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THEN and NOW


Works by Chuck Boucher & Angela DiSpirito

January 26 – February 23, 2012

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THEN and NOW is the first in an occasional series of exhibitions that focuses on the work of our own BCC Alumni. The Art and Design Program has come a long way since its inception in the late 1960s, but its goal has always been to provide a solid preparatory arts foundation experience for the students who enroll here. The program’s first coordinator, Marion Wilner, strongly advocated for a rigorous program in the study of art and insisted that it was vital to the social and economic well-being and growth of our region.

The program continues to expand, and, in addition to traditional fine arts courses, now includes a full array of graphic design and electronic imaging courses. A core group of full and part-time faculty brings academic integrity and a wealth of enthusiasm to every class. Many of our graduates go on to enroll and complete their degrees at nearby colleges and universities.

We are very pleased to bring the works of Chuck Boucher and Angela Dispirito together for the first time. Boucher graduated from BCC in 1984. He went on to complete his education at Swain School of Design. Swain merged with UMASS Dartmouth in 1988, and today many of BCC’s graduates go on to complete their junior and senior years there. Dispirito is a recent graduate from BCC and has, just this past semester, graduated from UMASS.

Boucher has had a successful career both as an artist and writer. His work has been displayed in more than 50 fifty exhibitions and has published two novels and a series of short stories. He has also taught and mentored artists at various levels of development in their careers.

Dispirito’s life and work as a student was recently featured in a short film produced for UMD profiles. As a December 2011 graduate, her career has just begun and we look forward to watching it unfold.

Kathleen Hancock
Director




The Artists


Chuck Boucher

Color is the subject of my painting. I use vibrant, intense, and aggressive color choices to engage and compete with an environment of increasingly loud visual elements. My color is not naturalistic or decorative and it does not mimic light. My color choices are inspired by personal reactions to the relationships between all the colors included within the composition of a painting. There is a conversation between the elements of color and the emotions color stimulates. My use of color is not an excuse to splash, brush, and scrape paint while satisfying the whims of my heart. Well, it’s not that alone. My use of color is a visual science of experimentation, invention, and emotional input. I explore hue, intensity, and value as well as the size, shape, emotion and the relative interactive effects on juxtaposed color choice.

I create space through color. I create volume through color. I create line through the juxtaposition of color. I create my paintings through color. Color defines complex compositional structure based in part upon the influence of the New York School of Abstract expressionism.

I explore the creative line formed by the edges of my color. That line, along with hue and intensity, helps to define a narrative as well as being a tool to define the depth of the picture plane, fostering the illusion of space and volume on the two dimensional surface.

I use a classical narrative to tell the story of the America I see. The narrative invites a viewer into my work, were they can then explore the structure and technique that is defined by my true subject, color, personal, bold, expressive color.

The end results are paintings that capture my own artistic opinions. I create art that is new and specifically mine. My art is clearly identifiable, recognized, and defined as being uniquely my own. The evolution of my work is documented in the progressive dialog that exists from one painting to the next in each motif cycle.

Angela Dispirito

I incorporate whimsical, childish, sensual, and often seductive notions into my work. I utilize a variety of fabrics and colors to enchant, and I often integrate different textures and patterns to excite and stimulate the viewer's imagination. The vibrant colors mirror a happy, childish, and playful demeanor that embodies my personality, while the soft plush fabrics reveal a more sensuous disposition. I allow my encounters and life experiences to collectively influence my work.




Biographies

Chuck Boucher
Education
Swain School of Design (now UMASS Dartmouth) New Bedford, MA June 1986
BFA Concentration in Painting
Bristol Community College June 1984
AFA Concentration Foundation art and design

Military Experience
United State Coast Guard 1978-1982

Professional Experience
Taylespun Studios 1986-Present
Professional Artist and Writer
Riverside Art Ltd - Customer Service Manager of an independent Specialty Retailer providing product and services to a specialized customer base including Fine Artists, Interior Designers, Graphic Designers, Architects and Construction Tradesman.

Selected Recent Exhibitions
Crowell’s Fine Art, Invitational Group Exhibit
Greater Fall River Art Association, Summer Invitational
Isherwood Gallery group Winter/Spring Summer Fall Exhibits
UMASSD Cherry and Web Gallery, Local Color

Angela Dispirito
Education
University of Massachusetts: Dartmouth
BFA Sculpture 2011
Bristol Community College
Associates Degree in Fine Arts 2008

Exhibitions and Awards
University of Massachusetts Gallery, North Dartmouth, MA
Senior Fine Art Thesis Exhibition
Recipient of the Michael Johnson Alumni Award
University of Massachusetts, North Dartmouth, MA
Annual Outdoor Sculpture Show
Faces of UMass Dartmouth
A short video about Dispirito and the College of Visual and Performing Arts

Professional Memberships
Secretary of Sculpture Club, University of Massachusetts: Dartmouth
Sculpture Club, University of Massachusetts: Dartmouth
Visual Arts Club, Bristol Community College




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