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Riddles and Lies: charged by desire

Opening reception: September 10th, 5pm-9pm

September 10th – October 1st, 2010


180 Flynn Avenue (through the SEABA entrance), Burlington

September 6, 2010

Burlington, VT—-

Ian Burcroff "New Leaf" acrylic on canvas, 34" x 38"

Philip Hardy "The End of the Stork" Oil on canvas, 54" x 44"

Shawna Cross "Meter Maid (bending windows)" Oil on canvas, 54" x 44"

Opening as part of the South End Art Hop, Borough Gallery & Studio presents their most recent exhibition, Riddles & Lies: charged by desire, created around 4 artists whose focus is reinterpreting the psychology and emotional logic of their surroundings and circumstances while also drawing heavily from the imagination and art of manipulation. Featuring book art, paintings, mixed media and drawings by Haley Bishop, Ian Burcroff, Shawna Cross and Philip Hardy; the exhibit is based on improvisation, deconstructing established notions, filling the voids of reality and layering, stacking, removing and recreating the truth until only the expressiveness of riddles is left behind.

An opening reception for Riddles & Lies: charged by desire will be held during the South End Art Hop on Friday, September 10th from 5 to 9pm and Saturday, September 11th from 10am to 5pm. Simultaneous events abound in our 180 Flynn building.

Riddles & Lies: charged by desire opens on September 10th and will be on display by appointment until October 1st. For more information or to schedule a tour please contact Borough Gallery at boroughgallery@gmail.com, 802-393-1890 or visit our website at http://www.boroughgallery.wordpress.com

As we noted earlier, Borough has been on the hunt for a new studio member, an “other-worldly creative type”, as we said, who was down for getting involved in our artistic community. Well, our hunting has resulted in quite the catch, and we’re excited to kick off July by welcoming our newest resident artist, Krista Sanders! We’re really excited to work with her in the studio, and really look forward to what she (and her Guerrilla Arts background!) will bring to our upcoming exhibitions. So meet Krista, Borough’s newest member!

I am so excited that I am lucky enough to join the extremely talented co-op of artists who make up Borough Studios. One of the biggest reasons I decided to plunge in and join a community studio is because I am relatively new to Vermont and really want to get into the local art scene and meet other artists. So please if you are in Borough Studio, come and say hi! Here is a little info about my art and me so you can get an idea of who I am….

How I got to Burlington…

I was raised in Seattle, Washington where I obtained my BFA in Sculpture and Public Art from the University of Washington. I received my Masters from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, I have a brilliant son so upon graduation I decided to move somewhere that he could ride his bike, play in the woods, catch frogs, and be an innocent kid rather than live in a concrete jungle learning how important it is to never make eye contact with anyone, ever. So Burlington here we are!!!

Art Works…

I have been creating in various mediums for many years in both Seattle and Chicago’s art scenes, however, for the last few years I have focused on my career and my art work has been unfocused and a little neglected. Now that things are pretty settled, I am ready to focus on finding my clear vision and voice through art creating works that are coherent and conceptual. Here are some examples of things I have done recently.

“2010 Taste of Stowe Festival Poster” PhotoShop+Illustrator, 11x17, 2010 One of the poster designs to be used at this year’s Taste of Stowe Festival.

“Imagination” (in process) created with students, mural paint, 23’x8’, 2010

“Make Art” mural created with students in Graffiti Arts Class, permission wall, spray paint, 2005

”Found Egg Project” Guerrilla Arts Project with Graffiti Arts Class, 1000 easter eggs, 1000 community question slips, Streets of Little Village, Chicago, 2005. (This project was created for students to experience a temporary and more legal form of Guerilla Arts.)

“Elliot” pencil on paper 24”x36” 2010

“Street Crusher” (Elliot’s comic alter-ego), PhotoShop+Illustrator, 2010

photo courtesy S.P.A.C.E. website

Over here at Borough we’re so proud of our South End, and we’re currently shedding happy tears and getting rowdy over its recent accomplishments and victories. We constantly express our love for our 180 Flynn neighbors, but our love doesn’t end there; we also love palling around with our Pine Street neighbors and taking in all of the artistic excitement flowing through the neighborhood of studios and businesses such as: E1 Studios, Green Door Studios, Battery Street Jeans, Box Art Studios, Fresh Market, Speaking Volumes, Pine Street Deli, Pine Street Art Works, AO! Glass, Conant Metal & Glass, Speeder & Earl’s, The Soda Plant…I could go on and on, but I’ve gotta stop.

The reasoning behind this open love letter is to invite you all to a spectacular South End event: Tomorrow night from 5:30-8:30 the lovely S.P.A.C.E. Gallery (266 Pine Street) is hosting their show, “The Art of Networking” with 30 or so artists on display (including Borough resident Shawna Cross) with the intent of all of Burlington’s “artists and art scene people-to-know” mingling and mixing. The event is also hosted in conjunction with SEABA’s annual meeting/kickoff of our declaration as “South End Arts District” and the start of the Southern Connector (complete with a few words from the Mayor). There will be a silent auction of art inspired by this recent South End noise, live art by Alex Dostie and Kristen L’Esperance, live music from Me & You and Brett Hughes, food from Fresh Market, a cash bar…all in all it should be awesome. There is a $10 cover for SEABA members, $15 for non-members since this whole thing is a fundraiser, as well.

Join in on the fun and hoopla, we’ll see you there! Thanks so much to SEABA Director Roy Feldman and S.P.A.C.E. Director Christy Mitchell for making all of this happen!

Hello, friends!

