I went to the BFA twice, once solo and once with a few other people. Both times I noticed myself and the others lingering around HA 13's noise-emitting sculptures, trying to figure out exactly how they worked. People were having fun with these pieces. It would be interesting to track the movements of people around such works as i noticed we were walking in circles, stopping and starting abruptly, repeating various actions that might have triggered the motion. I liked the idea of a low-volume alarm catching people as they look at paintings that contain subject and stylistic qualities that are somewhat taboo (I don't know if taboo is the right word, but I think politics and street art definitely carry some taboo connotations..). Also, I really appreciate the bold use of color and utilization of the canvas and wall for painting, plus the big red "V" is clearly visible from the street through the windows, which brings the painting into yet another dimension.
In the MFA show I was drawn to the work of Jonathan Kaiser, more so in his approach to enliven hidden places than his overall aesthetic though. The punched hole in the wall filled with flatly-colored crystal-like shapes was disguised as something broken, but on closer examination revealed something purposeful, beautiful, and highly detailed. I liked this play between the broken vs. the intentional in his work as was also evident in the record with endlessly repeating tracks.