The Northampton Arts Council is an organization whose goal is to support and promote the arts in Northampton. Originally created as a Local Arts Lottery Council, it began its work by administering a grants program in which proceeds from a state lottery are distributed to local artists, arts groups, and public schools.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Chance Encounters at A.P.E


Sculptures by Mutsu Crispin

March 8 - April 2, 2017
Artist Reception: Friday, March 10, 5-8pm

One’s first discovery of the bouncy ball (or ‘superball’) usually involves a surprise, and extreme delight, as an unassuming little orb of compressed rubber explodes off the ground or wall. In a series of sculptures by Vermont-based artist Mutsu Crispin, balls of different sizes, colors and visceral qualities are coaxed, danced, bullied or ouijaed into place to create a range of immersive visions. Each gaggle of balls is gently squeezed and suspended and — as if a spell were cast over them — time is suddenly frozen, gravity resisted or dispelled. Then begins a deepening play of associations as the balls float within their designs or wanderings, rhyming with their cast shadows, ghostly glows, nearby hardware and reflections. These dear objects from our childhood are animated and transmogrified, speaking in a chorus at once lighthearted, humorous, mysterious and ecstatic.

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