Call of the Wind
Outdoor sculpture exhibition
Shattuck Sculpture Garden
Reception June 6, 5-7pm
From June through August, artists Nancy Winship Milliken, Keith Francis, and Whitmore Boogaerts will exhibit outdoor wind sculptures in the Shattuck Sculpture Garden. These sculpture both kinetic and stationary are expressive of the wind off Buzzards Bay, Massachusetts. The sculptures will be shown on consignment for the duration of the exhibition.
Nancy Winship Milliken
Windscape – Westport is part of Nancy Winship Milliken Studio’s Contemporary Pastoralism project. Trading studio for farm, Milliken collaborates with farmers, their materials, animals and landscape to create work that engages the viewer with the textures of the environment. Made from local cedar and New England wool, these “meadow sails” are activated by the wind, sun, rain and time.
Nancy Winship Milliken is a sculptor creating site-specific work in urban and rural landscapes. Her archetypal structures pair ephemeral, organic materials such as wool, wax, and honey with industrial components such as steel. Milliken's environmentally performative sculptures reveal the actions of wind, rain, and sun as they transform her shapes and materials, adding an element of time. Sometimes she invites animal and human interaction.
Milliken’s use of natural and industrial materials stems from her interest in rural art, agriculture, and sustainable living. These were brought together through the lens of a Masters in Fine Arts degree in 2008 from Massachusetts College of Art and Design, with residencies at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Massachusetts.
Along with installing her work in New England and New Zealand farmland, Milliken has shown in solo and select group shows, including Boston Sculptors Gallery, Artstrand Gallery, the Christian Science Plaza in Boston, Qorikancha Museum, Peru, Provincetown Art Association Museum, University Museum of Contemporary Art, and Brattleboro Museum. She incorporates her sculptures into set design for Double Edge Theatre in Ashfield, Massachusetts.
She has given guest lectures, studio visits, and has been an Artist-In-Residence at several schools, universities and galleries including Burlington City Arts, University of Massachusetts, University of Vermont, Marlboro College, Amherst College, and Hampshire College.
For her newest project, Contemporary Pastoralism, Milliken has traded studio for farm to work collaboratively with farmers and their animals to create site-responsive installations and performance documentation.
Milliken is represented by Boston Sculptors Gallery.
Réflexions is a conceptual interior or exterior stainless steel kinetic sculpture that independently moves with the wind and reflects the environment. Each of the pieces independently moves at a rate dependent on the wind direction and force. The reflection aspect of the sculpture will be based on the angle of the sun, weather conditions, and placement.
Réflexions is 100% modular, the length can be increased or decreased in 12" increments. The stainless steel and materials used are weather resistant.
In 2013 Francis began work on Reflections of Being, arguably his largest outdoor sculpture, for the University of Mississippi, Art Museum in Oxford, MS. His process included the labor intensive hand forming of stainless steel, welding, and fabrication.
Francis has exhibited throughout the world, at venues including the University of Mississippi, Oxford, MS; Delaware State University, Dover, DE; Butler University, Indianapolis, IN; New Art Center, Newton, MA; New Bedford Art Museum, New Bedford, MA; New England School of Art & Design, Boston, MA; The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA; Hairpin Art Center, Chicago, IL; Carmel Film and Art Festival, Carmel, CA; and Giornata Del Contemporaneo Di Amaci, Milan, Italy. Francis was commissioned by the Democratic National Committee to design the 2004 Boston Democratic National Convention identity, and he designed a commemorative poster for the opening of the Leonard P. Zakim Bunker Hill Bridge in the city of Boston. Keith’s artworks have been showcased and featured in The Boston Globe, Boston Herald, WGBH, Art Works, Big Red & Shiny, Printer’s Devil Review, Artscope, Graphis and Saatchi Art, London, U.K. He has made appearances on the BBC, C-Span, WGBH Greater Boston and CBS television. Keith is a guest lecturer at UMass-Dartmouth and New England School of Art & Design, and is a graduate portfolio reviewer at Massachusetts College of Art & Design, sponsored by the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA). Francis has been honored with prestigious awards from many professional groups, including the World Trade Center Site Memorial Competition, Who’s Who in the World, Who’s Who in America, Graphis Poster Annual, and Design 21. Awards include several art grants and private and corporate art commissions. In 2011, Keith was inducted into his high school's Hall of Fame for Career Achievement, at Greater New Bedford Regional Vocational Technical High School.
Born in Fairhaven, Massachusetts, Francis graduated and received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth 1989 and, and he attended classes at the Maine Media Workshops in Rockport, ME, and The School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, MA.
WB Sculpture Studio has created mobiles, indoor and outdoor sculptures, furniture, wall pieces, and countless commissions over the past twenty years. These fluid and sophisticated pieces of art can be found throughout the United States and around the world. With a background in civil engineering, Whitmore Boogaerts has enjoyed working with architects, business owners, and art collectors to design pieces which not only suit the environment but also add a new vision. With a 7500 square foot studio located in Providence, RI, Boogaerts and his staff combine balance and design with attention to detail through strong craftsmanship. The goal of each piece is to let nature itself flow through the work. The gallery space usually has a large selection of new work.
This outdoor, kinetic sculpture is made with steel, stainless steel and glass. There is a thin coat of Penatrol, a linseed oil product, which wears off showing the rust. That is fine and desired. These materials have proven to go nicely with ones landscaping and to look right over the years. A great place to install the piece is right in a flower bed for example, where it can work with the plantings.
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