Near the end of Imber’s Left Hand, the 2014 film about artist Jon Imber’s struggle to keep on painting as he was dying from ALS, there is a beautiful scene of a show of the hundreds of portraits that Jon painted, in the last year of his life, of friends in Boston and Maine who came by to keep him company and to help. Some of those friends, and others who had never met Jon, gathered together, teary-eyed, at 13FOREST Gallery after watching the Arlington International Film Festival’s screening of the film.Read More
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We will be joined by director/producer Richard Kane, co-producer Melody Lewis-Kane and art critic Rebecca Nemser who will collectively discuss the film as well as the incredible life and work of Somerville artist Jon Imber (1950-2014).
Imber's Left Hand will be screened at 4 pm as part of the Arlington International Film Festival (AIFF) at the historic Capitol Theatre in East Arlington. Tickets available here.
After the film, stroll down to 13FOREST Gallery for refreshments, Q&A with the film's makers and the opportunity to view Jon Imber's paintings up close. We have partnered with Imber's Boston representatives, Alpha Gallery, who are loaning us a selection of Imber's later paintings for the event, so that the public may personally experience the paintings and themes of the film.
Reception will begin at 5:30 pm, discussion at 6 pm. This event is free and open to the public, and is not limited to AIFF ticket holders.
Film Synopsis: A bittersweet and deeply moving document of Jon Imber, a local artist who lived and painted among us and his courageous and darkly humorous response to a diagnosis of ALS. The film traces Imber's life, career and adaptations, switching from painting with his right hand to his left, then to both as the degenerative condition progresses.
"A masterpiece of intimacy in the face of tragedy, "Imber’s Left Hand” is an extraordinary accomplishment in film. It is the eulogizing of the creative force and artistic life of one of America’s leading painters – in his own vibrant voice," -Daniel Kany, Maine Sunday Telegram.
Our friends at the State House may have cancelled Tax-Free Weekend, but we've decided to do the lawmakers one better...
13FOREST Gallery is happy to announce our Better-Than-Tax-Free Weekend Sale, now through Sun 8/21! During this special event, we are pleased to offer our customers 10% off purchases of items $100 and over.
Read more about how Massachusetts businesses are responding to the cancelled Tax-Free Weekend in the Arlington Advocate.
Our business hours for the coming days are as follows:
Thu 8/18: 11-8 pm
Fri 8/19: 11-6 pm
Sat 8/20: 11-6 pm (Join us from 3-6 pm for our summer party, Beers Out Back)
Sun 8/21: 12-4 pm
Earlier this week, New England art magazine Big Red & Shiny published Intentional Landscape: An Interview with Painter Wilhelm Neusser. Written by gallery co-owner Jim Kiely, Intentional Landscape is an insightful look into Neusser's most recent self-reflective and historically sensitive body of work.
Here's an excerpt from the interview:
"I think some of what I grew up with is coming back more and more now that I’ve relocated to the U.S., and I wonder if it’s part of an adjustment process. What I paint now is a very specific type of landscape – a not necessarily super-attractive land that has been industrialized mostly by coal mining.... [T]his is my family’s history.... [A]nd then there’s the historical German landscape, which is not personal but more a play on stereotypes and clichés. The third element I focus on is creating topographies on the canvas – crusts of paint – so that my material itself becomes a landscape. These days I’m aiming for moments when the three ingredients come together and become as tasty as possible." - Wilhelm Neusser
Thanks to all who joined us Thursday evening (July 21) for a fascinating talk led by Silke Hase, as she walked us through the photographic process known as wet plate collodion.
As one of photography's earliest practical techniques, wet plate collodion is a largely manual process that demands both time and attention from the photographer. Said Hase of her work, "it's not the camera that makes a photograph good, it's the connection between the photographer and her process that does."
If you're interested in learning more about the historic process of wet plate collodion, check out this informational reading put together by Hase, as well as some of her recommended articles.
- Jill Einfeld, Jill Enfield's Guide to Photographic Alternative Processes: Popular Historical and Contemporary Techniques, Focal Press, 2013.
- Christopher James, The Book of Alternative Photographic Processes, 3rd edition, Cengage Learning, 2015.
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