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Joyful | Spaces of Gathering

November 23, 2021 – January 2, 2022

Kimpton Nine Zero is pleased to partner with art_works and avec to ring in the 2021 Holiday Season with a special edition pop-up experience. Creative expressions of joy, whimsy and wonder will ignite curiosity, spark conversation and draw guests together. This environmental site-responsive installation brings together local artists and global travelers in a celebration of reconnecting and coming together in spaces of gathering.

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CICELY CAREW

Cicely Carew spent her formative years in Los Angeles, CA. She recently completed her MFA from Lesley Art + Design in Cambridge, MA, and now lives in the city with her son. She actively exhibits her work in group shows and creates public art installations around the Boston area, and is the Artist-in-Residence and a teacher at Shady Hill School in the 2021-2022 academic year.

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Carew manifests a unique abstract visual language across paintings, drawings, collages, and assemblages. Her multivalent practice is bound together by a belief in the transformative power of Joy as a visual aesthetic and personal praxis. By signaling to these things through unbridled material expression, the artist reveals feeling as the common point of connection across seemingly disparate mediums, objects, and ultimately, people.

Cicely Carew, Density of Light, 2021. Mixed media. 89 x 78 x 26 (inches). ©Cicely Carew. Image courtesy of the artist.

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CICELY CAREW + DESTINY PALMER

Artists Cicely Carew and Destiny Palmer created these digital paintings, printed on archival paper, on the occasion of the "Dear So & So: Now More Than Ever" exhibit at the Cambridge Art Association in October 2021. This ongoing project seeks to celebrate artistic collaboration by inviting artists to select a partner with whom to work over the course of a year.

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Cicely Carew recently completed her MFA from Lesley Art + Design in Cambridge, MA, and now lives in the city with her son. She manifests a unique abstract visual language across paintings, drawings, collages, and assemblages. Her multivalent practice is bound together by a belief in the transformative power of Joy as a visual aesthetic and personal praxis.

Based in Boston, MA, Destiny Palmer blurs the boundaries between painting, sculpture and installation in her artistic practice. She currently works at Thayer Academy and was an Assistant Professor at Massachusetts College of Art and Design. By involving different communities in the creation of her public art projects, Palmer explores the true nature of collaboration and community engagement in the arts.

Cicely Carew + Destiny Palmer, Untitled, 2021. Digital painting printed on archival paper. 4 x 4 (inches) (framed). ©Cicely Carew + Destiny Palmer. Image courtesy of the artists.

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JODI COLELLA

Jodi Colella is a mixed-media sculptor based in Somerville, MA. She has a BA from Boston University, and currently teaches fiber arts at several art institutions in the Boston area. She often incorporates found objects into her practice, which she subsequently transforms with fiber and thread.

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In this exhibition, Colella showcases several bodies of work to interrogate current areas of cultural tension. The potent objects on view probe fiber’s aesthetic and technical possibilities, demonstrating the power of a needle and thread to affect societal change.

Jodi Colella, Back where we started, 2018. Embroidery, found postcards, assorted threads. 7 x 9 (inches) (framed). ©Jodi Colella. Image courtesy of the artist.

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MAYA ERDELYI

Maya Erdelyi is an award-winning artist, designer and director from New York City. She is currently based in Boston, MA, and is a Faculty member in Animation at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University and at RISD.

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Grounded in bold colors and fantastical patterns, Erdelyi fashions intricate creations that are inspired by imaginary realms, visual music and the unconscious. In addition to her acclaimed short animations, she makes colourful collages that each have their own hidden logic and sense of movement. Using painting, monoprints, found imagery, silkscreen and drawing, the paper is cut, twisted and pinned to create a three-dimensional collage space, in which interlocking shapes and lines play, clash and activate one another. Erdelyi sees these vibrant and layered compositions as animation stills, evoking a static or freeze-frame equivalent of her lively stop-motion animations.

Maya Erdelyi, Ode to LA #14, 2021. Collage, monoprints, silkscreen. 14 x 14 x 3.5 (inches). ©Maya Erdelyi. Image courtesy of the artist.

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KATE HOLCOMB HALE

Kate Holcomb Hale lives and works in Arlington, MA, where she makes mixed-media installations documenting the psychological shifts that occur during birth, loss, and other momentous life events.

