Alice Dodge: Wallflowers

The Front is proud to present its third solo show, Alice Dodge: Wallflowers. A Front member since 2015, Dodge in her work counterposes notions of craft with high culture, mass production with creative originality, and pattern with chaos. Wallflowers brings together work from the past several years up to the current fraught moment, articulating a powerful, complex view of the state of the world. Alice Dodge: Wallflowers runs November 6th through November 29th. Join gallery members and the artist for a limited-occupancy opening reception Friday, November 6th, 4:00-7:00 PM. The Front is open Fridays 4-7, Saturdays and Sundays 11-2, or by appointment. Join us for Alice’s artist talk via zoom on November 18th at 7:00pm; email info@thefrontvt.com to rsvp.

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Show 40

Join us for Show 40 – a new group show featuring Cheryl Betz, Kate Burnim, Daryl Burtnett, Cathy Cone, Erica Cummings, PJ Desrochers, Hasso Ewing, Glen Coburn Hutcheson, Alana LaPoint, Michelle Lesnak, Ned Richardson, James Secor, Sam Thurston, and Autumn Tomlinson. The show runs September 18th – November 1st, with an opening from 4-7pm on October 2 to coincide with Montpelier Alive’s Art Walk. Hours are 4-7pm Fridays, 11-2 Saturdays and Sundays, or by appointment.

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Show 39

Yes! We are open with reduced hours (Fridays 4-7, Saturdays and Sundays 11-2) and by appointment. Show 39 will feature works by all of our members – we hope you’ll join us for a socially-distant opening from 4-7 on August 7th as part of Art Walk – we can fit 4 people in the gallery at once, and others can hang out outside! If you’d prefer a solo walk-through, you can contact us for an appointment.

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Glen Coburn Hutcheson: Boxers and Friends

Glen Coburn Hutcheson: Boxers and Friends, July 3-August 2, 2020, The Front gallery, 6 Barre St., Montpelier. Opening reception will be in-person with limited occupancy from 5-7pm, July 3; and online on Facebook Live. There will be a virtual artist talk via zoom on July 21 at 7pm (please email us if you’d like to attend). In-person viewing by appointment or Fridays 4-7, Saturdays and Sundays 11-2; we ask visitors to wear masks and not to visit if they have had signs of illness. More about the show…

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Glen Coburn Hutcheson: Boxers and Friends

Glen Coburn Hutcheson: Boxers and Friends, July 3-August 2, 2020, The Front gallery, 6 Barre St., Montpelier. There will be a virtual artist talk via zoom on July 21 at 7pm (please email us if you’d like to attend). In-person viewing by appointment or Fridays 4-7, Saturdays and Sundays 11-2; we ask visitors to wear masks and not to visit if they have had signs of illness. For more information email info@thefrontvt.com or call 802-552-0877. [foogallery id=”2543″] Glen Coburn Hutcheson’s new work marks a turn towards the personal. In his series of sculptures, he makes abstract forms out of starched clothing – often his own discarded t-shirts and boxers. The forms twist, grow, and embody the same sense of spontaneity as his earlier series of colorful squiggle paintings. Hutcheson has often returned to the body and to a traditional approach to painting and drawing the figure from life. With these works, he references classical sculptures, where the human form is revealed through careful attention to the folds and draping of fabric, while leaving out the body entirely. The result suggests the body without being restricted to its proportions or movement. The abstractions he creates are on first impression formally intriguing and visually dynamic, but then the viewer gets hit with the realization that these are old boxers; the sculptures are funny and intimate. They speak to the weird dynamics of art (and sculpture in particular) as an expensive, inaccessible luxury for many, but often created by those who cannot afford to purchase it. Hutcheson’s pricing formula, which works on a sliding scale, seeks to change both the perceptions and realities of who can afford to own art. Some of the sculptures seem like characters, and that sensibility continues in Hutcheson’s comics. Tiny vignettes of his own world-in-lockdown, the cartoons come across as specific but familiar – the dog always home, the sourdough starter gradually becoming sentient. In all of this work, there’s a snapshot of a particular moment seen in fabric frozen mid-move or a character’s thought bubble, but also a sense of the span of time, like the t-shirt that hangs around past its prime or the endlessness of lockdown. Hutcheson’s combination of artistic skill and jokey humor will give viewers something surprising, beautiful, and meaningful – but that also doesn’t take itself too seriously. We hope you’ll find it a respite, and a relief.

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Black Lives Matter.

The Front is a cooperative gallery, founded on cooperative ideals. In that spirit, we stand together with protesters across the nation against violence, racism, and police brutality. Our goal is to showcase individual artistic voices in an inclusive, supportive, and welcoming environment. We believe art can be a medium for social change, and we see that happening around us, from murals around the world honoring George Floyd to the removal of confederate statues in Virgina. Art is meant to provoke and invite dialogue; even though our doors are currently closed, we’re interested in listening. If you are an artist of color and would like to be involved at the Front, let us know. If you would like to support artists of color, here are some great places to learn and donate. We hope we’ll be seeing you soon – in the meantime, stay safe. Don’t stay silent.

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