WILD THING - NEAL RANTOUL with TAMARA AL- MASHOUK and MARK-ANTHONY KENNEY
Kicking off the coming season of mystery, as the days get shorter, and the shadows get longer, 555 Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of the exhibition, Wild Thing, September 10 to October 17, Artist Reception September 12, 6 – 8 PM.
Premiering in the exhibition is new work by photographer, Neal Rantoul, video artist, Tamara Al-Mashouk, and painter, MA-Zing.
View Elin Spring's Review Below
Neal Rantoul - “Monsters”
“In the great archive of images we keep in our heads, Rantoul’s “Monsters” spotlight not only a group of cultural artifacts from a specific time and American place but a specific time and place in photography and in one photographer’s career. Photography as an artistic process is freer than it has ever been: rules and technical limitations are out the window while our appetite for images continues to grow. Rantoul has lived and worked through the tsunami of the digital turn and come up laughing.” - Alison Nordström
Rantoul’s “Monsters” collection is printed larger than life featuring the familiar….Dorothy, Barbie and Beetlejuice, in a parade of shocking and in some cases alluring masks, mannequins and wigs.
Neal Rantoul is a photographer with a long-standing reputation as a teacher and photographer in the Boston area. He is an emeritus professor from Northeastern University where he started and headed the school’s Photography Program. His work is held in Museums and private collections internationally.
Tamara Al-Mashouk - “Angel Eye”
In an intriguing 7-channel installation, video artist, Tamara Al-Mashouk explores the environment and obsessive impulses of East Village Fortune Teller, Angel. The haunting sound track features Angel’s exotic sounds of the Theremin, an early electronic musical instrument controlled without physical contact by the performer.
“My work combines abstraction, formalism, and a surrealist automatism that brings to life the avenues and alleys of the mind’s inner workings. I am interested in the construction and breakdown of identity and façade within the self and across the characters I encounter.” - Tamara Al-Mashouk
Al-Mashouk, describes herself as a video artist that is happiest when entangled in cables, behind a monitor, or burning from the weight of a camera on her shoulder. She graduated with a Bachelors of Architecture from Smith and Wellesley Colleges. She is currently a Masters of Fine Arts candidate at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts where she has received scholarship awards for both her MFA and her Post-Bac degree.
Mark Anthony Kenney ( the artist known as MA - Zing ) “Night Moves”
Kenney has created 8 new paintings of his wildest dreams called "Night Moves." Bats, bears, and kids come alive bearing teeth and popped-out eyeballs managing to capture our attention and make us smile at the whimsy and fright of his work.
Kenney is a musician and visual artist from Boston. In this first full exhibition of his work he promotes a vibrant positive message about the people around him, infusing an old and new school street art feel into his paintings.
"Art is my gift to the world" – MA - Zing
Saturday, October 3, 5 –10 PM, in conjunction with ArtWeek Boston, 555 Gallery will celebrate on the street outside the gallery with video projections on the surrounding buildings and artists talks in the gallery.
555 Gallery is open Tuesday – Friday 10am to 5:30pm and Saturday noon to 5pm.
WHAT WILL YOU REMEMBER? - ELIN SPRING: THINGS THAT GO BUMP IN THE NIGHT
SEPTEMBER 22, 2015
Well, someone is ready for autumn! 555 Gallery in Boston is embracing the “coming season of mystery, as the days get shorter and the shadows get longer” with their three-person, mixed media show, “Wild Thing”, that will titillate, amuse, and perhaps even startle you through October 17, 2015.
In the premier showing of his newest series, Monsters, photographer Neal Rantoul turns his exacting eye on the conventions of disguise, portraying masks, mannequins and wigs in a big, bright, in-your-face celebration of our cultural heroes – from Barbie to Frankenstein. Are they a distorted view of ourselves? The dissonance between Rantoul’s lifeless mannequins and his vibrant production make this question all the more pointed, in poster-sized prints that are both fun and discomfiting, like an exhilarating, terrifying funhouse ride. But there is more than meets the eye here, and I cannot do it justice in this space. Luckily, there is an excellent and inexpensive exhibition catalog available for Monsters, in which the renowned arts writer Alison Nordstrom goes deliciously deep.
The young street artist MA-Zing makes his first gallery appearance with fantastical, painted dreamscapes in his series, Night Moves. With dynamic caricatures of bats, bears and kids that come screaming out of the wall at you, he gives life to his wildest dreams. But the potentially frightening monsters are rendered harmless through MA-Zing’s primitive and bold artistry. These fanciful paintings are enchanting to kids of any age.
In a gauzy, sumptuously furnished den curtained off at the front end of the gallery, Tamara Al-Mashouk presents her 2-channel video installation, Angel Eye. In it, we witness the Brooklyn fortune teller Angel plying her trade on one track and, in the other, donning a rabbit head and wielding a microphone to induce the haunting sounds of the Theremin, an early electronic musical instrument controlled without physical contact by the performer. Surreal is putting it mildly. This installation positively gave me the chills. Fascinated by the “construction and breakdown of identity and façade” of the self and between the characters she encounters, Al Mashouk confirms again that truth can be stranger than fiction. It seems that in much of art, the more realistic the depiction, the more frightening things are – and, to me, this was definitely the scariest thing in the gallery. “Wild Thing” gives you three ways to have fun and goosebumps at the same time.