The Chazan Gallery is presenting an exhibition of works by Michelle Benoit, Susan Doyle and Joan Wyand, from October 16 to November 5, 2014.  There will be an opening reception for the artists on Gallery Night, Thursday, October 16, from 5:00 - 9:00. The public is invited.


Michelle Benoit, red sky at night, 2, 2014

 Michelle Benoit often utilizes reclaimed materials. Collected, cut, painted, stacked, mortared and coalesced. Appeal, experimentation and intent are embedded to reveal process and structure as image. Various woods and plastics are divided, painted, assembled, adhered and frequently re-divided, unfolding seams that are ingrained with layers of paint, light, and sometimes air. Memory and place are encased and preserved in paint and materials. Color combinations are hybrids, symbolic of recollections and locations formed through occurrence rather than ideal.  Tangible layers are constructed in this way, so that the artist might see what her history looks like. Benoit thinks of the results as an intimate geologic core sample, hoping for a very personal yet collective landscape.

Susan Doyle,baby oh baby, 2010

In a group of oil paintings Susan Doyle ironically depicts socially constructed ideals by manipulating a cache of iconography harvested from fine art and popular culture. Re-contextualized in trompe l’oeil fields inspired by information graphics, the work playfully explores persuasion in both narrative and abstract forms. Having spent her early career in design and advertising, Doyle is currently a painter /printmaker with a keen interest in how ideas and iconography intersect in the worlds of fine art and popular culture.

Joan Wyand, Cat Cubes, 2014

Joan Wyand is a controversial performance artist, experienced collaborator, and skilled maker.  With an intense awareness of our material environment, her creative mission is to inspire joy in everyday life while confronting challenging social issues.  Her main mediums are clay, performance, fabric, trash, and installation. 
The Chazan Gallery show will feature Joan’s brand new cat cubes, as well as her ceramic geode spheres and grandfather’s heads.  Pulling inspiration from her child hood clay creations, her playful collection of cat cubes take kid-art to the next level.  Her geode spheres appear as crystal rock formations, but are fabricated in ceramic from cast flotsam and glazed with recycled glass shards. These objects tastefully comment on the longevity of disposable products and highlight the reusability of ceramics.