ORDINARY, ELUSIVE
MARCH 5 - APRIL 25

Free and open to the public.



Artist Statement:

“It wasn’t the exotic I was after, but the ordinary, that strangest and most elusive of enigmas.”
— John Banville, The Newton Letter


Have you ever become fixated on a word (“rooster”, say, or “barrel”) and repeated it in your head, over and over, until its sounds became alien—practically divorced from language?

That sort of game, between sense and its absence, also may play out in a visual arena. The work shown here attempts to take advantage of that possibility, though that is not its exclusive aim.

My process involves assembling found objects and materials. Collecting things—from thrift stores, yard sales, and flea markets—is an important facet of my work.

Simple items, and parts of more complex ones, are fitted together via a process of trial, error, and serendipity. Cleaning, polishing, and refinishing aside, nearly all objects and materials are used as-is, and painted interventions are minimal.


Steve Novick Bio:

Steve Novick was born in 1966 in Worcester, Massachusetts. He earned a BFA from Rhode Island School of Design in 1988 and an MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art in 1991. A recipient of Pollock-Krasner and Massachusetts Cultural Council grants, he is a Professor of Art & Design at Suffolk University and lives in Somerville, Massachusetts.

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