Tuesday, September 5, 2017

A Summer of travel: Alaska, Denmark and Taiwan!

I have enjoyed a very lively summer. I created a new piece for a show I curated with BSG colleague Donna Dodson, I organized a reading in my gallery in Anchorage by Alaska writer Laureate Ernestine Hayes, I went to Denmark for the Ringkobing International Wood Carving Symposium and I recently completed a month residency at the National Museum for Marine Science and Technology in Keelung, Taiwan, creating another Avian Avatar with Donna Dodson under our collaborative entity The Myth Makers.

Uncharted and other work at Art Complex Museum, Duxbury MA

So why co-curate a major exhibition, Wood as Muse at the Art Complex Museum in Duxbury MA. with Donna Dodson?
Researching and selecting artists allowed me entry into the lives and studios of artists I admire. It made me think deeply about my affection for and lifelong connection to wood. It was an opportunity to create a community of twelve artists who mostly did not know each other. See Greater Boston Blurb about the show.  See my interview


How did an engagement with Alaska Writer Laureate Ernestine Hayes come about? 
I had never met her, but had been reading her books with enthusiasm. I knew she would be in Anchorage for a workshop the week I was visiting. My Alaska gallery, blue.hollomon gallery often hosts readings, and always an event when Donna Dodson and I are in town. Ernestine had a new book and was eager to read. It was a warm synergy of meeting and shared work – a perfect intersection of her fans and ours.
Alaska Writer Laureate Ernestine Hayes with Andy Moerlein

What is an international wood carving symposium and why Ringkobing, Denmark? 
A wood symposium brings together an elite selection of the world’s best wood sculptors to carve monumental logs in a brief period of time. This is performance sculpture in rare form. The art making process is laid bare to daily observation, bark-on log to finished surfaces.
Ringkobing invited twelve artists to this short week-long event. The skill level was uniformly evident. These artists knew shape and understood how to create it. We had great accommodations at a local hotel, an endless stream of meals featuring the many ways this harbor town prepares and serves fish: fried, baked, smoked, poached, spicy, salted, hot, cold etc, tours to nearby sights and places of community pride, and many fun evenings with local supporters and our fellow sculptors.
Ringkobing is an ideal symposium location. The city is celebrated internationally for it’s fjord harbor, fish restaurants and markets and tourism. The symposium is a summer highlight that is visited by hundreds of visitors daily. A grassy acre overlooking the harbor provided the perfect background for chainsaws, tourists, sunshine, sawdust and photos with sailboats in the background. The Director Otto Pilgaard is a superhuman organizer who has earned deep respect and affection from town leaders, businesses and the world sculpture community.
Why not Boston?! 
We have the arts focus, tourist volume and necessary business value. We have a dozen great possible sites I can think of.
By Andy Moerlein at the International Woodcarving Symposium, Ringkobing Denmark

By Donna Dodson at the International Woodcarving Symposium, Ringkobing Denmark


Next stop? Taiwan! A jungle coated mountainous country with a dynamic economy and vivid culture, Taiwan is diligently seeking to focus education and attention on their precious ocean environment. My invitation there was as team Myth Makers. Working with Donna Dodson we were invited to make another of our monumental “Avian Avatars”. The theme of the residency was Making Connections. We built one of a series of globe embracing sculptures addressing ocean health and the sustainability of this vital world resource. Connecting harbor cities our first Widow’s Walk debuted in New Bedford MA and was followed by the Intrepid Albatross in Keelung. 

The Widow's Walk, Seaport Art Walk 2017 New Bedford, Mass.
The concept for the Seaport Art Walk this year is Sustainable Oceans and it is curated by Jessica Bregoli. The Widow's Walk is a mythical cormorant figure of a widow contemplating the uncertain future of our oceans in much the same way as sailor's spouses used to anticipate their return. We used recycled plastic to draw attention to the gyre and the pollution of our oceans with plastic waste that threatens sea life. 
Widow's Walk, Detail
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Keelung Taiwan Environmental Art Residency at the Museum of Marine Science and Technology


The Intrepid Albatross
The Myth Makers, Donna Dodson & Andy Moerlein
8/2017
bamboo, wire ties, recycled rubber, mirrors

She stands facing the sea, like generations of sailor's wives. The Intrepid Albatross is optimistic for the ocean's future bounty, yet she feels uncertain about the sustainability of this massive rich resource. Like the Myth Makers, she believes in a world where all nations contract together to protect and celebrate the sea's vitality. This is one of a series of monumental temporary sculptures in a globe embracing project by The Myth Makers.


