Friday, February 10, 2012

Petal Harder - Frame 301

BEVERLY, MA- Montserrat College of Art Galleries is pleased to present Petal Harder, curated by Sara Santarsiero. Through their use of vibrant color and imagery, Montserrat alumni Bradford Rusick and Lindsey Parker will collaborate on a site-specific installation in the Frame 301 exhibition space. Rusick and Parker are bonded together through their akin creative production and their commitment to a collaborative and dialectic oriented processes of art-making.

Rusick currently resides in Beverly MA, assisting with local artists in addition to his own work. In the past year, he has curated at 17 Cox, Marblehead Arts Association and UFORGE Gallery. Operating out of Lowell MA, Lindsey Parker runs UnchARTed, a multimedia art space and collective of several artists working together. Parker also works with 119 Gallery in Lowell, where she recently created a collaborative mural with Stephanie Lak.

With the help of other artists, Parker and Rusick have established an annual art event, Arts Not Dead, enabling local and regional artists to come together and share their art.

Where: Montserrat College of Art, Frame 301, 301 Cabot Street,
Beverly, MA
Exhibit Dates: February 18 – March 22, 2012
Hours: 24/7

For more information about the exhibit,
please contact Sara Santarsiero, Frame 301 Project Manager at or visit us at
Events hotline: 978.921.4242 Option 3

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Space, Light and Sound Activate Frame 301 at Montserrat

BEVERLY, MA- Montserrat College of Art Galleries is pleased to present Joey Asal’s DUFAYEL (*DISCURSIVE) [PASS/GO], curated by Lydia Gordon. This  Frame 301 installation is a site-specific material arrangement that explores the platforms of human interaction through the use of physical and non-physical materials. The artist uses recycled objects, canvas, paint, aluminum, light, and sound to create a non-linear material narrative within the Frame 301 space. The relationship of the installation’s physical and non-physical materials represents contemporary trends of communication, activities that now encompasses both virtual and in-person interaction.

Tangible sculpture and painted objects coexist with light and sound in DUFAYEL (*DISCURSIVE) [PASS/GO]. The negative space between layers of paint and suspended sculpture cast shadows and ever-changing lines within the piece. Sound is made available to passersby through individual artist performances. DUFAYEL (*DISCURSIVE) [PASS/GO] performs through each placement of material, facilitating as an environment for viewers to contemplate the synthesis of both means of communication. By inviting the audience to step away from more traditional forms of art-making, Joey Asal highlights the influential practice of using non-objective image making in conceptual art.

Joey Asal earned his BA and BFA in Sculpture and Printmaking from Truman State University. (Kirskville, Missouri) After moving to Boston in 2006, Asal continued to develop non-objective image making and started working with sound in 2009. As the curator of Lillypad Artspace, (Cambrdige, MA) Joey is well immersed in the alternative art scene in Boston, including performing and action-based artist.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Olsen’s Chasing Infinity travels to Montserrat’s Frame 301

BEVERLY August 22, 2011- Montserrat College of Art Galleries is pleased to present David Olsen’s Chasing Infinity, curated by Lydia Gordon. The mixed media painting installation in Frame 301 is inspired by the artist’s recent travels across America. Through abstract drawings entwined with recognizable hints of figures, Olsen’s site-specific vibrant, three dimensional installation urges the viewer to think about their own relationship to space and the environmental triggers that influence personal histories. 

Olsen voyaged across the country with the purpose of experiencing the most inspiring natural landscapes. While at these sites, the artist filmed, photographed, and drew on-location in response to his physical experience within these settings. Olsen’s feelings of existentialism and the affect of nature’s influence on the human emotion are represented in a new series of work, Chasing Infinity. Inspired by the surfacing of the artist’s childhood memories in response to these environments, Olsen comments on a distinct memory linked to location. His family vacationed in Pyramid Lake, a surreal place just north of Las Vegas where his father instructed him on how to survive if the US was under attack. As the artist travelled, his memories were re-told like stories, triggering responses and acting as a platform for drawing infinite connections between the artist’s past and present. Chasing Infinity discovers the never-ending relationship between human life and nature. 

Like Olsen’s previous work, this site-specific installation was completed with the help and collaboration of students. Montserrat students worked with the artist during a week long installation process. Chasing Infinity draws in the viewer’s attention through the use of an intense color palette cast across Frame 301’s walls and windows. With street style contours, the artist uses both organic and human-made objects to create a new atmosphere by reflecting on his drawings, research, and overall time on the road. The artist hopes to guide the audience to both a familiar and totally new place, which will inspire thoughts about their own relationship to the spaces they occupy.

