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

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