Alienation: The World As It Is Or Should Be

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Alien Art: The 2nd Wave, 2013 Oil On Canvas 36"W X 18"H © Gary Aagaard
Alienation: The World As It Is Or Should Be
Curated by: Garry D. Harley

122 Western Avenue Studios
Lowell, MA 01851
August 31st, 2016 - September 25th, 2016
Opening: September 10th, 2016 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

United States
Wed, Fri & Sat 12 - 5:30pm, Thur 12 - 8:30pm, Sun 12 - 4pm
painting, surrealism, conceptual


A slew of exciting events kicks off the new season at the Loading Dock Gallery in Lowell. The gallery’s first national juried exhibition, Alienation: The World As It Is Or Should Be willpresent work by visual artists from all around the country. There will also be performance art -- monologues and short plays about alienation written, directed and performed by local actors, as well as a special lecture and performance by Actor/Writer Marissa Chibas. 

Art exhibit manager Garry Harley conceived of the exhibit topic and says, “At this time of world-wide political unrest and regional conflict, mass migration of refugees, ISIS, political debate over immigration and a heated presidential campaign, the Loading Dock Gallery will take on this serious subject.” Harley says “artists were invited to submit work that depicts the state or experience of being isolated, detached, estranged, OR the counterpoint of alienation which is harmony and inclusion.” 

Jurors for the show include Richard C. Whitten, Professor and Head of Painting Department at Rhode Island College; Joanne L. Kao, Boston and Berkeley-based activist and artist; and Roneld Lores, Lowell-based sculptor and painter.  The jurors made their choices for the exhibition from 370 artworks submitted by 147 artists nationwide. The jurors awarded $2,750 in cash prizes with $1000 for Best in Show. 

An opening reception for Alienation takes place Saturday, September 10 from 5 to 7 pm and will feature original monologues and short plays on the theme of alienation by Richard Ballon and J.F. Dacey. The directors are Jerry Bisantz and Moira McCarthy-Patterson. 

Later in the month, Actor/Writer Marissa Chibas will present a lecture /performance “Creating Political Art”.  Chibas is a faculty member of CalArts Theatre School and founder and head of Duende CalArts. She has performed “Daughter of a Cuban Revolutionary” numerous times in New York City, Miami, Los Angeles, and Boston.  Her lecture/performance takes place Friday, September 23 at 8:00 pm in the Onyx Room at Western Avenue Studios. On Saturday, September 24, there will be a reception for Chibas at the Loading Dock Gallery from 4:30-6:00 pm. 

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