PRIED
April 25 - June 30, 2019

Curated by Izzy Berdan and Dave J. Bermingham

As trans and queer crafters, artists, and people, we are tasked yearly to draw forth into the public sphere and sound-aloud the celebratory pride-fullness of our community. This annual Pride Month may be embraced by some as a means of release, hedonism, and validation, but for many queer, trans, and non-binary persons, it is an opportunity to question notions of queerness, community, sexuality, and our place within the public and private realms of our respective societies.

PRIED celebrates and recognizes the individuals who create works that may or may not be made based around the image of a queer person, just as any other maker is not limited to creating works about their own identity. This exhibition highlights the hands, minds, and voices of LGBTQI+ artists in the greater Boston area and beyond, while also challenging the viewers and craft connoisseurs who seek it out. If one pries the closet doors open, are they willing to come to terms with all of the skeletons...and maybe the glitter?




PRIED Artists:

Sam Aldrich

Sam Aldrich

Sam Aldrich

Aldrich works as the Exhibition Associate at the Society of Arts and Crafts in Boston, MA. In his practice he likes to create objects and series work, exploring both macro and micro scales. His work centers around traditional, repetitive processes, carried out with materials that aim to provide the viewer with rich visuals. He is drawn to fine details and he greatly appreciates technique and craftsmanship. Aldrich has experience in studio art, design, curation, and stage production. He holds a BFA in Fibers from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design.

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Cat Bates

Cat Bates

Cat Bates

Cat Bates is a jewelry designer based in Maine whose work is represented by boutiques across the United States and collected internationally. Cat received his BFA for Metalsmithing and Jewelry Design at the Maine College of Art. He is best known for his use of metal casting and sailor knotting to create unisex designs which exemplify durability, ease of wear, and understated beauty. Working almost exclusively in multiples, utilizing industrial manufacturing services, and celebrating tool marks as elements of design, Cat strikes a rare balance between artistry and economic accessibility.

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Vivian Beer

Vivian Beer

Vivian Beer

Vivian Beer’s sleek, abstracted metal and concrete furniture combines the aesthetic sensibilities of contemporary design, craft, and sculpture to create objects that alter viewers’ expectations of and interface with the domestic landscape. Based in New England, Vivian has a strong foundation in contemporary furniture design. Her recent research into the history of American industry, architecture, and transportation adds intellectual rigor and specificity to her work. Her work is in the many collections, including the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the Brooklyn Museum of Art, to name a few. She has an undergraduate degree from Maine College of Art and a Master’s of Fine Arts from Cranbrook Academy.

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Erik Bergrin

Erik Bergrin

Erik Bergrin

Erik Bergrin is a sculptor and costume designer based in NYC, who fuses indigenous and contemporary ber techniques in works which deconstruct human psychology. Erik draws on his extensive background in costume design, as well as a deep interest in meditation and the investigation of the mind. His work has been featured in galleries and museums such as Marlborough Contemporary, The State Historical Museum in Moscow, Envoy Enterprise Gallery, David Fierman Gallery, AC Institute and has been commissioned by musicians like Lady Gaga. His costume designs have been featured in tv shows such as America’s Next Top Model and publications such as a such as Dazed and Confused and The New York Times.

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Dave J. Bermingham

Dave J. Bermingham

Dave J. Bermingham

Dave J Bermingham presents a queer reading of historic and ancestral narratives, codes and more to create bodies of work ranging from found-object sculpture to performance and garment design. He holds a Master of Design for Fashion, Body and Garment from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a Bachelor of Fine Art in Fashion Design from Massachusetts College of Art and Design. Bermingham has held an array of positions at several cultural institutions including SAIC, Museum of Fine Arts Boston, and MassMOCA. He is a co-founder and Interim Director for the Boston LGBTQIA Artist Alliance.

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Maxine Hwang Blomberg

Maxine Hwang Blomberg

Maxine Hwang Blomberg

Maxine Hwang Blomberg is a Boston-based artist who creates wearable, interactive sculptures designed to be worn on the head, a body part that she considers the point of collision for the senses. Her headgear is a tactile manifestation of her thoughts and feelings. Her work has been published in Take Magazine and Boston Voyager. Maxine Hwang Blomberg has a BFA in sculpture and a minor in Art History from Boston University’s College of Fine Arts.

