light wishes only to be land

On View: August 13 - October 2, 2016

In the language of painting, flatness and depth are usually opposites.

Light Wishes Only to Be Land, a group show curated by AAC Resident Artist Becca Kallem features work by Tom BunnellMike DowleyLiz Guzman, along with Kallem, and presents a variety of approaches to surface and space.

Of her work, Liz Guzman writes, “Sometimes the landscapes are flat and other times they are focused in small paintings of sculptural surface detail.” In the latter, she layers a variety of materials to create bejeweled, object-studded surfaces.

Guzman’s work addresses kitsch and femininity, while Becca Kallem’s pieces stem from philosophical and metaphysical interests.

Both are interested in layers and veils that can conceal or reveal, with openings and apertures that hint at identities, meanings, or other worlds.

Mike Dowley creates paintings and “sculpture-paintings” from memory and observation that represent familiar, beloved places.

Heavily textured oil paintings combine materiality and conventional landscape space. The works are tactile, concrete caricatures of boulders and other organic forms.

Tom Bunnell’s beautifully fractured paintings feature layers of mark and color. If not landscapes, they are sites with both frontal space and depth.

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Artist Talks with Andrew Barco and Elliot Doughtie

Saturday / October 21 / 1pm-3pm

Join artists Andrew Barco and Elliot Doughtie for conversations about their solo exhibitions currently on view at MoCA Arlington.

Neon Nights: Gala & Silent Auction

Wednesday / September 27 / 7pm

Join us on Wednesday, September 27 for a special gala and silent auction to benefit the Museum of Contemporary Art Arlington. Tickets range from $250 to $500 and include a 3-course dinner, silent auction, and the joy you’ll feel knowing you’re supporting the museum! Can’t attend? Consider sponsoring an artist to attend in your place!

MoCA on the Move at Met Park

Sundays 10am-12pm

MoCA Arlington at Met Park
Fun for the whole family! No Experience Required offers playful art making activities for children (and their curious adults) every Sunday morning. There will be collaborative, community-built art works, and opportunities to “make and take” works, too.