Sunday, November 13, 2016

Reception Friday November 18

Please join us and share with Maryland friends!

Avian Inspirations:
Donna Dodson and Andy Moerlein (the Myth Makers) Academy Art Museum Easton, Maryland

November 19, 2016 - February 26, 2017
Reception and Meet the Artists: November 18, 5:30 - 7:30pm

Curator-Led Tours:
Thursday, December 8, 2016, 12noon Tuesday, January 24, 12noon

Donna Dodson, Bantam, 2012
Wood, pigment, enamel

Andy Moerlein, Unison, 2015
wood, ceramic
Also as part of this museum show we built a monumental outdoor work "The Mighty Merganser". Our week long Artist residency as the Myth Makers engaged the entire museum community. The Chief Curator Anke Van Wangenberg drew on vast array of volunteers to help gather materials and provide housing. We were introduced a vibrant community of gallery supporters, artists and Easton community leaders. 
We were eager to try new materials so Donna and I harvested bamboo as well as our familiar saplings. 

Our scale was ambitious, the time was a brief week, but somehow we fit in two fun writing workshops. In these short classes we shared our inspirations for the Mighty Merganser, gave brief creative assignments and had fun sharing art ideas with literary enthusiasts.

Donna and I were drawn to the theme of this work when we saw a flock of Hooded Mergansers in the Manhattan reservoir in early winter and were intrigued by this hearty fish hunter. We researched the  Ojibwa (Chippewa) Native American story based on this distinctive winter bird. Shingebiss is a story which exemplifies the strength and virtue of perseverance and fortitude.
We also drew on the reputation of Fredrick Douglass who was born near Easton, Maryland. After escaping from slavery in Maryland, he became a national leader of the abolitionist movement, gaining note for his dazzling oratory and incisive antislavery writings.

 The Mighty Merganser 2016 by the Myth Makers,
Donna Dodson and Andy Moerlein
 If you missed my solo show Geology in Boston in October? See the work here.

What a thrill! My two large works from GEOLOGY have joined the exceptional collection of work at 500 Harrison. Mario Nicosia and GTI continue their investment in Boston contemporary art. GTI continues to be an ambitious partner in the growth of SOWA as an art destination.
Also if you are near Muskegon Michigan? See Impossible until April. 
Now fully viewed against bare sky again!! 

an installation of handmade stones

It is hard to show the scale and beauty of the trees in Hackley Park in downtown Muskegon Michigan where Impossible is installed. Huge and lovingly maintained, the city trees show real history and an affection for place. 

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Geology new sculptural works by Andy Moerlein

Boston Sculptors Gallery
486 Harrison Ave Boston MA
September 7th-October 9th 2016

Gallery Hours: Wed. – Sun. 12 – 6pm

First Friday Receptions: Sept. 9 & Oct. 7, 5-8pm Featuring a world premiere of experimental electronic music by Blue Sky Catastrophe at each reception.   

The Art of Collecting: A Forum & Luncheon: Sept.10, 12-2pm
Panelists include: Arlette Kayafas, Director of Gallery Kayafas, Toni Gaspard, Art Collector, Leah Triplett Harrington, Editor of Big, Red & Shiny and Kalimah Muhammad, Member of Boston Sculptors Gallery. Sponsored by Boston Art Dealers Association & Hosted by Boston Sculptors Gallery   

United South End Artists Open Studios:
Sept. 24 & 25, 12-6pm   

Global Mashup: A Roundtable Conversation About Aesthetics: Oct. 2, 2-4pm Panelists include Kemin Hu, Collector and Expert on Chinese Scholar's Rocks, James Kodera, Professor of Religion at Wellesley College and Al Miner, Assistant Curator of Contemporary Art at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. Sponsored by Artscope Magazine

Throughout the month I will be sharing images of each of the 30 new sculptures in the show plus writings about the work on FaceBook . This has been a multi year labor. Please be sure to see the show in person if you can.

image: CANYON 2016 ceramic 9"h
Geology features entirely new sculptural works by Andy Moerlein. Informed by the artist’s enthusiasm for scholars’ rocks, the exhibition will include found rocks, ceramic pieces, wood carvings, and sculptures in other media reinterpreting this ancient Chinese art form.

