Saturday, May 25, 2024

Janice McDonnell’s works are part of “Beyond Boundaries” in Cambridge’s Inman Square.
(Photo: Inman Incubator via Facebook)

The art exhibition “Beyond Boundaries,” up at the Inman Incubator space through Sunday, might make visitors think that what lies beyond is New York: All three artists are from there. Janice McDonnell even finds her artistic muse in the waterfront around her Brooklyn studio, with paintings that portray the transformation of industrial sites along the Gowanus Canal and the evolving recreational areas of Red Hook and Governors Island.

The local connection is curator HyunYo Choi, a two-decade veteran of the art scene in Seoul, Korea, who became friends with the artists while studying in New York and now lives in East Cambridge. She launched Art Bridge Contemporary in 2012 to connect contemporary art between East and West and introduce contemporary Asian art to an international audience.

She had the artists and “needed a free space for an exhibition,” Choi said Tuesday. The incubator, a rotating pop-up storefront that opened in 2022 in the heart of Inman Square, accepted her application for a monthlong summer show.

After Inman Square, she hopes to find an exhibition space in Korea, she said.

In addition to McDonnell, the artists are:

An example of work by Arlan Huang. (Image from the artist’s website)

Arlan Huang, with roots in Bangor, Maine, who said in a press release that his abstract paintings are influenced by the fleeting nature of moments. “My ideas come from everything I know and don’t know. All my work is centered by what Allen Ginsberg called ‘the dearness of the vanishing moment,’” he said.

Jean Rim’s carvings draw inspiration from organic, repetitive arrangements found in nature. (Image from the artist’s website)

Jean Rim, another Brooklyn artist and, like Choi, a Korean American from Seoul. Her carving technique reflects patterns drawn from “organic, repetitive arrangements found in nature – the iridescent scales of a fish, the elegance of Fibonacci spirals, concentric circles in water,” Rim said.

The 33 works of “Beyond Boundaries” are at the free Inman Incubator, 1385 Cambridge St., Inman Square, Cambridge, open to the public between 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Wednesday to Friday and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. The Incubator schedule is here.