In Biomorphic Alchemy, Kay Hartung and Michelle Lougee present sculptural works, paintings and wall installations at ARTSPACE MAYNARD, April 11 – May 18, 2018. A reception will be held on Saturday, April 21, 5 – 7 pm and an Artist Talk on Saturday, April 28 at 3 pm.
Kay Hartung and Michelle Lougee are artists interested in life forms, varying from those under the sea to those that can only be seen under a microscope. The mysterious yet familiar forms strive to replicate the animated quality that all living things possess.
Kay Hartung’s fascination with the beauty and complexity of the microscopic world fuels her paintings. Working in encaustic and mixed media, she contemplates the potential impact of cellular activity on the visible universe and the human species. The growth, multiplication, and movement of these biological forms is essential to her creative process, as they travel freely or are captured and tangled in sinuous webs. Hartung’s work has been exhibited nationally and is in many private and corporate collections. She has been the recipient of grants from Somerville Arts Council, Malden Arts Council, and the Ford Foundation. A core member of Fountain Street Gallery, she maintains a studio at ArtSpace Maynard.
Michelle Lougee uses her signature material – crocheted post-consumer plastic bags, for a new look at our habits, ourselves, and our precious planet. Her work reflects our increasingly precarious relationship with the planet by contrasting material with imagery that range from microscopic forms to representations of nature. Lougee’s artwork has been shown nationally and internationally including the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem and the Kunstverein Tiergarten in Berlin. In addition, she teaches sculpture at Lesley University. She has a studio at Vernon Street Studios in Somerville and is a member of the Boston Sculptors Gallery,
Kay Hartung, Entanglements 24, encaustic, mixed media, 16 x 16”
Michelle Lougee, Orange Rib, crochet plastic, wire, resin, 24 x 21 x 5”
The exhibit runs through May 18.
Gallery Hours: Wed-Sat 11am – 3pm
Opening reception: Saturday, April 21st from 5pm – 7pm
“Mini” Open Studios: Saturday, April 21st from 4pm – 6pm
The ArtSpace Gallery located at 63 Summer Street in Maynard and is free to the public and is wheelchair accessible.