[Re]creation art initiatives create platforms for artists to interpret the unique elements that comprise Boston Harbor, so that the artists in turn may engage new audiences through creating place-based artwork that offers innovative educational and recreational opportunities for the public. This summer features an Artist in Residence program based on Spectacle Island, and a temporary sculpture exhibition on Peddocks Island. Artwork is selected for the manner in which it creatively interfaces with the natural environment and activates culture, and history of the Boston Harbor Islands.
ARTISTS IN RESIDENCE
A yurt on Spectacle Island provides a space for two week artist residencies in August for artists working in any media. Artists are free to draw inspiration and material from anywhere in the Harbor. The public may check out open studio times on Spectacle on the second and fourth Saturday of August, to check out their work in process.
PEDDOCKS ISLAND ENVIRONMENTAL SCULPTURE EXHIBITION
Peddock’s Island is a platform for artists to investigate, expand, and challenge the creative potential of landscape management through sculptural installation made primarily of invasive plant species harvested on the island.
Daniel Zeese is an artist, designer, and educator practicing in Boston. His latest work explores populations, belonging, and identity within an urban environment. Daniel received a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts, Sculpture, from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2010 and a Masters in Architecture from Boston Architectural College in 2015.
Daniel will investigate what it means to be on the edge of civilization and the wilderness. Zeese will produce a narrative of characters that will be adorned by objects and wearable sculptures that he will develop during the residency.
Ryan Edwards is a Boston-based inter-disciplinary artist with a background in West African drum and dance, jazz and new-music composition. He composes extensively for contemporary dance and produces multi-media performance works and installations with Masary Studios.
Ryan will capture sounds of the island and make new sample / triggered /
electronic instruments. With these new instruments, he will write, perform and
record a suite of songs for the island, on the island, and in a way, by the island.
Josh Falk is a Boston based mixed-media artist. Born and raised in North-Central, MA he spent most of his time exploring the outdoors, skateboarding and painting graffiti. Falk began to use photography as a means to document his various urban explorations and it soon became his main creative focus. More recently his work has evolved to include collages, painting, and site-specific sculpture work.
A Tree wind chime using Norway Maple saplings are layered to create a
dense, bark-like look. Leaf-like sections of Japanese knotweed create a hollow
acoustic sound. The Tree is the centerpiece of an interactive Zen garden for visitors
to Peddocks Island to explore.
Gary Orlinsky is a public artist whose site-specific installations have been shown in museums, parks and gardens throughout the United States. He currently teaches at Assumption College and in the Commonwealth College Honors Program at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
Porta is a tall, graceful towering gateway using stacked logs, an open grid work, and a double cantilevered roof spanning the structure. Views of land, sea, forest and sky are framed by the structure, and these landscapes become part of the piece.
Kerri Schmidt is a Boston-based multimedia artist and educator. She seeks to create points of entry into her art that engage and invite interaction and develop new ways of seeing and knowing. Her nature-based experiences and a profound pleasure for small moments encountered during daily life are deeply rooted in her artwork and reflect the conversations she creates with the world.
“Two-Family Cottage” is be a human scale duplex bird's nest made out of oriental bittersweet vines, maple saplings, and soft nesting materials (grass, yarn, fiber, flowers, string).
Gianna Stewart is Boston-based artist with a passion for public art. She received her MFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston/ Tufts University. She developed her signature technique for casting resins with Midden, a dozen oysters of mythical proportions installed on the Greenway.
Invasive Maple trees distribute their seeds via a winged nut known
as a samara. These small specimens float through the air, spinning to the ground.
Samaras consists of oversized samaras suspended in midair, cast in transparent
plastic that catch the sunlight as they gently spin overhead Battery Whitman.
Kristen Wyman is a member of the Natick Nipmuc tribe of Massachusetts and a longtime
advocate for access to public lands, environmental justice and rights to self-determination for tribal peoples of New England. Over the past decade, Kristen has focused much of her work on youth development and women’s programming. She held positions with the National Park Service, US Geological Survey, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, and the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe Education and Natural Resource Departments and developed curriculum material compatible with tribal epistemologies and statewide learning standards in STEM. As the Community Programs Coordinator with Gedakina, Kristen collaborates with tribal youth and families to increase access to indigenous knowledge, restore traditional lifeways, and strengthen indigenous economies.
Members of the Nipmuc, Massachuset, and Wampanoag tribes collaborated to
create a Fish Weir, as a way to introduce park visitors to the very unique relationship of Eastern Woodland peoples to the coastal environments of Massachusetts Bay.
Nia Holley is a recent graduate from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and Tufts University. Her interests include the integration of traditional Nipmuc art forms with modern materials and usage and the rooting out of the politics that prevent communities from thriving. Most recently, she has been focusing on creating various objects and their relationship to the body as her work is largely based off of the various experiences Black and Native bodies undergo. The objects she creates are reflections of said experiences. Since 2012, she has been working under the concept of survival, ranging specifically from cultural survival and now to other various and sometimes discreet forms of survival adopted generationally.
Members of the Nipmuc, Massachuset, and Wampanoag tribes collaborated to
create a Fish Weir, as a way to introduce park visitors to the very unique relationship
of Eastern Woodland peoples to the coastal environments of Massachusetts Bay.
Visit Boston Harbor [re]creation on Peddocks Island by public ferry service provided by Boston Harbor Cruises. Daily schedules are below. Click here to find out more about how to purchase ferry tickets.
Artists in Residence Open Studios (August 12 and 26, 2017)
Join Artists in Residence Daniel Zeese and Ryan Edwards for site-specific artwork and performances on Spectacle Island. During their two-week residency, artists draw inspiration from the natural environment and create place-based art, offering educational opportunities for children, adults and families.
All are welcome to experience their work in process Saturday August 12th, and Saturday August 26th, from 1:00-4:00 pm.
On August 12th, Ryan Edwards will perform songs using sampled sounds from nature, various electronic instruments and instruments built using Island materials.
On August 26th, Daniel Zeese will perform a narrative of characters comprised of themes of civilization and wilderness inspired by his residency. The story will be accompanied by objects and wearable sculptures Daniel created during his two weeks on Spectacle Island.
Ryan Edwards is a Boston-based composer and interdisciplinary artist, as well as the co-founder and drummer of Afro-Beat band Federator N°1 with a background in West African drum and dance, jazz and new-music composition. He is a New Music America Grant Recipient, and travels the world to make people dance to his multi-genre music and art.
Daniel Zeese is an artist, designer and educator practicing in Boston. His latest work explores populations, belonging and identity within urban environments. He received a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts, Sculpture, from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2010 and a Masters in Architecture from Boston Architectural College in 2015.