Chandler Gallery

'A child's imagination'

"The Beast and Me," the current show at the Chandler Gallery, in Cambridge, is, the gallery says, ““replete with scenes of a child's imagination. In their execution, the sculptures and drawings by Leslie Schomp, Andrea Scofield Olmstead and Mary Kenny feel lifelike, but their subjects are touched with the whimsy, curiosity and tenderness common in childhood fantasies.   ”In one sculpture, a woman in a white gown wraps her arms around the waist of a large brown bear, his claws hovering tentatively over her shoulders; it's an embrace or slow dance frozen in time. In another, a small lion rests gently on a boy's head as he closes his eyes. His expression is so tranquil that he seems lost in a dream. ‘‘

"The Beast and Me," the current show at the Chandler Gallery, in Cambridge, is, the gallery says, ““replete with scenes of a child's imagination. In their execution, the sculptures and drawings by Leslie Schomp, Andrea Scofield Olmstead and Mary Kenny feel lifelike, but their subjects are touched with the whimsy, curiosity and tenderness common in childhood fantasies.

”In one sculpture, a woman in a white gown wraps her arms around the waist of a large brown bear, his claws hovering tentatively over her shoulders; it's an embrace or slow dance frozen in time. In another, a small lion rests gently on a boy's head as he closes his eyes. His expression is so tranquil that he seems lost in a dream. ‘‘

'Mysteries of life'

The Chandler Gallery, in Cambridge, says: "One could argue that the way a story is told can be just as important as the story itself. Exploring those nuances is exactly what local artist Bill Porter intends for his new show 'Impart.'''  Porter has constructed "a stunning narrative between contrasting visuals that expresses themes of heritage, identity and the mysteries of life as seen through a child's eyes.''   



The Chandler Gallery, in Cambridge, says: "One could argue that the way a story is told can be just as important as the story itself. Exploring those nuances is exactly what local artist Bill Porter intends for his new show 'Impart.'''

Porter has constructed "a stunning narrative between contrasting visuals that expresses themes of heritage, identity and the mysteries of life as seen through a child's eyes.''

 

Dangerous mission


In his show at the Maud Morgan Fine Arts Chandler Gallery, in Cambridge, Mass., Mr. Bergstein shows how he has used his studio floor as "an archaeological site in which to explore my own mind."

The gallery says that "For over a decade, he has added paint and collage to an ever-evolving studio installation that serves as a figurative and literal starting point for his artwork. The pieces ... combine photographs of his studio collage with additional visual elements, intentionally blurring the lines between photography, painting and collage.''

Self-exploration can be the most traumatic exploration of all.