Thursday, Oct 1, 12-1pm
Meet at the
Fort Point Arts Community Gallery, 300 Summer Street, Mezzanine, Boston, MA 02210
Have you ever wondered about how the arts and technology intersect? Join us for a behind-the-scenes tour of the firms LogMeIn, Blade and WeWork in historic Fort Point locations to find out. These companies are high tech and incubator firms that have partnered with the Fort Point Arts Community (FPAC) on a corporate art program that brings original art into offices as a placemaking effort and to contribute to a workplace environment that stimulates creativity. LogMeIn is a well-known provider of Software as a service and cloud-based remote connectivity services for collaboration. Blade is looking to build the next great travel company, in Boston, while WeWork is a platform for creators that provides office space, community, and services for start-ups.
FPAC enriches the Fort Point area with a resident live/work artist population that contributes to the district's and the City of Boston's cultural life. Co-sponsored by the Fort Point Arts Community and the Friends of Fort Point Channel. This is a program of ArtWeek Boston.
The tour will be led by Christina Lanzl of the Urban Culture Institute who also serves as Project Director for the Fort Point Arts Community.
The event is free. A limited number of tickets is available. Register on EventBrite.
The Fort Point Arts Community’s (FPAC) art lending program showcases artists from Boston's Fort Point and beyond. LogMeIn, a global company with headquarters in Fort Point, has been a strong ally of the arts and culture in the neighborhood. LogMeIn provides worldwide solutions for remote control, file sharing, systems management, data backup, business collaboration and on-demand customer support of PCs, servers, Macintosh computers, smartphones and other connected devices. FPAC offers an art-lending program, art commissioning and corporate art consulting services. Working together benefits the partners and strengthens the arts and culture in Fort Point, a neighborhood on South Boston’s waterfront. FPAC is committed to working with clients and artists so that specific needs and expectations are being met. Investing in art, culture and Boston artists improves the quality of life in your surroundings, creates sense of place and identity and stimulates growth. Services are provided on a fee-based structures tailored to individual budgets and requests. Participating artists benefit through art loan honorariums and art commissions. Christina Lanzl manages the program as FPAC Project Director since July 2015, working hand-in-hand with Executive Director Emily O'Neil and the FPAC Board of Directors, chaired by Jen Mecca.
The third long-term exhibition at LogMeIn features works by Emily Cobb, Monica Chiang, Nathan Evans, Ian Kennelly, Sterling Mulbry, Kimberly Radochia, Claudia Ravaschiere and Jonathan Stark. On August 18, LogMeIn celebrated the installation of six works by Elisa Hamilton, Dylan Hurwitz, Karen McFeaters, Andrew Neumann, Krina Patel and Tom Wojciechowski. The works highlight LogMeIn’s truism “Possibility Increases with Connectivity”. The group of place-specific commissions were the result of an open FPAC call for artists in fall 2014. LogMeIn's Simply Possible, a corporate identity project. The success of this first initiative at LogMeIn's world headquarters in Boston is now introduced to their offices around the world, as well.
Nick DeLuca. "LogMeIn Marks Fort Point Expansion By Showing Off Neighborhood Artists." BostInno, August 19, 2015.
"LogMeIn Enlists Art Community to Help Re-launch Brand." nasdaq.com, August 18, 2015.
Simply Possible Artist Statements
1. Elisa H. Hamilton
Crayon, ink, gouache, and oil pastel on paper.
48 pieces, 7" x 7" each
The art that I make is grounded in the belief that we are constantly surrounded by reasons to be joyful. I strive to bring the inherent brilliance of our everyday places, objects, and experiences into vivid focus. I work from life, captivated by the honest vibrancy of our ordinary surroundings. I explore everyday subject matter with ordinary materials such as crayon, ink and paper- heightening what may be considered commonplace with multi-layered works that revel in color, texture, depth and shape. The subject matter I choose speaks not only to our day to day surroundings, but also to our broader human experience; relationships, expectation, triumph, loss- but above all, hope.
2. Dylan Hurwitz
untitled (Fort Point 2015)
Oil and acrylic on canvas
48” x 60”
untitled (Fort Point 2015) is the result of a collaboration between a group of LogMeIn employees and artist Dylan Hurwitz, where the artist performed on piano while LogMeIn employees danced on a canvas stage with paint. The piece is part of a larger project of Hurwitz's that utilizes music and dance to create paintings. As a trained pianist and painter, Hurwitz's work is often the result of an attempt to bridge both practices.
3. Karen McFeaters
Full Spectrum Triptych
Acrylic on canvas
24” x 72" (three 24 x 30" canvases)
Full Spectrum Triptych is my depiction of the way business has been conducted over the years, past and present. The first of the three paintings is monochromatic, representing an antiquated model of doing business when people where anchored to large buildings to get things done. The center painting introduces more color as the bridge between the "new" buildings and the "old," as well as the connection between the old way of doing things and the new. The third painting is the brightest and most colorful of the three canvases, depicting Fort Point, home of the original innovators (the artists) and now also the home of innovators in technology, such as LogMeIn. A neighborhood rich in history and ripe with potential, I'm proud to call it my home.
4. Andrew Neumann
digital ink jet print, solid-state media player, video module
48" x 36"x 6"
Crane (matrix) is a meditation on construction cranes, all shot out one specific window in my studio in Fort Point. Documented over an 18-month span, the piece depicts different weather patterns, and is constructed as a matrix of still video images juxtaposed against a single video screen, contrasting the "static" versus the "dynamic".
5. Krina Patel
approx. 70" x 48" x 8”
Simply Connect is a fun interactive piece that evokes childhood memories while referring to LogMeIn's work of enabling people to simply connect. The motif on the game pieces is inspired by Hungarian embroidery acknowledging the company's early connection to Hungary.
6. Tom Wojciechowski
20” x 72”
This piece is part of my series titled Writing with a Camera, where a stationary light source becomes the writing utensil of a moving camera. The project is a singular fit for LogMeIn's tag line. Using the headquarter building's sign and a neighborhood streetlamp, I spell out the words in dynamic fashion.
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