DRIVE-BY PROJECTS




Ryan Steadman - Dog Days

Ryan Steadman, Dog Days, 2017, oil on canvas, 8 x 5 x .75"

August Ventimiglia - Borrowed Lines from <em>Odyssey</em>

August Ventimiglia, Borrowed Lines from 'Odyssey', 2017, cut paperback book pages, ink, and graphite, 16.25 x 16.25"

current project

Book

Ryan Steadman
August Ventimiglia

Opening Reception:

Saturday, February 9, 4-6pm

Date:

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Location:

Drive-By Projects, 81 Spring Street, Watertown, MA

Hours:

Thursdays 12-4pm and by appointment:
call or text 617-835-8255.

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Drive-by Projects is pleased to present Book, an exhibition of paintings by Ryan Steadman and collaged, paper works by August Ventimiglia. As a point of departure, both artists approach the book as an object: Steadman reimagines books as colorful abstracted paintings meant to hang on the wall, stack on a table or rest on a shelf, and Ventimiglia cuts and reassembles pages to create shaped wall constructions. Through the process of transforming books, both artists ask the viewer to consider their enduring relevance in a world of ever-evolving modes of  expression and communication.

Ryan Steadman paints geometric abstractions of books that transport the viewer beyond simple recognition and into a world of subtle and harmonic color. He looks to Claes Oldenburg's early replicas of everyday objects and the colorist pioneers John McLaughlin and Blinky Palermo for inspiration. Layering paint onto canvas or wood panel, Steadman creates works that are at once small abstract paintings and representational objects. He sees his books as symbols of painting in a time when the printed word and non-digital visual art are no longer primary forms of communication.

August Ventimiglia continues his series of "found drawings" by cutting out the phrases underlined in books by past readers and reassembling these thin fragments of text into abstract wall constructions. Choosing books whose subjects relate to exploration, he focuses on the parallel between the creative process and discovery of the yet unknown. As he rearranges segments of underlined text, Ventimiglia also presents an opportunity for the viewer to shape a new narrative. The original found book has been transformed in shape as well as content, a metamorphosis that prompts us to consider the power of visual presentation as well as the written word.

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upcoming project

Jalopies: A Tow Person Show

Carl D’Alvia and Matthew F Fisher

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recent past projects

For more information on these and other past projects visit OH Projects and bkprojects

Brad Killam
Christ Faust

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Mary Carlson
Grace DeGennaro
Sneha Shrestha

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New Gingham Paintings by Michelle Grabner

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Meg Alexander
Lynne Harlow

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Candice Smith Corby
Andrea Sherrill Evans
Louise Marshall
Soe Yu Nwe

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Judith Belzer,
Cheryl Molnar,
Shannon Rankin,
Joseph Smolinski

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Maia Chao
Lauren Cross
Roberta Paul
Jay Simple
Youngsuk Suh

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Sue McNally

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Andy Bablo, Katherine Mitchell DiRico, Mike Witt

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Julia Hechtman, Kenji Nakayama, Kathleen O'Hara, Ben Sloat

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Gary Batty
Christine Hiebert
Fritz Horstman
Linda Nagaoka
Lynne Woods Turner
August Ventimiglia

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Elizabeth Alexander, Larissa Bates, Sheila Gallagher, Jeanne Heifetz, Anina Major

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Guest Curator David Curcio.
Katie Gilmartin, Nicole Maloof, Stella Ebner, Frank Curcio, Sage Perrott

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Nature Gone Wrong

Sophia Narrett, Judith Belzer, Tanya Chaly and Soe Yu Nwe

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Colleen Chartier, Bryce Andrews, Millee Tibbs

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Wendy Edwards and Eva Lundsager

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Danica Phelps, Sharon Kaitz, Alexis Golino

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Limitless and Lonesome

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Guest Curator, Kelly Sherman

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Mary Carlson, Catherine of Alexandria (after Josse Lieferinxe)

Mary Carlson and Larissa Bates

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Jane Marsching, Black Carbon Juggling

Jane Marsching, Amy Ruppel, Chris Faust, Amy Ross, Andrea Sherrill Evans

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Emily Hass, Robert Otto Epstein, Andrew Zarou

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Matthew F Fisher, Julia Hechtman, Ernest Jolicoeur, Sue McNally

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In collaboration with One Mile Gallery, featuring Sophia Narrett, Rachell Sumpter, Richard Saja, and Tanya Chaly

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Ann Craven, Amy Ruppel,
Sophie Truong

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Curated by Ben Sloat; featuring work by Natalie Kennedy, Erin Morlock, Jim Ricks, Matthew Gamber, The Aishmans, Benjamin King, Ben Sloat, Darren Foote, Candice Ivy, CFYH

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Allison Bianco, Kevin Thrasher, and Lisa Young

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Holiday Sale

Drive-By's annual holiday sale includes affordable work by gallery and guest artists.

Wendy Edwards and Michelle Grabner

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Photographs by Millee Tibbs, Paintings by Karla Wozniak, with the Area 4 Food Truck painted by Nick Z, Cyrille Conan, and Sean Lundsford.

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Mary Decesar, Self portrait with bird

A selection of work from Gateway Arts in Brookline in celebration of their 40th anniversary.

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Meg Alexander

New work by Meg Alexander and Richard Forster

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Gail Boyajian, Riding Lessons

Gail Boyajian, Danielle Mourning, Amy Ross

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John O'Connor, Lottery Grid 21

John O'Connor, Janet Cohen,
Andrew Mowbray, Kelly Sherman

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Robert Otto Epstein, Ornament for Tablecloth

Robert Otto Epstein, Helga Felleisen, and Sophie Heymans

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James Kennedy, 65

James Kennedy, Steve Novick, and August Ventimiglia

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Mary Carlson, Robin

Spring in Boston

Mary Carlson, Megan Cronin, David Kelley, Ilene Sunshine

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Laura Chasman, Sylvi

Portraits

Laura Chasman, Andrea Sherrill Evans, Helena Wurzel

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Wendy Edwards, Arabesque

Parlor

Wendy Edwards, Jill Slosburg-Ackerman, Jan Johnson, Monica Johnson

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