Originally from Seattle, Washington, David Olsen is a Boston-based artist working in multiple media. Olsen received his BFA from the University  of Washington and his MFA from the University of Wisconsin- Madison. David has recently shown at Art Chicago (Chicago, IL) Project Gallery (Marseille, France), and French Neon (Brooklyn, NY). His work is also included in the permanent collections of the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art (Madison, Wisconsin), KUMU Museum of Art (Tallinn, Estonia) and the Smithsonian Institution (Washington, DC). David is Co-Director of Media Arts and Sciences and Assistant Professor of Media Arts at Wellesley College (Wellseley, MA).


Monday, July 11, 2011

Frame 301's Summer Constellation

A New Constellation Discovered in Beverly

 Montserrat College of Art is please to announce Adria Arch's installation, Summer Constellation, curated by Lydia Gordon. The artist's multi-media piece radiates twenty-four hours a day in the Frame 301 window. With Summer Constellation's suspended materials, particular doodles and celestial imagery, Adria uses the street-side gallery as a portal to encourage connection among anonymous participants.

Adria Arch’s Summer Constellation exhibits the artist’s distinctive mark making in a three dimensional installation. Patterns of scribbles, sprays and drips are produced on multiple ten by three foot suspended mylar scrolls. By studying notebook doodles produced by her son, the artist revisits these spontaneous characters to execute the composition of each scroll. The interplay among the imagery evokes a patterning of symbols similar to how the stars appear in the night sky. Arch’s placement of suspended scrolls and cut out paper creates a dynamic visual dialog of the artist’s iconic shapes, speaking to the community of viewers on the street, as well as to the artist’s son.

Adria is inspired by the doodles found in the margins of her son’s high school notebooks. The artist reads these private drawings as an indecipherable language created in the uninhibited state of the doodler. Using these shapes as a source for her work in Summer Constellation, Arch invites her audience into a world unknown to them but extremely personal to her. The installation allows for a viewing experience that creates relationships between multiple sources, mapping an intricate grouping of connections like the patterns formed by prominent starts in a constellation.

Adria Arch is a Boston-based artist and Arts Administrator. She studied at RISD and Carnegie Mellon University for her undergraduate studies and earned her MA in Art Education from the University of Arizona. Adria also received her MFA in painting from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. The artist has taught at deCordova’s School, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, and Montserrat College of Art. Arch has recently shown at the Danforth Museum of Art (Framingham, MA) and Lesley University (Cambridge, MA).

Where: Montserrat College of Art, Frame 301, 301 Cabot Street, Beverly, MA
Exhibit Dates: July 9, 2011 – August  20, 2011
Hours: 24/7
For more information about the exhibit, please contact Lydia Gordon, Frame 301 Project Manager at or visit us at
Events hotline: 978.921.4242 Option 3

Friday, May 13, 2011

May Artist Suspends Pies in Frame 301

May 16, 2011 - The Montserrat College of Art Galleries is pleased to present Alexander Farrell’s Frame 301 installation, Destined to fail/Destined for sale, curated by Lydia Gordon. Inspired by the Housing Crises, Farrell converts the Frame 301 window into a platform for selling pies. Coupled with for-sale markers, the artist-made pastries are displayed like real estate items in an attempt to break down societal issues, engage viewers, and encourage conversation.

Through the installation of joint building materials and food objects, the artists challenges the root of the Housing Crises. Relying greatly on the material’s ability to resonate and connect with itself, Farrell uses jagged wood pieces, for-sale pies, and a site-specific installation method to investigate the cause and effect of the “housing bubble”. A sculptural mass of wood and hardware lines Frame 301’s back wall, enhancing the viewer’s looking experience with Destined to fail/Destined for sale’s three-dimensional composition. Considering the pie’s association with precious traditionalism and Americanism, experiencing them as commercial commodities triggers an uncanny, emotional response, correlating with the exploitation and suffering of those affected by losing their homes. Through the engagement with the art piece, viewers are able to acknowledge the complex issues on a smaller scale. By reducing the housing bubble to representational objects, Destined to fail/Destined for sale expresses the dynamics between politicians, financiers, and consumers.

