Bugs: A Closer Look
Photography by Liz Tompkins
September – November 2019
The artwork of photographer Liz Tompkins, takes a closer look at … bugs. Please don’t stop reading! Bugs are everywhere and many folks just don’t like these little critters. Yet insects are the largest known group of animals, making up three quarters of animal species. That’s a lot of bugs!
Part of the image problem of bugs is that most of them are very small, averaging less than 6mm long. It’s hard to appreciate something you can’t see. That’s where photographer Liz Tompkins steps in. Her photographs zoom in on their subject, enlarging their details and features, helping the viewer to differentiate between types of tiny bugs, to appreciate their varied structures and colors and movements.
“I began photographing insects a few years ago under our porch lights, to get over my fear of little flying things,” says Tompkins, a Malden-based artist. “The little flying things turned out to be pretty interesting when they were magnified thirty times. My wonder at the diversity of life grows with each new bug I discover. I invite you to share in that wonder.”
Tompkins is a retired 7th grade science teacher from the Malden Public Schools which, she says, explains her interest in pretty much anything. She began showing her work at the first Window Arts Malden event in 2007. She also participated in The Gallery at 480 Main Street and her bugs have also made an appearance at the Malden Public Library.
“Bugs: A Closer Look” will be on view through November 30. A reception with the artist will be held on Wednesday, October 23, from 6:30 – 8:00pm. It will include a lively discussion about bugs and their wonders. The MATV Gallery is located at MATV, Malden’s Media Center, at 145 Pleasant Street. Hours are Mondays – Thursday, 10am – 9pm; Fridays, 10am – 6pm; and Saturday, 10am – 2pm.
Previous Exhibits –
On View: April 1 – May 31, 2019
Public Reception: Thursday, May 16, 6:30 – 8:30pm
Here’s a video featuring one of the artists in the current exhibit:
The MATV Gallery is located at MATV, Malden’s Media Center, at 145 Pleasant St. in Malden. Hours are Monday – Thursday, 10am – 9pm, Friday, 10am – 6pm, and Saturday, 10am – 2pm.
More info about the artist and the background of this exhibit can be found here.
“Embroidery Work by Anna Thai” is on exhibit at the MATV Gallery through April 21, 2017. A closing exhibit with the artist will be held on Wednesday, April 12 from 6:30 – 8:00pm.
The MATV Gallery is open Monday – Thursday, 10am – 9pm; Friday, 10am – 6pm; and Saturday, 10am – 2pm. For more information, call 781-321-6400 or visit http://www.matv.org.
Pictures at an Exhibition: A Tribute to Friendships Nov. 9 2016-Jan 12, 2017
The MATV Gallery at Malden’s Media Center is pleased to display this community art event inspired by Modest Mussorgsky’s musical tribute to his artist friend Viktor Hartmann. A recording of the Pictures at an Exhibition: A Tribute to Friendships concert on November 5th is available via QR code on site. Come check out the pieces and listen to the recording for a multi-media arts experience.
A reception with the artists will be held on Thursday January 12th, 6:30-8:30pm.
Truth of Life, Sept. 26th- Nov. 4th, 2016
Boston-based artist Youngsheen Jhe is intrigued by mannequins. These lifeless figures are juxtaposed with the daily life of real humans in nearly every painting featured in this exhibit.
Jhe, a South Korean native, says, “My work derives in part from my first experience as a foreigner in the United States.” The mixing of inanimate models with the modern life of people reveals insights into the human condition on a number of levels. The artist adds, “I have a strong desire to describe the unfiltered story of everyday humans.”
In exploring her subject matter, it’s the similarities between these two forms that often appear, both haunting and ironic, or at times, peaceful and contemplative. Jhe’s paintings have been widely exhibited in the Boston area and New York City.
The MATV Gallery at Malden’s Media Center is pleased to display the stirring art of Youngsheen Jhe in the exhibit “Truth of Life” through November 4.
A reception with the artist will be held on Thursday, October 20 from 6:00 – 8:00pm. Hours for the MATV Gallery are Monday – Thursday, 10am – 9pm; Friday, 10am – 6pm; and Saturday, 10am – 2pm.
“SUMMER MASH-UP” July 11 – August 26, 2016
The MATV Gallery is pleased to exhibit a variety of artwork from a group of local artists through August 26th, 2016 at MATV, Malden’s Media Center.
