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2017 Artists in Residence

Xylor Jane
May 14–May 19
Open Studio: Thursday, May 18, 6–8pm

Xylor Jane, our 2017 Hans Hofmann Resident, creates paintings that are intensely systematic and yet, like the Fibonacci sequence she often renders, equally spiritual in nature. Fittingly, Jane’s methods are almost monklike: she often rises and begins her work as early as 3:00 a.m., a time of day at which she feels she has access to certain inspirational forces. At first glance, her work is reminiscent of a kaleidoscopic optical illusion, repeating dots of color, numbers, grids, and patterns that are simultaneously dizzying and mystical. Color is of key importance, in many cases acting as a code, representing everything from important dates to mathematical sequences. Abstracted and categorized notions of time and emotion are translated into visual patterns through which Jane meditates on the metaphysical.

In seeking to capture the spiritual power of painting through formal means, Jane carries on the tradition of Hans Hofmann, bringing both his theory of “push and pull” and his regard for the spiritual power of color into the twenty-first century. As Hofmann himself put it, “The whole world, as we experience it visually, comes to us through the mystic realm of color.” Although Jane’s paintings may bear few superficial similarities to Hofmann’s, the philosophy behind her work reflects a deeper, shared reverence for the observation of nature and the essential role of the artist to reveal the great mysteries to be found there.

Jane lives and works in Greenfield, Massachusetts. She has had solo shows at the Santa Monica Museum of Art and the New Britain Museum of American Art, and has been included in group exhibitions at the DeCordova Biennial, the Kunsthalle Andratx, and the Contemporary Arts Center in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Susan Mikula
May 21–May 26
Open Studio: Thursday, May 25, 6–8pm

Susan Mikula is a photographer whose elusive art challenges conventions. Her physical subject matter is often abstracted, sometimes highly so, and typically portrayed within a tight chromatic range; one that, nonetheless, contains an expansive scale of tone and texture. Yet to call her art “abstract” is a misnomer; the end result often remains strongly figurative, even when no longer overtly identifiable with its origins. Distillation is a more apt description of her process.

Mikula’s creative roots rest deep in the aesthetic legacies of painting and photography, so it’s no surprise that her art is sometimes taken for painting—but it is photography. Shooting exclusively with Polaroid films and cameras, Mikula works in available light and does no cropping or image manipulation after the fact. Her in-camera technique strips away detail and softens edges only to better reveal the underlying and essential form and feeling of her subject.

Born and raised first in urban/industrial New Jersey, and then in a small New Hampshire town, Mikula now lives and works in rural western Massachusetts and in New York City.

TBA
May 29–June 2

Duncan Sheik
June 4 — June 9
Duncan Sheik will be in Concert on Friday, June 9 in place of an open studio. Learn more here.

After breaking through in the late 1990s with his Top 20 Single “Barely Breathing,” musician Duncan Sheik spent much of the subsequent decade taking a break from the usual rock singer/songwriter rituals. He turned his focus toward making albums that broke with pop music conventions and began work on his first theatrical musical, Spring Awakening, the Broadway sensation that won him two Tony Awards and a Grammy. Sheik has gone on to release seven studio albums. He has also composed original music for seven musicals, including Twelfth Night, Whisper House, The Nightingale, and American Psycho: The Musical.

Sheik continues to tour, as well as producing new material including his newest musical, Because of Winn-Dixie, and Lost Generation, a new digital musical series created by Kyle Jarrow and Duncan Sheik.

2016 Artists in Residence

Mark Adams
May 15 – May 20
Open Studio: Thursday May 19, 6-8 p.m.

Mark Adams is a painter, printmaker, and cartographer with the National Park Service and has been based on Cape Cod and Martha’s Vineyard since 1987. He exhibits regularly at The Schoolhouse Gallery, displaying works on paper and wood panels that use layered images of maps, personal notebook pages, text, data, wildlife and the human figure.

He holds degrees in Landscape Architecture and Ecology from the University of California, Berkeley. In addition to Provincetown’s Schoolhouse Gallery, Adams has exhibited his work at the Fireplace Project in East Hampton, NY; DNA Gallery in Provincetown, MA; On the Vineyard Gallery, in Tisbury, MA; and the Oakland Museum, Oakland, CA. He has been keeping travel sketchbooks for over 30 years.

Paul Bowen
May 22 – May 27
Open Studio: Thursday May 26, 6-8 p.m.

The sculptor Paul Bowen, who grew up in a seaside town in Wales, has been influenced enormously by the waterfront in Provincetown, where he lived and worked for 30 years. He has always been interested in material with a history, using wood he has scavenged that was once part of ships, houses, salt works, barrels, cable drums, or crates. He has also worked with ships’ flags, tar, canvas, rope, and other marine detritus. His drawings and prints derive their imagery from his environment, and he has created his own inks from squid, Xerox toner and walnuts. His small-scale sculptures, constructed from wood fragments, use limited means such as stacking, piling, and simple carpentry and often appear to float across or torque away from the surface of the wall. He also builds large-scale sculptures, primarily commissioned for private homes and museums, with massive timbers, often culled from old beer vats and other salvaged sources.

