September 14, 2018

Reception for UNDER THE VOLCANO: William Hosie & Christin Couture

Reception for UNDER THE VOLCANO: William Hosie & Christin Couture

Date(s) - Friday, September 14, 2018
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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Show Runs September 7-29, 2018
Artist Reception: Friday, Sept. 14, 5-8 pm during Northampton Arts Night Out

As youngsters Christin Couture and William Hosie were fascinated by volcanoes (eruptions, smoke, lava!). Later on they became personally familiar with the daily activities of an actual volcano, the Popocatepetl in Mexico, believed to possess human qualities (sleeping, hiding, exhaling, temper tantrums). In Malcom Lowry’s great tragic novel, Under the Volcano, it is an ominous presence. As a universal symbol (destruction, upheaval, sexuality, hidden emotions, creativity) the volcano image appears throughout 19th Century literature and art, from Emily Dickinson’s poetry to the paintings of Frederick Edwin Church.

For Couture and Hosie the volcano remains a powerful form, both symbolic and actual, which they as visual artists have been exploring through 2 Dimensional and 3 Dimensional mediums and observing through a 24-hour web camera over the past several years. In their collaboration, selected images of the volcano, along with other related works, are merged whole or in part with sculptural elements and symbolic passages of color into a fully considered environment that expands upon their previous work in Mexico City.

William Hosie was born in Cos Cob, Connecticut, attended Skidmore College and has a BFA and an MFA in Sculpture from the University of Pennsylvania. His work has been exhibited at The DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park; The University Museum of Contemporary Art, and Herter Gallery, University of Massachusetts, Amherst; Taber Gallery, Holyoke Community College; Dabora Gallery, Brooklyn, NY; Downstreet Art, North Adams, and Storefront Artists Space, Pittsfield, MA.

Hosie works with small scale, interrelated bodies of sculpture called ‘sitings’ using humble materials such as plaster, wood, cardboard, styrofoam, plastic, paper. They are built, half-built, un-built, re-built, recalling a vast playground of toy-like structures, and often contain embedded color-coded shapes which add energy, direction, and movement to these forms. As a high school student he travelled throughout Mexico during the summer of 1970, and has been a frequent visitor for the past two decades. Pre-Hispanic architecture has inspired much of his work.

Christin Couture was born in Springfield, MA, and has a BFA in Painting from the University of MA, studied at the Brooklyn Museum Art School, and has had Fellowships at The MacDowell Colony; Yaddo; the Millay Colony; and Fondation Karolyi, France. Her work has been exhibited at El Rojo de Tacubaya, and Galeria Arvil, Mexico City; Monique Knowlton Gallery, New York City; Dabora Gallery, Brooklyn, NY; Boston University Art Gallery, MA; the DeCordova Museum & Sculpture Park, Lincoln, MA; The University Museum of Contemporary Art, UMass, Amherst.

Couture’s figurative paintings possess an edge of mystery and foreboding. Her subjects range from children and infants that are inspired by Victorian photography, to other natural phenomena such as icebergs, volcanoes, and her own backyard. She has lived and exhibited in Mexico City over a period of 40 years, and owns a small rooftop studio in the historic downtown with a splendid view of the volcanoes. She was a friend of the late author Raul Ortiz, who translated Under the Volcano into Spanish.

Couture and Hosie have had collaborative exhibitions at the Museo León Trotsky, Mexico City; Historic Northampton; the Brattleboro Museum & Art Center; Northampton Center for the Arts; and Wm Blizard Art Gallery, Springfield College. An essay about their collaborative exhibition, Bajo el Volcan, by Veronica Volkow, was published in La Journada, Mexico City. An essay by Miriam Moscona accompanied Couture’s solo exhibition, Volcanix, and was later published in La Revista de la Universidad Autonoma de Mexico.

They live and work in Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts and the East Village, New York City.
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