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Thursday, April 8, 2010

[Ferrin Gallery] "THE THINGS THEY LEFT BEHIND" Opens Saturday


The Winter Residents @ Project Art

RECEPTION: Saturday, April 10, 5 - 7:00 p.m.

Sculptors Gerit Grimm, Germany and Lincoln, NB and Michael Boroniec, Pittsfield, MA were resident artists at Project Art in Cummington, MA this winter. Each artist presents selections of the artwork produced during their residencies in their show "The Things They Left Behind".   

EXHIBITION: April 10 - April 24, 2010
Link to FerrinGallery.com and "The Things They Left Behind".


Berkshire native, Pittsfield Resident, high school art teacher by day and working artist by night.  Boroniec's current series of mixed media sculpture was produced at Project Art in honor of his childhood friend, a West Point graduate, currently on his second tour of duty in Afghanistan. Using the opportunity to work in a new environment surrounded by other art professionals, Boroniec chose to re-objectify, in ceramic materials, the uniforms and equipment that will travel with Captain Russo into the war zone. An ardent pacifist, this series builds on his interest to use his work to send a message.

Boroniec earned his BFA from RISD with a concentration in Ceramic Material Sciences.

The title of the show refers to the ongoing
NEA program, The Big Read, currently underway in Pittsfield in which the community explores the book "The Things They Carried" by Tim O'Brien, through programming in the schools, libraries and cultural venues throughout the city.

In Rural Intelligence, Dan Shaw writes "Michael Boroniec calls himself an Art Soldier, which is fitting since he’s on the front lines of Pittsfield’s cultural revolution."

photo caption: Michael Boroniec, Self Portrait, Photograph
Link to RURAL INTELLIGENCE - Dan Shaw's Profile "Portait of a Pittsfield Artist as a Young Man"


Born and raised in East Germany, Grimm came to work at Project Art this winter most recently from Lincoln Nebraska. Having come to the US to pursue her MFA at Alfred University, she has been a resident artist at the The LH Project in Joseph, Oregon, The Archie Bray Foundation in Helena, Montana, and Arts in Industry at the Kohler factory in Sheboygan, Wisconsin.

Like Boroniec, the residency at Project Art enabled her to work among ceramic and art professionals who live and pass through the Berkshires. Meeting other ceramicists, visual artists, visiting curators and working closely with gallerist, Leslie Ferrin, Grimm's experience was an immersion in what The Berkshires and Western Massachusetts offers - a network and proximity to the world's finest cultural institutions in the region, nearby New York and Boston. She focused on works in upcoming group exhibitions, ReObjectification, The Hermaphrodites: Living in Two Worlds and in the process explored new ideas and addressed technical issues.

"In The Things They Left Behind", Grimm presents selections from her residency that include a collaborative works with potter and pattern painter, Megan Hart and selected works from Grimm's recent exhibition in Philadelphia "Sugar Coated: The Candy Shop".

Astrid Heimer writing in Berkshire Fine Arts, "Female and male figures all resemble Gerit in some way. Her dressed or nude figurines are placed in fantastic settings, but she denies any relationship to the 'Gebrueder Grimm' (Grimm's fairy tales)."

photo caption: Gerit Grimm with "Cupid and Psyche"

Link toBERKSHIRE FINE ARTS- Astrid Heimer's Interview with Gerit Grimm


A studio visit inspired a series of figurines based on Meissen "erotic" dancers and hostesses.  Working together, Grimm produced the figures and painted the males, Megan Hart, known for her fluid floral pattern painting on functional porcelain, dressed the women with flowery clothing. 

Photo Caption: Gerit Grimm and Megan Hart, Country Dance:PeterPetra, 2010, 13" x 8" x 7"

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