Trident Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of new paintings, collages, and monotypes on paper by Ruth Mordecai.
“As seen across several media comprising this exhibition, Ruth Mordecai’s creative accomplishment is enormous,” said Judith Tolnick Champa, Editor-at-Large, Art New England. ”She never ceases to explore.“
In Ruth Mordecai’s works on paper, most often black and white paint or collage defines sculptural forms, and added lines expand the work into pictorial space, exploring memory and spiritual resonance through cultural symbols such as apples, baskets, and ladders. Color is spare but prominent.
Mordecai takes up philosophical and religious questions through a visual exploration of shared symbols. Her works on paper embody exquisite sculptural tensions of gravity and balance, or else are sculptural forms imbued with the movement of painterly gesture. Her love for the human form and for our spiritual relationships to shared symbols endow her work with depth and warmth.
Mordecai describes her process as “the stacking of various images that over the years have become the iconography of the work: Jacob’s Ladder, the moon, apples, an ancient sun, a horizon line, a basket or wagon or figures in dance.” Ruth Mordecai earned a BFA and MFA from Boston University School for the Arts. For twenty-five years she made sculpture and painted in Boston’s Fort Point District. For the last fifteen years, she has painted in a studio on Rocky Neck in Gloucester.
Ruth Mordecai has shown in Boston, New York, and Washington, DC, and her art is in prestigious collections, including the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; the Israel Museum (Jerusalem, Israel); the Rose Art Museum; and the Wiggin Prints and Drawings Collection of the Boston Public Library. She is represented in Boston by Soprafina Gallery and in Gloucester by Trident Gallery.
Trident Gallery is pleased to present Harbortown 2014, an exhibition celebrating Gloucester Harbor and the area’s legacy of more than 150 years of excellence in the visual arts.
Harbortown 2014 proudly displays works of art by eighteen Cape Ann artists, including four guest artists and introducing Gloucester artist Ed Touchette, now represented by Trident Gallery. Complementing the exhibition, specially selected additional works of art by these artists will be available to view in the gallery on request.
“I want this exhibition to invite us to look at Gloucester, the city which grew up around a harbor on this rocky extremity of Massachusetts,” says Gallery Director Matthew Swift. “Gloucester has been a port city for four centuries. Recently, downtown embraced a new name for itself, Harbortown, when it received state recognition as a cultural district. What does this say about who we are today?”
“Living by the sea in Gloucester, we see horizons, grand perspectives that offer more than can be understood, giving us a way — a salty, tempestuous way — to think about the twin horizons of the past and the future. We came from the sea long ago, most of us as immigrants, all of us much earlier as walking fish; and in another few centuries, our city at the edge of the continent may be back under the sea.”
This exhibition is about these ideas and others — it is about what some of today's artists here are thinking about and saying.”
Gloucester Harbor is America's oldest seaport.
Trident Gallery is located in the heart of downtown Gloucester and the Harbortown Cultural District.
Trident Gallery represents established Cape Ann artists and is a gateway to the contemporary art of the region, serving clients who are starting or building collections.
Every five weeks, the gallery presents a new exhibition of contemporary art from Cape Ann, enhanced by presentations and discussions. Selected inventory by represented artists is available to view in the gallery on request, and more extensive inventory may be viewed by prior arrangement. Occasional departures from the Cape Ann program bring new talent and perspectives to the gallery from outside the region.
The Trident Live Art Series sponsors free performances in the gallery space, presenting talented artists whose work forges new dimensions of aesthetic experience.
Gallery Director Dr. Matthew Swift curates the exhibitions and inventory, drawing on academic expertise and four generations of involvement in Cape Ann art to select each work of art and to illuminate its place within the cultural history of the region.
Through its ambitious and discerning programming, Trident Gallery has quickly become a leader of the vital arts scene on Cape Ann and a primary place to engage with the region’s rich artistic legacy and continuing importance.
Trident Gallery is located in a purpose-built space within the elegant Gloucester Safe Deposit and Trust building of 1880 in the heart of historic downtown Gloucester and the Harbortown Cultural District. At the back of the spacious main gallery are a library and a small gallery within a former bank vault.
