The Chazan Gallery at Wheeler is pleased to present By Other Means, an exhibition featuring the work by Markus Berger, Gabriel Feld, Jeffrey Katz and Kyna Leski, from October 17 to November 6, 2019. There will be an opening reception for the artists on October 17, from 5:00 - 8:00 pm. The public is invited.
Markus Berger’s current work solidifies the very poetics of materiality, and that of re-membering and re-making. Concrete is a classic, often undervalued, building material known for its strength, durability, and formability; it is rarely explored for its temporality, sensuality or love. But the very process of mixing and pouring concrete, and the slow setting - technical and chemical processes of building a world also become sensorial, mnemonic - form and reveal a landscape of emotions, of loss, the unknown and the unknowable. Parts come together, like love-making, and leave deeply marked absences, like the memory of unspoken words. The archaeological exploration then of the human form in concrete and rebar is both an invocation of the ruination that lies ahead, but are also the stoic and tender remains that will have to bear witness to the mortal future, to the limits of our love, and our unrelenting self-destruction.
Markus Berger is Associate Professor in the Department of Interior Architecture at the Rhode Island School of Design. He is a registered architect (SBA) in the Netherlands and principal of the Providence based art|design studio The Repair Atelier. He co-founded and co-edits Int|AR, the Journal on Interventions and Adaptive Reuse, that encompasses issues of preservation, conservation, alteration and interventions. His work, research, writing and teaching focuses on forms of change and repair such as art and design modifications and interventions on objects and in the built environment. Recent publications include the essays: “Constructing Change; Developing a theory for Adaptive Reuse”, (Common Ground Publishing, 2012); “Left over spaces: Rediscovering Qualities for Interior Architecture” ([In]arch Proceedings, Universitas Indonesia, 2014) and “Death of the Architect: Appropriation and Interior Architecture” (Interior Architecture Theory Reader, Routledge, 2019.
Gabriel Feld is an architect, artist, and teacher. He has been a professor at Rhode Island School of Design since 1990, serving as head of the architecture department (1997-2002) and chief critic of the European Honors Program in Rome (2014-16.) He has also taught at China Academy of Art, Dessau Institute of Architecture, Universidad Torcuato Di Tella, Harvard Graduate School of Design, Boston Architectural Center and Universidad de Buenos Aires. His teaching includes design studios and lecture courses dealing with urban culture, as well as other cultural and artistic concerns. His artwork--printmaking and installation--has been exhibited in China, France, Italy, the US and Argentina. His architecture practice both in his native Argentina and in the United States has involved residential and institutional projects, large-scale affordable housing, industrialized construction, urban design and transportation. He received his Architecture Diploma from the Universidad de Buenos Aires (1980) and his Master in Architecture from Harvard University (1988).
When Jeffrey Katz started making prints, he became particularly interested in creating images that use processes specific to monotypes—multiple passes, ghost images, and the unpredictability that is inherent in using a printing press. This is diametrically opposed to his design practice where the urge is to control every aspect of production.Katz began by using thread as a printing medium. A basic and ubiquitous material used in fashion and decoration, thread can be structure, or edge, or applique. It is about shape, attachment, flexibility, line, curve, craft; all words also related to design. Katz has also been exploring intaglio, using etching and dry point on copper and zinc plates to create monoprints. Intaglio offers more control and, like a design process, allows iteration and refinement with both the plate and the print. With these prints, and in his drawings, Katz has been working on the design/decoration relationship which is often seen as a dichotomy: rational/irrational, gravitas/frivolity, intellect/intuition.
Jeffrey Katz has a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Carnegie Mellon University and a Master of Architecture degree from the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University. Just after completing his graduate degree, he joined the faculty of the Architecture Department at Rhode Island School of Design. He and his wife, Cheryl, started C&J Katz Studio in 1984. The studio’s work includes retail, corporate, residential, institutional, exhibition, and furniture design. As his practice evolved, Jeffrey transitioned to the Interior Architecture Department at RISD where he is currently a Senior Critic. The subject of his design studios has been retail and hospitality design.
Jeffrey began making art in the 1990s, starting with painting, but has since moved to drawing and printmaking. He has been taking workshops every summer at the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center with such notable artists as Jim Peters, Hanneline Rogeberg, Jim Stroud, Vicky Tomayko, Betsey Garand, Peik Larsen, Daniel Heyman, and Bert Yarborough.
The purpose of poetry is to remind us how difficult it is to remain just one person, for our house is open, there are no keys in the doors, and invisible guests come in and out at will.― Czesław Miłosz
At an early age, as the daughter of an artist/architect father, Leski started asking herself where purpose and intention come from. Intentions have a suspicious relationship to a creative work; they have little to do with getting an idea or making a discovery and are alien to the receiver of a work. These questions hung through the years and through the pursuits of drawing, designing and writing: producing furniture, buildings, illustrations, stories and animations. They have been the focus of conversation for 30 years with countless students and colleagues. Leski has landed on what she calls animated drawing. It captures the growth and interaction of a chosen field of operation. Animated drawing is a live diary or manuscript of thoughts made from, with and for a world bigger than itself. Like anything temporal, there is no going back—keep moving, drawing from observation, drawing from memory, drawing from the imagination. Invisible guests are always welcome.
Kyna Leski is a designer, an artist, a teacher, and a writer who seeks creative discovery or, as she puts it, “realizing you do not know what you thought you knew, while expanding what you do.”
As a founding principal of 3six0 Architecture, Leski redefines problems that set-in motion the strategy for solutions tailored to the specific needs, limits and situation of each project.
As the author of architecture curriculum at The Rhode Island School of Design, Professor Leski directs students back to their own inquiry as the source for generating ideas. Leski’s pedagogy is the basis of The Making of Design Principles, a book she authored in 2007. Leski served as the Head of the Department of Architecture, Graduate Director and Chief Critic of the RISD European Honors Program in Rome. She was a Visiting Professor, China Academy of Art in Hangzhou, China.
Leski’s house of visual shadows, called Dream House, won first place out of 480 entries in the Shinkenchiku Residential Design Competition. In 2017 she was inducted into the Designxri Hall of Fame and received its Lifetime Achievement Award.
In 2015, the MIT Press published Leski’s book The Storm of Creativity. It has been translated into Russian, Turkish, Korean and soon will be in Chinese. The illustrations made by Leski for this book are the basis for her animation, “Storm’s-eye View.” Leski has given over 30 talks on creativity across the country and abroad—from POP!Tech in Camden, Maine, to the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, California, to KRIGA(Korean National Research Institute for the Gifted in Arts) in Seoul.