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Running from March 22, 2015 to May 9, 2015 in the Main Gallery

A Curatorial Opportunity Program exhibition curated by Adrienne Jacobson

Featuring: Shannon Rankin, August Ventimiglia, Ken Landauer, Laura Evans, Jill Slosburg-Ackerman, and Candice Ivy

The New Art Center is pleased to announce the opening of Excavations, an exhibition investigating the relationship between artwork, geology, landscape and time. The six featured artists engage in excavation either formally, by removing layers of material, or metaphorically, through a process of uncovering memories and hidden histories. Informed by twentieth-century land art and altered objects, these artists skillfully cut, rip, dig, scrape, peel, rebuild and relocate to give their materials new meaning. The exhibition includes thirty-four diverse works, ranging from drawings and altered books to maps and furniture.


LAURA EVANS (Boston, MA) assembles natural and hand-made objects. Her collection in Not Just One Thing (2012) consists of the materials of everyday life made strange as they are cast, skinned and re-contextualized. She is an active member of the Boston Sculptors Gallery in Boston’s South End, and has recently shown her work internationally in Berlin, Germany and Cusco, Peru.

CANDICE IVY (West Roxbury, MA) gathers and re-displays memories of the landscape. For her project A Sounding (2011), she created drawings inspired by other people’s memories of a demolished church in Griffintown, Montreal. Candice Ivy is a visiting lecturer at Wellesley College, and the director of the College’s Jewett Gallery.

KEN LANDAUER (Kingston, NY) uses a well-defined process to uncover compositions. For his Excavation (2011), he broke away layers of plywood to expose a hidden surface. He is a master craftsman who often combines humor and precision in his work.

SHANNON RANKIN (Rangeley, ME) cuts, folds and layers all different types of maps—rainfall maps, language maps, blue and white arctic maps, and many more. Rankin subverts cartographic data to create new, abstract and painterly compositions. She has recently shown her work at the United States Embassy in Doha, Qatar and the Center for Maine Contemporary Art.

JILL SLOSBURG-ACKERMAN (Cambridge, MA) collects found objects. All the furniture she uses in her sculpture is gathered from the street. She digs into the abandoned trappings of domestic life, exposing it, disassembling it, and incorporating it into her own sculpted shapes. Her work reflects the history of material culture in New England, teasing out aspects of its micro-economy, and cycles of creation, import and obsolescence. She is a professor at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Boston, MA.

AUGUST VENTIMIGLIA (Wellesley, MA) sculpts, grinds and excavates lines. For works in his Rift series, he creates a fault line by sculpting plaster on an uneven surface, then letting part of the sculpture fall. The rift splits the plane into two levels, implying geological as well as personal and metaphysical divisions. Ventimiglia recently completed a seven-week residency at the Montserrat College of Art.


ADRIENNE JACOBSON (Medford, MA) graduated with a B.A. from Wellesley College and earned her M.A. in Art History from Boston University. She has worked in numerous art museums and private collections in the Boston area. In 2014 she organized the exhibition Stuart Williams: Looking Through All Over at the Danforth Museum in Framingham, MA. She is currently an art and art history teacher at a private high school in Newton, MA.


Free and open to the public

OPENING RECEPTION & CURATOR TALK, Saturday, March 28, 5-8:30PM, (talk at 5PM)

EXCAVATION & EXHIBITION: A PANEL DISCUSSION, Thursday, April 2, 7PM Panelists: Rebecca Martin, Professor of Art and Archeology at Boston University; Laura Evans, Artist; Candice Ivy, Artist; and Jill Slosburg-Ackerman, Artist. Moderated by: Adrienne Jacobson, Curator


IN CONVERSATION, Saturday, May 9, 4:30PM
With artists August Ventimiglia and Ken Landauer

Ken Landauer, Excavation, 2bsr, 2011

Shannon Rankin, Basin, 2009

Jill Slosburg-Ackerman, A Divided Highboy, 2011

Laura Evans, Not Just One Thing, 2012.

Candice Ivy, A Sounding, 2011

August Ventimiglia, Rift I, 2010

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