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    The Pine Grove. And. Natura naturans; natura naturata.

    Jill Slosberg-Ackerman In Rome

    November 1, 2012 – March 30, 2013, Contemporary Gallery

    Above: Jill Slosburg-Ackerman, In Rome (detail), 2009-2012, mixed media installation, dimensions variable. Photo: Ashley McDowell

    Jill Slosburg-Ackerman’s drawing project, In Rome, was initiated while she was a visiting artist at the American Academy in Rome in 2009. Roman pine cones inspired her initial observational drawings and led her to draw other forms, in particular, the patterned stone floors she encountered in medieval Roman churches. As she explored connections between these two representative forms of nature and civilization, Slosburg-Ackerman’s project evolved in ways that expose the fluidity of boundaries between two- and three-dimensional experience, organic and geometric structure, intimate and architectural scale, sculpture and furniture.
     
    Occupying floor and wall, the installation is composed of hundreds of elements – drawings, photographs, paintings, sculptures, video, furniture, hand-carved frames – grouped into visual “episodes.” The prominent roles of the pine frames are dual: emphasizing the exquisitely drawn details within their borders and acting as intermediaries between adjacent elements. With basic materials, Slosburg-Ackerman has created an unusually immersive and participatory perceptual experience, one which invites both detailed and leisurely exploration.
     
    Cambridge-based, Slosburg-Ackerman (b. 1948 in Omaha) trained as a jeweler and a sculptor, earning a BFA and MFA from the Boston Museum School and Tufts University. She is Professor of Art at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design.
     
    This exhibition is supported by the Don and Mary Melville Contemporary Art Fund.

    Related Events

    Book signing with the artist
    Jill Slosburg-Ackerman: In Rome – Publication available now in Museum Shop
    Saturday, March 30, 12-4pm
    Salisbury Hall, outside the Contemporary Gallery
    Last chance! Final Day of Exhibition

    Exhibition Opening & Artist Reception: Jill Slosburg-Ackerman
    Thursday, November 1, 5:30-8pm
    Thank you for making this a great event.
    Click here to see photos from the opening on our Flickr page.

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