The Northampton Arts Council works to support and nurture the arts in the city of Northampton. The Council awards grants twice each year to artists and arts groups from both state and locally-raised funds, and seeks to improve public awareness of the arts. Its' goals include maintaining and preserving the rich and diverse cultural heritage of Northampton, programming such annual events of interest to the community as First Night Northampton and Transperformance.

Friday, September 4, 2015

COLLAGE ARTIST MICHAEL SJOSTEDT’S SOLO SHOW



COLLAGE ARTIST MICHAEL SJOSTEDT’S SOLO SHOW, MAGAZINE DREAM DESIGNED FOR LOCAL RETAIL SPACE OPENS IN NORTHAMPTON
The exhibit opens on Friday, September 11, at J. Rich Men’s Clothing in Northampton, MA

Northampton, MA, September 1, 2015 – Magazine Dream, collage artist Michael Sjostedt’s latest series, will be on display at J. Rich Men’s Clothing (153 Main Street, Northampton) from September 11 to September 27, 2015. Magazine Dream is the first collection Sjostedt created to suit a particular space – a modern men’s clothing store. The opening reception takes place during Northampton’s Arts Night Out on Friday, September 11 from 5pm to 8pm.

“J. Rich’s space has a modern, minimal aesthetic,” said Sjostedt. “Creating work to suit the environment challenged me to work with fewer design elements and embrace precision. This new direction aligns with my main visual inspiration: mid-century modern design and color palette.”

Sjostedt sourced the majority of his imagery and design elements from magazines and sewing pattern books from the 1950s and 1960s. All pieces measure 14 x 17 unframed (16 x 18 framed), and are handmade using the traditional cut and paste collage technique.

Learn more about the event on Facebook: www.facebook.com/events/799569163497727/. Follow Sjostedt’s work on Instagram: @magazinedreamcollage.

About Michael Sjostedt

Michael is a western Massachusetts-based collage artist and event organizer. In 2014 he curated Recipher: Coding with Collage, a 10-person show that explored how collage can be used to reinterpret and repurpose the messages and representations in mass communication into something more elusive and personal. He’s also the founder of LOOP Upcycled Art Market, which showcases artisans who specialize in handmade art and craft using repurposed materials.


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