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
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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.
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, Brésilla also considers the project and politics
May 6, 2022
The work manifests core tenants of the artistic endeavor; create without boundaries, limits, or restrictions. These freedoms, aligned with Rovenolt's personal approach to balance in life, lend to his innate ability to create harmony, balance, and order in his studio practice. For more than five decades, Rovenolt has honed his craft and unique approach to the found or ready-made object. Themes of the commodification of the male ideal, the impending environmental perils and the elevation of the mundane coexist in this timely exhibition. For Rovenolt, "when lost objects find him, he ponders their prior life and function and then sets out to make them whole again." The depth and experience of this septugenarian is demonstrated in his ability to build
Sonja Czekalski, Leslie Goldman, Jillian Vaccaro
March 20, 2022
Bodies; Embodied is an exhibition of manifestations of experiences mediated by the body. Jillian Vaccaro creates tangible representations of family memories; Sonja Czekalski reflects womens’ stories and relationships; and Leslie Goldman documents and interprets the interactionsbetween her body and environment. The works themselves extend beyond two dimensions andinvite the viewer to consider how their own bodies affect, create, and remember experience.
Ludere Terram: Battles and Views
November 15, 2021
In much of my work I am using my love of science fiction and fantasy as a platform to explore ideas around parenting. I follow a vague narrative set in a world that is old and impenetrable, teeming with the residue of magic and ancient gods- where monsters roam in a sort of haunted scifi romanticism. There, a child wanders, discovers, and battles her way into adulthood- learning what to trust and what to be wary of. These pieces are a way of envisioning a fearless outlook for my daughter as she navigates a sometimes dangerous, but more often beautiful and strange world. The title Ludere Terram: Battles and Views serves not only as the description of an imagined sci-fi
September 3, 2021
For more than a year, we have been waiting behind masks. Masks obscure our faces but are also impressions of them. This new collection of works by Montreal-born, Boston-based artist Liette Marcil -- which she has been waiting to show throughout the Covid Crisis -- brings her beaux-métier background as a ceramicist into new heights with mixed-media masks and acrylics on canvas. The works on canvas are impressions of the masks; they serve to both obstruct and reveal the figures of her imagination with bold use of geometric shapes. J'Attends expands on the ability to build a bridge between the seen and unseen world, with compositions that depict the images and spirits that emerge from Marcil’s interactions
April 3, 2021 - May 23, 2021
“Depicting the twisting, turning and then the stillness in pure nature, a curtain of leaves, light and darkness it gives me strength; I keep painting” Conley Harris Laconia Gallery presents oil paintings and work on paper by Conley Harris. Mixing fiction, reality and self reflection, Harris’ paintings reference gatherings of plants, clusters of dense leaves and their fecundity found in overgrown gardens and nearby woodlands. Central to the paintings are conversations with lush plant growth, restless beauty and sensual colors and forms. “My painting history is one of pursuing a range of ways to reflect my engagement with pure landscape. For several years, using representational imagery, I sought out New England forests and coastal wetlands for my paintings. Around 2008