Elizabeth Kilduff, Director
The Chazan Gallery at Wheeler is pleased to present To Look and Look Again, a two-person show featuring the work of Sam Allerton Green and Peter Hocking, from September 20 – October 13, 2018. There will be an opening reception for the artists on September 20, from 5:00 - 8:00. The public is invited.
You can pass by the same place for two seconds every day, forever, but that experience will never amount to staring at that place same for two hours in one sitting. To fall in love, we have to interact. The heart of Sam Allerton Green’s process lies in his reaction to both his painting and to the landscape he is capturing. As a painter working outdoors, the environment forces Green to be very blunt and abrupt. It is impossible to fabricate anything. Each painting is always a direct documentation of not just where the artist was physically but how he felt at the time. Green’s process aims to capture just that, a documentation of a place alongside a diary of the experience
Sam Allerton Green grew up in Providence, Rhode Island, and studied painting at the Maryland Institute College of Art. He has been an artist in residence at The Creative Alliance at the Patterson in Baltimore, MD, and the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, VT. Sam has spent over a decade working in Galleries and Museums, engulfing himself in all kinds of artistic communities. He is currently the Gallery Director of the Rhode Island Watercolor Society in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. Sam paints often, both inside and outside. Much of Sam’s work is done Plein Air, on site, in a single session. This forces him to focus on capturing what it feels like to be there, rather than simply replicating what he sees.
Peter Hocking’s current work is concerned with understanding place from an emotional and perceptual point of view. Hocking has lived in three places: Cheshire, Connecticut; Providence, Rhode Island; and Provincetown, Massachusetts. Early in 2018, Hocking returned to Cheshire, his childhood home, to care for his elderly mother during the last months of her life. While there, he built a studio to prepare for his summer show in Provincetown. This displacement / replacement of Hocking’s studio practice helped him better understand the ways his work is enmeshed in a place both through physical contact and memory. The artworks presented a the Chazan Gallery, primarily developed in Cheshire and in Provincetown, reflect what the poet Mark Doty has called 'the rewards of looking and looking again,' and each painting is of a place emotionally imprinted during childhood and returned to very recently in mid-life. As a committed walker, these paintings also convey a sense of movement and the subtle distortions to perspective that emerge as one moves swiftly through the landscape.
Peter Hocking is a visual artist and writer based in Providence, RI & Provincetown, MA. His work is concerned with personal narrative, place, poetics, and political consciousness. He teaches at Goddard College in the Master of Fine Arts in Interdisciplinary Arts program and in the Division of Liberal Arts at Rhode Island School of Design. Previously he was director of Rhode Island School of Design's Office of Public Engagement (2007-2011), and Associate Dean of the College and Director of the Swearer Center for Public Service at Brown University (1988-2005). He's a founding board member of New Urban Arts & Community MusicWorks in Providence, Rhode Island and the Provincetown Commons, an economic development center for the arts and creative economy. He's represented by Four Eleven Gallery in Provincetown, MA.