Lynch asserts, Folly is art and life, and ultimately about risk-taking. “Nothing will ever be attempted if all possible objections must first be overcome” (Samuel Johnson). Folly is what makes us human. If we all play it safe, we cease to live. I make art to celebrate life
As an artist, B. Lynch, has been working with the topic of folly for many years. Her theatrical installations of the Folly pantheon have been shown at many solo exhibitions in New England. Her new project: The Red and the Grey has been in multiple shows. She is included in Breaking New Ground: A Festschrift in Honor of Alicia Faxon 2014from New Academia Publishing. Edited by Margaret Hanni, Phd. http://www.newacademia.com/
Lynch has been combining digital and other media for several years, including “Tragical, Comical”… an installation with video and a site-specific labyrinth at the Grimshaw-Gudewicz Gallery in Fall River MA in 2008. She presented a mixed media and video installation, Truth & Folly at UMass Amherst November 2004. Chain of Fools: Hogarth Reinterpreted by B. Lynch, a mixed media and video installation at University of New Hampshire. January 2006 her project Just a Pack of Cards, with the Open Studio Program was on view at the Currier Museum in Manchester NH. The Children’s Museum featured her site-specific installation – Folly Roger & the Sunken Treasure. Other shows of note are: the Throne Project 2003, Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Fool’s Progress, Eastern CT State University;The Game of Folly, The Art Complex Museum; and Plucked Fruit, Montserrat College of Art. Lynch has shown extensively in group shows including The Chicken Show at the Boston Center for the Arts; as well as shows in Germany and the Midwest.
Nevada, California, Texas and Alaska have played host to her videos and sound projects from 2011-2012. Video projects were screened at the Carnegie Museum in Pittsburg, University of California Chico State, Lexington Art League among others. The Artist Foundation, Boston, premiered her solo video project: The Lunar Cycle 1 in November 2009. Gabi Green Gallery in Munich Germany premiered two videos in Fall 2009. Miss Kittikins… is included in Creatures Great & Small, a show originating at Murray State College in Kentucky, it has a catalog and traveled to Paducah and Lexington Ky. Lynch has recently screened at The Music Hall in Portsmouth NH and Mobius Gallery in Boston. Miss Kittikins Disapears! was chosen for the le:60, The Lumen Eclipse 1 minute video festival, Harvard Square in Cambridge. The video: Road Show screened at the 8th annual NH Film Festival in Portsmouth.
The Virginia Center for the Creative Arts awarded her a fellowship in 2008. She has won several awards for her projects, including a Puffin Grant and Ludwig Vogelstein award. She is a co-founder of the Hall Street Artist Collaborative, which produced two outdoor video screenings. Her bibliography includes reviews in Sculpture Magazine, ART New England, the Boston Globe, the Boston Herald, the Patriot Ledger, the Wire and others, as well as several exhibition catalogues, and two cable TV presentations. She is included in the Springfield Ohio Museum of Art; The Boston Public Library, Boston; the Art Complex Museum, Duxbury, MA; Eastern Connecticut State University Collection; University of NH Art Museum; Simmons College; Art in Boston and Private collections in the USA, Germany, France and Sweden
As a teacher she has wide experience. Currently she is on the art faculty of the Department of Art and Music at Simmons College, Boston and Director of the Trustman Art Gallery at Simmons College. As part of a Colloquium funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities she lectured and displayed work at Hood College in Maryland, 2004. Her popular lectures on the topic of Folly and art have been given at many universitiesand colleges, most recently at Art Break, the UNH Art Gallery lecture series and the University Hour lecture at E.CT State University. She studied Japanese traditional theatre in Kyoto Japan. Lynch received her training at the Museum School in Boston, a BA from Kansas University and MFA from the Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University.
Critics say of her work: “Lynch has inspiration and intellect to spare. Her installation embraces the illogic of chance, double dealing, and rule breaking that too often define our lives. Her work also includes the overt nod to Dada and recalls Duchamp’s passion for chess.” — John Stomberg ART New England. ** “All is Folly succeeds in creating a kind of carnival of paintings – riotous and debauched, and altogether worthwhile.” — Cate McQuaid The Boston Globe.