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artscope magazine: March/April 2013
WELCOME STATEMENT: Brian Goslow, managing editor
HealingNewtown Arts Space Responds to the Sandy Hook Tragedy
Winter Members' Show: "Elemental"
13 for 2013: David Barnes
13 for 2013: Zoe Barracano
13 for 2013: Brynn Dizack: Canis Major
13 for 2013: Betty Carroll Fuller
13 for 2013: Margaret Grimes
13 for 2013: Catherine Kernan
13 for 2013: Bruce Macdonald
13 for 2013: Robert Maloney
13 for 2013: Annette Mitchell
13 for 2013: Roy Perkinson
13 for 2013: Christina Pitsch
13 for 2013: Juan Jr. Ramirez
13 for 2013: Noriko Sakanishi
Voices of Design: 25 Years of Architalx
Living in a Material World
Walead Beshty: Untitled
Amalia Pica's Worldly Eavesdropping
Dark Garden: An Installation by Linda Huey
Elin Noble: Color Alchemy
Soo Rye's Pure Flight
Alta Luna's Soulful Blues
Worcester Wonderland
Seat's Taken
Fran Busse: Voyage
13 for 2013: Brynn Dizack: Canis Major
Lindsey Davis

Boston artist Brynn Dizack was nearly halfway done with “madeline,” a conceptual piece made ofhand cast cement bottles, when we met. She had finished almost a thousand, but needed more than double that amount to reach the 2,280 bottles intended for the piece’s final number, based on an ex-partner’s beer consumption rate during the course of their relationship: four to five bottles per day over the span of just under two years. Dizack fills each empty glass bottle with cement and, once it’s dry, cracks and peels away the glass from its chalky, bottle-shaped interior, sacrificing the manmade glass for its dense artist-made counterpart.

All of her work has this same kind of careful obsessiveness about it — important ideas hidden in earth tones and everyday materials like sugar, thread, paper and concrete. Dizack’s works come from a rejection of this millennium’s technological obsession, coming back to physicality and a sense of heaviness — both in meaning and material. Her other works include “passage,” a poem that extends from the ceiling to the floor in the artist’s own handwriting, hand-cut from a piece of Mylar that casts white words against a white wall, and “revision,” a grid of pages sliced from a found book, with much of the text blacked out to reveal new sentences and sentiments. These works are part of “canis major,” Dizack’s first solo show, which is on view through March 15 at Milton Academy’s Nesto Gallery.

The show is titled after a constellation of the same name. The most important trait of the Big Dog is generally thought to be indicated by the brightest star in our sky, Sirius, but there are discrepancies in how different diagrams determine which part of the dog it represents — it could be the dog’s nose, his jaw or his heart. Dizack’s work provides for this kind of open interpretation, conceptual pieces that push viewers to examine their own immediate and visceral reactions. The mass of bottles that make up “madeline” are rooted in the far right side of the gallery and move out organically, a reminder of what Dizack called, “the physical and emotional weight of the things we consume.”

Another wall is sprinkled in pinpoints and string creating abstract, geometrical shapes — or constellations. This series is titled distillations whose shapes show interpretations of Dizack’s daily routes, mapping her travels from destination to destination. In some, she superimposes her partner’s daily route on top of her own — two paths moving independently of one another or crisscrossing until meeting.

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