The Chinese tradition of collecting scholars’ rocks involves the elegant presentation of precious and adored stones for contemplation and enjoyment. Often the result of artisanal intervention, the intricate structure of the stones may be deeply carved and drilled, or surfaced with smoothed facets to achieve an authentic “natural” look.

Moerlein’s investigation of authenticity and artifice embraces many different materials and surfaces. Geology includes beautifully crafted wood and ceramics with surfaces that have been flame textured, wire brushed, carved, painted, or distressed. While many are intimate palm-sized objects, the show also features monumental sculptures.

Chinese scholars’ rocks stand on a foundation of the interpreted natural. Traditionally, the creators of scholars’ rocks were modest, anonymously producing these unique spectacular objects. Slipping snugly into a crack between anonymous crafted object and insistent conceptualism, Geology presents a contemporary western artist’s view of this ancient tradition. Moerlein notes: “I am captivated by the unnamed scholars rock artists. I am intrigued by the intersection of natural form and created shape. I am conflicted by the complicit collector who elevates a stone for its chance perfection, willingly oblivious to the evident manipulation.”

Moerlein’s handmade stones have been exhibited nationally. Recently the artist mounted them in trees on the Christian Science plaza in Boston, as well as at the Fruitlands Museum in Harvard, MA. Currently Moerlein’s work is featured in Muskegon, MI. The sculptures in Geology bring the ideas evident in the artist’s outdoor work into the gallery setting.
Geology will be shown concurrently with Zodiac by Donna Dodson.

Myth Makers events w/Donna Dodson
October 20, 2016 

Ogden After Hours - Featured Artists The Myth Makers
Ogden Museum of Southern Art 
925 Camp Street
New Orleans, 70130 United States

Ogden After Hours is an entertainment series featuring Southern musicians, films and more. The Myth Makers will be doing an artists talk and an education art activity for kids in the Education Gallery. It is a festive New Orleans party with a cash-bar and all galleries open for viewing. Music, art and fun for the entire family.


Coming Soon!

October-November 2016:
The Myth Makers will be Artists in Residence at the Academy Art Museum in Easton Maryland!


Friday, July 15, 2016

Summer Shows and MORE!

It has been an exceptional year. See below for my many projects with Donna Dodson as the Myth Makers, but first, my July and August shows:

In Anchorage Alaska:
Donna Dodson & Andy Moerlein: New work
Reception: Sunday July 24th, 2016, 1p-3p

Three Birds and a Landscape
 wood and ceramic "birds"

Mama Duck, 18" tall, mulberry wood & paint
In August:
 a Solo Show of all Birds 
in New Bedford MA

Andy Moerlein: Gathering
August 3 - 23, 2016
Reception Saturday August 6, 2016 5p-8p
New Bedford, Mass.
Image: Fade So Fast, wood, ceramic "birds"
My Recent Outdoor Work:
Muskegon Museum of Art 
With underwriting support from the Alcoa Foundation, 
the Community Foundation for Muskegon County, Deborah DeVoursney, 
and the city of Muskegon present:

an installation of handmade stones

It is hard to show the scale and beauty of the trees in Hackley Park in downtown Muskegon Michigan where Impossible is installed. Huge and lovingly maintained, the city trees show real history and an affection for place. 