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Melding marks and material with architecture and space the artist gives overwhelmingly physical form to those moments of psychic fracture wherein time seems to stop and significant change occurs. She creates her abstract, psychological landscapes often by using paper, charcoal, paint and decal vinyls. Exploring layered identities and vulnerabilities, these works also function as spaces of empathy and interconnectedness with others who concurrently experience similar shifts.

Kate Holcomb Hale, I very totally had dreams last night (detail). ©Kate Holcomb Hale. Image courtesy of Michael Piazza Photography.

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NIHO KOZURU

Niho Kozuru is a Japanese-born artist working in Boston, MA. She is a member of a multi-generational family of clay artists active in Fukuoka, Japan. She relocated to the U.S. when her father became a Visiting Fellow at Harvard University’s Ceramics Studios.

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Kozuru creates sculptures, often in the shape of undulating tower-forms, as well as wall works, which she makes by dismantling segments of her sculpted towers and arranging them into intricate two-dimensional patterns. To complete these mono-casts, she pours brightly dyed rubber in and around the individual segments, thereby fashioning positive and negative shapes with interlocking patterns and pulsating colors.

Niho Kozuru, Acorn Finial (Red), 2021. Cast translucent resin. 21 x 8 x 8 (inches). ©Niho Kozuru. Image courtesy of the artist.

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MICHELLE LOUGEE

Michelle Lougee is a fiber artist and sculptor currently working out of Somerville, MA. She is a member of the landmark cooperative Boston Sculptors Gallery and teaches sculpture at Lesley University College of Art and Design.

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Above all else, Lougee is inspired by organic forms and seeks primarily to inform our interaction with nature. By making use of neutral-colored plastics that are often mistaken for natural fibers, her sculptures address the impact of our consumerist society on the environment. In her practice, she collects, sorts and processes post-consumer plastic bags to create crochet forms using whimsical shapes and environmentally troubling material that reflect our increasingly precarious relationship with the planet.

Michelle Lougee, Orb, 2015. Crocheted plastic, wire, and resin. 16 x 16 x 16 (inches). ©Michelle Lougee. Image courtesy of the artist.

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LORETTA PARK

Loretta Park is a visual artist based in Boston, MA. She holds an MFA from Massachusetts College of Art and Design, where she currently works as an Assistant Professor.

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In her practice, Park explores the dimensionalities and limitations of a variety of media. Combining the flatness of painting with the tactility of sculptures, her multilayered compositions are jubilant explorations of heterogeneous material components. Her resulting works engage disparate elements, techniques and processes in harmonious assemblages that blend together equal parts origami, braiding, sewing, painting and woodworking.

Loretta Park, Collage 2, 2021. Origami paper, threads, mesh bag, push pin, fabrics. 12 x 10 (inches). ©Loretta Park. Image courtesy of the artist.

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JULIA RUE

Julia Rue received a mechanical engineering degree from MIT, where she also led the mural collective The Borderline. Now living and working between Cambridge, MA, and Puerto Rico, her hybrid art practice depends on an in-depth working knowledge of emerging technologies and product design.

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Her current studio output centers on a series she calls “Lit Paintings,” wherein she uses light as a painting medium. Beginning compositions with imagery deriving from observations of the natural world, Julia injects lighting elements behind the canvas to illuminate and obfuscate, playing with the inherent ambiguity of interdisciplinary media to cultivate wonder and awe. Flip the switch on the artwork to watch the painting transform.

Julia Rue, Big Red 2, 2020. Oil and acrylic on stretched canvas with LEDs. 30 x 30 (inches). ©Julia Rue. Image courtesy of the artist.

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BEN SLOAT

Ben Sloat was born and raised in New York, NY. He is the Director of the Visual Arts MFA program at Lesley Art + Design in Cambridge, MA.

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By incorporating multiple mediums into his practice, Sloat creates room for a variety of shifting cultural, social, and historical meanings. Furthering the photographic beyond the passive and dematerialized, he pushes past the singular print to instead experiment with iconography, light-based materials and found cultural imagery that simultaneously destabilize conventional photographic exchanges and activate the experiential.

Ben Sloat, Raincloud (in anticipation of renewal). Neon, river rocks, powder coated aluminum frame. 18.25 x 22.25 x 2.5 (inches) (framed). ©Ben Sloat. Image courtesy of the artist.

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