AUGUST 28 – OCTOBER 20
EDGE – X BONNIE WOODS
WHAT TO MAKE OF ALL OF THIS? – WALTER KOPEC
Opening Reception: Sunday, August 28, 3-5 p.m.
Third Thursday Receptions, September 15 and October 20, 6-9 p.m.
Gallery Hours: Fridays and Saturdays, 2-6 p.m.,
and by appointment (tel/text 857-335-3100)
X Bonnie Woods is showing new works on folded paper in a Boston solo exhibition entitled EDGE. Irregularly shaped paper constructions are marked by Sumi ink, reaching across walls and ceilings. The map-like images offer a geography of puzzle parts and emphasize the essence of each painting’s edge. Originating from the artist’s aerial sketches of islands, landforms, and snowforms, these works were completed in Boston and Berlin, Germany, between 2020 and the present. The artist works and resides in both cities.
What to make of all of this? It’s an open-ended question, with few, if any, concrete answers.
With a strong conceptual, graphic sensibility, Walter Kopec’s work, through minimal, appropriate materials and economical gesture, uses strategies of puzzle-making and linguistic tricks to create visual/verbal connections, each component fortifying, reflecting or complementing the other.
Using wordplay and idiomatic expressions, irony and humor as a springboard to invite immediate recognition and general accessibility, each “visual poem” challenges the viewer to consider a more layered and nuanced response, asking for consideration beyond the obvious and how carefully parsed language, leads to doublespeak, irony and innuendo, and in the worst case… hypocrisy. http://www.walterkopec.com