The city of Muskegon has seen many shifts of fortune through the years, but lately there is a new optimism and vitality of spirit. The installation I created is a symbol of this fresh identity of success and renewal. The piece presents an image that is both delightful and startling. It is very much like the personality of Muskegon: lovely, passionate and determined.
 Impossible also got great press. The mlive article was picked up by AP and ran nationally!


wood and ceramic birds
3' x 3' x 15' high
Team outdoor sculpture created with Donna Dodson.
 We have had a very full spring and look forward to a full fall and next year.
In April we created the Wildwood Phoenix in Harrisburg Pennsylvania:

In May we moved The Avian Avatars from Muskegon Michigan to Louisiana to join Sculpture for New Orleans:

In June, we built The Dance of the Sandhill Crane at the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum in Wausau Wisconsin:

We have concurrent solo shows in our home city Boston
Save the Date:
Donna Dodson: Zodiac
Andy Moerlein: Geology
Concurrent Solo Shows at the Boston Sculptors Gallery
September 7th-October 9th 2016

Coming Soon!

October-November 2016:
The Myth Makers will be Artists in Residence at the Academy Art Museum in Easton Maryland!

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Meet the Myth Makers! Sept 24th Muskegon Michigan Museum of Art 5:30 - 7:30

September News

The summer brought some very big changes. New job. After 20 years of massive hours, I set out to trim my teaching schedule to fit in a few more hours in my studio each week. I left my consuming high school job for a K- 8th position at a great school - three vigorous days/week. So far it has been an exceptional adventure. Everyday I am happier and more aware of how to address the range of ages and abilities. What a thrilling challenge.

After nearly 30 years in Boston for Donna Dodson, it was a real change for her too when we settled on this fine home and SPACIOUS studio that we can share. Although a suburban home, it is in a community with great creative energy (ArtSpace Maynard plus several lively contemporary galleries) and easy access to Boston proper. For the first time in my adult life, we walked to dinner from home! I regularly ride my bike to the hardware store (open till 7) for odds and ends.

Donna and I have been married almost one year! We have combined our hearts and minds, our lives and families, and our homes and studios...

NEW ADDRESS for Mr. and Mrs. Myth Maker: 123 Summer Street Maynard MA 01754

Join us for our first Maynard Open Studio: Sunday September 27 1-4pm and ....

Save the Date for Our First anniversary Open House: Saturday, November 7th 1-4pm
Upcoming gigs for the Myth Makers:
Sept. 24th, Meet the Myth Makers at the Muskegon Museum of Art in Michigan, 5:30p-7:30p, 
Look for the Myth Makers in the following locations in 2016... Sculpture for New Orleans, Art in the Wild, Harrisburg Penn., Rock Creek Park, Washington DC, Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum in Wausau Wisconsin, and the Academy Art Museum in Easton, Maryland.

Upcoming gigs for Donna Dodson:
Solo Museum Show at the New Bedford Art Museum Jan-Feb 2016
Solo show at The Boston Sculptors Gallery- September 2016

Upcoming gigs for Andy Moerlein:
Solo show at The Boston Sculptors Gallery- September 2016

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Sunday, July 5, 2015

A Workshop: Forts, Sanctuaries, and Secret Shelters

Secrets are meant 
to be kept
 in your mind.

Blowing around aimlessly
in your thoughts
and feelings.

Once you tell a secret 
your fates become entwined

A secret holds the power of who you are only to yourself.

I have secrets 
that make me who I am.

The secrets I keep 
are deep.

Secrets - 
we all have them.

The best types of secrets are the ones that don't have to be secrets at all.

He says he has no secrets, 
and I say I have tons.

I believe there are secrets hidden amongst our stars. 

They're dying to tell us.
You just have to listen...
but to listen you must with an open heart.

A forgotten tale, a murmured doubt, said all alone.

A secret: the weapon, to make all enemies cower –
secrets, the only true power.

I was thrilled to recognized as the 2015

At the exceptional Truro Center for the Arts at Castle Hill I taught a week long workshop on installation art and collaboration. Students embarked on a guided sculptural exploration of previously unshared truths using natural and human made media. I introduced the various tools and materials I use and have experience with. The class was composed of a varied and dynamic team of learners, explorers.

