Laconia Gallery is run by the Laconia Artists Corporation (LAC), a non-profit 501(c)3 organization. The LAC is dedicated to the promotion of the arts in the South End and the wider Boston area by providing non-commercial exhibit space to local artists and arts non-profits. The LAC owns and operates the Laconia Gallery, in the Laconia Lofts building in Boston’s South End.
Mission of Laconia Gallery
Building Visions: Laconia Residents Group Exhibition
September 1, 2023
Explore work by Laconia resident artists! Participating artists include: Jane Brayton John Curuby Michael David Gina Herron Laurie Kaplowitz Liette Marcil Bryan McFarlane Emily Mogavero Joan Resnikoff
October 6, 2023
Franz Joseph Haydn String Quartet in Bb major, Op. 76 No. 4 “Sunrise” Rachel D.W. Rome asylum hill (2016) Maurice Ravel String Quartet in F major (1903) This concert launches the Arneis Quartet’s residency at the Laconia Gallery and is presented in conjunction with the “Building Visions” exhibition. Rising arpeggios mark the magical opening of Franz Joseph Haydn's String Quartet in B flat major, Op. 76 No. 4, inspiring its English nickname "Sunrise". Laconia Resident Artist Rachel D.W. Rome writes that her piece for string quartet, asylum hill , is "inspired by the short lives of Susy Clemens and Sammy Rome [and] takes its form from the dynamical time scale of
Let Me Hold You As You Disappear
November 1, 2023
The idea of loss and disappearance as it relates to the natural world and the climate crisis is a paradox: even as science proves the ecological threat is both intimate and universal, that very threat essentially becomes abstract. Ava Federov's art practice embraces the necessary diametric experience of nature and climate cataclysm to offer pathways of understanding, collective mourning, and conceptual adaptation and reevaluation. Through painting, performance, and installation, Federov use lyricism and abstraction to conjure the inverted pain of only realizing the vast importance of something (in this case, life on earth as we have known it) the moment it vanishes. The fragmentation of this awareness is demonstrated in the physical and implied layering in
Cameron Boyce and Shelby Feltoon
June 2, 2023
Focusing on the theme of interior vs. exterior life, c lose quarters incorporates imagery related to interiors of homes and domestic scapes, as well as scenes from the outdoors and structures seen from the outside. Shelby Feltoon and Cameron Boyce draw connections between the insides and outsides of their living spaces as they relate to their inner and outer selves. They discuss what they reveal and conceal about their personal lives through imagery in their work. Feltoon and Boyce also discuss who they let in both physically and spiritually. Themes of strength, security, stability, sensation, and softness will be especially highlighted.
May 1, 2023 - May 14, 2023
Cathedral Creates showcases the artwork of students from Cathedral High School, our neighbors in the South End community. Cathedral Creates highlights the hard work and art making practices from students in grades 7-12 and the school’s cherished alumni. Throughout the year students have explored various mediums, artists, and techniques, while creating meaningful work rooted in self-expression. We invite the viewer to join us in celebrating our Boston youth as they share their creative voices through art.
The Landscape of Our Minds
Behind VA Shadows
February 3, 2023
The Landscape of Our Minds brings together a diverse group of artworks by frontline staff from ICA/Boston, deCordova Sculpture Park & Museum, MIT List Visual Arts Center, MIT Museum, Peabody Essex Museum, MFA, Boston, Montserrat College of Art Gallery, Harvard Art Museums, and Leica Gallery, Boston. Showcasing a myriad of mediums, including painting, sculpture, installation, music, film, and various gallery programs, the exhibition delves into how the perception of time differs for the frontline staff, allowing the overlapped, multi-dimensional worlds of each individual to unfold in a physical setting. Looking closely at the objects that make up an art institution, artists offer zoomed-in views and private gallery observations. Stephen Holness, who works
Ancestors' Voices / Vwa Zansèt Yo
November 4, 2022
Laconia Gallery is pleased to present a solo exhibition of paintings, sculptures, masks, and tapestry by Colette Brésilla—works that stand in dialogue with Haitian vodou cosmology and Brésilla’s studies at the intersections of the ancestral and female iconography. History—its hauntings and reckonings, wonders and elucidations—informs this body of work in which the feminine is suggested when not rendered overtly or figuratively. Across multiple genres, Brésilla’s subjects appear as individual sitters, in pairs, in triplicate, veiled, or within the cocoon of a collective power. Erzulie, spiritual entity and mother warrior; and madan sara, market women pioneers of Haiti’s informal economy, share the exhibition space and appear in powerful re-imaginings. Engaging the project of reclamation,
Looking Back Now
September 2, 2022
Louise Laplante ’s work connects the past and present in pastel drawings with figurative silhouettes on collaged sheets of vintage books, music, or correspondence pages. Laplante finds beauty in stains, yellowing and marks on those long-neglected sheets of ephemera, and uses the text and marks on them as a inspiration for her compositions. Birds in mid-flight, parti-colored clouds, or figures people her images in rich pastel with a final burst of wistful linework over the pastel forms, accentuating her subject’s movement while adding another layer of texture.