This Weekend in the Arts
Stephen LaPierre, Rocky Neck Artist Offers
All Cape Ann Plein Air Pieces are Half-off Listed Price
Stephen LaPierre, a master oil painter from the school of Hard Knocks, has settled into his studio, home and gallery at 75 Rocky Neck Ave (2nd floor), near his former digs on Mad Fish Wharf.
All fall and winter, when not capturing the loneliness of The Rudder in Snow, Ginger’s House, or the barren rocks on Rockport’s Eden Road, the painter has been capturing today’s clowns with cell phones culture within his huge museum-quality pieces. Seeing is believing! (www.paintpaintpaint.org)
Meanwhile, falling in love and choosing an affordable Cape Ann plein air piece, pays the painter’s rent. So step right up those stairs, next door to The Rudder. All Cape Ann plein air pieces are half-off listed price… even The Rudder in Snow!!... through the merry month of May.
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Open Studio: Monday- Sunday noon-10PM
Hudson Gallery – Opening Gala and Inaugural Exhibit
Driven by Technology
Fields of the Mind: Images, Spaces and Feelings from the Subconscious Mind
Interactive Sound Sculpture and Experimental Art
May 13 to May 29, 2017, Gala May 13th from 7-10pm
120 Main Street, Gloucester, MA 01930
Hudson, Gloucester’s premier contemporary art gallery, announces an opening gala and inaugural exhibit showcasing creative technologist MJ Caselden and experimental artist Donna Caselden. Fields of the Mind is a mother and son synthesis of visual and aural artwork exploring sound, magnetism, self-reflection and contemplation. May 13 to May 29, 2017 with a gala reception on Saturday, May 13th from 7-10pm. A participatory Mother’s Day weekend event.
MJ Caselden’s sound-generating sculptures use varying magnetic fields to induce vibrations in metal and wood. Viewers cast shadows while electromagnets and vibrating metal strings on wooden sculpture create resonance and sound. Participants improvise and interact controlling the sound through motion. “So the vibrations are acoustic, coming from organic materials, but the experience is driven through contemporary technologies,” MJ Caselden said.
Magnetic sound sculptures can provide a fully immersive, transcendent experience. MJ has collaborated with teachers from long-standing healing arts practices such as Asana Yoga, Tibetan Tummo breathwork, acupuncture, and Ch’an meditation. He leads group listening rituals and innovative technology workshops exploring integration of meditative sound into healing arts and lifestyle. His sculptures have been featured in art, meditation, and retreat spaces worldwide, including the New Museum of Contemporary Art, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, and Times Square.
Donna Caselden is an experimental two-dimensional artist. She works with acrylic, watercolor, encaustic and oil. Sensorial memories and experience render her canvases deeply personal. “The imagery is born of feeling, as my brush marries the canvas I wonder what it will birth,” Donna Caselden said. The featured works engage via layers, depth and color baths. Donna is an active member of Cape Ann’s Experimental Art Group at Rockport Art Association, Society for Encouragement of Arts, Rocky Neck Art Colony, and National Association of Women Artists.
MJ and Donna are natives of North Andover and Andover, Massachusetts, respectively, suburbs north of Boston. They both approach art abstractly guided by either irrational actions or emotion. “We both prioritize the feelings that our works inspire over conceptualization or analysis. So, we are both “feelers”, like that, although our mediums are totally different,” MJ Caselden said. A connection exists in that sound meditation is about tapping into oneself, and often involves accessing internal mental visions from subconscious places. “Our creative energies collide in similar realms. Painting abstractly entails drawing imagery from the subconscious and projecting it onto the canvas,” Donna Caselden said.
MJ studied electronics at the University of Southern California and New York University, sound design at Berklee College of Music and signal processing at Tsinghua University in Beijing and at USC’s Laboratory of Neuro Imaging (LONI). His interest in energy exchange through technology led him to prototyping and electronics design. MJ presently directs a team
of engineers and designers creating innovative prototypes, products, and works of art for entities such as Intel, Lexus, and the Microsoft Music x Technology program with Listen.
Donna’s formidable design background includes interior space, experimental painting and wearable art. One wearable design was awarded the Certificate of Excellence by ManneqArt for recycled art. The dress was on public display in the greater D.C. area, and at the Peabody Essex Museum as part of the World of Wearable Art exhibit. Her work is shown in northeast museums and galleries. Donna attended Boston College and earned a Bachelor of Arts in Economics.
Hudson’s mission is to create community through art, education, and social activism. The gallery is part of a collaborative national initiative celebrating the Science Art Movement and the aesthetic, intellectual and political impact of technology on artistic practice and discourse.
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