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Cartoons take the spotlight at the Nave Gallery Annex

Posted by boston.com  January 9, 2014 10:00 AM

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The following was submitted by the Nave Gallery Annex:

The Nave Gallery Annex hosts a group exhibition from January 10-January 26 in its Davis Square location. Featuring 18 local and national artists as well as the animation studio FableVision, Doodle is a show on cartooning in all of its forms.

The group exhibition is curated by Jef Czekaj, a Somerville-based cartoonist, musician, and children’s book author and illustrator. The show includes work by Steve Abbott, Jeff Bartell, Craig Bostick, B.Douglas DeRocher, Fablevision, Kim Gaul, Raul Gonzalez, Erik P. Kraft, Ron LeBrasseur, Anyah Lee, Pauline Lim, Tim McCool, Fish McGill, Dan Moynihan, Dave Ortega, Maria Photinakis, Liz Prince, Melissa Richard and Jordan Stabile.

Hey Cowboy, 12" x 9". Vinyl paint on hardboard by Craig Bostick, aquaboy.net

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The inspiration for Doodle came from the area's rich cartooning history. "For years, the Boston area (and Somerville in particular) has had a very active underground comix scene," Czekaj observes. "In fact, it was one of the reasons I moved here. Doodle is a by-no-means-exhaustive snapshot of artists, most of them local, working in the very broad discipline of "cartooning". It includes some of my favorite local cartoonists as well as some new discoveries."

First used in the Middle Ages to describe the sketching of a subject for a piece of art, cartooning has evolved over time to serve a number of purposes–from entertainment to advertising to political and social commentary. The range of influence and purpose can be seen in the work in the exhibition.

Alysia Abbott submitted pieces of her late father’s work that revolved around his family. One piece, Alysia and the Monsters, shows how Steve Abbott used cartooning to help his daughter Alysia overcome her fear of monsters. 

Maria Photinakis For My Boston Strong (Between Sleeps #2), page 1, 11 x 17"

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Maria Photinakis' For My Boston Strong, is a three-page comic that explores the emotional effects that the Boston Marathon bombings had on people whose neighborhoods became media circuses, crime scenes and sacred grounds simultaneously. 

Kim Gaul uses ink drawings to create cartoon versions of various animal types. Through simple lines, Gaul depicts the innocence of animals, removing "animalistic beastly traits and temperaments" and giving them personalities and mundane lives." Her most recent work is a series on rat drawings.

Doodle also shows cartoons in a variety of media, including animation from FableVision and paper collage from B.Douglas DeRocher. "People have preconceived notions regarding cartoons," states Czekaj. "Doodle is an attempt to show the diversity of thought, process, and medium in cartooning."

B.Douglas DeRocher Greatest Time of all Time, 10.5 x 15.875, cut paper Collage, 2012

Thumbnail image for Derocher-greatest-time-of-all-time.jpgDoodle runs until Sunday, January 26. An opening reception will take place from 6:00 pm-8:00 pm on the 10th. The reception is open to the public.

Opening Reception: Friday, January 10, 2014, 6:00 pm-8:00 pm 
Nave Gallery Annex, 53 Chester St, Somerville, MA 02144 

Exhibition Dates and Hours: January 10-26; Wednesday-Friday, 6:00 pm-8:00 pm; Saturday, 2:00 pm-8:00 pm; Sunday, 2:00 pm-6:00 pm.

ABOUT THE NAVE The Nave Gallery is a space for the collaboration and presentation of art of all media. Work of a collaborative, non-commercial nature is especially encouraged. 

The Nave hosts two spaces in Somerville: The Nave Gallery which is a three minute walk from Teele Square, and The Nave Gallery Annex located in Davis Square. Visit www.navegallery.org for more information.
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Kim Gaul Pretty Rat, 9"x12", drawing with ink on paper, 2013


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