Artist Talks Spring + Summer 2021
Concord Art is proud to present our slate of Artist Talks as part of our Spring + Summer Public Programming for 2021, with talks from Stuart Shils, Fran O’Neill, Amy Wynne, Keiran Brennan Hinton, Ying Li, Aschley Vaungh Cone, and Charles Dean. Lectures take place on Thursdays, virtually on ZOOM.
Digital Artist Talk: Ben Sloat, MJ2 Juror
April 15, 7:00-8:00PM
Fran O’Neill is a painter currently working in oil and watercolor. Her often large scale, abstract paintings are created from memories that begin as a visceral response to an unexpected moment. These memories act as a catalyst in the studio, entwined with personal experiences from her daily meanderings. Her gestural work draws from looking at all aspects of life; from the quietly tender, to the brash and all that’s in between.These emotionally charged moments, reimagined through painting, challenge O’Neill and the viewer to think and feel differently, and to be curious about their creation.
Mark making and movement serve as the foundation for O’Neill’s practice. Driven by color, light, composition, and scale, O’Neill’s work is organic, intuitive, and improvisational. Bolstered by a deep history of painting figuratively and painting the landscape, her practice has morphed into the abstract. O’Neill’s practice is rooted in process, and pushing the boundaries of what she knows, and what she works with.
Joining us on April 15, Fran O’Neill will discuss her journey as an artist, and her work as it has progressed through the years.
Creative Resilience: Strategies for Hope & Flow
April 29, 7:00-8:00PM
The ritual of making on a daily basis can deepen the creative process and cultivate strength and momentum in challenging times. Artist Amy Wynne will speak about her evolution as a maker and the bravery she has built in the face of the unknown through her commitment to daily practice. Wynne will speak about her search for authentic expression while witnessing and interpreting the bittersweet beauty of everyday life. Her dance with ambition, distraction, risk taking and gentleness will resonate with so many of us as we search for ways to express truth through our work.
Keiran Brennan Hinton
Painting from Life
July 9, 7:00-8:00PM
Painting from life is a way to record time, temperature, and touch. It is a practice in patience and concentration which requires a willingness to be surprised and to pay attention to what is nearby. During this artist’s talk, Keiran Brennan Hinton will show examples of his plein air paintings and discuss how close observation through painting can increase ones perceptual sensitivity. This presentation will address both the practical obstacles of painting from life (contending with the wind or rain), along with the metaphorical possibilities of recording the world as one sees it.
Stay tuned for more info!
July 29, 7:00-8:00PM
Stay tuned for more info!
Reframing the Ordinary
March 4, 6:30-8:00PM
Join the students of Reframing the Ordinary for this lecture and introduction to Shils’ intensive seminar centered around looking, feeling, and drawing as a part of our everyday lives. This lecture is the introduction to the class and will consider questions like: how do I see what I don’t know is there?