Model credit: @desiraemuriel

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Larry Buller

Larry Buller

Larry Buller

Larry Buller creates ceramic objects that explore sexual identity, the phallus, and fetish objects or toys. His ornamented and kitschy works are often decorated with decals, gold luster, fake fur, glitter, and plastic gemstones to, as he describes,"queer up" his work. A native of Nebraska, Buller earned a Masters in Fine Arts Degree and Masters in Educational Psychology Degree from the University of Nebraska and taught ceramics for Lincoln Public Schools for about fifteen years.

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Mark Burns

Mark Burns

Mark Burns

Mark Burns is a ceramic artist and educator who creates narrative, personal works with a pop sensibility and sardonic humor. He earned a BFA in Illustration from the School of the Dayton Art Institute in Ohio before he moved to Seattle and completed his MFA at the University of Washington. Burns often creates works that mimic or reference domestic objects commonly manufactured in clay by carefully splicing together elements of functional and decorative ware. He earned a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts in 1976 and has taught at a number of universities and colleges around the country, including stints at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia and the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence. Burns has exhibited widely and has been collected by many museums including the Renwick Gallery in Washington, DC, and the Museum of Arts and Design in New York City.

J. Konchock Cartier

J. Konchock Cartier

J. Konchock Cartier

J. Konchok Cartier is a multidisciplinary artist based in Boston, MA. They have worked in various media through the years, most recently focusing on silver-work and tattooing. A deep engagement with the human body as a physical substrate provides the foundation for their work. Educated at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, they are the author of a number of books on the design traditions of the world, including Navigating the Sahara, Flowers of Marrakech, and other titles. From high end jewelry to earthy tattoos, their work reminds us of our bodies’ connection to the earth and elements through what we wear, permanent or temporary.

Robert Chamberlin

Robert Chamberlin

Robert Chamberlin

Robert Chamberlin is a conceptual artist living and working in Atlanta, GA. They work across media from photography and performance to ceramics to express ideas and promote conversation. Robert is often at the focus of his work, tackling projects that channel a contemporary socio-political issues like surveillance, sexuality, and domesticity, through a personal lens. He received his MFA from The School of the Museum of Fine Art Boston and Tufts University and hold a BFA from the Ernest G Welch School of Art and Design, Georgia State University.

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Caleb Cole

Caleb Cole

Caleb Cole

Caleb Cole is a Midwest-born, Boston-based artist whose work addresses themes such as belonging, loneliness, unrealized desires, and imagined queer histories. Cole is a 2015 Massachusetts Cultural Council Fellow, 2013 Hearst 8x10 Biennial Winner, and 2009 Artadia Boston Awardee. Their work is in the permanent collections of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Newport Art Museum, the Davis Art Museum, Brown University Art Museum, and Leslie Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art. Cole teaches at the New England School of Photography and is represented by Gallery Kayafas, Boston.

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Heather Dawson

Heather Dawson

Heather Dawson

Heather Dawson studied furniture design at Massachusetts College of Art and Design and North Bennet Street School, prompting a career as a cabinetmaker. She has taught woodworking to adults at MassArt, the Elliot School, and Penland School of Craft. In her studio practice in lower Allston, Heather makes small sculpture and furniture under her brand welkinwood. She is just beginning to make work about identity and through the work in this show, Heather is highlighting her intersex identity.

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Nic Der

Nic Der

Nic Der

Nic Der is an artist and designer living in Providence, RI. Originally from Oakland, CA he attended UC Berkeley for architecture and then RISD for industrial design. While attending RISD, Nic began to work with leather in the form of hand-made leather shoes and boots. Since graduating, he has honed his leather-working skills at Lotuff, a leather studio in Providence, creating highly refined bags and accessories by hand. Inspired by minimalism, craft, and a “better, not more” ethos, Nic has applied his skills to making leather harnesses with traditional leather-working techniques.

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Arthur Halvorsen

Arthur Halvorsen

Arthur Halvorsen

Arthur Halvorsen is a graduate of Maine College of Art where he received his BFA in ceramics. Arthur's work uses bright colors, textures and patterns on earthenware, drawing inspiration from pop art, coloring books, and tattoos, as source material. Arthur is a Mudflat studio artist, and he teaches classes and workshops at both Mudflat and Harvard Ceramics, as well as other venues nationally. His work has been featured in Ceramics Monthly and Pottery Making Illustrated.

