Sunday, December 14, 2014

Winter News

The Great Spirit (owl)

The Myth Makers, Donna Dodson & Andy Moerlein, recently launched their brand new, catalog- if you did not receive one, please let us know! In it we announced our upcoming public art project, Avian Avatars, in The Garment District on Broadway below Times Square in New York City from January-April 2015. To read a full copy of the press release, click here. To see a calendar of our upcoming public programs in New York City, click here

At this time, we would like to invite you to an Open House in Boston on Saturday, December 20, 2014 from 1p-3p at Save That Stuff warehouse in Charlestown (Moran Access Rd) where we are constructing these monumental sculptures.

The Scold (crow)

See the recent Save That Stuff blog post here about our Artist in Residence and RSVP using this link- we look forward to seeing you!

The Tastemaker (falcon)

Update: Susan Doucet from The Concord Monitor covered this story, click here to read it. 
Liz Cahill, From GTI Properties in Boston, Also posted a blog about it for SoWA Boston, click here to read it.

Also coming up this week, Sketchy Sculptors at the Boston Sculptors Gallery, a group show featuring sculptors' drawings in different materials, December 17th 2014-January 11th 2015.

Opening Reception: Wed. Dec. 17 from 6 – 8 pm- Please join us! I will be there!



Recently returned from SNHU sculpture park, and currently available for loan: The Tiger Mothers! Please be in touch if you would like to purchase these sculptures, or arrange for a temporary loan.

 


Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Autumn News

Hello, Many of you may have noticed the Mighty Lionness in the SoWA neighborhood of Boston. This sculpture was recently installed at the 500 Courtyard in SoWa – right opposite Cinquecento. Liz Cahill did a great write up about it for the Sowa blog, in September since it was installed in time for South End Open Studios. Please read below for more information and Save the date: There will be a reception on Tuesday December 2nd from 5p-7p at Cinquecento, and you are all invited. Thank you!



Donna Dodson & The MightyLioness

The Mighty Lioness, or “The Monument to the First Female President of the USA” as she is officially entitled, is 13 feet tall and probably weighs more than a ton. I’m not sure if she ever stepped on a scale, frankly. And yes, I jest. But, please while you’re walking around Open Studios this weekend, or when you come down to SoWa for one of our events or just to peruse, please stop by and visit. And take a picture, because TheMighty Lioness will only be with us for 7 or 8 months, before she heads off to Chesterwood in Stockbridge, MA.

According to the Artist, this monument is for the dream that every girl can become President of the United States of America and is also Dodson’s homage to the great American Sculptor, Daniel Chester French.

And, so, in May, along with a group of other Sculptors from the Boston Sculptors Gallery, this piece will travel to Chesterwood, the historic home of Chester French, the creator of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC.

Donna Dodson and Boston Sculptors Gallery

Donna Dodson is a member of the Boston Sculptors Gallery, located at 486 Harrison Ave. Her artwork celebrates the mystical relationship between human beings and the animal kingdom.
“My artwork celebrates the mystical relationship between human beings and the animal kingdom. Because there were no icons of women in the church that I grew up in, my vision is to create them. Through hybrid female-animal forms that I sculpt in wood, I flesh out sensuality, sexuality and soul with a well-proportioned figurative vocabulary.”

From her bio: “Donna has been carving images out of wood for nearly 20 years. Her sculptures explore feminine beauty and evoke humor and playfulness but also grace, power and emotional strength. Her unique vision responds to the relation of animals to the human spirit that have existed since ancient times. Her figures are almost always female and range in size from the intimate to the monumental.”

A Monument to the First Female President of the USA by Donna Dodson, 13 ft tall, poplar wood, paint, 2014. Courtesy of GTI Properties, Mario Nicosia, V. Lessard & Sons and The B
oston Sculptors Gallery.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

September News

Sculpture Tour & Talk

Thursday, September 18, 2014 5-7 pm

Join sculptors Donna Dodson, Gillian Christy and Dale Rogers on a tour of the sculpture park at Southern New Hampshire University. SNHU is located at 2500 North River Road, Manchester, NH, 03106 


Image Credit: Donna Dodson, Tiger Moms, 2013.


Saturday & Sunday September 20 & 21, 2014 11a-6p

Join sculptors Andy Moerlein and Donna Dodson at 93 Forest Hills St #3 both days for a preview of their new work! 





Monday, June 16, 2014

Summer News

Lift off of the Great Blue Heron, 50'w x 20'h x 20'd
by the Myth Makers Donna Dodson and Andy Moerlein
took place on Saturday June 14th, 2014 at 9pm- see our photos below...





