On View: November 4–December 4, 2021*
Gallery Hours: Wednesday–Friday, 4–7 PM; Saturday, 1–4 PM
Reception: Friday, November 12, 6–8 PM

*Please note Gallery 263 is closed Wednesday, November 24–Saturday, November 27 for Thanksgiving.

Gallery 263 is pleased to announce objectivity. This exhibition presents the work of 20 New England-based artists whose art engages and subverts the still life genre. Using painting, drawing, photography, video, sculpture, multimedia, and digital rendering, the featured artists engage with contemplations of the past and the future, depicted through objects. objectivity is juried by artist Josephine Halvorson.

The objects in Summer Snack at Palmetto’s by Danielle Fretwell are presented at a one-to-one scale, suggesting a reliance on the viewer’s personal experience with these objects to share a bodily relationship with the work. Mike Howat’s piece, Racing Thoughts and Satellites, was inspired by long walks Howat took around his neighborhood. This window painting is an assembled collage of still life, memory, image fragments, and meaningful places. Charles Hickey’s Maps Moves Melons pairs the painting surface with the digital surface to explore the way we think about objects and space through 2D representation. In objectivity, all work on view engages with the traditions and potentials of still life in visual art

Featured Artists
Anthony Palocci, Charles Hickey, Danielle Fretwell, Gus Wheeler, Jed Sutter, Joetta Maue, John Storrow, Josh Rondeau, Judith Klausner, Julie Poitras Santos, Karen Khan, Katya Roberts, Krystle Brown, Matthew Okazaki, Mike Howat, Mursal Nazary, Pat Shannon, ST Barry, Taylor Apostol, Zach Horn

About the Juror:

Josephine Halvorson makes art that foregrounds firsthand experience and takes the form of painting, sculpture, and printmaking. Born in Brewster, Massachusetts, she studied at The Cooper Union, Yale Norfolk, and Columbia University. In 2021, she was awarded a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship. Halvorson is the recipient of major international residencies and fellowships: The US Fulbright to Vienna, Austria, the Harriet Hale Woolley at the Fondation des États-Unis in Paris, France, and was the first American pensionnaire at the French Academy in Rome at the Villa Medici. Her work has been exhibited internationally, selected exhibitions include SECCA, Storm King Art Center, the ICA Boston Foster Prize Exhibition, and the Havana Biennial in 2019. Currently she has a solo exhibition at the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe, NM. She is Professor of Art and Chair of Graduate Studies in Painting at Boston University.

Header image: Summer Snack at Palmetto’s by Danielle Fretwell


“Finding (and Questioning) Objectivity” by Jess Costello for Boston Hassle

Gallery 263 advances the artistic endeavors of makers and performers, while fostering public engagement, enrichment, and exchange. Functioning as a creative nexus, Gallery 263 provides a contemporary voice for the arts in Cambridge and our regional communities.

Gallery 263 exhibits are free and open to the public.