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Celeste Hanlon

Celeste Hanlon

Celeste Hanlon

Celeste Hanlon is originally from Greenwich Village, NYC and creates embroidered images that are often nostalgic and brightly colored, using vintage fabric and what she describes as “juvenile in style”. These embroidery works often comment on the United States healthcare system. Halon experiments with a variety of mediums from printmaking and sculpture, to painting, sewing, and drawing. She earned her BFA at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts then went on to pursue her MFA at the San Francisco Art Institute.

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Kelly Harris

Kelly Harris

Kelly Harris

Kelly Harris is a woodworker with a shop based in Brooklyn, NY, who builds custom-designed furniture using various types of wood. She also teaches woodworking workshops at various craft schools. Her focus is on working wood by both machine and hand, with a focus to the details of fine woodworking. Every piece she makes is built with care, consideration and respect for where the material came from and is going to. She studied Cabinet and Furniture Making at North Bennet St. School and at the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship in Maine.

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Kaej James

Kaej James

Kaej James

Kaej James is an artist who grew up, lives, and works in the Boston area. They are inspired by religious imagery, apocalyptic humor and other people's rubbish. Kaej is also currently tattooing in Brookline, MA at Odyssey Wellness Tattoo.

Jamezie

Jamezie

Jamezie

Jamezie is a transgender artist currently working through a studio in Boston. They work with a variety of mediums from photography and video to fiber arts, often participating in community-based projects. A recent project entitled “I Hear Your Words” explores the reality of being trans in a cisgendered society. Jamezie graduated from The New England School of Art and Design in 2015 where they concentrated in sculpture, performance, and philosophy. Their work has been exhibited in several venues and galleries in the Boston area including a recent all trans artist exhibition at the University of Rhode Island, and internationally in You Are So Brave//Millionaires Can Be Trans Too in Berlin, Germany. Currently, they are a 2019 Emerging Artist Fellow at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

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Brian Kenny

Brian Kenny

Brian Kenny

Brian Kenny is a NY based American multidisciplinary artist and has exhibited in galleries, museums, theaters and alternative venues in the US, Canada, Russia, Israel, and across Europe. Using an array of mediums including drawing, painting, textile, video, and performance, Kenny’s artwork is bright and vividly expressionistic, often autobiographical and reflective of his current states of mind; some of which include themes of his queer identity, shifting societal perceptions about gender, sexuality and politics, urban living and wanderings of pure imagination and creative experimentation.

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Kathy King

Kathy King

Kathy King

King is currently a ceramic artist in the Boston area whose work centers on the presentation of narratives through vessels, tile work, and printmaking, from a feminist point of view. She’s interested in mapping the ways popular culture not only reflects women’s lives, but also shapes them. Her work is made in a serial format so that when considered together, they presents a narrative. She has held positions at Rhode Island School of Design and University of Massachusetts. Her undergraduate time was spent at School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, MA, she received her BA in Studio Art with a major in Ceramics from Connecticut College, and also holds an MFA from University of Florida.

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Matt Lambert

Matt Lambert

Matt Lambert

Matt Lambert is interested in exploring the body’s potential to push the traditional preconceptions of jewelry and adornment. Lambert collaborates with an array of multi-media artists to reconfigure the current cultural systems of queerness and body politics, while challenging the boundaries of craft. Lambert holds an MFA in Metalsmithing from Cranbrook Academy of Art, with degrees in Psychology, Art History, and American Studies from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. They have recently been awarded the winner of the JAC (Global Fashion Jewelry and Accessories Council) award: 2017 "Top 100 Designers".

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Rebecca Levi

Rebecca Levi

Rebecca Levi

Rebecca Levi’s work explores expressions of gender performativity through the medium of embroidery, subverting the norm by inviting a collision between traditional needlework and unexpected sources. This includes vintage physique magazines, pin-ups, comic books, Tumblr, and internet memes like flower beards and selfies. A native New Yorker, resident of Brooklyn, and frequent visitor of Provincetown, much of her inspiration is from source material gathered from flea markets, vintage stores, the infinite scroll of the internet, and her own photography. Using botanical motifs in the work, like her colorful “Flower Beards” series, Levi playfully overturns traditional gender signifiers and embraces multifaceted, shifting, and emerging identities.

