The myth of the bohemian painter as a brooding, heroic individual at odds with society has been an enduring aspect of public perception since the late 19th century
. In truth, artists have historically been less like troubled outsiders and more like the village blacksmith — hard working professionals plying a learned trade, often with the aid of others. This month’s exhibition at Semantics in Brighton, UPS: An Ugly Portrait Series
, is rooted in the collaborative process of days past. Consisting of a series of four “self-portraits” by friends Matt Wiseman, Michael Willett, Jacob Isenhour and Geoff Cullen, the works in the show were begun individually then exchanged with each other cross-country via UPS for further elaboration. The gratifying results are a mash-up of saccharine colors, curious juxtapositions and even a few rhinestones. Hours: noon-4 p.m. Saturdays. Through Jan. 28.