3 simultaneous temporary exhibitions open in Eastie this week

“Beam Me Down” rendering, designed for LoPresti Park in East Boston by Now + There Accelerator artist Eli Brown

“The continuously lit piece begins its citywide journey at the East Boston Social Center, where the city’s first immigration centers were located, and will move on to other diverse neighborhoods.”


We’ve had a look at public art organization Now + There and its remarkable mural work for a minute, and just learned that three projects from local artists promising in their accelerator are being unveiled this week, all in the East Boston. They are:

  • the installation of Eli Brown, beam me down, is an unidentified flying object (UFO) that will be at the LoPresti Park Pier, a former tidal flat in East Boston. This piece is meant to play on the power and wonder of the unknown, asking the audience to consider relationships with some of the smallest life sustaining animals.

  • Yu-Wen Wu’s light installation, We belongis a continuously lit eight-foot circular sculptural art form that maps and connects Boston neighborhoods through constellations and aims to promote ideas of belonging and inclusion among immigrant communities in Boston.

  • Rhea Vedro’s bird-inspired sculptural workbench, Amuletwill be in place for a month where artist Vedro invites the community to explore the intersection of materiality and community.

According to Now + There, “beam me down is meant to play on the power and wonder of the unknown and asks viewers to consider relationships with some of the smaller animals that sustain life at the water’s edge and what they can teach about navigating the rising seas. It’s one of many installations that will be installed this summer as part of Now + There’s Accelerator program, bringing temporary site-specific public art to every neighborhood in Boston.

“I wanted to focus on the feeling of encountering the unknown, because that’s something we’re all dealing with right now as resources become more unstable and we come up against the dilemma of who is going to save us from ourselves. -selves,” Brown, who identifies as a trans artist, said in a press release that noted, “By starring hermaphroditic creatures at the helm, Brown hints at the lessons we can learn from queer living. human and non-human on adaptation and survival.” The artist continued, “But it’s also been a big part of my life as a trans person. And so the UFO as a universal symbol of “the other” can serve to raise questions that we ponder as a species, while being a playful object for all ages.

Regarding We Belong, the curators said, “With the intention of promoting ideas of belonging and inclusion among immigrant communities in Boston, artist Now + There Public Art Accelerator Yu-Wen Wu has created a light-based public art installation debuting in East Boston. by July 13. In LED neon, the artwork forms the text “We belong, here, together, guided by the same stars” in an eight-foot circular sculptural art form with a constellation that maps and connects neighborhoods in Boston.

Additionally, “The continuously lit piece begins its citywide journey at the East Boston Social Center, where the city’s first immigration centers were located, and will travel to other diverse Boston neighborhoods in the future. .”

“Two years in the making, We Belong is an exciting boost for my public art practice and another opportunity to experiment with light-based media,” Wu said. “I’m so excited to bring the installation in East Boston, a neighborhood with a vibrant culture, a tight-knit community, and an important history.I hope the work will help start a dialogue about belonging and inclusion among all of Boston’s communities.

Amulet, meanwhile, by artist Rhea Vedro, “is a three-phase project exploring the intersection of materiality and community. Earlier this spring, Vedro launched a series of workshops with community partner Veronica Robles Cultural Center and other East Boston stakeholders. Participants were asked to focus on a positive intention and then use a hammer to hammer “wish marks” into steel panels. »

Now + There Accelerator Artist Rhea Vedro

“Vedro’s Amulet now comes to the East Boston waterfront in the form of a sculptural workbench constructed from wood, concrete, steel, copper and hammers. All are welcome to stand in front of an imaginary portal where land meets sea and to hammer their wishes into a metal panel above the bench.… The project will culminate in Boston’s renovated City Hall Plaza with steel sculptures inspired by birds over 16 feet tall tall, incorporating metal wishes brought in by the public over the previous year.The commissioned sculpture is intended to serve as a guardian sentinel for the city’s shifting energy.

“I explore the lineage of humanity’s relationship with metal, its alchemies and material properties,” Vedro said. “The physicality of transforming vision into form through metallurgy can be a small embodied experience of affecting change on a material level – a metaphor for our agency to transform our realities.”


nowandthere.org/accelerator


Julia P. Cluff