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Mea Duke & Douglas Breault at Fort Point Arts Center

  • Fort Point Arts Center 300 Summer Street Boston, MA, 02210 United States (map)

The Fort Point Arts Community Gallery is pleased to announce Futureland, the third show of the 2017-2018 season, juried by Mary Tinti.

Futureland is a two-person, site-specific installation of new work created for the FPAC Gallery by Mea Duke and Douglas Breault. The installation title, Futureland, derives from the name for the information center for the artificial island of Maasvlakte, a deep-water port in Rotterdam in the Netherlands. Maasvlakte’s landform started developing in the 1960s during Rotterdam’s postwar revitalization, continues to grow, and is engineered to serve as a major stopover for the global shipping industry, capable of berthing the world’s largest ships.

Duke and Breault incorporate how “sea-blindness,” a term more generally understood as “out of sight, out of mind,” relates to how unapparent it is how goods make their way to our stores and homes. The continuously increasing size and efficiency of the shipping industry somehow makes it harder to see. Duke and Breault chew over the sheer volume of everyday goods that crisscross the globe, from bananas to automobiles and oil, and the vast impact the trillion-dollar shipping industry has on the environment, the global economy, international relations, and cultures. The artists’ enlist painting, printmaking, sculpture, and photography to intertwine the familiarity of the objects with their absurd and elusive navigation through unregulated spaces globally.

On February 1, 2018, at 2:00 pm the School of the Museum of Fine Arts Senior Thesis Program, instructed by Andy Graydon and Kendall Reiss, will visit the exhibition for an informal artist talk and exhibition tour with the artists Mea Duke and Douglas Breault. This public is invited to attend and to contribute to the discussion and observe in the space.

In preparation for the students’ upcoming senior thesis exhibition, the topics will range from conceptual and formal elements of the installation to the technical aspects of installing and promoting an exhibition as artists. Duke and Breault will discuss writing press releases and artist statements. They will also lead exercises in viewing their own artwork objectively and critically when installing an exhibition.

Earlier Event: January 30
James McAnally at SMFA at Tufts
Later Event: February 1
Sarah Oppenheimer at the Harvard GSD