Since moving to Vermont with his wife in September 2005, he has also been making drawings that merge images of covered bridges with wharfs, reflecting his new environment as well as that of the Cape. His new sculptures combine sea-worn wood he has gathered from Provincetown’s beaches with wood from the Wilder Dam in New Hampshire (sometimes chewed by beavers or stained with iron that has leached from surrounding rocks).

Bowen has received fellowships from the Esther and Adolph Gottlieb Foundation, the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, and the Artist’s Resource Trust. He is currently a visiting professor at Dartmouth College, and his work is represented by the Albert Merola Gallery in Provincetown; the Clark Gallery in Lincoln, MA; the Big Town Gallery in Rochester, VT; and Garvey Rita Art & Antiques in West Hartford, CT. His work is in many private and public collections.

Dorothea Rockburne
May 29 – June 10
Open Studio: Thursday June 9, 6-8 p.m.

Dorothea Rockburne is an abstract painter who draws inspiration primarily from her deep interest in mathematics and astronomy. Working with varied materials including industrial wrinkle-finish paint, tar, carbon paper, and metal as well as natural materials such as canvas, paper, and chipboard, Rockburne paints, cuts, draws, folds, and calculates to create complex works of art built upon mathematical foundations. Born in Montreal, she moved to the United States in the 1950s to attend Black Mountain College, in Asheville, North Carolina, where she studied with mathematician Max Dehn, a renowned German mathematician and close friend of Albert Einstein who had a major impact on Rockburne’s work. Dehn educated Rockburne about Pythagorean and Euclidean geometry, group theory and topology, and the concepts of harmonic intervals, which dovetailed with her own interests in the Golden Mean, astronomy, cosmology, and the Egyptians’ use of proportion and light. The artists she worked with at Black Mountain included Franz Kline, Philip Guston, Cy Twombly, and Robert Rauschenberg. She now lives and works in New York City.

Selected museum exhibitions include Dorothea Rockburne: In My Mind’s Eye, Parrish Art Museum, Southampton, NY (2011); On Line: Drawing Through the 20th Century, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY (2010-11); The Women of Black Mountain College, Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center, Ashville, NC (2008-9); High Times, Hard Times, Weatherspoon Art Museum, University of North Carolina, Greensboro, NC (2006); Dorothea Rockburne, Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA (1989); and Dorothea Rockburne: Locus, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY (1981). Her work is in numerous permanent collections, including those of the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Parrish Art Museum, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the Whitney Museum of American Art, Yale University Art Gallery, and the Auckland City Art Museum in New Zealand.

2015 Artists in Residence

Jamie Beck and Kevin Burg
Visual Graphics Artist Kevin Burg began experimenting with the .gif format in 2009 but it wasn’t until he partnered with photographer Jamie Beck to cover NYFW that Cinemagraphs were born. Marrying original content photography with the desire to communicate more to the viewer birthed the cinemagraph process. Starting in-camera, the artists take a traditional photograph and combine a living moment into the image through the isolated animation of multiple frames. To quote supermodel Coco Rocha “it’s more than a photo but not quite a video.”

Beck and Burg named the process “Cinemagraphs” for their cinematic quality while maintaining at its soul the principles of traditional photography. Launched virally through social media platforms Twitter and Tumblr, both the style of imagery and terminology has become a class of its own. The creative duo are looking forward to exploring future display technologies for gallery settings as well as pushing this new art form and communication process as the best way to capture a moment in time or create a true living portrait in our digital age while embracing our need to communicate visually and share instantly. Jamie Beck and Kevin Burg reside in New York City.

David Hilliard
David Hilliard creates large-scale multipaneled color photographs, often based on his life or the lives of people around him. His panoramas direct the viewer’s gaze across the image surface, allowing narrative, time, and space to unfold. David received his BFA from the Massachusetts College of Art and his MFA from Yale University School of Art. A longtime assistant professor and director of the undergraduate photo department at Yale, he is now a regular visiting faculty member at a number of Boston institutions, including Harvard University and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston. David has won numerous awards, including Fulbright and Guggenheim fellowships. Exhibited internationally and represented by several galleries nationwide (including Schoolhouse), his work may be found in important collections, such as the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, the Museum of Contemporary Art in L.A., and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. In 2005 Aperture Press published a major monograph of his photographs.

David Hilliard creates large-scale multipaneled color photographs, often based on his life or the lives of people around him. His panoramas direct the viewer’s gaze across the image surface, allowing narrative, time, and space to unfold. David received his BFA from the Massachusetts College of Art and his MFA from Yale University School of Art. A longtime assistant professor and director of the undergraduate photo department at Yale, he is now a regular visiting faculty member at a number of Boston institutions, including Harvard University and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston. David has won numerous awards, including Fulbright and Guggenheim fellowships. Exhibited internationally and represented by several galleries nationwide (including Schoolhouse), his work may be found in important collections, such as the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, the Museum of Contemporary Art in L.A., and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. In 2005 Aperture Press published a major monograph of his photographs. A second major book of David’s photography, What Could Be, was just published by Minor Matters Books.

2014 Artists in Residence

Jim Hodges
Kathy Cotter
The Cape School of Art
The Beachcombers