The rugged and beautiful region of Cape Ann has attracted great artists for more than a century and a half. Gloucester was called the art capital of the United States in 1925,† and although that heyday has passed, something about this island has continued to captivate generation after generation of painters, writers, musicians, sculptors, artisans, playwrights, and dancers. It may be the birds in the marsh or the distant surf in the granite teeth. It may be the people who welcome the eccentric and find strangers worth talking to. Or it may be an effect of the calm and furious sea. We don't know, but vital art springs repeatedly from this rocky coast.
Today, as in the past, a large community of artists thrives here, sustained and guided by a keen sense of place, by connections to each other, and by the long tradition of artistic excellence on Cape Ann.
Works of art with meaningful connections to Cape Ann take diverse forms. Some depict or transform scenes of the region; others are profoundly rooted in the artist's experiences of Cape Ann's towns, landscapes, and sea horizons, and its vibrant matrix of interwoven communities.
Biographical information, Director's introductions, and selections of available work by gallery artists will be on the Trident site soon. Meanwhile, for further information, please follow links to artists' web sites where available, and inquire at the gallery regarding available work.
|Gabrielle Barzaghidrawings||Zygmund Jankowski (1925–2009)paintings|
|Nadine Boughtondigital collages||Ruth Mordecaipaintings, collages, monotypes|
|Winston Swift Boyerphotographs||Eileen Muellerpaintings|
|Charlie Carrolldrawings, watercolors, photographs||Joe Poirierpaintings|
|Susan Eronypaintings, mixed media paintings||Patti Sullivanpaintings|
|Dennis Flavinpaintings, drawings||Lynn Swigartphotographs|
|Pamela Ellis Hawkesphotographs, alternative process photographs||Ed Touchettepaintings, drawings|
|Shep Abbotthand-painted map||Albert Alcalay (1917–2008)paintings, drawings, prints||Roger Martinpaintings, collages, prints|
Trident Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of figure paintings and drawings by Dennis Flavin. New and recent works on canvas and paper are displayed with earlier paintings illuminating Flavin’s path from realism to abstraction into the uninhibited and confident expressive style which has earned him notice and acclaim.
After training at Vesper George School of Art and the Gloucester Academy of Fine Art, Flavin painted on Cape Ann for nearly four decades before his first public exhibition in 2012, which resulted in immediate attention from curators: a solo exhibition at the Cape Ann Museum followed in 2013, and subsequently his work has been shown at Trident Gallery.
In Flavin’s best work from the 1980s and 1990s, strong colors and forms, gauzy layers, and nightmarish distortions threaten to subdue realism. Flavin experienced a breakthrough in 2007 when he began to paint “completely from [his] mind, not looking at anything other than [his] canvas.” The freedom was exhilarating, and making art became an increasingly intense experience. In this creative trance, Flavin and his creation mutually transform each other. Neither has independence, and there is no intermediating scene between the artist’s creative engagement with memory, composition, color, and form, and his sensory engagement with the art surface. “When you paint,” says Flavin, “you have to have emotional feeling, you have to take risks, … you can’t hold back.”
The new direction led Flavin at first into purely abstract paintings and then toward figure paintings possessing an exalted energy and expressiveness which his foray into abstraction seems to have uncorked.
The signature of Flavin’s evolving style is a riotous abundance of color, which creates meaning and honors the subject by attesting with nuanced craftsmanship to its inner complexity. Likewise, there is more than sensual richness in Flavin’s thickly layered oil and pastel medium, which corresponds to a history of evolving versions of the figure, layers of experience that have built up a unique personality and work of art.
Trident Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of exceptional and historically important oil and watercolor paintings from the estate of Zygmund Jankowski (1925–2009). Jankowski was a dedicated and innovative painter, a colorful and generous personality, and a loved and respected teacher on Cape Ann from the 1970s till his death in 2009. His paintings have been exhibited nationally and internationally, and he is one of the most important artists of his time in the Cape Ann tradition, influential both as a painter and as the colleague and teacher of a generation of artists.
