The Chazan Gallery is pleased to present It’s what you don’t say, an exhibition of works by Jacqueline Ott, Lisa Perez and Sean Riley, from October 19 to November 8, 2017. There will be an opening reception for the artists on October 19, from 5:00 - 8:00. The public is invited.
With a commitment to abstraction and the formal elements of design, artists Jacqueline Ott, Lisa Perez and Sean Riley manipulate their respective materials, testing the border between two and three-dimensions to challenge perceptions of space and time. This exhibition examines the subtleties and nuances of such perceptions.
Each artist embraces an evidence of the hand in their work and evokes a transformation of expectation through the power of what is not readily apparent. Processes are revealed in underlying marks, traces, and the bending and layering of lines in drawing, sculpture and textiles. Each uses structure and form to explore the power of the void - or the space between the lines. Just as silence is an integral part of music, these artists find intuitive and fluid ways to shape the space within and around their works and expand visual possibilities. By creating such hovering spaces through systematic construction and deconstruction of their respective materials, they entice the viewer to complete a loop left open to be experienced in the act of looking.
Ott, Perez, and Riley have been meeting together on a regular basis for over a year, sharing ideas and working methods in one another’s studio. This is an exhibition of visual systems, material explorations, and overlapping stimuli. Drawings, deconstructed textiles, paintings, and sculpture created from canvas, wood and plaster will demonstrate how three unique artists traverse parallel territories in a diverse array of media.
Jacqueline Ott earned an MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and a BFA from University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA. She has exhibited widely throughout the Northeast, including the Danforth Museum of Art, Danforth, MA, Carroll and Sons Gallery, Boston, MA, and Gallery Joe in Philadelphia. She has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the RI State Council for the Arts and the New York Foundation for the Arts.
Lisa Perez’s work will be presented in relation to the architecture of the gallery space responding in context from wall to floor orientations.A multi-disciplinary artist, Lisa Perez makes abstract sculptural painting, objects and works on paper that investigate attention, perception and spatial dimension. Fusing the subtle edges between mediums, her practice takes a malleable approach to form. The work invokes minimalism initially, but slowly one encounters an unfolding of playful extremes in color, shadow, form, and a subtle humor countering austerity. "A grid may evoke rigid order but then embrace the expressive, wobbling beauty of something made by hand. A horizontal line may hint at a landscape but then shift like a tectonic plate. Using canvas, wood, paper and paint, I seek a place where these materials meet, overlap, unify and resonate. The geography of where this leads me is both familiar and as elusive as the space between seconds." - Lisa Perez
Perez received her MFA from the University of California, Berkeley and currently lives and works in Rhode Island. Her work has been exhibited locally (RISD, David Winton Bell Gallery, Chazan Gallery) and nationally (Drawing Center, NYC; Emerson Dorsch Gallery, Miami; Headlands Center for the Arts, CA.) and is in the RISD Museum as well as private and corporate collections.
Sean Riley holds an MFA in Sculpture from the University of Pennsylvania and a BFA in Painting from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. His work can be defined by a rigorous and often labor-intensive engagement with a chosen material. Riley has been using inherited clothing in his work since 2008 to reflect on personal and collective experiences of loss, memory, and time. The latest work in this project involves the deconstruction of denim blue jeans by methodically removing individual weft threads to alter and reshape the woven structure of the fabric. His work has been shown in solo and group exhibitions throughout the Northeast including; Danese/Corey in New York City, TSA NY in Brooklyn, NY, Gallery 263 in Cambridge, MA, Lamont Gallery in Exeter, NH, Arthur Ross Gallery in Philadelphia, PA, The Arts Center of the Capital Region in Troy, NY, and several others. He has received grants from the Joan Mitchell Foundation, The Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, and the Berkshire Taconic Foundation. Riley has been an artist in residence at the Joan Mitchell Center, Yaddo, and the Vermont Studio Center.
Riley currently lives in Rome, Italy.