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One Life

March 17, 2024April 29, 2024

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O! the one Life within us and abroad,
Which meets all motion and becomes its soul,
A light in sound, a sound-like power in light,
Rhythm in all thought, and joyance everywhere

And what if all of animated nature
Be but organic Harps diversely framed,
That tremble into thought, as o’er them sweeps
Plastic and vast, one intellectual breeze,
At once the Soul of each, and God of all?

from “The Eolian Harp” by Samuel Taylor Coleridge, published 1796

Matthew Swift Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition curated with the inspirations of dance, plant life, and Coleridge’s poem “The Eolian Harp,” responding to the collaboration between Boston Dance Theater and visual artist Kim Radochia which led to the premiere of a new performance piece entitled “Unfurling” at a special performance and reception on March 16th.

The Gallery will host a public reception in celebration of the artists participating in the exhibition on Saturday, April 6, 5–7pm.

One Life features new works by Kim Radochia and Peter Lyons, works by Debra Olin and Patton Blackwell not previously shown at Matthew Swift Gallery, and works by Winston Boyer, Gabrielle Barzaghi, and Aron Leaman. The Gallery is also very pleased to introduce two works of batik on silk by Mary Edna Fraser [The Gallery’s artist page for her will be created soon; meanwhile visit her home page directly.]

A selection of works in the exhibition are shown below.