The exhibition coincides with the release on May 3d of a book on the artist, having nearly 100 pages and as many images, presented with the artist's words from published and personal sources, and with remembrances and commentary by friends, colleagues, and students.
“The cycle of seasons is deeply imprinted in human consciousness; it matters to everyone and has meaning for all. The idea behind Winter Meditations is to remind ourselves how engaging with art deepens our experience of life by drawing forth our own creativity. Good art has the power to enlarge our views, develop our sensibilities, and fuel our spiritual journeys, but viewing art becomes a dry exercise if we lose touch with the experience of art as a creative act itself. I want to mount an exhibition which emphasizes the pleasure and creativity in the viewer’s experience of art, rather than the goal of grasping the artist’s unique gifts and vision, which though important can distract us from the reasons we value the hard work of artists so highly in the first place; the reasons we choose to bring art into our homes, schools, and workplaces; the deep, human reasons why stories, images, movement, and music matter.”
From Friday, January 24th, through Sunday, March 2d, Trident Gallery is proud to host a loan from the Massachusetts Audubon Museum of American Bird Art of more than 30 prints, paintings, and miniature sculptures by the renowned and important artists John James Audubon, Milton Avery, Andy Warhol, Allen James King, Robert Verity Clem, Lars Jonsson, and others. All the works of art depict bird species present on Cape Ann in winter, and their exhibition constitutes a new extension to the Cape Ann Winter Birding Weekend (Friday–Sunday, 31 January – 2 February) a festival which celebrates the winter bird life of Cape Ann, especially those Arctic species rarely encountered farther south. Sponsored by Mass Audubon and the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce, the event draws several hundred participants to hear expert presentations and embark on bus tours and a boat trip to see the birds. A birding guide for the event in past years, Director Swift has this year orchestrated the festival’s new art component at Trident Gallery.
Works of art by Gabrielle Barzaghi, Winston Swift Boyer, Charlie Carroll, Susan Erony, Dennis Flavin, Eileen Mueller, Joe Poirier, and Lynn Swigart will be on display during the entirety of Winter Meditations. In the final phase, Persephone's Return, additional works of art by these and other Trident Gallery artists will take the place of the departing Mass Audubon winter bird art.
The following events are free and open to the public. Space is limited for the workshop and performance events. Guests may reserve seats by contacting the gallery no later than 24 hours before an event at 978-491-7785 or by e-mail at events@TridentGallery.com. Please claim reserved seats no later than 10 minutes before the scheduled start time. Scheduled events are subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances. Please check the web site or call the gallery shortly before an event to confirm its status, especially when winter weather seems likely to impede travel.
evokes the contemplative stillness of winter
honors the skill and habit of close observation of life shared alike by artists and naturalists
Artist Sandy McDermott will lead off the Winter Birding Weekend with a workshop at Trident Gallery on the close observation and field sketching of birds and other wildlife.
No prior drawing experience is necessary. Free. Reservation required.
Live animals of any type can be a challenging subject to draw. Birds especially are constantly moving. How does one attempt to render them?
Observation is key. Come to this workshop and learn how to combine fast sketching with quick observation! You will learn how important it is to keep your eye on the subject, not your paper. You will also learn how to focus on parts of a bird first, rather than the whole portrait. Basic avian anatomy and topography will be discussed. Weather depending, we’ll step outside to draw from life. Photographs and mounted specimens will also be used.
Workshop plan: Orientation (15m), Drawing and observation exercises (45m), Avian anatomy (20m), Sketching outdoors, weather permitting, otherwise from photos (20m), Discussion and review (20m).
Please bring with you (1) a 9"x12" or larger sketchpad (newsprint pads not recommended), (2) drawing pencils (4B, 2B, F, and 2H as a suggestion), (3) black permanent or felt-tipped pen, (4) a white eraser, and (5) a kneaded eraser. If you have any questions about supplies please call or email the gallery.
