Local Rembrandts and such
“I have to say I am lucky enough to have signed on one of my favorite locals to The Junkyard, and that is Rebecca Wasilewski,” Junkyardarts Founder Lauren Pazzaneze says. “Aside from her amazing work, she is young, supremely talented and is very no-nonsense – she had no problems telling me what’s-what & how she wanted her work represented. Her small works, including her New Works and the precursor to it, just strike a chord with me – they are abstract and the movement and texture allow your imagination to run wild. I own two pieces so far and continue to collect. You can see her work at junkyardarts.com in the Gallery & Boutique, or at http://www.wooloo.org
Criteria for a Junkyard
“The Junkyard is always accepting submissions,” says Junkyardarts founder Lauren Pazzaneze. “I am looking for artists that are really pushing the envelope and exploring techniques and subject matter that you don’t see in your every day gallery – all mediums are welcome as our goal is to be as diverse as possible & to provide as many artistic options for the buyers. That means no sailboats at sunset, no Martha’s Vineyard in the spring – if you want cliché, you can go down to Newbury St. Aside from my personal preference in style, medium and technique, I need to be sure that The Junkyard’s goals and the artist’s goals are mutually beneficial and that I know I can work well with an artist. Egos need not apply. I don’t care how good you think you are; let your work speak for itself.”
“I am a big fan of the Griffin Museum of Photography in Winchester,” Junkyardarts founder Lauren Pazzaneze says. “As a photographer, I can always rely on them showcasing work that will inspire and drive me to be better at my own craft. I also love Space 242 in Boston. Though The Junkyard doesn’t show or sell any lowbrow work, I think it is an important part of the art community and the work is consistently thought provoking and generally the exact opposite of my own personal taste. I enjoy being in galleries that force me out of my comfort zone. I have seen some smaller galleries popping up around the Boston area and I have big hopes for Gallery 263 in Cambridge. They had a sculpture show recently that was pretty fantastic, and they make great use of a small, but sunny space. That, and my apartment, because I’ve been lucky enough to fill it with artwork from all the artists I sign up, and ones I admire!”
A junkyard master’s philosophy
“My goal with The Junkyard is to provide a place where people can browse art in a non-threatening way and I often get special requests from people who have an idea of what they like, but are looking for guidance,” says Junkyardarts founder Lauren Pazzaneze. “The number one thing to remember is beyond the jargon, the price tag and the BS artist statement, should be something that moves you. That feeling in your gut that says ‘wow, I need to have this in my home’. Don’t worry about what you think you know or don’t know about art. It is as simple as looking at something that excites you and taking it home. Everything else is mute. Great pieces can be found at open markets and open studios across Boston and the ‘burbs and the young artists are happy to talk about what they are doing and are willing to negotiate price.”
More words of wisdom from a junkyard master
“I am dedicated to showing that art doesn’t have to be daunting or elitist and that is why The Junkyard exists,” says Junkyardarts founder Lauren Pazzaneze. “My ultimate goal is to help people understand and appreciate the arts, whether or not they want to take anything home, and show the Boston area that fine art does exist outside of the MFA. At our last event, people were hanging with friends, drinking beer and buying great artwork – a perfect night in my book.
New work and event updates can be found at our blog: junkyardarts.blogspot.com and we will be at the South End Open Market all summer and fall – doing our part to shatter preconceived notions about art and who makes it.”
She’s a model artist
You want art. You like convenience. You’re in luck. Photographer Lauren Pazzaneze, of Somerville, created junkyardarts.com as a virtual gallery to show off her work, and that of six other artists. You can browse, ooh, ah, ogle and all the rest without having to doll up and stroll down Newbury Street (though there's nothing wrong with dolling up and strolling, either; in fact we do it every chance we get).
The statuesque artist got the idea as she walked down Newbury last summer. Her eyes were big, the bulge in her wallet small and she knew how much hard work it would be to find a noted gallery to represent her work. So she created the website, and invited six of her favorite artists—three photographers, a sculptor, a painter, and a graffiti artist—to display their work. Visitors can virtual window shop, buy and even commission work.
It’s fun, Lauren says, even if it isn’t a big money-maker. The site has been up for nearly a year, enjoys a steady stream of visitors and the virtual contact fosters real-world community. Lauren and Junkyard help create events almost monthly at venues like the Somerville Theater, the Bromfield Gallery and the Nave Gallery. Lauren, herself, is not a likely gallery gal. A self-proclaimed nerd, Lauren loves paleontology and enjoys evenings at home snuggled in a blanket watching Discovery Channel dinosaur documentaries. As for cinema, no Slumdog Millionaire or Citizen Kane top her list. Lauren says Rocky is the greatest movie ever made, and has named a portion of her website The Balboa Project in homage to the fictional pugilist. Long-legged, almost six-feet tall with a shock of black hair, Lauren has model good looks and she's walked the runway now and then, but says she likes junk food too much to model seriously. Besides, she's experienced as an executive assistant at a venture capital firm. Hey, she may be a kooky artist, but is shrewd enough to know she needs a day job.
Art isn’t just for the elite—that’s her credo. And she has something to prove it – a junkyard — a fun, one-stop-shopping, bohemian junkyard, just waiting to be discovered by art hunters.