to Jun 27


-Opening: Thursday, May 2nd 6-8pm

-Boston Critique Group Night: May 30th 6-9pm

-Fort Point Artist Night featuring performance by Imani - June 12th 6-8pm

-Closing: Thursday, June 27th - 6-8pm

The Fort Point Arts Community is pleased to announce Be/Come, the third exhibition of the 2019 season at the FPAC Assemblage.

Fort Point is an area of transition. The history of Fort Point is one of continuous movement. The land itself has evolved from marshland to textile/iron industry to parking lots to high rise buildings.  The community has seen both the buildup and diminishment of its arts community and the re-introduction of commerce in its place. Not only does a community bear witness to these substantial shifts but they can and should have agency over these impending changes.

We can slowly watch a building being erected but rarely witness the unfolding that occurs when the event of art takes place, transforming the gallery into a space in which to experience, observe and contemplate.

Join Emily Brodrick and Kate Holcomb Hale as they host four nights of Be/Come: witness and document the moments of becoming that occur when an artwork is transformed in and by the space of the gallery. The artists invite the public to join them and observe the accumulation of mark and form, the shifting and stretching of objects, the response to architecture and the transformation and genesis of new space via the slow accretion of four installations in real time.

The artists aim to enliven the community of Fort Point to document this evolution of the gallery space alongside the collaborating artists through their own medium of choice: photography, writing, drawing, textiles, painting, dance, meditation or any form the viewers see fit. Additionally, the community is encouraged to participate in the process by sharing ideas by means of a suggestion box. It will be present during the length of the exhibit for the community to engage and assist the artists as they respond to the space of the gallery. The landscape of the Fort Point neighborhood has changed often without the input of its people, the artists’ goal is to bring attention to this issue by asking the community to guide them in designing what the landscape of the gallery will look like.

Emily Brodrick

Using what are considered craft mediums, such as crochet, knitting, cut-paper and ceramics, Emily Broderick creates sculptures and installations reminiscent of living organisms and environments wildly distorted in size, shape and color. Emily states, “I think of my work not just as a series of pieces, but a living world of interrelated species and with them, I aim to question our stereotypical notions of what we consider craft vs. art. I am interested – almost obsessively – with repetitive, intricate, tedious detail and I create or cover my works with all-encompassing patterns.” Our culture has classist notions of what is considered high vs. low art but Emily uses the accessibility of crafts - its beauty, tactility, color and decoration - to create work that can allow viewers to approach, be curious about, sometimes even play with and hopefully ask themselves, “what is craft and what is art?”

Kate Holcomb Hale

Kate Holcomb Hale’s work shows how emotions can extend beyond the realm of the internal and can manifest themselves in our physical world.  Drawing provides the backbone for Kate’s mixed-media installations; each captures a moment when subjectivity shifts due to loss, trauma or any significant life event.  Is the fluid draining?, I very totally had dreams last night, and And neither are we reference psychological fractures that compile throughout a lifetime shaping one’s identity.  The installations themselves appear “in-process” or “unfinished” which is apropos as they are continually acclimating to new conditions presented at each site of installation.  Kate’s work subverts traditional boundaries of drawing and painting merging paper, paint and charcoal with architecture. She creates a tangible form for an intangible, constantly fluctuating, interior space.

About the FPAC Assemblage

FPAC Assemblage facilitates conversation and engagement with contemporary art and culture by offering a robust program of multidisciplinary exhibitions, talks, performances, and screenings. FPAC Assemblage is one of the Ch.91 regulated publicly accessible spaces on the Boston waterfront. This 1,200 square foot space along the Harborwalk is located on Sleeper Street off Seaport Boulevard.

About the Fort Point Arts Community

The Fort Point Arts Community Inc. of South Boston (FPAC), is a non-profit community organization founded in 1980. FPAC’s mission is to promote the work of its member artists to a broad and diverse audience; to preserve the artists community in the Fort Point Channel area; to ensure the continuance of permanent, affordable studio space; to build community; and to increase the visibility of the arts in Fort Point. Fort Point is one of New England’s largest artist communities, home to over 300 artists who produce work in a wide array of media.

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"What We Choose to Keep" Opening Reception
5:00 PM17:00

"What We Choose to Keep" Opening Reception

My current works are collections of materials, patterns, forms and memories. My way of bringing my more rural roots into my current city life. As a child I would visit my Nonna's house on Shelter Island and my brothers and I would pick up treasures on the beach. Shells, crab claws, pieces of seaweed—and when we were lucky—an intact horseshoe crab. When we would get home we'd organize these objects into little, curated shrines to the sea.

This series is a reflection of these experiences and, in a sense, a continuation of that process of shrine-making; an homage to nature, but also to the memory of growing up in it. Acrylic paint, cut paper, ceramics and handspun yarn are formed into highly-detailed images and shapes that evoke living organisms. On multiple levels, this series embodies a yearning for a more "real" way of living as organic patterns and forms are coupled with traditionally considered craft media to create installations that evoke the past, both recent and distant. 

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5:00 PM17:00

Forever Young Picture Book Art Exhibition

Picture books introduce children to a love of art. Today’s picture book artists are some of the world’s most innovative visual artists, pushing boundaries with their use of both traditional and digital tools and techniques. This juried exhibition will showcase a broad array of styles and mediums including both published and non-published work and is suitable for audiences both young and old.


The exhibition will be accompanied by a Pop-up Picture Book Shop stocked full with books and prints of work featured in the show. We'll also be featuring a number of artist and author meet and greets during the exhibition.

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