We began with simple hand tools and hot glue. We discussed the concept of secrets and how we might configure a fort or shelter for our unspoken truths.

We did some writing:
Define a secret.
Describe a sanctuary, fort, secret hiding place
Thinking of a personal secret, list words that come to mind. 
What objects that are part of that secret?
What verbs relate to your secret?

Each of us worked on our own model to become familiar with the methods and what the materials could do. Some of the workshop participants were professional artists. All were well trained creative thinkers.

It was exciting to see how idea and imagery was discovered by each person as they made progress with the bamboo and then found other natural materials to add to their compositions. 

Spray paint and shrink wrap were some of the media I supplied and encouraged. These made a stark contrast to the organic bamboo and at first some had real struggles combining these disparate media, but the results gradually became more natural, and again each person had a very different application for the same core materials.

Models led to work outdoors on a monumental scale. Team work seemed immediately necessary in that setting. We began to have larger discussions of what we found best in our models and where on the grounds a group sculpture might be fun. Collaborating proved a natural path that each participant invested in with real grace and gentleness. It was a great class. Each individual had strong ideas, but they also worked hard for understanding and consensus. In the end there was evident success. Each day there was rejoicing when the group had success, and mutual groans when something was not working. 

With a reception at the center Thursday night we made a goal of a finished piece by the end of the day. 

SUCCESS!! In a final  burst of energy as the day waned, the team made several mutual and spontaneous decisions that really drew the work together and reflected many of the ideas explored up till that moment.

What an adventure! We were all very proud at the reception.

Friday was our final work day. We were very satisfied with our finished work from Thursday and decided to devote our energies to a new concept. Once again the decisions were fast and furious but consensus ruled. Bare bamboo led to the decision to  add color. Our ideas were very different from our first team sculpture. Some of the ideas churned up in the models came out in this last effort. Again, our results were a unanimous success.

All this work will be on display for the rest of the summer at Truro Center for the Arts at Castle Hill. Sign up for summer classes now and be sure to watch for next year's catalog!

On the Cape! Truro Center for the Arts @ Castle Hill

An installation outdoors and sculpture in the gallery
Also exhibiting: Tremain Smith and Megan Hinton.

Truro Center For The Arts At Castle Hill

10 Meetinghouse Rd, Truro, MA 02666
June 29 – July 10th

If you are on the  cape for the Fourth of July, swing by and see the indoor show! 

Small Talk
2012 wood, ceramic
We all know the party. Strolling and trolling for a conversation that is more than bird chatter. Deeper conversation is hard to find.

The outdoor work will be on site through 2016 and can be enjoyed anytime you have a moment to meander off Rte 6. This large overhead installation has drawn real attention and thousands of pictures. Please post selfies to FB!


Early Summer!

Colo Colo Gallery May 25-June 14

What an adventure! I had a great opportunity to show at Colo Colo Gallery in New Bedford MA just as the school year paused. This harbor city was once a whaling port and is now reinventing itself as a lively ferry terminal, domestic fishing dock, and a creative destination with real charm and a growing economic engine.The arts are a new driver in this changing city and Colo Colo curator and gallery president Luis Villanueva has a real vision for contemporary art. His spacious gallery was an open invitation to create a new installation. 

I was fascinated by the raw damage evident in the forests after our deep winter snows. The open wounds were everywhere. The exposed heart wood from torn branches fascinated and repelled me. 

The work I made for the gallery: Weighted, was my document of the violent winter's travesty. The gentle accumulation of snow, in such volume, results in brute force. 

Weighted, a site specific installation,  hand made stones, wire ties, saplings 2015

The large installation was a delight for the audience to walk through and under. It was a bit whimsical as well as threatening.I also showed a series of smaller works that Luis Villanueva presented about the gallery with mastery.  


The show was shared with Susan Gilmore who presented some vivid and well presented digital prints and who brought in a huge fan base for the reception! 

Watch for Donna Dodson's show July 12 - August 7th
The Chinese Zodiac