As Bostonians we take for granted that our city is home to world class museums, cutting edge galleries, and top notch art schools. We've come to expect art openings on the first Friday of each month and Open Studios annually in autumn, but it's still a treat to find art in unexpected places throughout the city, and this weekend features two opportunities to do just that.
Opening today and on view through next month is a series of black and white photographs by Brookline native Eric Cantine at the Surreal Image Cafe in the Atrium Mall in Chestnut Hill. You heard right: fine art in a mall. These photographs, twenty-one images collectively titled Stuff, are definitely not your standard "mall art." The large scale prints are stark, graphic, and bold extremes of high contrast line and shape. The abstract nature of the works individually give them an otherworldly feel, and as a group the series seems to visually narrate a dream state.
Tomorrow, North End photographer Lucie Wicker exhibits her work as part of Music Ecology, Visual Enlightenment Art Showcase at the Wonder Bar in Allston. This show is actually a performing and visual arts event as the artwork on view is punctuated by live jazz featuring the John Scotti Trio. The evening of visual and acoustic creativity begins tomorrow the 25th at 7pm.
Never underestimate the inventiveness of artists; the work they display isn't their only evidence of creativity. Often their talent is equally exemplified through the venue they choose and the collaborative nature of their presentations. In your travels throughout Boston and vicinity be sure to keep an eye open for original artwork as it might just sneak op on you when you least expect it.