Trident Gallery is delighted to present a reading by acclaimed poet Brendan Galvin, a Guggenheim Fellow and the author of sixteen collections of poetry, including Habitat: New and Selected Poems 1965-2005 (2005, LSU Press), a National Book Award finalist, and Whirl is King: Poems from a Life List (2008, LSU Press), a collection of his poems about birds. Reservation recommended.
Critical Praise for Brendan Galvin
"Few living poets are as memorable in their descriptions of the goings-on in the non-man-manufactured world."
-- The New York Times Book Review
"Over the past four decades, in an era deeply suspicious of the relationship between language and external reality, Brendan Galvin has been quietly reminding us that the best poetry can deepen our understanding of the natural world and of each other."
-- National Book Award statement
"Brendan Galvin is an essential presence in contemporary American poetry."
-- Tar River Poetry
"If future literary historians wish to demonstrate an excellent late-twentieth-century non-formalist who writes directly and accessibly, let Galvin be their example....More toughminded than most of his peers, Galvin is also far less predictable."
-- X.J. Kennedy, Shenandoah: The Washington & Lee University Review
"Brendan Galvin has an exciting gift for finding the unexpected word that proves miraculously perfect in its setting."
-- The Atlantic Monthly
About Brendan Galvin
Brendan Galvin is the author of sixteen collections of poems. Habitat: New and Selected Poems 1965-2005 was a finalist for the National Book Award. Ocean Effects appeared in fall, 2007. His translation of Sophocles' Women of Trachis appeared in the Penn Greek Drama Series in 1998. Whirl Is King appeared from in 2008. The Air's Accomplices, a collection of new poems, is forthcoming from LSU Press.
His awards include a Guggenheim Fellowship, two NEA fellowships, the Sotheby Prize of the Arvon Foundation (England), the Iowa Poetry Prize, and Poetry's Levinson Prize, as well as the first OB Hardison, Jr., Poetry Prize from the Folger Shakespeare Library, the Charity Randall Citation from the International Poetry Forum, the Sewanee Review's Aiken Taylor Award in Modern American Poetry, and the Boatwright Prize from Shenandoah.
He has published over 500 poems in magazines, textbooks and anthologies, including 21 poems in The New Yorker. His fiction, critical reviews, and book reviews have appeared in numerous publications including Crazy Horse, Laurel Review, Ploughshares, Northwest Review, and Poet Lore.
He has been Wyndham Robertson Visiting Writer in Residence in the MA program at Hollins University, Coal Royalty Distinguished Writer in Residence in the MFA program at the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, visiting writer at Connecticut College, and Whichard chairholder in the Humanities at East Carolina University.
He grew up in the Boston area and lives in Truro, Massachusetts, a small town on outer Cape Cod.
dwells on loss, desire for change, the inevitability of change, hope for spring’s renewal, and the bonds with others which the pressures of winter’s deprivations renew
Trident Gallery warmly welcomes Rufus Collinson, Poet Laureate of Gloucester, who will give a poetry reading marking the beginning of "Longing." Reservation recommended.
Ruthanne (Rufus) Collinson has worked as a journalist, photographer, bookkeeper and turkey farmer. Two books of her poetry have been published by Folly Cove Books, Turning the Stones (1997) and Traveling to You (2008). A paper flyer is also available, and a jpg like the one below but with venue information sutiable to email to your friends.
Naturalist Chris Leahy is a charismatic and popular speaker as well as a noted author and editor. Raised in Marblehead and a resident of Gloucester since the 1970s, Leahy will speak particularly about the birds of Cape Ann as he adapts a talk he has been giving at the exhibition "Audubon’s Birds, Audubon’s Words," at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston to the forty works of bird art currently at Trident Gallery.
Leahy’s interests in natural history are comprehensive, and he is a recognized authority on birds and insects; he holds the Gerard A. Bertrand Chair of Natural History and Field Ornithology at Mass Audubon; he has led natural history explorations to over 70 countries on all of the continents; he is the author of The Birdwatcher’s Companion to North American Birdlife (1,072 pp), Birds of Mongolia (forthcoming), The Nature of Massachusetts, The First Guide to Insects, “A Guide to Winter Birding on Cape Ann,” and other publications.
celebrates the sure signs of spring which appear in early March
An evening of music and dance performance heralds the return of spring and again unites the visual and performing arts, marking the beginning of "Persephone's Return." Multi-instrumentalist composers Nathan Cohen and Anthony Leva explore sonic geographies and genres. Dancers Olivier Besson and Chandra Cantor improvise duets with poetic intimacy, striking clarity, and dynamic surprise.