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Yi Bin Liang

Yi Bin Liang

Yi Bin Liang

Yi Bin is a bookbinder and artist from Singapore who will be graduating from the North Bennet Street School this summer. She was introduced to book arts while studying illustration at the Rhode Island School of Design. For this exhibition, she has chosen to create design bindings for three books illustrated and/or written by LGBTQ creators.

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Mac McCusker

Mac McCusker

Mac McCusker

Mac McCusker’s work focuses on social and political narratives. He uses utilitarian vessels, ceramic sculpture, installations, and socially engaged craft to educate uninformed audiences about the LGBTQ community and to elevate marginalized voices. He received a Bachelor of Arts from Armstrong State University and a Master of Fine Arts in Ceramics from Georgia State University. McCusker taught ceramics at the college level at several universities in Georgia, before moving to Asheville, NC in 2015. McCusker also lectures at high schools and universities about his own experiences as a transgender individual in our current political climate.

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Chad Mize

Chad Mize

Chad Mize

Chad Mize is a multimedia artist, designer, and muralist residing in St. Petersburg, Florida. He earned his BFA in Visual Communications at the University of Mississippi. With a love for past and contemporary culture, he takes a humorous, tongue-in-cheek approach to his designs, which include playful doodles, colorful patterns, political art and graphics with text. His purpose for creating art is to inspire and uplift the viewer, saturating his work with colors and concepts that radiate happiness to fulfill his endless desire to produce optimistic imagery in various forms.

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Maria Molteni

Maria Molteni

Maria Molteni

Maria Molteni is a Boston-based multimedia artist, educator and organizer originally from Nashville, TN. Having completed rigorous studies in drawing, painting and printmaking, her practice sprung from roots in observation and formalism. It has grown to incorporate performance, research, collaboration, and social engagement. From fiber to found-object sculpture, movement, and publication, she employs tactile and tactical processes to explore contemporary art, craft, urban planning, sport, feminism, and spiritualism.

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John Paul Morabito

John Paul Morabito

John Paul Morabito

John Paul Morabito is a queer artist and educator working at the intersection of weaving and contemporary art. Morabito positions weaving as a transdisciplinary, queer practice. Accordingly, their work originates at the loom but expands to encompass digital technologies, performance, socially engaged projects, and live form. They hold a BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art and an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Morabito is Adjunct Assistant Professor of Fiber and Material Studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

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J. Morrison

J. Morrison

J. Morrison

J. Morrison is a multidisciplinary Brooklyn-based artist working in print, performance, and curatorial projects. He creates art using ephemeral, multiples, and take-one works within his practice. He is the creator of the visual art project HOMOCATS, currently exhibiting in national and international art fairs.

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Andrew Mroczek & Juan Jose Barboza-Gubo

Andrew Mroczek & Juan Jose Barboza-Gubo

Andrew Mroczek & Juan Jose Barboza-Gubo

The work of collaborators Juan Jose Barboza-Gubo and Andrew Mroczek focuses on aspects of marginalization as the result of patriarchy as a social system, along with themes of masculinity, gender identity, and gender roles as they effect LGBTQ communities. They have exhibited in solo shows at The Museum of Sex, New York; The McClain Gallery, Houston; Chicago’s Schneider Gallery; and AS220 Gallery of Providence, Rhode Island; and numerous group exhibitions in the US, Cuba, and South America. Juan Jose Barboza-Gubo received his Bachelor's Degree at Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Peru and he holds two MFA degrees, one in Painting and one in Sculpture, both from Massachusetts College of Art and Design. Andrew Mroczek received his BFA in photography from The Art Institute of Boston.

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Vojislav Radovanović

Vojislav Radovanović

Vojislav Radovanović

Vojislav Radovanović, originally from Serbia, now resides in Los Angeles, CA. Educated as a painter and printmaker, his work is usually based on traditional drawing techniques but often expands through gallery installations, performance, experimental film/video, and even architectural atmospheres. He was a three time artist in residence of “Cité internationale des arts” in Paris, France, (2011-2015) acquiring inspiration from the world cultural heritage preserved in Parisian museums and galleries.

