September 21st to November 22nd, 2013
Opening Reception, Saturday, September 21st, 5 to 7pm
Gallery talk: Saturday, September 21st 7 pm
Save the Date: Wednesday, October 23rd 7pm A conversation with Ifé Franklin and Jennifer Pustz, Member of the Royall House and Slave Quarters Board of Directors
(Medford, MA http://www.royallhouse.org/)
The gallery, reception and connected events are all free and open to the public.
Spoke Gallery @Medicine Wheel Productions
110 K Street – 2nd floor, South Boston, MA 02127
MBTA: Redline Broadway Stop- no 9 Bus to K St.
Gallery Hours: Wednesdays- Fridays from 12 to 5pm and Saturdays by appointment
(For a Saturday appointment- email please at least two days in advance: firstname.lastname@example.org).
Free and open to the public (gallery and all connected events)
Ifé Franklin’s Indigo Project provides a historical, artistic, and cultural context to the important cultural aspects of the life of the enslaved and the artistic production of Adire textile making. Components of her Indigo Project, sculptures, small installations, textiles and 2d works, will transform the Spoke Gallery. During the course of the exhibition, the creation of a wooden structure resembling a slave cabin will occur. The structure will be completely covered inside and outside with Aso Adire (indigo textile) that was produced by a group of volunteers that the artist taught the traditional techniques of Adire from the Yoruba culture of Nigeria, West Africa. Medicine Wheel Production’s Spoke Gallery is the first site it to show one of the cabins of this project.
For Ifé Franklin, this is a project that is a living testament honoring those who lived and died producing these two materials she works with closely- plantation grown cotton and indigo. She states, “I want to share this art with people that are interested in the history of enslavement and the collective healing that needs to take place to bring forth remembrance and reconciliation. Without forgetting the unspeakable violence and dehumanization the system of slavery perpetrated, I also want to look at their lives as larger than the tragic ugliness of their situation. I want us to see them as more than just slaves. I know that our ancestors shared a great love with one another in the ways that they could, for as long as time would allow, since they never knew just how much time they had with family members and friends. The Indigo Project challenges us to dare envision an experience of slavery where beauty and love were possible. Our ancestors simply would not have survived if they also had not loved and created beauty even in the most inhumane conditions. Theirs is the story of America, of Americans, a nation and its people.”
Ifé Franklin, who was born and raised in Washington D.C., lives and works in Roxbury. She is a teaching artist and an interdisciplinary artist who works in many mediums: drawing, collage, installation, sculpture, performance, photography, etc. She also specializes in creating Aso Adire (indigo fabric), a traditional West African Art form. She holds a diploma from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts and she recently had a solo show at the Uforge Gallery that featured some of the small sculptural and 2-d elements of the Indigo Project. She has had solo shows in Boston at the Center for Latino Arts and at the Dillaway Thomas House. Her work has been shown in group exhibitions at: New Art Center, Boston City Hall’s Scullay Square Gallery, Lillian Immig Gallery at Emmanuel College, the AAMARP Gallery, the Harbor Gallery at UMass Boston, the Cambridge Multicultural Art Center, and the Northampton Center for the Arts.
Special thanks to the Elliot House, the Royall House and Slave Quarters, Perspective Photo, and all the volunteers and collaborators who have helped to make this exhibition happen.
Image: Gracelynn D. Means’ Adire; Photo credits: Craig Bailey/Perspective Photo; Design credit: Tim Spruill Creative All other photos courtesy of Craig Bailey/Perspective Photo
|June 22nd to August 23rd 2013Reception: June 22nd 5 to 7pmGallery Talk: June 22nd 7pm02127/02210 is Medicine Wheel Productions’ annual summer exhibition featuring the artists who live and/or have their art practice based in the two zip codes of South Boston.This is the second annual 02127/02210 and it is featuring the work of ten outstanding artists: Ibrahim Ali-Salaam, Bill Frew, Nathan Fried-Lipski, Vanessa Irzyk, Jacob Kulin, Joyce McDaniel, Andrew Neumann, Sylvia Stagg-Giuliano, Claudia Ravaschiere, and Christine Vaillancourt.The annual’s inspiration comes from MWP’s 2011 photo exhibition entitled, Southie is My Home Town. It was a show of portraits of the diverse and amazing people who call South Boston their home. The images were taken by South Boston residents and Medicine Wheel affiliated photographers Richie Dismore and Brian McCarthy.The 2013 annual highlights the breathe of talent we are so lucky to have in our two zip codes. Many of the artists have exhibited locally, regionally and nationally. There is also a wide range of media in the show: charcoal drawings, color photography, sculpture, paintings, site specific installations, and silver point drawings. This is a show not to be missed.
Medicine Wheel Productions (MWP) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to transform communities from the inside out by inviting all members to participate in the healing and transcendent power of public art. MWP’s Spoke Gallery is an innovative new program that seeks to act as a hub for artists of all disciplines who want to join the conversation.
Gallery Hours are Wednesdays-Fridays from 12 to 5pm and Saturdays* by appointment.
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About Spoke Gallery:
The medicine wheel, originating from a Native American tradition, is also referred to as Sacred Hoop. The medicine wheel represents the sacred circle of life, its basic four directions, and the elements. It is a symbol of balance, symmetry, healing, and oneness. “It teaches us that all lessons are equal, as are all talents and abilities. Every living creature will one day see and experience each spoke of the wheel and know those truths. The Medicine Wheel is a pathway to truth and peace and harmony. The circle is never ending, life without end.”
MWP’s philosophy and values are deeply entwined with that of the medicine wheel. We too believe that every person has talents and abilities to share with the world and that, through art, they can unlock them. By participating in the art—whether that’s creating the art, experiencing the art, or taking a cultural action in response to the art—we believe that community members are taken on a transformative journey that helps them gain a deeper understanding of themselves, of others, and the overall human condition. This is the phenomenon of art. It engages all people (the creator and observors) in dialogue and takes them to a place of endless possibilities.
Artists of all disciplines are interested in starting a new dialogue about the role of art in culture. Over the years, art has come to be seen as a commodity, not an essential part of everyday life. Art is so much more than that though—it helps individuals access the hidden world of thought, feeling, and meditation. It is a tool that draws humanity together, guiding people towards a greater understanding of self and the overall human condition.
MWP’s Spoke Gallery is an innovative new program that seeks to act as a hub for artists of all disciplines who want to join the conversation. We realize that many artists lack the networks, support, tools, and/or resources to progress the dialogue forward on their own. By creating a network and space dedicated to redefining the role of art in culture, we hope to provide a support system and home for artists, so that they can grow, learn, and put into practice this exciting and significant concept.
This program is supported in part by a grant from the Boston Cultural Council, a local agency which is funded by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, administrated by the Mayor’s Office of Arts, Tourism, and Special Events. It is also supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council.