The mission of the Nave Gallery is to is provide local, national, and international artists opportunities to show work that is experimental, collaborative, and non-commercial. The new Artist Residency Program is an extension of our purpose, and provides a space to artists to experiment and develop new work, while connecting and collaborating with our community. This program takes place in our main space in Teele Square, and is open to artists creating work in Somerville.
2014 Artist Resident: Ted Ollier
Ted Ollier is a visual artist with a varied background. He was born in the midwest, lived in the south, and now resides in the northeast. He has been a photographer, graphic designer, bass player, typographer, web pioneer, informational leafblower and armchair philosopher. He has also worked a variety of day-jobs, the details of which are not terribly important.
He holds degrees from the University of Texas, Texas State University and the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. At present, he is a printmaker and conceptual artist working in the Boston community of Medford. He is a faculty member at the New Hampshire Instutite of Art, shows through Bromfield Gallery in Boston, and teaches letterpress and design at the Bow and Arrow Press in Cambridge.
His concerns are with data and its interaction with the consensus reality, and how that reality is affected and changed by that data. Oftentimes the simplest visual representation of a dataset is enough to engage the interactor in ways far beyond the naïve reading of that information. Although the didactic element of information transfer is always present in his work, his true focus is on revelation and enlightenment, and the joy of finding a previously-unnoticed detail in the landscape of life.
During his residency, Ollier will approach the concept of change, experimenting with the ideas of cascading cubes, catenary curves and the confluence of courses. It is uncertain at this time how these conflicting concepts will coalesce, or whether they will cohabitate without comingling. Please join Ollier at three stages of this experiment and see what emerges.