Curated by Allison Maria Rodriguez

November 28 – December 23, 2018

Reception: Friday, December 7, 6–8pm
Music Event & Collective Art Project: Saturday, December 8, 2–4pm
This event is part of the Boston Art Dealers Association’s second Saturday series

BREAKING THE RULES is Fountain Street’s annual core artist exhibition. This year’s theme asked each artist to create a work that involved the idea of breaking a personal or cultural rule. The resulting exhibition generates a space that questions the social role of the artist in regard to establishing and/or challenging cultural norms, as well as the artist’s personal relationship to that role within their own art-making practice. As a figure in cultural discourse, how does the artist function to critique or envision the world differently? How do the rules set up by an artist in their personal practice enable them to succeed, and how do these same rules hold them back? As artists question their own individual aesthetic and conceptual choices, this exhibit navigates the constructed binary of public/private, personal/political, and internal/external. At this particular moment in history, when artists are called upon to make sense of the uncertain, this exhibition interrogates the ongoing complex struggle of self-identity embedded in the term “artist.”  


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Sarah Alexander, Jim Banks, Kathline Carr, Brenda Cirioni, Cheryl Clinton, Marie Craig, Mia Cross, Denise Driscoll, Sara Fine-Wilson, Tatiana Flis, Joseph Fontinha, Kay Hartung, Anita Loomis, Mary Marley, Vicki McKenna, Joel Moskowitz, Iris Osterman, Chris Plunkett, Chelsea Revelle, Allison Maria Rodriguez, Alexandra Rozenman, Rebecca Skinner, Gin Stone, Sylvia Vander Sluis, Marcia Wise, Daniel Zeese, Leslie Zelamsky and Shao Yuan Zhang