These last few years I have noticed a trend of where I’ve been exhibiting alongside previous collaborators, colleagues, and friends. I like bringing in additional voices to lend concordance to the thesis of the shows we’ve put on together. JUNO was no different in my most recent cycle of exhibition making.
I was shocked with a kind of love to admit that I had known, worked, and been friends with for over 20 years now (!!) the talented illustrator, painter, and graphic designer Sarah Adam; the Quabbin Queen. We met a few moons ago back in undergraduate and then were each other’s Pioneer Valley orbits for sometime. Even though I moved to Boston something like 10+ years ago Sarah and I have always stayed in touch. We would compare projects we were up to, share the occassional tastefully crass meme- oh she was even an early adopter of one of my preferred nascent pieces:
An opportunity came up back in January of 2023 where I was able to work out a bit of time come June for an exhibition at the best gallery at 43 Eagle Street, Future Lab[s] Gallery and I wanted to share that with my more locally sited friend Sarah. We were glad for the collaborative reunion.
With a three-part reference of belovedly campy caseworker for the recently deceased, the month of June itself, and the blessed Goddess of nourishing rains and happy partnership we loved putting JUNO together.
After our opening we had an after-party disco celebration of FULL MOON FEVER! HEAR THE ART:
Aside from our continued friendship over the decades(oof) our work does share a love of graphic design elements- clean lines, spectral palettes; GOLD. We are repping that Fronch Canadien aesthetic dream all day every day, because it feels good that’s why. Nearly all our materials are generally found objects or surfaces, with Sarah sometimes even utilizing discarded furniture, myself dissecting the lost and lonely coffee table books of the world. We are the artists that take the excess of the world and alchemize it in our ways to previously unseen landscapes of worlds from within and sometimes seen, if observed carefully, around the shores of the Quabbin.
With very thanks to my friends Anna, Bo, and Sonia at Future Lab[s] Gallery in scenic North Adams, MA. Shout out to the inimitable Marjorie Kaye, Goddess-at-Large.