For Immediate Release
May 18, 2006
Gallery AA/B – ArtAdvisory/Boston
Contact:  Jennifer Wood-Patrick
(617) 574-0022 /


Gallery AA/B Announces: RESIDUE, reflections on aging and mortality - Curator: Erica H. Adams

Gallery AA/B is honored to present the vitally themed exhibition RESIDUE, by four mid career artists whose museum quality works explore their experiences of the last taboo of a youth obsessed culture - aging and mortality.

RESIDUE artists Erica H. Adams, David Akiba, Suzanne Kuffler and Jocelyne Prince worked unaware of each other while engaged in personal concerns that are universal, yet, often overlooked by contemporary culture and its institutions: aging and mortality. We believe the impact of a life matters.

Reflecting on the past, to face our future, Adams, Akiba, Kuffler and Prince’s monumental and intimate works include unique prints, photographs, assemblages and glass:

Large scale, unique prints by Erica H. Adams form a national portrait made from family photographs revised over time. Two U.S. epochs  -the Fifties and 21st Century –link personal, political and temporal to comment on social realities. Adams recognizes her open-ended process of inquiry that uses recycled imagery will ultimately, be washed away by time, nature and culture. What remains?

Adams has exhibited her prints, photographs and conceptual works in museums, traveling shows and alternative spaces such as the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, Independent Curators Inc., NY and Chautauqua Center for the Arts, NY. Her work is in Polaroid Collections and many private ones. A Faculty member of SMFA, Boston, Adams writes a column as Contributing Editor of arts quarterly This Side Up!, the Netherlands.

A suite of ten re-photographed picture I.D.’s taken of David Akiba between the ages of sixteen and sixty-four, frame a lifetime of roles Akiba considers ‘an intimate record of aging and attitude’. An after-image effect renders identity beyond the public or private and all material.

Collections of Akiba’s photographs include: Museum of Modern Art, NY; MFA, Boston; The Fogg; DeCordova and Brooklyn Art Museum , NY, as well as, many corporate collections. Recent shows include a retrospective of his landscape photographs at the Rose Art Museum; family photographs at New York City’s 92nd Street “Y” and abstract photographs from DeCordova’s Permanent Collection. Akiba is a Faculty member at Emerson College and Babson College.

Suzanne Kuffler’s hand-sized assemblages reconstruct an infrastructure of memory, from fragments and a network of holes, towards the possibility of future narratives.  Built with slivers of photographs and other materials she houses these contingent worlds within open containers. Kuffler hopes these works will acknowledge memory loss and foster its restoration, towards a legacy of meaningful human connection.

Awarded a National Endowment for the Arts grant for film and video, Kuffler has shown her work at The Pompidou Center, Paris and in New York, at the Museum of Modern Art, The Kitchen and Franklin Furnace.

Back-lit panels with the appearance of corroded daguerreotypes, are the actual residue of Jocelyne Prince’s family face cloths burned-out through glass sheets and risen to the surface. Prince’s family of reliquaries meditates on the fate of bodies and what constitutes a legacy.

Awarded several Canada Council Grants, Prince has shown in museums and alternative spaces throughout North America, Europe and Scandinavia. As RISD faculty and acting Glass Department Head, Prince teaches intermedia courses between sculpture, digital and glass. As a visiting artist she has taught in Germany, Japan and at Pilchuck Glass School in Washington.

Residue collects and connects all that we know as human, through memory and material to ask: what do we value or cherish? What legacy do we leave behind?

The exhibition Residue is hosted by Gallery AA/B from June 2 through June 30, 2006, with the Opening Reception Friday, June 2nd, 5-8 PM.  Public hours are Thursdays and Fridays 12:00 – 5:30 PM and by appointment.  For more information please call Gallery AA/B at (617) 574- 0022 or visit

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