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Stranger Times: Living in a World of the Upside Down, curated by Martha Friend

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Stranger Times: Living in a World of the Upside Down, curated by Martha Friend



1 Davis Square, Somerville

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“Art makes the familiar strange so that it can be freshly perceived. To do this it presents its material in unexpected, even outlandish ways: the shock of the new.”― Victor Shklovsky

 

We live in topsy-turvy times—Super storms wreak havoc on idyllic seaside towns while plagues of rabbits permeate small New England cities. Couples get married in the produce aisles of grocery stores; angry badgers seize Scottish castles; midnight tweets become front page news, and of course …dogs and cats living together. Is it a parallel universe or just a world gone mad? As our natural world collide with politics, challenging our social norms, things are not always as they appear to be. What’s going on here?
In the spirit of the theme of “FLIP” for this year’s ArtBeat, the Somerville Art Council with the help of guest curator Martha Friend presents “Stranger Times, Living in a World of the Upside Down” a multi-media exhibit that explores the absurd and unpredictable cultural landscape that features a madcap cast of character that will flip your lid.
 
Features artists include:
Judy Silverstein
Pauline Lim
Gary Duehr
Hilary Scott
Suzanne Lubeck
Jaina Cipriano
Peter Tasch
Alison Eagle
Nick Sullivan
Ola Aksan
Jodi Colella
 
About the Inside-Out Gallery
Initiated in 2009, The Inside-Out Gallery is located in the CVS Window in Davis Square, a unique space that allows the public to view an eclectic array of works from artists and local organizations each month. The mission of the Somerville Arts Council is to cultivate and celebrate the creative expressions of the Somerville community. Through innovative collaborations and quality programming we work to make the arts an integral part of life reflective of our diverse city.