On May 2nd 2018, Fountain Street gallery opens its May exhibition, Transient, featuring the work of encaustic mixed-media artist Mary Marley and photographer Rebecca Skinner. The show represents a diverse body of work from each artist and explores moments in time, through each artists perspective.
Marley and Skinner’s work explores the paradox of moments of stillness within larger patterns of change. Each part is connected to the whole but not subsumed by it. The work deals with the distinctness of passing moments as they meld into the current of time. Everything is in flux, but nothing is lost.
Patching together patterns and structures from disparate times and cultures, Mary Marley generates wholeness from fragments. Having manipulated oils, paper cuttings, and mixed media, she has most recently found expression through encaustic painting. The layering of these pigments creates a unique luminous quality to her graphic narratives.
Marley has gained an extensive education from many institutions, including Lesley University, the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University, and the School of the Worcester Art Museum. In addition to teaching at Newton Country Day School as a visual art instructor, she has also featured work in such exhibitions as the Blue Ribbon Show with South Shore Art Center, MA, Eve(olution) with Riverside Library, NY, Women Coast to Coast with Prince Street Gallery, NY and Personal Renaissance in Canada. Marley works from her studio in Millis, MA.
Abandoned buildings serve as the focus of Rebecca Skinner’s most recent series of photographs. She seeks to immerse the viewer in the scene, intertwining them and the location in a single narrative of nostalgia and respect for the suspended moment. She portrays these facilities not only as preserved instances of a forgotten time, but as the summation of the place’s history and beauty.
Skinner studied at the Rhode Island School of Design, RI. She is currently owner and photographer of Rebecca Skinner Photography. Metrowest Daily and Upworthy are just a few publications that have featured her work. Recently, she has displayed photos at the Boston International Fine Art Show at the Boston Center for the Arts Cyclorama, MA, Art Providence, at the Rhode Island Convention Center, RI and Grey Area at Kington Gallery, MA. Her studio is at the Mill Contemporary Art in Framingham, MA.
Urbex photographers Robert Marsala and Ken Maston will join Rebecca Skinner in a roundtable discussion about their fascination with urban exploring, why they photograph abandonment and what this style of photography means to them. They will also cover the safety issues, ethics and other topics of interest.
Transient will run from May 2 through May 27, 2018. The Gallery is located at 460c Harrison Ave. #2, Boston, MA and is open Wednesday through Sunday from 12 to 6pm, or by appointment.