November 29 – January 5, 2014
First come, first served. Bring your intellectual appetite, moral cravings, and spiritual hunger, and find satisfaction in art, which may be taken home immediately to nourish families, invigorate infants, and revitalize the elderly. Art is wholesome and recommended for all living, loving beings.
Art may be taken home when purchased; walls will be replenished.
Three Artists in Dialogue with the Past: Gabrielle Barzaghi, Nadine Boughton, and Susan Erony
The title of Gabrielle Barzaghi’s major new work “How to Stay Alive in the Woods,” a grid of 15 drawings, refers to a wilderness survival manual published in 1956. Her “Paleolithic Picnic” is a series of nine drawings illuminating a world that is dim, primeval, and as familiar as a myth.
Nadine Boughton stitches together imagery from the popular magazines of 1945–1965 into witty and trenchant digital collages that blend nostalgia for the past with the darkness beneath the pleasures of modern living. Her series of eight collages titled “The Pleasures of Modern Living” is displayed in the Vault Room at Trident Gallery.
Susan Erony’s painting “The History of Eugenics, Part I” is a copy of an eighteenth-century drawing by Dutch anatomist Petrus Camper showing a “progression” from ape to ideal human. Her work prompts solemn consideration of the perils of transplanting ideas between cultures, of our appetite for reason and order, and of both the powers and the limitations of visual images.
"Home: The Inaugural Exhibition"
twelve artists representing the excellence and variety of contemporary fine art on Cape Ann
Friday, August 30, 2013 – through – Monday, October 14, 2013
Artists: Albert Alcalay, Winston Swift Boyer, Charlie Carroll, Susan Erony, Dennis Flavin, Pamela Ellis Hawkes, Zygmund Jankowski, Ruth Mordecai, Eileen Mueller, Joe Poirier, Patti Sullivan, Lynn Swigart.
Gallery Director Dr. Matthew Swift has assembled 39 works of art that explore ideas of “home,” a theme he will examine in programmed discussions, gallery conversations, and written materials.
Home is a point of departure and a place of return.
Home is the place of one’s dwelling or nurturing — Gloucester, Cape Ann, the United States, the planet Earth.
Home is the seat of one’s domestic life and overlapping communities; it is a place of safety and comfort.
Home is a target, the destination of a creative mind striving to think, to forge meaning, to provoke, to pay homage, to become beautiful.
Sunday, August 17, 8pm
A dance-media performance in collaboration with the internet, by dancer and performance artist Vincent Cacialano, visiting from the UK.
Light refreshments and conversation to follow performance.
Reservations are strongly recommended. Please see the Live Art Series section for further information.
Artist's Reception for Susan Erony: Review
Susan Erony: Discussion with the Artist
Artist's Reception for Eileen Mueller: Muses
Opening Reception: Group Exhibition
Artist's Reception for Ruth Mordecai: New Works on Paper
Ruth Mordecai: Meet the Artist
During the reception at 6pm, artist Shep Abbott will unveil his hand-painted 8' x 8' mural map of Gloucester Harbor, entitled “Le Beau Port” and accurately representing Gloucester Harbor and all adjacent buildings and facilities.
Dennis Flavin: Conversation with the Artist
Saturday, May 24, 5pm
A performance surprise is also in store.
Light refreshments and conversation to follow performance.
Reservations are strongly recommended. Please see the Live Art Series section for further information.
Four articulate, interesting speakers who knew Zygmund Jankowski
Saturday, May 3d, 5–7pm
Reception and Book Launch Party for Zygmund Jankowski: A Celebration of Life
Sunday, April 6th, 5pm
Trident Live Art Series: Antennae
Sensors detecting Emily's movement drive the production of sounds through a system developed by Knoth. Space becomes an instrument that Emily can play, bending sound with her body. The dancer negotiates a compilation of interactive, recorded, and live sounds, exploring what it might look like to decipher noise through the body, searching for a solid signal.
