music ensemble Birdsongs of the Mesozoic, with whom he has recorded eight CDs. He leads the Revolutionary Snake Ensemble, an experimental & improvisational brass band. His solo releases document his work for layered saxophones and his soundtracks for dance and film. Field was named a 2017 Finalist in Music Composition by the Massachusetts Cultural Council. He has performed in the US, Canada, Mexico, France, Germany, Spain, Hungary, Portugal, Sweden, Ireland, Italy, Poland, Australia, New Zealand, & Japan, and has been awarded residency fellowship grants at the MacDowell Colony (NH), the Ucross Foundation (Wyoming), the Fundación Valparaíso (Spain), and the Atlantic Center for the Arts (Florida). Field composed & produced soundtracks for many of the animated films by his late wife, Karen Aqua, as well as commissioned music for Bridgman/Packer Dance. His music is also heard regularly on the children’s television program Sesame Street.
photo by Will Howcroft
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