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.

Monday, April 14, 2014

April/May News

I am very pleased to announce that I will be participating in the 2014 Biennial Sculpture Invitational at the Krasl Art Center in St. Joseph Michigan this year. My piece, the Seagull Cinderella will be on view from June 25, 2014- September 2015. If you're in the area, please join us for the opening reception on Friday April 25th, from 6p-10p.


Seagull Cinderella, 2012-2013, styrofoam, cement, acrylic, 8ftx4ftx4ft by Donna Dodson

Seagull Cinderella is as common as the birds we see at the beach. Yet she is uncommon, like Marilla in Anne of Green Gables, corseted and bound by the sweet virtues of her character. Her full length gown is alive with neon daisies and flower power! This piece is Celebrating a Common sea bird as the American mythic princess, Cinderella.

Also, on view at the Krasl Art Center, in the Galleries from April 25, 2014- June 22, 2014, is a show of Biennial maquettes, models and drawings. I will be exhibiting a wood sculpture and two small colored pencil drawings of the Seagull Cinderella.


Seagull Cinderella, 15" tall, wood paint by Donna Dodson Photo Credit: Cliff Pfeiffer
Save the Date for ArtWeek Boston: April 25-May 4, 2014 and these two upcoming events: Inside the Studio with the Boston Sculptors Gallery. During ArtWeek Boston, Boston Sculptors Gallery will present two pecha kucha style events that will offer rapid fire presentations rich with images and stories to illustrate how each sculptor develops ideas, responds to site and community, and engages audiences. The artists take you behind the scenes for a sneak peak into the how and why of their studio practice. 






Tuesday April 29th, 6p-8p
Discussion topic- The Great Outdoors


Speaker Lineup: Caroline Bagenal, Rosalyn Driscoll, Mags Harries, Andy Moerlein, Nancy Selvage, Nora Valdez, Hannah Verlin






Saturday May 3rd 3p-5p 
Discussion topic- Indoor Sites


Speaker Lineup: Liz Alexander, Donna Dodson, Susan Lyman, Eric Sealine, Liz Shepherd, Julia Shepley, Jessica Straus







The Boston Sculptors Gallery members offer the audience an unusual experience you can't get in commercial art gallery and museum shows. Moderated by Ron Mallis, of BostonAPP/Lab, each event includes a lively Q&A. Free and open to the public of all ages, light refreshments included. The events will take place at the Boston Society of Architects, 290 Congress St, Suite 200, Boston. To RSVP for either one or both of these events, please send an email to reception@architects.org and specify the date(s) of the event(s) you wish to attend.



Flock Together, installation, 2012 at the Boston Sculptors Gallery

Also in April, The International Sculpture Center will honor Judy Pfaff and Ursula Von Rydingsvard with Lifetime Achievement awards at a Gala event on April 30th at the Metropolitan Pavilion in New York City. I will be participating in the International Sculpture Center's Art Benefit Sale, at the 2014 Lifetime Award Gala. The sale will Include works for sale by world-renowned artists, emerging artists, and past and current ISC Lifetime Achievement Award winners. A special online preview will commence on April 16th through April 30th where patrons can be the first to browse through newly donated artworks. For more information and to buy tickets, visit the ISC website. Here's a sneak peek of my piece:

Pregnant Kangaroo, 6" bronze on limestone base. Limited edition, 2/10

Coming up in May... Silent Scream: Personality Type and  Body Language, my third solo show at the  Boston Sculptors Gallery.  It will open May 21st and be on view through June 22nd. I will be exhibiting concurrently with Kim Bernard.


The Mighty Hippo, detail, 50" tall, walnut 2014

On May 3rd, Rice Polak Gallery opens for the season with a group show of the artists they represent. I am proud to announce that I will be showing with this esteemed gallery in Provincetown for the first time this summer. Stay tuned for more details on my upcoming feature show that opens August 15th with Sean Thomas and Patrick Webb. Here's a teaser...


Ms. Pea Hen, 2012, 29" tall, birch wood & paint
Drole and yet a nobody. An undistinguished madam trapped inside a very distinguished body. Singularly peculiar. Regal, rampant and rebellious, like the statue of Liberty's sister. Someone who we know is someone but we've never heard of her.


Update: Nancy Egol Nikkal, posted a great review of our booth at the Fountain Art Fair, on her blog, The Art of Collage, and she included a lengthy spotlight on my work, in her piece "About Donna Dodson."