Thurs, March 15th, 5–7PM
Northeastern’s Gallery 360 spring exhibition features the work of Mary Hughes, Julia Hechtman & Keith Maddy. Mary Hughes’ newest abstract paintings explore how nature and cities converge. Boston-based artist, Hughes took much of her inspiration for these new paintings from Boston’s own Back Bay Fens. She said, “I am there in all seasons and find myself drawn to the large, sweeping vistas as well as to the minutiae things like the surface of a frozen puddle or the texture and color of plant life.” Along with exploring wildlife themes, Mary Hughes also investigates formal matters such as line, color, and composition. Hughes even credits “topographical lines, maps, calligraphy, underwater scenes and geometric forms” as inspiring her style and imagery. Ms. Hughes is an administrator in the Northeastern School of Architecture.
Keith Maddy transforms familiar domestic materials, such as children’s books or wallpaper, through collage. About his process, he said “I enjoy the tactile quality of working with various materials and transforming or incorporating common materials into works of art. Vintage materials have a certain nostalgic feel and patina that I am attracted to.” Maddy works out of Boston’s historic Fenway Studios, an artist building inspired by the 19the century ateliers in Paris.
Artist & educator Julia Hechtman, has lead an annual photography and video Summer Abroad Global Experience for Northeastern students to Iceland. With works inspired by the landscape found on these international travels, Ms. Hechtman will be exhibiting her recent video work in Gallery 360’s digital project space. Ms. Hechtman is the co-founder of Proof Gallery in South Boston, a faculty member in the Department of Art + Design, and she was recently selected to be Fulbright Scholar in 2019 when she plans to return to Iceland. With her award, Hechtman will be researching how a location’s physical landscape influences human identity.
Image: Mary Hughes