DRIVE-BY PROJECTS

current project

Julia Hechtman
Kenji Nakayama
Kathleen O'Hara
Ben Sloat

Opening Reception:

Saturday, January 28, 2017 4-6pm

Date:

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Location:

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

Hours:

Thursdays 12-4pm and by appointment.

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Astute observers of the human condition from Shakespeare to Spongebob Squarepants (yes he's a sponge … but a smart one) have warned that "all that glitters is not gold". Four artists address this timely lesson in the exhibition, which includes: Julia Hechtman's small, gold sculptures, Kenji Nakayama's signage, Kathleen O'Hara's glitter installation and Ben Sloat's video fireplace.

Julia Hechtman collects the bones of very small animals, covers them in gold and/or silver leaf, then reassembles them to create small, fetish-like sculptures. Hechtman's use of precious metal changes the viewer's relationship to the objects on display. Not only does she perform the midas-like transformation of natural, once-living things into objects with a quantifiable monetary value, but she also prompts us to examine the way we evaluate worth, both personally and culturally.

"The future's uncertain, but the end is always near." - Jim Morrison.
Inspired by this classic quote Kenji Nakayama reproduces the word "uncertain" in Drive-by Projects' storefront window. Using supersized text and iconic American flag colors, Nakayama parodies the confusing, out of control, nationalistic bombast of our new president. Any characters that are also in Trumps name are depicted in red or blue.

45 Shades of Gold, Kathleen O'Hara's portrait of Donald Trump, is a grid of forty five, 5x5" panels, each a different shade of gold glitter. When installed, the piece stands 6'3" tall, Trump's actual height. Drawing on her experience as a greeting card artist, O'Hara sees the glitzy, ever changing quality of glitter as the perfect material to embody the character of our 45th president.

In Ben Sloat's video Yule, a gilded log burns perpetually, giving us a spectacle that reinforces the present moment while suggesting an unyielding and future destruction. Though the piece is simultaneously disarming and destructive, Yule's irony (and perhaps hope) lies in the fact that, due to the nature of the medium, nothing actually happens.

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recent past projects

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

Wood + Paper + Earth

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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