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Sunday September 24th, 1-5p.m.
The Myth Makers Annual Open House/Studios
123 Summer Street, Maynard MA
Hear more stories, see images, enjoy what is NEW in the studios. 






Friday, May 19, 2017

Spring and Summer

Wood as Muse

Opening Reception: Sunday May 21st 1:30p-3:30p


Art Complex Museum, 189 Alden St, Duxbury, MA 02332

May 7 – September 3


This show is Donna Dodson and my first curated collaboration. Our aim was to place a wide variety of approaches to wood sculpture in conversation. We did studio visits over the past two years and selected eleven artists. The generous space and ambitious support of Craig Bloodgood, Museum Curator assured we could present a deep view of each of these artists. We created short videos during our studio visits, and Donna compiled a digital catalog. This show is our summer pride. Please visit. Find more at woodasmuse.blogspot.com

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 A few images from the VIP Press reception by ArtScope Managing Editor Brian Goslow

 Artists in the exhibition include: Amy Archambault Remby, Tom Beale, Donna Dodson, Breon Dunigan, Vanessa German, Pat Keck, Maskull Lasserre, Jennifer Maestre, Jason Middlebrook, Andy Moerlein, Martin Ulman and Mike Wright.

See Greater Boston Blurb about the show.           See my interview

 Muskegon Impossible!

Extended for a year. Do not miss this installation if you are in Michigan. A surprise when installed last spring, Impossible has become an iconic town landmark that continues to draw attention to the arts in Muskegon, even after the national AP story made Impossible NEWS!


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 Forest Through the Trees 

Be sure to get to 6 Bridges Gallery May 27

Maynard photographer Brent Mathison saw the wood sculpture Donna Dodson and I create as a fine counterpoint to his large tree images.  The show has been a great draw. Brent also brought in Lynda Mapes to share her latest book, Witness Tree. Inspired programming.

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 Foreground: Slot Canyon, wood sculpture by Andy Moerlein Background: Pine at Natural Bridges National Monument by Brent Mathison Photography


Boston Sculptors Window Gallery

486 Harrison Ave Boston 
One of Boston's real treasures. An awesome series of shows, and street side widows.




Flirt

wood, ceramic birds


It is all about fun.

Let’s always find time to flirt, giggle and seek each other’s attention playfully.



 

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Receptions Maynard 1/28, Boston 2/10 & New Catalogs!

Welcome 2017! Things can always get BETTER!  -- and will. Wishing EVERYONE the BEST of years ahead.
In reflection, two new catalogs of my recent efforts have just been published.  
Misunderstanding Geology, work influenced by the ancient Chinese tradition of collecting and presenting iconic stones in the home and studio, plus... 
Gathering, a collection of my recent bird themed sculpture. 
Also available: two years of work as The Myth Makers
RSVP if you are interested in seeing a digital or old fashioned paper copy of these exciting manuscripts.
Or just friend me on FaceBook and see the work in real time.
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Currently on view:
 
Only From Maynard!


RECEPTION: Saturday, January 28th  5 – 7 p.m.
Both Donna and I will be in attendance. 

The ArtSpace Gallery is pleased to present “Only From Maynard” featuring the works of 51 artists who live or work in Maynard, but do not have studios at ArtSpace.  read more...
 
Join us after the reception for a short walk to the Grand Opening of Maynard's fine addition to Mill and Main: Battle Road Brew House. (RSVP and we will TRY to get some tables reserved!)

