Hera Gallery Presents:
“A Few More Alternative Facts” by Jack Massey
“Bundle” by Barbara Pagh
October 14th – November 11th
Opening Reception: Saturday, October 14th, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Artist Demo: Papermaking with Barbara Pagh, November 5th 1:00-3:00 p.m.
Hera Gallery is pleased to announce “A Few More Alternative Facts” by Jack Massey and “Bundle” by Barbara Pagh, two solo exhibitions featuring the work of two Hera Members. We invite the public to join us Saturday, October 14th from 6:00 to 8:00pm for the opening reception. On Sunday, November 5 from 1:00-3:00p.m. Pagh will hold an open workshop where visitors can learn how to recycle paper using a kitchen blender. She will provide an assortment of paper to recycle, but people are welcome to bring their own paper and/or additional elements like dried flowers
Hera Gallery is the 5th oldest women founded project art space in the United States. Our non-profit, artist-run organization has continued to stimulate discussion and challenge perceptions for over 40 years. This creative space has allowed countless artists a place for transformation, exploration, and community with one another. Both exhibiting artists work in mixed media, primarily paper, to create their work, which is on display in both public and private collections throughout the US and internationally. Both Massey and Pagh are highly regarded Professors of Art here in RI, and are full time members of Hera Gallery. For this exhibition they present their newest work to the public.
“Josef Albers said “In science, one plus one is always two. In art it can also be three or more.” And so it is in current politics. And so it is with alternative facts.” –Jack Massey
Although primarily a printmaker, in her new exhibition “Bundle”, Pagh will be exhibiting work entirely of handmade paper in three distinct groupings.
Re-using multiple elements from another installation, Pagh will be bundling long tubular forms of abaca fiber into a series of standing and hanging groups. The forms can be considered abstractly, or as organic structures. Re-use of materials has become an increasingly important part of her work and artistic journey.
Responding to the current obsession with the news Pagh started recycling newspapers into stacks. Purposely selecting a variety of newspapers with divergent viewpoints such as The New York Times, The New York Daily News, The New York Post and the Wall Street Journal, they have been arranged and bundled into stacks. The interpretation is largely left up to the viewer.
The third grouping consists of four vertical compositions of layered dyed handmade paper in relief form. Grouped by color variation they are landscape based without being specifically defined.
During the exhibition Pagh will hold an open workshop where visitors can learn how to recycle paper and experiment with different additional elements.
JACK MASSEY is professor emeritus at RISD where he taught for 51 years in various departments including Foundation Studies. Jack was born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA and studied at the Albert C. Barnes Foundation and at the Carnegie Institute of Technology. After serving in World War II, he attended the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia. Upon graduation, he was awarded a Prix de Rome and spent three years at the American Academy in Rome. He later returned there as an artist-in-residence. He has received numerous awards and honors and has participated in many collaborative projects. His work has been exhibited extensively in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Washington DC, California, Florida and Rome.
While at RISD, Jack was instrumental in establishing the European Honors Program in Rome where he was Chief Critic for a number of years. He was also a member of the artist/architect design team that rehabilitated RISD’s once derelict Woods-Gerry Mansion, which now houses RISD’s main exhibition space for student work.
Jack’s work is in the collections of the Carnegie Institute, MIT, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Albright-Knox Gallery, the American Academy in Rome, and many other public and private collections. Generally described as abstract or conceptual, his work employs numerous media and has run the gamut from large sculptures and installations (employing metal, stone and wood) to intimate mixed media works dealing with the interaction of color and form.
BARBARA PAGH has been teaching courses in printmaking and two-dimensional studio at the University of Rhode Island since 1983. Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., Pagh lived in Manhattan before making Rhode Island her home.
As an artist, Pagh has exhibited in numerous galleries throughout the country. In 1997, she had the honor of having a one-person show at the Adams Gallery in Taegu, South Korea. Pagh’s installation Alignments was on view in the Main Gallery at URI in 2016. In 2011 she was invited to participate in a national portfolio exchange, East/West, with two artists from each state. The portfolios were exhibited in several locations around the country.
Pagh is a founding member of the Printmakers’ Network of Southern New England. She has been a member of Hera Gallery in Wakefield, RI since 1985, serves on the Board of Directors and is currently the Board President.