Saturday art blogging: South End Open Studios in Boston

by Eszter Hargittai on October 27, 2018

I went there for the open market, I stayed for the open art studios. It was a warm Fall Sunday and I was excited to check out the street fair at SoWa Open Market to look at local artists’ creative goods. That experience was fine, but, perhaps due to my rather high standards thanks to the numerous excellent street fairs in summer Chicagoland, it did not inspire me too much. This may have been partly due to the fact that such art fairs tend to showcase designs of the geographical locality so my having no emotional connection to Boston left me rather detached. Or I am reading too much into it and the works were just not that exciting.

What really got me engaged instead were the dozens of art studios open to visitors to browse. I looked at all sorts of paintings and photography, but my favorite was Brian Murphy’s wire art, an example of which illustrates this post. Not only did I like the shapes of the wire sculptures that in many cases were quite expressive, but the artist infuses humor into many of his works through their captions. I spent quite some time browsing his various pieces, some surprising in their simplicity, others impressive in their complexity. Next time you are in the Boston area, I recommend checking out these studios if they happen to be open when you are there. It’s conveniently accessible with public transportation.

The sign of the piece pictured here reads:
Brian Murphy, While Alice Was Ready To Admit He Was A Rather Amazing Egg She Feared The Mess He Would Make When He Inevitably Fell, Wire Sculpture, $200

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Bob Michaelson 10.27.18 at 3:29 pm

A very nice wire sculpture – perhaps inspired by Calder? https://www.google.com/search?q=calder+wire+portraits&client=firefox-b-1&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwig_sKo96beAhVSmeAKHcnYBA4QsAR6BAgAEAE&biw=1466&bih=837
I’d guess that at $200 the piece was purchased fairly quickly.

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Eszter Hargittai 10.27.18 at 5:41 pm

Definitely possible!

I hope someone picked up that $200 piece! I bought some smaller pieces that I could bring back to Switzerland with me. I was happy that the prices were so accessible.

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