Brickbottom Artists Association


SEEING NUMBERS: Using visual Metaphors to Explore Data in a More Accessible Format

Opening Reception:  Fri Jan 24, 7-9pm

Show runs Jan 23–Feb 22, 2020

Curated by Andrew Tang
Curator’s statement: Data has become mainstream, the word and its associations have become jargon. Many think of spreadsheets when you mention data, and yes, that’s a great way to catalogue, filter and sort through data: the data that we are really good at collecting, gathering and curating. But the information on these spreadsheets are about life, human information, human interactions; it’s about us and the world around us.

Visualizing data is the process of using visual metaphors to make connections, sometimes emotional connections to the data we’ve spent years collecting. Using color for visual cues, texture, directionality, position, and contrast to name a few applications in highlighting unique characteristics or trends in the numbers. I will be exhibiting examples of data visualization, expanding the definition of what people think these words mean.

Brickbottom Gallery

The Brickbottom Gallery is a non-profit exhibition space established in 1989 and run by the Brickbottom Artists' Association (BAA). It is open to emerging and established artists in the greater Boston metropolitan area. Shows are scheduled throughout the year, and there are no fees for exhibiting.

Artists and curators are encouraged to send group show proposals along with images, image index page, artists’ resumes and statements to Brickbottom Gallery, 1 Fitchburg Street, C-111, Somerville, MA, 02143. Questions? Email us at gallery [at]

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