The Chazan Gallery is presenting Under Construction, a group exhibition with works by Henry Ferreira, Viera Levitt and Deborah Zlotsky, from September 18 to October 7, 2015. There will be an opening reception for the artists on Gallery Night Thursday, September 17, from 5:00-9:00. The public is invited.
Henry Ferreira, Falling Logs, 2015
works in printmaking. His work is built on a deep respect for craft. Those acquired skills absorbed through years of practice are used as methods of exploration to execute content driven pieces. His recent work begins with observation but grows from process, making it more direct and less pre-visualized. Ferreira thinks of this work as similar to playing with blocks as a child, using printmaking to build through matrix and repeat. He makes his work in the studio he built himself in a two hundred year old farmhouse in Fairhaven, Massachusetts, where he also lives with his family.
’s Faculty Association/Union. He was in the inaugural class at Bristol Community College in Fall River, Massachusetts, and earned his BFA in 1972 from Southeastern Massachusetts University, now the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth. Ferreira has taught printmaking in Pont Avon, France, San Miguel and Cuernavaca, Mexico and in Rome, Italy. His work is represented in a number of public and private collections throughout the U.S and abroad.
Viera Levitt, Beauty in the Beast Series
(Boston City Hall), 2012
Viera Levitt's photographs depict intimate, unnoticed visual experiences, unusual structures and architectural details and forms. She makes no distinction between modern architecture and a safari. Levitt thinks that a photographer can find interesting and haunting images or surprising geometric forms anywhere. Her appreciation for unexpected juxtapositions comes from her curatorial experience. She enjoys combining and ‘curating’ seemingly disconnected visual elements. Levitt’s perception of and appreciation for the world are often experienced through a lens and she enjoys sharing her unique vision and curiosity with others. In her work, she prefers 'straight' photography and chooses not to manipulate her images in a computer.
Following her RISD Graduate Studies' Artslink Residency and her internship in the Photography Department at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, curator and photographer Viera Levitt moved to Rhode Island in 2006 from Slovakia where she had been the director of the Jan Koniarek Gallery. After 3 years as the Director of the CCRI Knight Campus Art Gallery, she is, since September 2012, the Gallery Director for the University of Massachusett Dartmouth. In both her 2012 solo show "Beauty in the Beast: Photography of Brutalist Architecture" at the Hera Gallery and in her solo "Brutally Sweet" in Project Space of AS220 in Providence, Viera explored Brutalism's stark geometric sculptural forms and heroic monumentality.
Deborah Zlotsky, In Love With Night, 2015
is interested in systems and languages emerging from the accumulation of visual relationships in continual revision. The daily anxiety of multi-tasking, absorbing new contingences, and having infinite access to information is acknowledged but also mitigated by the adjustments she makes. As she work, new relationships repeatedly redirect her, blurring her understanding of the difference between accident and intention. Eventually, the confusion of relationships slipping out of balance begins to create new structures and forms. These shifts and
accumulations become a way for Zlotsky to respond to the necessity of change, and the beauty and complexity of living.
Deborah Zlotsky is an artist and educator living and working in Albany and Providence. Zlotsky has exhibited across the country, and her drawings are in the curated flat files of Pierogi Gallery and The Boston Drawing Project at Joseph Carroll and Sons Gallery. Her recent and upcoming projects include solo exhibitions at Robischon Gallery in Denver, the SACI Gallery at Studio Art Center International in Florence, Italy, and Kathryn Markel Fine Arts in NYC. In 2012 she received a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in painting, and in 2014 her work was selected for New American Paintings (Northeast edition). Her work is in the collections of Nordstrom, Progressive Insurance, the Waldorf Astoria, and the Borusan Contemporary Art Collection, among others. Recent residency fellowships include Yaddo, Bemis Foundation, and VCCA. Zlotsky holds a BA in the History of Art from Yale University and a MFA in Painting and Drawing from the University of Connecticut. She is represented by Kathryn Markel Fine Arts in New York and Robischon Gallery in Denver. She presently teaches at the Rhode Island School of Design.