Includes artwork by:

Ari Hauben

Sam Belisle

Sofia Plater

Lost & Found examines Belisle, Plater & Hauben’s most recent work and their explorations of urban

identity through a variety of media, including, painting, sculpture, and installation. Each of the artists

embrace a Pop Art and Graphic Art approach, make stylistic use of unexpected materials, and employ

texture as a prominent element in their artwork. Additionally, Lost & Found will feature an immersive,

full-scale installation by Plater in the gallery’s back space.

Lost & Found runs from September 6th through 28th at Beacon Gallery, with an opening reception on

September 6th at 6 pm.

 

More about the artists:

Sam Belisle

Sam Belisle is a Boston-based painter, sculptor, and installation artist. He received his BFA in Studio Art

from Denison University (Granville, OH) in 2013 and his MFA from the School of The Museum of Fine

Arts at Tuft’s University (Boston, MA) in 2018.

My work, whether it be painting, sculpture, or installation, highlights moments of work and leisure within a working-class

context. I see this as a necessary revisiting of the American tradition of Social Realism. Following the Great Depression,

artists shifted their focus towards the working-class experience. Their realistic portrayal of American life acted as a political

weapon protesting the deficiencies of American capitalism while highlighting the values and dignity of an entire class of

people. I align myself with this part of American history because I recognize that those same social and economic injustices

are operating covertly today. As the working class continues to struggle ten years after the housing market crash of 2008,

you can see clear examples of class exploitation, disproportionate resource allocation, and the division of a collective

working-class consciousness.

Oil painting in general and portraiture are specifically tied historically to wealth and high-culture. I work within this medium

in an attempt to subvert this expectation. I further undermine these norms by working on found or repurposed materials.

My intention in these paintings and sculpture is to touch on experiences that are familiar to working-class people in order

to generate a collective consciousness that transcends divisions based on race, religion, ethnicity or any other means.

It is my hope that these paintings can acknowledge problematic symptoms of capitalism, refocus the interests of the

collective working class and bridge the gap of communication, and lastly, and perhaps most importantly, celebrate

community cohesion and other working-class values. Presenting a positive counter narrative is the first step in disproving

fears fashioned by white supremacy.

 

Sofia Plater

Sofia Plater is a Boston-based mixed media and sculpture artist. She received her BFA from Boston

College in 2011 and her MFA from The School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University in 2018.

Sofia works with construction materials to create unexpected explorations of aesthetic possibilities. Her

work features designs that resemble naturally growing forms composed mostly of human-made and

mass-produced materials that were once destined to inhabit a landfill. Creating sculptures that are

simultaneously organic and synthetic, her work evokes the conflict between natural and man-made

architecture. Her primary inspiration comes from witnessing the architecture of raw nature and the freeform

textures and structures that exist and grow in the environment.

 

Ari Hauben

Ari Hauben is a Boston-based artist and a member of Boston’s Fort Point Art Community. His work

consists of multimedia work which covers a broad spectrum of topics, styles, and materials and has been

exhibited throughout Boston, including at the Grand Opening of the Art of Americas Wing at the

Museum of Fine Arts.

Ari’s artwork predominantly involves newspaper, epoxy, spray paint, and layering techniques that are

integrated into a variety of visual platforms. Oftentimes he constructs the images within his work using

newspaper print from relevant articles for the dual purpose of creating meaning for the work, as well as

adding an element of perspective. Although this style has been his latest muse, he is continually

searching for ways to push boundaries and expand his art into new territories.

The idea of form meeting function was born out of Ari’s belief that art can be both meaningful and

aesthetically pleasing, something he embraced while getting his BFA in industrial design from RIT. He

continued to explore and refine his style and skill set while getting his MFA from BU. As a result of his

experiences in both Industrial design and fine arts, Ari believes in not limiting himself to any one process

or material. Instead, he simply reaches for a solution that feels right for each individual piece of work.

Thus, Ari leaves no stone un-turned in creating art that represents not only his experiences, but those

society at large as well.