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Works by Cynthia Swanson, Sand T, and Hannah Verlin

March 11 – April 7, 2010

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All forms of art-making embrace the word linear – it is an essential element of visual language. Words such as logic, perception, and thinking seem to be a perfect mate to our notions of line. Terms like value, shape, form, edge, and contour provide the structure through which we can evaluate and interpret art forms and are elemental to our understanding of line. The next show at the Grimshaw-Gudewicz Art Gallery explores these terms through sculpture.

Two- and three-dimensional works of art share ideas about line albeit in somewhat different ways. Both exist in time and space, can be viewed from various vantage points – but sculpture unlike drawing cannot be seen in its entirety at any given time. What one knows from one vantage point may not be perceived from in the same way from another.

Materiality plays an important role in the works in this exhibition. It serves to reveal aspects of line, place, time, and space. Whether temporal or permanent, metaphoric or objective, each artist carries these ideas and forms into her works.

Kathleen Hancock

The Artists

Cynthia Swanson

"Philosophers use metaphors of space and geometry to describe how the world exists and how we think about it. Metaphors turn ephemeral thoughts into tangible images so we can see the implications of these spaces and geometries we imagine. My sculptures are 3-dimensional drawings that turn ephemeral thoughts of order and disorder into tangible structures. Her primary geometric form is the square, which works as a metaphor for order."

Sand T

Sand T makes works that says creates a simple visual experience utilizing the basic elements of dot, line, color, surface and light. "I feel the pieces suggest concepts of time, concentration, and the meditative energies of motion. The reductive aesthetic in my work is an overlapping of decidedly contrary visual elements: fluidity vs. structural, opacity vs. transparency, and formalistic vs. introspective," she said. Her work, at first look, appears to be rather simple. However, upon closer inspection, it turns out they are not quite simple, but semi-simple.

Hannah Verlin

Hannah Verlin says that "The form and content of my work varies from one project to the next, but I take the same approach to each. When possible I use simple, often recycled or repurposed, materials. I use equally simple construction techniques. A single set of mechanical operations that can be performed repeatedly and that become beautiful through repetition."


Cynthia Swanson holds a Master of Fine Arts in Sculpture from Tyler School of Art at Temple University, Philadelphia, PA and Bachelors of Fine Arts from Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA. She recently co-authored along with J. Barton, and D. Sawyer, They Want to Learn How to Think: Using Art to Enhance Comprehension, Language Arts, 85(2), 125-132. Recent exhibition include Eclectic Abstraction, Spirol Gallery, Quinebaug Valley Community College, Danielson,CT; Paper Dialectics, The Art Gallery, Kent State University, Trumbull Campus, Warren, OH; Talking Papers, Mazmanian Gallery, Framingham State College, Framingham, MA; Elusive Geometries, Chazan Gallery, Wheeler School, Providence, RI.

Sand T earned a Master of Fine Arts degree from Tufts University and the Museum School. Awards include the 2009 New England Art Awards awarded by the New England Journal of Aesthetic Research in February 2010; an Exceptional Work Award from TLGUTS in June 2009, a Solo Exhibition Award by Caladan Gallery in May 2009; a First Place award given by Nicholas Capasso, curator of the DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park for her submission to a juried show at Clark University in November 2007. Sand T's work resides in public and private art collections world-wide. Her works have recently been added to the permanent collection of the National Art Gallery in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. She operated artSPACE@16 in Malden and S.T Gallery in Boston's Fort Point district from 1998-2008. Her artSPACE@16 gallery was awarded The Best Of Boston Home Award 2008 by Boston Magazine, and voted Best Art Gallery for A-List 2007 conducted by WBZ-TV and CityVoter in Boston.

Hannah Verlin received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA in affiliation with Tufts University, Medford, MA.

Recent exhibitions include Transformers, Boston Sculptors Gallery, Boston, MA; Interstitial, Boston Sculptors Gallery, Boston, MA; Artist Residency Exhibition, Ferencvarosi Gallery, Budapest, Hungary; Brookline First Light, Brookline, MA; and Artist Residency Exhibition, Mucius Gallery, Budapest, Hungary. She is a member of Boston Sculptors Gallery, Boston, MA and was recently in the International Artist in Residence Program, Hungarian Multicultural Center, Budapest, Hungary, July-August 2008.