DRIVE-BY PROJECTS

Lauren Cross, Blonde(d) Out: The Marie Makeover, 2010-2012
installed size 20 x 34", 8 framed 8 x 10" digital prints

Maia Chao, My Business (Cards), 2016, ink on paper, 2 x 3.5"

Roberta Paul, Naomi #6, water-based paint on panel, 16 x 12"

Youngsuk Suh, A Day in the Life, 2011-2015, video still

Jay Simple, Moses Brown's Plantation, 2017, Inkjet print, 26 x 18"



current project

Who Am I: The Sequel

Maia Chao
Lauren Cross
Roberta Paul
Jay Simple
Youngsuk Suh

Opening Reception:

Saturday, September 16, 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 open its fall 2017 season with Who Am I: The Sequel, an exhibition including photographs by Lauren Cross and Jay Simple, an installation and performance by Maia Chao, paintings by Roberta Paul and video by Youngsuk Suh.

In September 2010, Drive-by Projects opened its first fall season with Who Am I?, a group exhibition exploring the importance of cultural and personal identity. In light of the current political and social climate in the US and around the world, we think the question "who am I?" deserves to be revisited.

Lauren Cross was also included in our 2010 exhibition. Her paper bag drawings from that earlier show examined gender and racial identity within the African American community. Blond(ed) Out: The Marie Makeover, Cross's series of digitally altered self-portraits, looks at the way people of color employ technology. As an artist who works with digital manipulation, Cross explores the narratives that might emerge when repurposing a website that was not intended for her. Using digital makeover software from a women's beauty website, she applies the hairstyle feature to transform herself into a blonde.

The modest size of Maia Chao's My Business (Cards) 1986-90 belies its impact. As a young woman of Chinese, Irish, German, French, and British descent who was born in the U.S. and is an American citizen, Maia uses the familiar format of a business card to respond to the oft-asked question, "What are you?" The carefully researched information on her business card outlines her family tree. Having the card at the ready when asked this discomforting question, Chao hands it to the inquirer. "The gesture is at once generous—I'm going above and beyond what a stranger deserves to know—and harsh, in that my preparedness underscores just how unoriginal the question is." 

Roberta Paul lives in a repurposed school founded by artists as work-live space for themselves and their families. Paul's Naomie and Naime series continues her exploration of life-defining themes with paintings of her neighbor's children as they struggle with the issues of growing up. Adopting the role of observer, Paul documents the evolving personalities of these two siblings and their complex relationship. Her simple meandering lines capture the subtlety of a gesture, a gaze or the use of a shared toy to reveal each girl's unique persona, as well as the duality inherent in the sister-sister bond.

Youngsuk Suh's video A Day in a Life, made in collaboration with his wife, the poet Katie Peterson, is part of a series of films set in the California landscape. In the video Suh acts out the role of a survivor struggling to perform daily tasks in a harsh environment. His work is interrupted by a serendipitous encounter with two donkeys, a mother and daughter. What begins as a carefully crafted narrative on human feeling during a time of climate change and global disorder, becomes a timely fable: the work of cutting brush was impossibly tedious until the donkeys changed the story of a day's work. 

Jay Simple is a graduate student in Photography at the Rhode Island School of Design. Simple's photographs address the substance and history that define colonization, race and religion in this country, and how these complex issues influence our present social reality. Choosing settings of cultural and historic significance (museum gallery, historic home), he constructs disturbing tableaus by introducing partial images of a lynched black man. The bystanders in these photographs (museum viewers, a woman sweeping trash) seem unaware of the horror in their midst. With their casual blindness to what's really going on, Simple asks us to examine the conscious and unconscious ways we "remember and reenact ideologies centered around the identity, worth, and treatment of ‘the exotic other.'"

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recent past projects

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

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 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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