CONVERSATION PIECES: PAINTINGS BY BETH DACEY, DANE EISENBART AND SCULPTURE BY DONNA DODSON


Asian Elephant, 32" tall, wood, paint 2007
Photo credit: Clements Howcroft

June 20, 2014 to August 14, 2014

Opening Reception: 
Friday, June 20, 2014 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm
Essex Art Center, 56 Island Street, Lawrence, MA 01840


MEET THE MYTH MAKERS: DONNA DODSON AND ANDY MOERLEIN

Tuesday, June 24 at 12:00 pm
Krasl Art Center, 2nd Floor Library

Artists Donna Dodson and Andy Moerlein are the Myth Makers. The two share a mutual love of the wild that has led them to work collaboratively and creatively with natural, site-specific materials to create monumental forms. Their collaborative sculptures are stunning to behold, but only temporarily in existence.  Learn more about their collaborative work in this unique noontime lecture with the artists.

Both artists are featured in the KAC’s 2014 Biennial Sculpture Invitational. Donna Dodson’sCinderella Seagull is on view at the Margaret B. Upton Arboretum and Andy Moerlein’s Impossible is located on the KAC’s grounds.

Pillars of the Community, a solo exhibition featuring Donna Dodson's wood sculptures
'Dodson is a sculptor of idols, woman-beasts who blend regal formality with wildness. '
-Cate McQuaid, Boston Globe
Diva, 12" tall, mulberry wood 2013

July 11-August 24, 2014
Opening reception July 11th 5p-7p
636 Marble St. West Rutland Vermont


Artist Talk and Reception with Andy Moerlein and Donna Dodson

Different Perspectives
2013 wood, ceramic 
by Andy Moerlein

We face the same world from such very different points of view.
Red Wing Black Bird, 40" tall, wood, paint 
Wednesday July 23rd 4p-7p
3555 Arctic Blvd
Anchorage Alaska


Brown Pelican, 34" tall, wood, pigment, paint

August 14th - August 27th, 2014

Rice Polak Gallery
OPENING RECEPTION: 
FRIDAY AUGUST 15, 7:00pm
30 Commercial St., Provincetown, MA 02657



Sunday, May 4, 2014

Silent Scream: Personality Type and Body Language

May 21-June 22, 2014

Boston Sculptors Gallery
486 Harrison Ave Boston MA 02118

Opening Reception: Sat May 31st, 2p-5p
First Friday Reception: June 6th, 5p-8p

Gallery Hours: Wed-Sun 12p-6p
www.bostonsculptors.com

Those who see any difference between soul and body have neither –Oscar Wilde

Boston, Mass. In the history of the world, up to the present time, the animal community has known only two types of hippopotamus, the common hippo and the pygmy hippo. In May 2014, a new species of hippo will appear in the city at the Boston Sculptors Gallery.  The Mighty Hippo stands at nearly the same height as the common hippo, but her five foot frame is vertical, not horizontal. The significance of her stance has yet to be determined by science.

In Donna Dodson’s third solo show at the Boston Sculptors Gallery, she brings together her signature vocabulary of animal headed goddess figures with her favorite material- wood. Dodson has created a new series called Silent Scream. This body of work references the Egyptian Goddess Tauret: a hippo/lion/crocodile composite figure.  Tauret earned her reputation as an apotropaic deity from people noticing how fiercely protective hippos are of their young.  

Prominent artists, such as Stephan Balkenhol and Walton Ford, who use animal headed imagery, eventually shed the animal, and continue on to make a commentary about the human figure in their work. In that case, the animal image was a mask. In Dodson’s work, she sees the animal head as a representation of an abstract idea, for example what is it like be powerful (like an elephant) or free (like a bird) or fierce (like a tiger). The fact that these abstract ideas are married to a human body, reveals Dodson’s vision of how it looks to feel beautiful, and wild, or free.

Donna Dodson’s animal headed goddess figures expand the visual language and narrative scope of traditional mythological depictions of deities, meditating on the intersection of personality type and body language that define the human/animal world.  Although human faces rarely appear in her sculptures, their presence is always implied in her human/animal figures.

The Mighty Hippo, 50" tall, wood & paint, 2014 by Donna Dodson

Update: Cate McQuaid reviewed my show 'Silent Scream' in the Boston Globe, on June 10, 2014. Suzi Grossman also reviewed my show on her blog, bostonhassle.com on June 10, 2014.