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Kevin William Reed

Kevin William Reed

Kevin William Reed

Kevin William Reed lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. He makes drawings and paintings that reflect the resilience of the natural world as it basks in the radioactive neon waves of urban intensity. In his work grows a queer forest, sometimes captured by handmade frames. He received a BA in Studio Art from the University of Maryland, where he conceived his passion for printmaking, and he also holds an MFA in Painting and Drawing from Pratt Institute.

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Christian Restrepo

Christian Restrepo

Christian Restrepo

Christian Restrepo is a Boston-based American/Colombian designer, and the architect of SIGILO, a body of work that echos the ideas of alchemists, with pieces created in a slow cooked manner. In his collections, he experiments with the idea of contemporary armor that are minimal and simple in design while carrying strong visual weight. Using unusual and mundane materials, he explores intimate human emotions through an obsessive, almost ritualistic process, resulting in intentions manifested into objects of beauty.

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Justin Squizzero

Justin Squizzero

Justin Squizzero

Justin Squizzero is a handweaver who challenges modern definitions of progress by creating functional textiles, that celebrate the natural world and the dignity of human labor. Echoing a time when utilitarian objects were entirely handcrafted, his work connects material, maker, and user across time and place. Produced on his 19th-century farm using 200-year-old hand looms, Squizzero’s textiles examine the role of handicraft in a post-industrial society, questioning the human experience in a digital age.

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George Summers Jr.

George Summers Jr.

George Summers Jr.

George Summers Jr. is a fiber artist living and working in the Boston area. He holds a BFA in Illustration and Design from UMASS Dartmouth with an independent study in Batik. Over the past thirty years, he has had ten solo shows and participated in numerous group shows around the country, including the 2018 Queer Biennial “ What if Utopia ” in L.A. His Batik work is in many private collections, including the Tom of Finland Foundation. George has worked at the Society of Arts and Crafts for over 20 years.

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Anneloes van Beek

Anneloes van Beek

Anneloes van Beek

Anneloes van Beek is a contemporary sculptor working with wood, linoleum, and concrete to explore the interaction between color and light across a rhythmic 3D surface. Using mostly reclaimed wood, she carves and embellishes the resulting forms, to bring new purpose to material that would otherwise be relegated to the landfill. She is inspired by the intersections of art, architecture, science, and music. Her studio is located in Lower Allston and she earned her BFA in Metalsmithing and Jewelry at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design.

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Emmett Yael

Emmett Yael

Emmett Yael

Emmett Yael is a Boston based violin maker who uses traditional Cremonese methods to build handmade instruments at the North Bennet St School. Emmett identifies as queer, transgender, and nonbinary. Yael hopes to combine their passions for music, craft, and social justice by creating the worlds’ first line of vegan violins, which are more accessible for people with small hands that may be prone to wrist injuries. Yael is interested by creating community collaborations to make high-quality, handmade instruments available to those without access.

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Daniel Zeese

Daniel Zeese

Daniel Zeese

Daniel Zeese is an artist, designer, and educator practicing in Boston. Through many media types, he builds landscape narratives that question ideas of ecology, population, belonging, and identity, within nature and the built environment. Zeese received a BFA in Sculpture and Material Studies from Virginia Commonwealth University and a Masters in Architecture from Boston Architectural College. Since 2012 he has worked internationally as the Design Director for the art studio of Janet Echelman. He has had notable residencies at the Wassaic Project, Vermont Studio Center (where he is returning as a Pollock Krasner Fellow), and as an inaugural Artist Resident for the Boston Harbor Now.

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Zoa Chimerum (Ian Henderson & Sue-Yee Leung)

Zoa Chimerum (Ian Henderson & Sue-Yee Leung)

Zoa Chimerum (Ian Henderson & Sue-Yee Leung)

Zoa Chimerum Jewelry is a biomorphic, deceptively soft, and touchable, line of rubber jewelry inspired by the growth patterns of flora and fauna. Zoa Chimerum Jewelry is a partnership between Creative Director Sue-Yee Leung and Design Director Ian Henderson. They met at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. Zoa Chimerum features biomorphic rhythms through flowing patterns of hand cut rubber, layered over forged aluminum. The work conjures images of prickly sea creatures and thorny blossoms, but uses soft rubber to ensure each piece is comfortable to wear and pleasantly tactile.

Photo credit: Sue-Yee Leung Photography

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