The exhibit showcases a mashup of artwork from select members of the Malden Sketch Group. Rod Peterson captures local buildings and environments in his beautifully rendered watercolor landscapes. Cambia Davis’ etchings of rabbits engaged in a variety of human-like activities, in her “Lapinville series,” are delightful and whimsical. Nick Palky’s eclectic selections vary from ink on paper to oil paint. Judy Greulich’s oil portraits are coated in elegance and stir in its observer a reciprocated presence. Elizabeth Scorsello’s sketches are engaging as they are vulnerable, capturing the essence of nude figures or passengers on a train. And Sharon Santillo collage and mixed media result in playful silhouettes of the active human form.
As one of the longest-running life drawing groups in the Boston area, the Malden Sketch Group is comprised of artists who meet twice a week to sketch live models. This exhibit is a chance to see a more extensive display of artwork from select members.
The MATV Gallery will host a reception on Wednesday, July 20th from 6:00 – 8:00 pm. View the exhibit, connect with the artists and take part in a discussion around local art, while enjoying a variety of summer salads prepared for the mashup evening.
Middle School Art Exhibit: May 10 – June 17, 2016
Together Apart: Slicing and Dicing Ideas and Images
MATV presents two local artists in the exhibit “Together Apart: Slicing and Dicing Ideas and Images,” which runs through April 15, 2016.
Lisa L. Sears, currently based in Malden, is a vibrant and eclectic artist whose work spans many realms of art expression. Sears is featuring both collages and black and white photographs in this exhibit. Sears’ photographs are thoughtful and inspiring, and her collages portray dream-like scenes that feature the deconstruction and reintegration of images in a way that creates an interesting balance between fantasy and objectivity.
Jen Moltoni, based in Melrose, is a collage artist and painter, who is featuring both paintings and collages in this display. Moltoni’s ocean- inspired paintings are assembled using several canvases to reconstruct the images that inspire her. Her collages are composed of hand-painted papers and photographs that have be cut up and then reassembled into scenes of nature and whimsy.
Originally from Maine, and currently settled on a lovely tree-lined street in Melrose, Jen Moltoni is a collage/mixed media artist and painter with no formal training. She draws inspiration from her numerous trips to beaches throughout New England. Her collage process is simple. She takes pictures of the beach, the sky, found objects, trees, she paints various weights and types of paper, finding joy in the swirling and mixing of color, and then cuts it all up. Her blank canvases a then become a playground of form and shape, eventually featuring scenes inspired by nature. She feels that the empty space is as important as the colored pieces of her work. She is also pleased to be including some of her paintings in this exhibit. Inspired by the ocean and seashells, each painting is composed of several connecting canvases, giving each a puzzle-like quality. Jen is an emerging artist who regularly shows her work in and around Melrose, as well as in many locations across the greater Boston area.
MATV, Malden’s Media Center, is pleased to present the works of these talented and emerging artists in this thought -provoking and colorful display. The MATV Gallery is located at MATV, 145 Pleasant Street. Hours are Monday – Thursday, 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Friday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; and Saturday, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. The facility is handicapped accessible.
A Lifetime of Art: Brunnhilde S. Costanza
Formerly at the MATV Gallery through January, 2016
The MATV Gallery is pleased to exhibit a lifetime survey of the work of Brunnhilde S. Costanza (1924 -2008) through January 30, 2016 at MATV, Malden’s Media Center. The mother of Suzanne Costanza, a Malden resident, the exhibit is the first solo exhibit of the late artist’s work.
Stein Costanza lived and worked in New York City, throughout her life, raising a family of three children and teaching art in the New York City public schools at the junior high and high school level. Throughout her life, she explored ways to make art materials and the artistic process accessible to her students, to whom she taught in an often financially and time-challenged setting. Her commitment to public art education was expressed through her own experimentation with art forms that were relatively simple and inexpensive, yet were imbued with creativity, strong technique and varied expression.
Exhibit hours are Monday – Thursday, 10am – 9pm; Fridays, 10am – 6pm; and Saturday, 10am – 2pm. The gallery is located at MATV, Malden’s Media Center at 145 Pleasant Street.
The MATV Gallery in collaboration with Malden Arts will host a combined reception and art salon on Thursday, December 10 from 7:00 – 9:00 pm. View the exhibit, meet the artist’s family, connect with other artists and art appreciators in the community and take part in a discussion around public art education and what happens to one’s artwork after one dies.