The Space Between Things Exhibition Premieres at the McCoy Art Gallery

On September 15, the McCoy Art Gallery will kick off the 2023-2024 season with its inaugural show: The Space Between Things. Featuring brand new artwork by three Boston-area artists, the show is curated by Jonathan Latiano, Director of the Art and Art History program at Merrimack College.
People standing and observing art at the McCoy Gallery.

The Space Between Things posterThe exhibition’s focus is for the viewer to closely examine the concept of negative space. Space is the glue that holds the universe together. Latiano says the works look to “dynamically focus on both the literal and theoretical properties of the space, distance, and voids between objects, things, and events.” These new works—premiering at the McCoy Art Gallery—will dive into various interpretations of the subject matter. The artists address topics that vary from the human connection to self-identity.

The artists, assembled for this exhibition, represent a wide swath of artistic backgrounds, talents, and interests. Rē Siswick, a multimedia artist working out of Gloucester, MA holds a BFA from Millersville University of Pennsylvania with a concentration in printmaking. For this show, Siswick will be presenting various pieces under the collected title Transmission from The Void. These pieces, made from materials that range from photography to human hair, look to explore the idea of ‘The Void’—a shared, all-encompassing “collective consciousness” where all things reside. After a stressful three years, Siswick looks to share her transformation of self, mind, body, and creative practice with these deeply reflective pieces, inviting viewers to experience the “universality of The Void that belongs to us all.”

Indigo Regis Conat-Naar, is a graduate from Tufts University with a BA in Philosophy, a BFA in Studio Art, and a minor in Visual and Material Studies. With a current practice in Cambridge, MA, her works range from installation, sculpture, video, sound, performance, drawing, text, and photography. Conat-Naar looks to create pieces in “a language that theory can’t refute; a manifestation of the tender specifics of being.” Started in 2021, Conat-Naar’s pieces for the Gallery create a message that home is not just a place, but an idea that can “shift and find itself again within people.” Her pieces include exodus, god, the good stuff in the back of the truck, thank you, and please.

Finally, artist Jocelyn Shu will be showcasing two pieces in the Gallery: Spirit and Canvas. She holds a BFA in Painting/Drawing jointly from University of San Francisco and California College of Art, as well as a Ph.D. in Psychology from Columbia University. Working between the Boston area and Taipei, Taiwan, her work focuses on the process of translating across cultures and fields of knowledge with influence “from her background as a psychology researcher in cognitive and affective science.” Her first work , Canvas centers on both dismantling and reconstructing cultural systems, while the second work, Spirit discusses the Chinese character, 神 (shén) — translating as god, spirit, or soul — and how it’s calligraphy creates physical negative space. Learn more about Shu’s work from this article and artist interview in the Boston Art Review.

The Space Between Things opens on September 15th, with the opening reception at 5:30 p.m. inside the Gallery. All three artists will be in attendance to answer questions and discuss their work. The exhibition will be on view throughout October, with a closing date of November 17th. The Gallery is open Monday through Friday from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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