Walking along the improved stretch of Mass Ave in Arlington, I saw a couple coming out of the 13FOREST Gallery. They pointed at Mia Cross's painting Agnes and Avi in the front window. They seemed enamored of the sensitive, experimental portrait and talked excitedly about it and other work they'd just seen in the gallery. Inside, I overheard Marc Gurton talking with a guest about the layaway plan they offer. TENFOLD, 13FOREST's ten-year anniversary exhibition, which opened the night before is on view. Gurton said it represents the past, present and future of 13FOREST and its mission: to make art accessible to all.Read More
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