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Art showcases love, violence and loss

  • Candace Curran and Nina Rossi run through their performance art piece during a prior Exploded View exhibit. Recorder staff/Matt Burkhartt

  • ixchelailee stands in front of a projected video frame of her self portrait during a previous Exploded View exhibit. Recorder Staff/Matt Burkhartt

  • Nina Rossi, and Edite Cunhá run through their performance art piece that was part of a previous Exploded View exhibit. Recorder Staff/Matt Burkhartt


Recorder Staff
Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Exploded View, a group of eight Pioneer Valley artists and writers, is bringing its show to Greenfield.

The group has been meeting since spring 2016 to develop their collective artistic view. Exploded View focuses on theories of how things are connected, such as how breaking something apart can explain a way of seeing the relationships between its parts. Each artist has created a piece, or pieces of visual art and an accompanying poetic text expressing their personal viewpoint.

The dynamic, physical art display includes sculpture, installation, collage and digital works, with static and moving parts. Exploded View aims to remove the boundaries between word and vision, personal and public, negative and positive thinking.

Exploded View themes include love, violence, loss, hopelessness, place, the power of finding voice, and the power of collaboration itself.

“Behind the ‘show’ was the collective power of this group of women. They met for six months, conceived the ideas, tried them out, and pushed each other to go deeper, further, to tell the truth. Poet Muriel Rukeyser wrote that if one woman were to tell the truth about her life it would change the world, and this piece does that. These women were the backstage crew, the props people, the directors and producers, the actors, the artists and the writers, who built confidence together and challenged their own perceptions of limits and fears,” said Mary Clare Powell, who attended the October Exploded View during Greenfield’s Annual Word Festival.

After the performance, the group offers a talk-back — an opportunity for the audience to engage in discussion ranging from the subject matter of the art to the manner in which the work was made.

The name Exploded View was inspired by the name for engineering diagrams that show all of the working parts and their relationship to each other.

Exploded View will be performing at the Pushkin Gallery in Greenfield on Sunday, Jan. 29, at 4 p.m. There is a suggested donation of $10. For more information, visit: facebook.com/8exploders or email candycurran@gmail.com.