Artist-in-Residence 2017

Greg Lookerse is the 2017 Artist-in-Residence at Fruitlands Museum and The Old Manse, and he will also work with The Old Manse in Concord, MA as part of the residency. Lookerse creates sculptural artwork that joins conceptual rigor with thorough craftsmanship. It is not enough for him to read texts by influential authors including St. Augustine, Herman Melville, Henry David Thoreau, and Annie Dillard. Once read, the pages of his personal copies become visual art. In a process that often evolves through performative consideration, the ideas held within the pages become activated and made public in a way they would not if they remained on a book shelf. Lookerse cuts and folds pages of Ralph Waldo Emerson’s essays into an elaborate, mandala-like relief resembling the rose window of a Gothic cathedral. Pages of Thoreau’s Walden become a winding path on a gallery floor with a simply-hewn prayer bench at its center. Herman Melville’s Moby Dick becomes simple, blunt paintings as the artist systematically covers all but chapter headings with rows of white pigment.

Selections from Lookerse’s 2016-17 series “The Living Rose” and “Altar Stones” will create a fitting introduction to his work to our community. He will also create new art in response to the collections and the settings at Fruitlands Museum and The Old Manse, the results of which will be presented at each site later in 2017. Stay tuned for more information.

Artist Biography
Greg Lookerse is an interdisciplinary artist who received his MFA from Tufts University in conjunction with the School of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston in 2014. Originally from California, he has a studio at the Boston Center for the Arts while exhibiting his work around the world. His recent solo exhibitions include Communing with Silence, a solo exhibition at the Piano Craft Gallery (2016), and Everything is God to Me and Everything is Dust to Me, at Kingston Gallery, Boston (2015).

Our calendar of classes and workshops provides opportunities for you to take classes with current and past Artists-in-Residence and other museum staff.


Past Artists-in-Residence:

Central Massachusetts Convention and Visitors Bureau Blue Star Museums 1000 Museums American Alliance of Museums Nema New England Museum Association