The series Dance evolved from a deep, fascination with physics and movement. Its elegance, beauty, power, spirit… The wonderful motion of dancers holds importance to me because it is what I strive for in my work. The ability to move with one’s whole body, from the inside out, to truly let go and open oneself up to a surprising spontaneity - that comes with complete connection to the moment, all this is my process, the thing that enables my work to move, and all this is held within the body and practice of the dancer.
In the beginning of the creating of these pieces, I felt that my images were unsuccessful. I was far too controlled, too precious with them in my desire to pay homage and proper respect. While the images were drawn with adequate technique, they were failing to capture what I needed them to say. It was at this point though, looking at my mediocre work, when I felt I had nothing left to lose, which finally enabled me to make a bold move. This cannot help but elevate the work to a poignant and powerful space. You cannot simply decide to make this move, it must arise within. Should I attempt to force it, it would never work. There is a quote which I have held close for years which states, “Make bold moves, and powerful forces will come to your aid.” This has been an absolutely essential piece of my creative process. It is when we put everything on the line, that glorious place of > nothing to lose,
allows an authentic Energy to flow.
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Friends, family, and patrons of Samuel Bak and the Gallery have traveled all the way to Vilnius, Lithuania this week for the opening of the Samuel Bak Museum. The Museum will be housed at the Vilna Gaon Jewish State Museum and will feature artworks from across Sam’s expansive career. Pucker Gallery could not be more proud and grateful to have worked with Sam across the decades. #sambak#influentialartist#vilnius#usembassylithuania#puckergallery#museumopening
Remembering my Father on Veterans Day
41x56 in mixed media
Painting and story by Marilyn Kalish
My Father lost his leg in Normandy during World War II. No one in our family ever talked about his missing limb, though I grew up surrounded by heavy wooden prostheses. (He insisted on keeping the old ones for some reason.) Wooden legs stood behind every door in our house, and they were always falling down unexpectedly. We would be eating dinner, perhaps, and one would crash like a giant redwood.
I didn’t like crossing the street with my father. He would hold on to me for balance and limp across, never fast enough for my taste. I would watch in a panic as the cars came toward us. We are going to die, I’d think. From the safety of the far curb, my mother would chide him: “Leo, come on. You can walk faster than that.”
My father was a salesman at a men’s clothing store and stood all day long at his job. Occasionally, I would glimpse him getting dressed for work, hopping across the bedroom to grab one of the legs leaning against the wall. He would start by putting a special sock over his stump, to make the leg fit better. Those thick, funnel-shaped socks were always drying in the bathroom, hanging in a neat row over the shower rod. I would see them every day as I got ready for school: a row of hand-washed socks with faded brown stains. I saw them so often I barely noticed them.
Years after my father died, I remembered those socks and the brown stains. How could I have been so oblivious? The brown stains were blood, so much that even my mother’s constant hand washing could never fully remove it.
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This holiday season Pucker Gallery is supporting Community Servings in the annual Pie in the Sky fundraiser. Community Servings is an important organization that addresses a pressing social need with efficiency and compassion. By buying a pie or making a contribution today, youre helping Community Servings prepare and deliver hearty and comforting meals to our community. Please follow the link in our bio to purchase your pie! #pieinthesky#puckergallery#communityservings#thanksgiving#bostoncommunity#boston#bostonarts
Artists, friends and family have gathered in Boston to celebrate Pucker Gallery's 50th anniversary this weekend! Photographed here are ceramic artist Jan Kollwitz and Gallery Director Bernie Pucker spending time at 240 Newbury today. The Gallery will close at 2:30PM tomorrow for anniversary celebrations. #contemporaryceramics#fineart#ceramics#puckergallery#boston#bostonart
Today marks the final Open Newbury Street event of the summer. We have had so much fun sharing the summer through these events with the city of Boston. Today at street level visitors can make pinch pots or mobiles. Then upstairs the Gallery continues to celebrate the opening of our latest exhibition of Brother Thomas and Paul Caponigro. #artgallery#bostonarts#newburystreet#summerinboston#fineart#puckergallery
Delivered some of W.M.Hewitt's pots (including a big pot) to the Pucker Gallery in Boston yesterday. We drove through some intense storms and over terribly bumpy roads, worrying all the way, but got there with everything intact. Bernie Pucker was very generous with his time, showing Lauren and I around the gallery after we got the pots situated. Bernie represents some fabulous potters, including Randy Johnson, Ken Matsusaki, and Tomoo Hamada. It was a real treat to get to handle their work as well as others. He has a whole section of Shoji Hamada which I was able to see and handle. Amazing pots. The icing on the cake was listening to stories about Brother Thomas, who was the first potter (also a monk) to get Bernie really interested in representing ceramic artists. This picture is Bernie holding one of his favorites in the Brother Thomas room. Their relationship was very special—Brother Thomas only sold pots through Pucker and was highly selective about what he sent: he smashed 90% of all the pots he made. What struck me most about Thomas' work was the breadth of glazes and forms—each piece really is unique. I look forward to reading the book containing his musings on art and life, and searching out the pot of his on display at the Metropolitan Museum. Brother Thomas passed away in 2007, so now his portion of the of sales from the remaining pots now is put into a fund to help local Boston artists.
Happy #CanadaDay to our Northern Neighbors! The Gallery has been lucky to exhibit a variety of Inuit works and artists for over 40 years. The works inspire joy and delight through the use of brilliant colors and whimsical designs. Make sure to stop by the Gallery to see our full collection!
Image 1: Kenoujuak Ashevak, Guardian Owl, Lithograph, 22.25 x 31", TWI13
Image 2: Jamasie Teevee, Young Hunters, Lithograph, 18 x 24", TWI21