The ArtSpace Gallery, 63 Summer Street (978) 897-9828  www.artspacemaynard.com


4 a.m.
red oak, plywood, burnt lacquer 2016

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Donna Dodson:

 Clownfish
wood, paint 2016



Boston Sculptors Gallery 
LOVE/LUST 
Feb 8- 26
 
RECEPTION Friday February 12, 2017 5-10 p.m. 
Both Donna and I will be in attendance. 
 
LOVE/LUST features passionate new works by 37 sculptor members. Like a Valentine’s Day box of chocolates, this exhibition serves up a sumptuous selection of interpretations on the theme, from the romantic and platonic, to the metaphoric and neurotic, while encompassing figurative, abstract and conceptual works. see more...

486 Harrison Ave Boston MA 617.482.7781  bostonsculptors.com
  
My all new 2017 work. Loving ♡♡♡ Cash and carry!
 
Chance
2017
wood, ceramic  8 x 6 x 12”

An Unexpected meeting.
A fleeting opportunity grasped.
What a moment!



Devoted
2017
wood, ceramic 11 x 6 x 11

In a world where gales spring up with unexpected vengeance,
You are my partner, my love, my fellow traveler.


Tender
2017
wood, ceramic  10 x 9 x 15”

A lingering moment that lasts,
a lifetime.


The Edge
2017
wood, ceramic  9 x 8 x 8”

Every relationship has this.
We pause together.
On the edge.

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Donna Dodson: 

 
Pregnant Kangaroo
cast glass, 6" tall Ed 1/10

January events at 
blue.hollomon gallery
Anchorage, Alaska

In a sudden and TOO BRIEF trip to celebrate my Mom's 86th birthday, I stopped in on First Fridays in Anchorage. It was great to see my pieces and Donna's in prominent view. Georgia Blue is running an exciting contemporary art gallery, with weekly events, a fine cheese shop in house, and huge reputation among artists and collectors in the region. Visit the next time you are in the downtown Anchorage.




Red Wing Black Bird
40" tall, wood, paint by Donna Dodson

Red Wing Blackbird sports a beauty on the outside that is balanced by the harmony within her spirit. She sings a song of loves & losses that reminds us to bear the unfairness of life with grace.

 
Three Birds and a Landscape 
2016. wood, ceramic 13 x 11 x 16” (mine)
Scale is implied, longing evident.

Closing February 26, 2017

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

Curator-Led Tour: Tuesday, January 24, 12noon

Donna Dodson, Bantam, 2012
Wood, pigment, enamel

 
Andy Moerlein, Flock 2015
wood, ceramic 
 
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If you are near Muskegon Michigan? See Impossible until April. 
Now fully viewed against bare sky again!! 
IMPOSSIBLE
 
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.
 
 
Coming up in May at the Art Complex Museum in Duxbury, Mass.  
"Wood as Muse," by Guest Curators, Donna Dodson and Andy Moerlein, http://www.artcomplex.org/exhibitions.html.

“Making art with wood is not an arbitrary decision. For the artists in this show, wood is their muse and the source of their inspiration. Each artist has an affection for wood that comes from a very personal place. In fine art, the mastery of materials and craft must serve the aesthetics of the work. We selected contemporary art for this exhibition that speaks through wood as its medium. We placed several different approaches to using wood in juxtaposition, bringing individual voices into focus. We see wood, as a medium, in the true sense of the word — an intervening substance or agency for transmitting or producing an effect. Each artist in the show approaches wood from a conceptual framework that yields surprising and divergent results.”
Artists in the exhibition include: Amy Archambault Remby, Tom Beale, Donna Dodson, Breon Dunigan, Vanessa German, Pat Keck, Maskull Lasserre, Jennifer Maestre, Jason Middlebrook, Andy Moerlein, Martin Ulman and Mike Wright.

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
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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
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 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.
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Also if you are near Muskegon Michigan? See Impossible until April. 
Now fully viewed against bare sky again!! 

IMPOSSIBLE
 
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.

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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.

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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:

JULY:
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
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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"
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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:

IMPOSSIBLE
 
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!
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CAVORT
wood and ceramic birds
3' x 3' x 15' high
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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:


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Up NEXT!
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


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Coming Soon!

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