Fountain Street Fine Art to exhibit ‘Systematic Ambiguity’

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Posted March 17, 2016

FRAMINGHAM — Fountain Street Fine Art, 59 Fountain St., Framingham, will host an exhibition titled “Systematic Ambiguity,” featuring work by Tracy Spadafora, of Westborough, and Carrie Crane, of Boylston, on display May 19 through June 19.

 Tracy Spadafora,  Intervention (Part 1)

Tracy Spadafora, Intervention (Part 1)

Spadafora, an encaustic painter, will show pieces from two recent series, “DNA” and “Evolve.” Both series speak to issues of environmental concern such as global warming and genetic food modification. With the “DNA” series, she uses DNA sequences to provide visual patterning and symbolic reference. The “Evolve” series departs from the more cognitive aspects of her work and employs the nature of wax as a medium, resulting in meditative landscapes.

"My work in ‘Systematic Ambiguity’ suggests a dubious relationship between humanity and the environment — systems that are continually in flux as they create, destroy and reassert themselves,” she said. Crane’s work, while not media-specific, is held together by the common theme of the diagram and map. The paintings, constructions and books presented in this exhibit are a comment on the nature of scientific knowledge visualization (infographics) and the tendency for the public to imbue these systems and symbols with great authority regardless of their context. In her work, Crane removes the diagram or map from any associated data allowing for intended ambiguity and an invitation for interpretation.

 Carrie Crane

Carrie Crane

“In my work I adopt and capitalize on the informative and authoritative quality of knowledge visualization to tease out its subjective nature and draw attention to how we apply meaning to what we are told,” she said.

An opening reception will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. May 21 and an artist talk is scheduled for 2 p.m. June 12. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays and by appointment.

Fountain Street Fine Art exhibits contemporary work by emerging and mid-career artists. Solo shows by member artists alternate with collaborative projects, installations and group shows.

For more information, call 508-879-4200 or visit FountainStreetFineArt.comtracyspadafora.com orcarriecrane.com.