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Contructions by
Nancy Selvage

November 19, 2007 – February 8, 2008
Opening Reception: Wednesday, November 28, 5:30 - 7:30 P.M.

CAC Gallery (Cambridge City Hall Annex, 344 Broadway) presents an exhibition of perforated metal constructions by artist Nancy Selvage (November 19, 2007 – February 8, 2008), related to her recently installed permanent public art project, Water Wall, at the new Trolley Square Park in North Cambridge.

Nancy Selvage uses a variety of media to create sculpture that seeks to transform perspectives and offer views of elusive spaces and ephemeral forms. This exhibition features constructions of perforated sheet metal that demonstrate a range of Selvage’s work with the material that she selected to fabricate Water Wall. These works interact with light and context, introducing unique spatial expressions activated by the layered movement and tension of perforated metal.

Commissioned through the Cambridge Arts Council, Nancy Selvage created Water Wall as permanent public art for the new Trolley Square Park, located at the busy intersection of Massachusetts and Cameron Avenues in North Cambridge. This 3600-square-foot park, named for the former Trolley barns that served the City’s original MBTA street car system in the early 1900s, connects with the existing Linear Park along the Minuteman bike path, and includes trees, flowerbeds, benches, landscaped paths, lighting, bicycle racks, and Selvage’s public artwork. After neighborhood residents expressed interest in an artistic water feature, “flow” became the theme for Nancy’s design. Using layers of perforated steel, she created a 28 foot-long curvilinear sculptural wall that evokes waves and play of light. Water Wall provides a prominent visual element for the active street corner that animates the streetscape on one side while sheltering and enhancing the circular seating alcove within the park.

Nancy Selvage is program director and instructor at the Ceramics Program of the Office for the Arts at Harvard University, and has taught at Massachusetts College of Art, Ewha University in Seoul, School of the Museum of Fine Arts, and Rhode Island School of Design. Her installations have been recognized and supported by various grants and awards including a Massachusetts Artists Foundation Sculpture Fellowship and two Massachusetts Cultural Council New Works Commissions.

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CAC Gallery exhibitions are free and open to the public.