We here at Borough are on a little bit of a hunt, you see. We’re searching high and low for someone who’s looking to get down with their uninhibited self and let their creativity soar within our super-fab space. Yes, folks, in other words, Borough has space for another studio mate, and the anticipation of finding this other-worldly creative type is driving us silly.

Interested? Have you had a hankering for a space to call your own? Have you been dying to join your artistic community in a new way? Feeling wistful for artist banter that muses on until the wee hours-OR-for a quiet space to lock your brain into your creative groove? Well, give us a shout!

Borough has one opening available right now and a prospective opening mid-summer. We’re located in Burlington’s super happening South End Art District; you could say we’re smack dab in the middle of things since we share a building with SEABA and a smattering of other artists, musicians and businesses. Inside our space you’ll find three visual artists and one writer, ample workspace both upstairs and down, areas you can get messy in and safe areas that stay squeaky clean. Rent is $120/month and includes heat and water, internet connection is available. Can it get any better? We also flip part of the studio upside down every 4 months or so, transforming into a gallery to host a handful of other artists’ work and pal around with our community members.

So listen, if you think you’re Borough’s missing link then just break your silence already. Get a hold of us! boroughgallery@gmail.com.

Borough Gallery: What the fuck is that bull’s head with the spider eyes!  It freaks me out.  I feel caught in its multi-eyed stare, like I’m about to have my innards sucked out by this placid animal.  How did that monster burgeon from your mind?

Eleanor Brennesholtz: The bulls head was a combination of a few ideas. I wanted to make something that was threatening and easy to understand, but also nod to the surreal. He (the bull) actually started out with the right number of eyes, he ended with a few extra. As a child I remember accidentally spending time in a barn with an angry bull thrashing and complaining about his lot in life. I had never been so scared and threatened by an animal, and I was a kid who grew up in barns. That bull may as well have had multi faceted eyes and a forked tail, at the time is was going to suck my innards out. Emerging unscathed from that barn was an exhilarating moment, I could live forever.

Eleanor Brennesholtz's studio.

BG: Whoa.  I know what you mean, those situations where you think, “This is it.  I’m about to die.”  Then half way through making peace with existence the danger suddenly passes.  In general, people seem surprised when I tell them such stories, like they’ve never been through such a harrowing ordeal.  But I think everyone must have such experiences, unless they like life under a rock, they just put them out of mind.  Is mortality a driving force when making your work?

EB: The most interesting and exciting part of any given day is when you realize that even though you are going about your day normally ( and without any extreme sports) you almost just died. And this is something you can think at any moment and it’s always true. Life is risky; buildings burn down, bridges fail, drunk people drive and desperate people hold up liquor stores. Humans are a strange species with all this emotion and tradition, protecting death like a priceless piece of art. Immortality is boring and consequence free. Fear of death and tradition keep humankind desperate for answers.

On the flip side of that dark and nasty coin is the beauty of the planet and how humans use the natural world to explain and essentially treat the affliction of life. The entrails are loosely associated with empty organ sacs after the organ part of the meat has been removed and now there is nothing inside. Organ sacs are dried, stretched, stuffed, eaten, painted on, chopped up and salted. Nothing goes to waste, life continues.

Eagles Fly

BG: Does “using everything” also apply to your art?  Whether that’s taking scraps from life or your own floor.  Do you find yourself sometimes more interested in incidental parts of an artwork, rather than the main subject you started with?

EB: I don’t so much “use everything” as I tend to use carefully chosen weird things. I pass up materials everyday, but hold on to some for years before I use them. I like old forgotten things, and children’s images from past generations. Many of the basic images I used in these pieces are inspired by two coloring books I bought at a tag sale. They were printed in the mid 50’s and nowadays are antiquated and dull. But the simplicity of the images as well as the subversive application of them really appealed to me.

I rarely begin with a main subject, usually it is at least two images or an image and a material together that kick starts a work.  The sculpture really is about process and seeing what can be done with a material. More often than not a fiber piece is forgotten for long periods of time before I pick it up again and either finish it or dismantle it.  These pieces are little bursts of inspiration and work that I essentially rediscover and use as complete objects. The rediscovery is always exciting, like thrift shopping in your own studio.


BG: A sagely hermit comes from the woods and says, “I’ve placed the wisdom of ages in this cup,” then hands it to you.  There is a slimy liquid glowing green in the mossy bowl she’s given you.  What do you do?

EB: My mother always said that you should smile and thank someone when they give you a gift. She also says that you can get rid of it as soon as their back is turned.

Where is the fun in posessing the “wisdom of ages?” Life would be meaningless.

Don’t forget Borough is open today 5-8, tomorrow 10-7 and Sunday 10-5.  Come see Eleanor Brennesholtz and the rest of the show “Entropic Restructed,” because after this weekend it’s all scattering to other galleries, restaurants and living rooms.

This is the final week of our current exhibit “Entropic Restructed“, so to celebrate we’re holding open hours all weekend! We invite you to come by and check out the show before it comes down on Monday. Open hours include:

Friday, May 7th, 5-8pm during the First Friday Art Walk (just a note, we’re not affiliated with Art Map Burlington)

Saturday, May 8th, 10am-7pm

Sunday, May 9th, 10am-3pm, during the Flynn Avenue Sunday Artist Market

For a larger view of what’s going on around town this weekend click HERE

This Sunday is the launch of the Sunday Artist Market, which is a big mash up of flea market, farmers market and artist market, right in the parking lot of our 180 Flynn building so we definitely recommend you stop by! We’ll see you this weekend, catch Entropic Restructed before it leaves!