Visitors to the Concord Art Association’s prestigious 14th Annual Francis G. Roddy Open Competition juried show, on view through October 13 will see work by three Bedford artists: Robert Bass, Bill Davison and Doris Smith.
Chosen by juror Nick Capasso, the Director of the Fitchburg Art Museum and a former curator at the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum in Lincoln, the show reflects his passion for the New England visual arts community and his support for “… the steps that the Concord Art Association has recently taken to represent the art of the 21st century.”
Robert Bass’s photograph Leaving the Mill, 1917 depicts an area on the exit at the Stone Mill in Lawrence. According to Bass, people leaving the mill often ‘signed out’ near the door, leaving their contact information so that others would know where they went. The photograph captures one forwarding address, “the American Expeditionary Forces, sailed for France, July 26, 1917.
Photographer Bill Davison’s abstract image is untitled. “To me, the very best images of any medium have a fundamentally ambiguous nature,” said Davison. “This applies to some images more than others, but especially to abstract images. The viewer must be an interested observer and create their own meaning. … Any explicit meaning I provide is not likely to resonate with other viewers.”
Printed on mulberry paper, Falling #3 by Doris Smith is part of a larger series of monoprints on the theme of acceptance of events in one’s life. This particular print was inspired by the work of contemporary Chinese artist, Ai WeiWei.
The community is invited to a reception at the Concord Art Association on Lexington Road in Concord, from 2 to 4 pm on Sunday, September 15. Click to learn more about the exhibit.