Brickbottom Artists Association

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Brickbottom Artists Association and Gallery

Artists' building, non-profit gallery, artists' association -- Brickbottom is all of this, and so much more. Some know us as one of the country's first and largest artist-developed live-work buildings, located in the former cannery and bakery of the A&P Grocery chain. Some associate our name with our building's annual Open Studios events. Others know Brickbottom as a neighborhood of Somerville MA that, in the 1800s, produced the clay to make bricks for ritzy Boston residences.

The artists who made Brickbottom their home in the mid-1980s also established a vital community arts organization and gallery:

  • Brickbottom Artists Association (BAA): A non-profit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to preserving and expanding the arts in Somerville and the greater Boston area. Founded in 1987 by residents of the Brickbottom Artists Building, the BAA today welcomes both resident and non-resident artists and supporting members.
  • Brickbottom Gallery: A non-profit exhibition space established in 1989 and operated by the BAA. The gallery presents 3 BAA-member shows per year, along with exhibitions of work by emerging and established artists from the greater Boston area and beyond.

Welcome to the BAA's web site!

Explore our pages to learn more about our members and their work, our annual Open Studios weekend, and our history, and get information about exhibition opportunities at the Brickbottom Gallery, and consider joining the BAA as an artist or supporting member!

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    I was born into a dissident family in Moscow in 1971 and had an early interest in art. I took classes from a group of underground artists in the Soviet Union and studied under the dissident artists who later gained world acclaim as an émigré artist. In 1989, I immigrated to the U.S. I received a BFA in Painting in 1995 from State University of New York, and an MFA from The School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, MA in 1997 After moving from NYC to Boston my paintings became more narrative and landscapes less abstract. My work began to resemble theatrical stages and a fully-formed sense of visual narrative emerged. Since 2010 I have been working on a series titled Moving In..., which focuses on playful and humorous narratives of her cohabitating with famous artists. Through this series she wants also to touch upon questions of artistic influence and dialogue, emulation and creativity, continuity as well as discontinuity in contemporary art and the world as a whole. I had solo and two-person exhibitions at the Ann Loeb Bronfman Gallery in Washington, DC, Gallery 360 in Minneapolis; Clark Gallery in Lincoln, Massachusetts and Fitchburg University in Fitchburg, MA. Her group exhibitions include, among others, The Painting Center of New York, Multicultural Arts Center in Boston and the Moscow Center of Contemporary Art. In September of 2018 she had a solo show at Hudson Gallery in Gloucester MA, titled Blind Dates. Since 2016 I have been a core member of the Fountain Street Gallery in Boston, MA. Her show in 2020 has been postponed due to COVID 19. It happened with Nora Valdez in the Fountain Street Gallery in Boston in February 2021.
    Giliane is a contemporary abstract artist currently training with artist Nicholas Wilton as a member of his Art2Life Academy. She creates her work with many layers from a place of joy and inspiration. Feeling alive and present is what art is all about.
    The Natural World is the inspiration for my art work: its energy and vitality, its constant movement and change, its power, its vulnerability, its beauty.
    Color and chaos call me to paint. I go where the muse sends me.
    I like the little things of life, the spectacle of nature, the lines and shapes of the world. I use them to create images, to map voyages, to share impressions. If you think my work is colorful, warm, and a bit mysterious, if it makes you smile, or travel, or imagine, if you want to take it home with you, I have reached my goal.
    I have been making (art) work for over 40 years. It has been and still is a changing , evolving process. As things in my life change, the work also changes. My concerns are not with the how (or what materials are used), but with the WHY. It is a very intuitive and improvised process. I agree with the statement by John Cage : "Art is not about self expression, but about self alteration." I often incorporate humor and audience participation. Working in my studio clears my head and relates to the practice of 'mindfulness.' I try to ask questions rather than give answers. Robert Goss 2016
    I depict the sometimes conflicting aspects of life through painted images. I utilize various techniques and subject matters- each chosen to best communicate my questions to the viewer. While seemingly disparate, my bodies of work are not at odds. Rather, they offer several entrance points to the question of how people balance multiple spheres of influence and experience – often overlapping, interfering, or repelling one another. Throughout my work I explore the tension between memory and reality, the urban and rural landscapes, and the extraordinary complexities of everyday life.
    I draw stuff for clients, as well as for myself.

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