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Invisible Cities

The Society of Arts and Crafts, Boston
August 6–October 22, 2011

What happens when three Turkish and three American artists spend time in the same cities, make work in one medium, and share source material? A venerable Newbury Street gallery features this experiment in cross-cultural collaboration.

Invisible Cities, organized by Floating World Projects and conducted through MassArt and Mimar Sinan University, show-cases fused glass-panel collages that were made during a MassArt residency last summer. The small panels incorporate silkscreened 13 images of street-scapes, archival maps, elevations, and skylines of New York and Istanbul. The ongoing process of discussing and sharing materials and techniques is as important as any individual piece on the wall. Music and video will be added for a multimedia installation in New York next year.

The exhibition continues the Society of Arts and Crafts’ (SAC) long-standing support for new approaches to craft. In the retail gallery downstairs, unrelated glass work in jewelry and tableware is also layered and luminous—and perhaps more visually compelling. It prompts one to imagine the dynamic energy that experimental collaborations among the SAC’s own artists might bring to Newbury Street.