Featured Nesto Gallery Artist: Brynn Dizack
by The Milton Measure on Friday, February 22nd, 2013
This past month, Boston artist Brynn Dizack has been installing her new show in the Nesto Gallery. The opening reception for the show, titled canis major, was held Friday, February 16. Ms. Dizack, 29, currently lives in Boston and teaches art to 3rd, 4th and 5th graders at an elementary school in Brookline. She received her MFA at the Art Institute of Boston in 2008 and has had her work exhibited at the Cambridge Art Association and the 2012 Bicentennial Project in Chelsea, MA.
According to the show’s press release, “Dizack is best known for her exploration of how the human experience can still be considered authentic in an age of sensational media and technology. The show consists of static and interactive installations as well as photographs. According to her press release, “canis major addresses themes such as impermanence, duality, repetition, obsession, classification and categorization, and the constant flux of the human experience.”
Canis major, named after the constellation, consists of many of Dizack’s more recent works. Dizack’s newest addition to the collection, titled madeline, which can be found on the right side of the gallery, consists of over 1,000 handmade cement bottles. Dizack handcrafted each bottle by filling an empty glass bottle with cement and after the cement has dried, cracking the bottle and peeling away the glass.
In addition, Ms. Dizack has included a floor to ceiling length poem written in her own writing that is hand carved from a piece of mylar and simply titled passage. A piece known as distillations, which at first glance appears to be merely a wall covered in pinpoints and string, consists of abstract and geometric shapes formed by Ms. Dizack’s daily routes tracking her destinations.
Ms. Dizack has installed a stencil map of the state of Massachusetts as well as the map of the Milton Academy campus on the wall of the gallery so that viewers have the option to participate with provided sheets of paper to also track their own comings and goings.
In another series, revisions, pages of a book have selected words blacked out to create new sentences and sentiments. Ms. Dizack engages the viewers by providing piles of paper and readings and instructing the viewers to select words or phrases they think are important from the reading. Using the selected words and phrases, they are able to create new sentences and phrases with different meanings.
Ms Dizack’s pieces require a careful and thorough viewing as she has important ideas hidden within them. For example, her works reject the technological obsession of today’s day and age.
According to critic Laurel Sparks, Brynn Dizack’s work imitates the erasure of identity within the context of masses. Her obsessive serial object-making reminds us of the dual preciousness and insignificance of existence.”
The 3D Design Classes have had the chance to visit the Nesto Gallery to witness Ms. Dizack in her process. However, all students, not just those enrolled in an art course, are able to participate in distillations as well as revisions. The show will be on display from February 15, 2013 until March 15, 2013.
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