This week joined Jared Bowen, executive editor of GBH Morning EditionJeremy Siegel to discuss two new local art exhibitions.
Lesley Dill, “The Desert: The Light Sizzles Around Me”
On display at Canterbury Shaker Village, 188 Shaker Road, Canterbury, NH until 12 September.
Visual artist Lesley Dill uses prose and poetry as suggestions for her work, Bowen said. In this show, she studied visionary characters in American history: Shaker Mother founder Ann Lee; the leader of the Sauk Black Hawk; and the abolitionists Sojourner Truth, Dred Scott and John Brown. She also looked at author Nathaniel Hawthorne and her “The Scarlet Letter” character, Hester Prynne.
“[Dill] investigates their words and creates these figurative sculptures in the characters, in the representation of a person and in the terms of their clothing, ”said Bowen. “And then he merges their words into both banners and then onto their clothes. So you are really immersing yourself in the person through the words that describe her or the words she wrote. ”
Dill said he drew inspiration from Emily Dickinson’s poem.
“My body of work as an artist comes through the door of Emily Dickinson’s poetry. I worked and worked with her words, her extraordinary and intense words of this little, little woman, “said Dill.” These words gave birth to a flame in me and her words literally gave birth to inspirations for the works of ‘art”.
Dill told Bowen that when she was 14, she had a vision in which everything around her went dark and she saw only an idea of the world. “It’s fused into her art of hers,” Bowen said. “And it makes it even more interesting to look at these figures and understand where they come from and the circumstances under which they have had to move forward in the world to really find justice in the case of most of these figures.”
Cliff Notez x Jaypix, “wild nigga is love”
On display at the Cultural Equity Incubator, 15 Channel Center St., Boston, until June 27.
The Cultural Equity Incubator is giving black artists more support at a time when some of them are getting more attention, Bowen said. The incubator can offer space for the personal care of artists who expand their work, presentations to insurance and law experts, and a space for a gallery.
Currently, that space of the gallery houses the documentary photographer Jaypix’s images of musician and artist Cliff Notez.
“It starts in this series by seeing a figure whose face is somehow buried,” Bowen said. “You see this frenzy of emotion, and then it gradually evolves into Cliff Notez as this statue of gold – of course, gold … also means abundance and prosperity, luxury and quality, sophistication and elegance. So you see the transition.
Jaypix has often worked “trying to create a feeling and rather than just a moment, trying to transcend the times when people are other in this world,” Bowen said.
“There are so many social constructs that try to make us confine and stick to different boxes, whether it’s gender or race,” said Slandie Prinston, coordinator of liberating artists at the incubator. “That aspect of having a space and having a community interested in exploring what a radical transformation can be like. This is something that sounds exciting.