Assets for Artists is delighted to introduce our 5 new Holyoke artists! They join artists from Boston, North Adams, Lawrence (blog intro coming soon), and various other MA communities to form the Assets for Artists Massachusetts “class of 2017.”
Using powerful combinations of materials from daily life, Alicia Renadette creates complex narratives to elevate these used objects, casting them as future relics. Her work seeks to entertain and allure while opening pathways for dialogue around contemporary issues of gender, class, and consumerism.
Heavily influenced by advertising, Amy Johnquest‘s work captures the whimsy of old sideshows. Her paintings are a balancing act of heartfelt sincerity and tongue-in-cheekiness. Amy has recently opened a storefront gallery/studio in Easthampton, MA, called “Spot 22” that is shared with House of Mirth Vintage Photos.
Bruce Fowler combines his childhood passion for toys and his professional experience as a contractor to create original objects of a surrealist nature meant to engage viewers with fantasy and wonder. Though Fowler began working with clay, his recent work is more likely to be based on odd pieces of industrial parts and electric gadgets, which can be categorized as Steampunk.
Lisa Hersey of Antler Editions works to bring her clients’ ideas to life through the careful selection of materials, print-making, and book binding techniques. Whether the client already has a vision in mind, or just a small idea, Hersey is able to bring their projects to fruition.
Through the use of charcoal, Tyler Vouros is able to document and portray the imposed reality of macroscopic still life and natural history. His work explores the beauty of decay and the life that exists after demise.
Our 2016-2017 Holyoke programming was made possible by generous funding from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, Massachusetts Growth Capital Corporation, the United States Department of Agriculture, the Surdna Foundation, MountainOne Bank, Berkshire Bank, and the Assets for Independence Program of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.