Saturday, March 29th, 5pm–7pm
Artist's Reception for Pale Shadows: Cameraless Images by Pamela Ellis Hawkes
January 17th – March 9th
Eight events in eight weeks were held as part of the trans-discipline exhibiton Winter Meditations.
Saturday, December 14th, 3:30–5pm
Open House, with the three other galleries of the Pleasant & Main Art Zone, during the Middle Street Walk prior to the Annual Lobster Trap Tree Lighting at Police Station Plaza. (For the flyer and schedule, follow the link and see the Facebook photos.)
All four galleries will have refreshments. Visit all four to collect the pieces to assemble your very own Plesant & Main Art Zone Art Cube! It's an ornament, an earring, a cube of chance, a miniature art gallery, and more!
Friday, November 29th (Black Friday), 5pm–7pm
Opening Reception for Walls of Plenty
When you come, check out the grand opening of Trident Gallery's new neighbor, Blue River Diamonds, open 6am–6pm that day.
Saturday, November 2d, 5pm
Panel Discussion with the Artists of Three Artists in Dialogue with the Past
Friday, October 18th, 4pm–8pm
Opening Reception for Three Artists in Dialogue with the Past
Saturday afternoon events associated with Home: The Inaugural Exhibition focus on artists featured in the exhibition. Prepared remarks of 30–45 minutes will be followed by discussion and light refreshments. Additional works of art by the subjects will be on display during each event.
Saturday, September 21st, 5pm
"Home, Safety, and Art"
Presenters Matthew Swift and Susan Erony will speak on the work of artists Albert Alcalay and Susan Erony. Both Alcalay and Erony's father emigrated to the United States to escape persecution. Additional works of art by Alcalay and Erony will be on display.
Saturday, September 28th, 5pm
"Perspectives on Cape Ann"
Remarks and discussion on the diverse representations of Cape Ann by painter Joe Poirier and photographers Winston Swift Boyer, Charlie Carroll, and Lynn Swigart. Additional works by these artists will be on display. Presenters to be determined.
Saturday, October 5th, 5pm
Paths to Abstraction
Gallery Director Matthew Swift and artists Dennis Flavin and Ruth Mordecai offer remarks and discussion on abstraction in the careers and works of artists Dennis Flavin, Ruth Mordecai, Eileen Mueller, and Patti Sullivan.
Saturday, October 12th, 5pm
Ephemerality and Permanence
Gallery Director Matthew Swift offers remarks and leads discussion on ephemerality and permanence in the work of artists Pamela Ellis Hawkes and Zygmund Jankowski. Prepared remarks of 30–45 minutes will be followed by discussion and light refreshments. Additional works of art by Jankowski and Hawkes will be on display.
The Trident Live Art Series, curated by Sarah Slifer Swift, sponsors free performances in the gallery space, presenting talented artists whose work forges new dimensions of aesthetic experience. Live Art Series Performances are listed on this web site and announced in the gallery's Newsletter and social media.
Seating is limited for Live Art Series events. Guests may reserve seats by contacting the gallery at +1 (978) 491-7785 or by e-mail at events@TridentGallery.com, or by joining the corresponding Facebook event. Trident staff will respond promptly to all requests for reservations. Please claim reserved seats no later than 10 minutes before the scheduled start time. If all seats are reserved, some standing room or floor seating may be available, depending on the nature of the performance.
Trident Gallery Director Matthew Swift may be reached at the gallery +1 (978) 491-7785 and email@example.com. At this time, the Director is not seeking new art for the gallery.
Trident Gallery is in downtown Gloucester, Massachusetts, on Main Street at the corner of Duncan Street (which becomes Pleasant Street as it crosses Main). Click here for a map and notes on nearby parking.
Gallery Hours during Ruth Mordecai: New Works on Paper
Monday, Tuesday 12pm–5pm
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 10am–5pm
any time by appointment