april, 2021

09apr4:00 pm8:00 pmCALAVERAS DE CORONAVIRUS Opening ReceptionIn Person | 4-8PM at INSTALLATION SPACE, 49 EAGLE STREET4:00 pm - 8:00 pm 49 Eagle Street, North Adams, MA 01247

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The INSTALLATION SPACE is excited to be kicking off the 2021 season!
OPENING RECEPTION
Friday, April 9, 4:00-8:00pm
CALAVERAS DE CORONAVIRUS
An installation by Jason Montgomery and Attack Bear Press
On View April 9 – May 16, 2021
CALAVERAS DE CORONAVIRUS is an installation art piece composed of 26,000 numbered paper postcards depicting calaveras skulls hung on jute string. Each single card represents 15 people in the United States of America who have lost their lives due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Upon entering CALAVERAS DE CORONAVIRUS one is presented with a cave-like enclosure created by the hanging strings of printed postcards. Fifteen ceramic calaveras skulls, all hand-painted by Indigenous and Latinx individuals in Western Massachusetts, are placed in the center of the space to represent the 15 individuals per card.
Jason Montgomery will also use this exhibit to explore his cultural heritage by incorporating 15 of his hand coiled low fire Ipai (Kumeyaay) terra-cotta pots. During this exhibit, he will present three “pop-up” pottery workshops at the gallery in the street-facing display case windows. Jason will occupy this space as his Luchador character and craft a series of hand coiled pots that will then be sold to support Neftali Duran’s reforestation project in Oxaca, Mexico.
This installation will create a place of remembrance, memorial, and community healing. It will further introduce, and expand recognition of unrepresented BIPOC artists in our region, especially Chicano and Indigenous art in New England.
Jason R. Montgomery (JRM), is a Chicano/Indigenous Californian writer, painter, and playwright from El Centro, California. In 2016, along with Poet Alexandra Woolner, and illustrator Jen Wagner, JRM founded Attack Bear Press in Easthampton, MA. Jason’s work engages the cross-section of Chicano/Indigenous identity, cultural hybridization, post-colonial reconstruction, and political agency. His writing and visual art bridges the aesthetics and feel from the early cubist collage movement and the Russian abstract movement of the 1920,s with living and historical Native/Indigenous Californian and Chicano art traditions to explore the Post-colonial narrative through active synthesis and guided (re)construction. Along with numerous grants from the Mass Cultural Council and the Community Foundation of Western Mass, Jason is the recipient of both the New England Foundation for the Arts Spatial Justice for Public Arts, and Collective Imagination for Spatial Justice Grants. www.attackbearpress.com
CALAVERAS DE CORONAVIRUS is funded with a generous grant from the New England Foundation for the Arts.
The INSTALLATION SPACE is observing the current State guidelines for COVID-19 safety: gallery occupancy is limited, distancing is encouraged, and masks are required for entry.
The INSTALLATION SPACE gallery hours will be Friday 4:00pm-8:00pm, Saturday and Sunday 12:00pm-6:00pm. Please contact the gallery for more information or to schedule a private viewing.

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Time

(Friday) 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Location

Installation Space

49 Eagle Street, North Adams, MA 01247

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