Opening Reception

On the Wall – Sophia Ainslie at Gallery NAGA

Join artist Sophia Ainslie and fellow artists John Guthrie, Masako Kamiya, David Moore, and Randal Thurston for the opening reception for On the Wall, which sees Newbury Street’s Gallery NAGA transformed into a collection of site-specific artist installations.

Ainslie’s work for the installation, titled “whirl,” measures 17′ x 12′, was painted using Benjamin Moore paint, and was installed by students Yuqi Huang, DMB’17 and Jill Rosenberg, AMD’17.

The reception, which is free and open to the public, kicks off the artists’ installation at Gallery NAGA, which runs from June 6 until July 11.


Photos by Yuqi Huang.

From Gallery NAGA:

These artists will use the gallery walls as their canvas for site-specific, temporary installations with paint and cut paper as their tools. This group presents a spectrum of on-the-wall mark making techniques. Some of these artists are seasoned at presenting work in an installation format, while others are exploring this approach for the first time.

This collection of artists varies greatly in their process and mark making. Sophia Ainslie, a South African artist working in Boston, creates strong, energetic paintings with daring color combinations and wisps of black marks and shapes. Ainslie’s work combines x-rays, territorial mappings and sketches of places she experiences in her environment.

John Guthrie is a Boston-based artist and sophisticated colorist. Guthrie’s focus remains on linear and geometric patterning and the illusion of three-dimensional forms on a flat surface.

Masako Kamiya is a painter who constructs tiny towers of gouache, an opaque watercolor, one dot of paint at a time. When a dot dries, she adds on top of it another dot. When the painting is finished, she will have done this perhaps 10,000 times. For On the Wall, Kamiya is interested in the interaction of light and shadow with her towers as she builds them up from the wall. Kamiya’s process of repetition and accumulation is also apparent in the work of David Moore.

David Moore’s inspiration is part music and part nature. He is an energetic painter of curvilinear forms that layer and twirl obsessively through one another to create an entrancing illusion of depth and space.

Randal Thurston is an artist interested in the architecture of memory, who uses imagery associated with the idea of mortality as a way of exploring what it means to be alive. Using cut, black paper as his tool, Thurston is using shadows as a way of echoing the world.

Images of all exhibited work are available at


Fri, Jun 06, 2014

6:00 pm-8:00 pm


Gallery NAGA

67 Newbury Street
Boston, MA 02116