Alexander Farrell is a Boston based artist working in multiple mediums. His portfolio includes paintings, drawings, and sculpture. As an abstract artist, Alexander works with found objects in works on paper and three-dimensional sculptural pieces. The artist earned his BFA in Architecture at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design in 2008. Alexander has been awarded a grant from the Vermont Studio Center (Johnson, VT) and is included in the upcoming exhibition, Flourish: Alumni Works on Paper at Bakalar and Paine Galleries, Massachusetts College of Art and Design (Boston, MA).
Where: Montserrat College of Art, Frame 301, 301 Cabot Street, Beverly, MA
Exhibit Dates: May 16, 2011 – June 13, 2011
Hours: 24/7
For more information about the exhibit, please contact Lydia Gordon, Frame 301 Project Manager at or visit us at
Events hotline: 978.921.4242 Option 3
This program is supported in part by a grant from the Beverly Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

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Monday, April 11, 2011

Vinyl, leather pants, and broken guitar amps!

Take Your Protein Pills and Put Your Helmet On | Enter the Rock N’ Roll Vortex

April 11, 2011- Montserrat College of Art Galleries is pleased to present, THE ROCK N’ ROLL VORTEX, a dual part installation and performance piece for the Frame 301, Montserrat Galleries’ alternative display space. Curated by Lydia Gordon, THE ROCK N’ ROLL VORTEX will be up for the month of April. By combining elements of music, visual arts and audience participation, THE ROCK N’ ROLL VORTEX brings together the Montserrat community in recognition of the experience as the artwork.

Heavy-duty vinyl signage with reflective, striking graphics lures the viewer to the window where, once looking through the “Vortex,” an avalanche of miniature sculptures, music paraphernalia and artist renderings transfixes the eye, leading them into an electrified world of rock-n-roll. By enticing audience participation through its aggressive presence on the street, THE ROCK N’ ROLL VORTEX lends itself to the expressive attitude of the music genre and of the art school. Created by the Rock Slop Art Collective, THE ROCK N’ ROLL VORTEX will open on April 15, 2011 in the 301 Gallery as a performance piece. Rock Slop Art Collective will invite Montserrat students, staff, and community members to join them and their band, The Fagettes, in a glam shock inspired reception with live music, costumes, video, and photography. Through this interactive art show and installation, THE ROCK N’ ROLL VORTEX, stands as a platform for artistic collaboration and its importance within the art college.

Rock Slop Art Collective consists of two Boston-based artists, Melanie Bernier and David Goodrich. Bernier, who earned her BFA in Studio for Interralated Media at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design in 2008, works across various media including fiber arts, ceramics, and mixed-media installations. Her recent project includes the installation, Rainbowbomb at MEME Gallery (Cambridge, MA). David earned his BFA in Film, Animation, Video at the Rhode Island School of Design in 2006 where he was awarded at the Intercollegiate Independent Film Festival. Also working across various media, David and Melanie are involved in the Boston music scene with their band, The Fagettes, (

Where: Montserrat College of Art, Frame 301, 301 Cabot Street, Beverly, MA
Exhibit Dates: April 11, 2011 – May 13, 2011
Hours: 24/7
For more information about the exhibit, please contact Lydia Gordon, Frame 301 Project Manager at or visit us at
Events hotline: 978.921.4242 Option 3

Friday, March 25, 2011

March Exhibition: Urban Eden

BEVERLY, March 11, 2011- Montserrat College of Art Galleries
is pleased to present Kim Salerno’s installation Urban
Eden,curated by Lydia Gordon. The current exhibition in
Montserrat College of Art’s alternative display space Frame 301,
Urban Eden reveals a vivid textured world of digital imagery,
wall patterning,and three-dimensional structures. Through the
useof rich,decorative elements, Salerno’s installation draws in
the attention of the viewers by arranging drawing, photography,
and digital media to form an intricate landscape.
Salerno’s installation transforms the narrow space of Frame 301
into an urban garden. Digital prints of landscapes and gardens
are cut, hung and layered alternately with transparent scrims
and curtains, and expand beyond the picture plane to create a
highly interactive window space. At first glance, the garden
appears as a collage of idyllic flowers and scenery, beautifully
nestled with embellished textiles and patterns. However, as
nature is depicted through digital media, the awry placement
of Urban Eden’s multiple forms begins to prompt a sense of
nervous break down and eventual decay. As these layered
materials create complex textual meaning within
the installation, utopian and dystopian visions collide
as the piece is confronted with human activity from the street.

Kim Salerno’s creative work began with architecture, which
continues to serve as inspiration for her more recent digital 
and installation projects. Her work has been exhibited
throughout the United States in galleries, museums, and
other public venues. The artist is a recipient of the
Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant and the Visual Arts Sea
Grant from the University of Rhode Island. She earned
her Masters of Architecture from the University of
Pennsylvania, holds a certificate in Painting from the
School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and a BA
from Smith College. Kim Salerno currently teaches
at the University of Rhode Island.