YV ART MUSEUM – Contemporary Arts International in Acton, Massachusetts



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YV Symposium_Marin-Kevin-Yin_s(clockwise: Marin, Kevin, Yin, photo by Viktor)

This is our eleventh annual Stone Carving Symposium held from August 1 to August 21 with participating artists David Adilman (Andover MA), Kevin Duffy (Arlington MA), Memy Ish Shalom (Israel/Newton MA), Marin Murakoshi (Japan/Newton MA), Miguel Velit (Peru), Viktor Lois (Hungary/Acton MA) and Yin Peet (Taiwan/Acton MA). One of the highlights of this year’s Symposium is that for the first time four artists (Kevin, Marin, Viktor and Yin) are collaborating in the carving of the most prominently positioned stone which weighs 20 tons on top of the stone pile.

This estimated 20-year “New Art Archeology” project has since gained steady support from Mass Local Cultural Council of our town and the surrounding towns. Many sculptors have come back to carve more on the pile. For example, this is Kevin’s sixth year carving on the pile, Marin’s fourth year and Miguel’s third year traveling here from Peru. Each of their creations is monumental. Clearly, by now it has been a community-embraced art site.
At the completion of the Symposium on August 21 (Sunday 2:00PM), we typically hold an Opening Reception with Artists Talk to celebrate our accomplishment. Every summer riding on the Symposium celebration, we have been hosting excellent artists in residency and exhibit their artwork at the Museum. This year in our indoor galleries, we will present paintings by Miguel Velit and Yin Peet in the downstairs Gallery, Jacob Kravetz in the main hall.



Thanks to the support of our audience’s donation, Mass Cultural Council of the following Towns: Acton-Boxborough, Ayer, Billerica, Chelmsford, Concord, Groton, Littleton, Maynard, and Westford, and the generosity of Mark and Pat Smith, Enterprise Bank and Oasis Foundation in NYC. During the Symposium we are open to the public from 2PM-5PM, otherwise by appointment everyday 10AM to 6PM. CAI’s admission is $10 for adult, $5 for students & seniors and children under 7 is free.

Exhibition of Paintings

In the downstairs gallery, work by Miguel Velit and Yin Peet is titled MURALS-INDOOR STREET ART. It consists of three paintings by Velit, sized two 6’x9’, one 15’x11’. The painting by Peet is 38’x12’, covering one entire side of the gallery wall. In terms of the meaning of the title “Indoor Street Art,” curator Viktor Lois articulated, “The street art today is the new mural. Though indoors, the street art is still following the tradition of murals which primarily deals with social issues. A good example is presented in Buchwick Brooklyn, NY.”  In this connotation, street art comes indoors to our gallery.

Miguel-Yin working_sFurthermore, Miguel wrote: “Since remote times, Man has always searched for ways of expression to narrate his ideas, history and thoughts. In Altamira, Spain, primitive men told stories by making drawings on large stones. In Mexico in 1920, a great artistic current emerged, Mexican Muralism, which was well influenced by the revolution. Mexican muralists contribute greatly to the current Communist success by narrated historical and revolutionary political events in their work. Among the great masters of muralists were Diego De Rivera, the great David Siqueros, and Jose Orosco. Their narrated historical events in great murals outdoors directly impacted the way popular expression was framed at that time. This phenomenon is not unique to Mexico. Peru has the similar movement in this regard. In Hungary, Russia, and New York, murals that come indoors from the street are part of the art movement from the 60s, 70s, and 80s to the present.”

The two artists’ murals we present here each show the artists’ own styles and cultural backgrounds. Yin, an immigrant from Taiwan, painted a reclining female nude figure with long hair, body half emerged in a lotus pond while one arm holds the sun passing dawn and the other arm holds the moon entering night. The painting entitled “ONE DAY ON EARTH” focuses on the Yin’s view on human’s philosophical yearning to reach out to the important life sources from mother earth.  By contrast, Miguel’s painting describes his social empathy toward Peruvian life. One painting portrays a Peruvian bus full of passengers, the second, an Inca riding a bicycle through the street of New York, the third, the Crazy Man in Central Park of Lima, each painting charged with tremendous energy of the brightly colored South American culture.

Jacob_A Gross Expression of Zen_s(A GROSS EXPRESSION OF ZEN-2022 by Jacob Kravetz)

In the main hall on a twelve foot-high, twenty-four foot-wide wall, we present a group of 100 (20”x20” each) acrylic paintings by Jacob Kravetz titled “A Gross Expression of Zen – 2022”.  To explain why “Gross,” Jacob describes: “I have used enso (a circle that is hand-drawn in one uninhibited brushstrokes to express a moment when the mind is free to let the body create) as a daily meditative-art practice for nearly two years now. In my creation of A Gross Expression of Zen, I utilized this meditative practice to explore artistic zeugma. In exploring this challenge, however, I came to feel there was a deeper, more complex set of relationships that could be explored with the concept of “artistic zeugma” in which the title applies to many aspects of the art (e.g. process, form, and experience).

The “expression of zen” is represented by the enso. Here, the term “gross” in the piece’s title performs the zeugma. The piece is also gross in that it is large, not just physically large, but containing a near infinite number (~10^250) of display permutations. On display, it expands beyond the confines of the gallery wall inset. The process of expression was also gross, but in a disgusted way. Instead of patiently and meditatively performing each enso daily, Jacob created them in a frenzy of activity, with between ten and thirty ensos made each day in rapid succession. Finally, with a riot of color instead of the traditional black and white, the enso backgrounds produce a vulgar and tranquil display.”
The painting exhibition can be viewed throughout the year, and we cordially invite you to share this artist experience.


ACTON BIG-FOOT by Viktor Lois

Viktor&Big-Foot_webThis 23-feet, 7.5 tons steel sculpture was installed on the art grounds in September 2021 when we are just come out from the “dormant period” caused by the pandemic.
























We have renamed this art ground YV ART MUSEUM = “WHY WE ART MUSEUM” (administered by the Contemporary Arts International CAI). “YV” refers to Yin Peet and Viktor Lois whose artworks are the anchor of the Museum, “We” refers to the artists who had taken residencies at the art grounds and/or had participated in our New Art Archeology program, and donate their excellent artwork to our permanent collection. Together, we are realizing this legendary art mission.