Figurations / Harel Kedem, Matthew Kreher, Francoise McAree and
Josephine Sittenfeld

October 20 to November 9, 2011

Kedem Kreher

Harel Kedem (L), Matthew Kreher (R)

McAree Sittenfeld

Francoise McAree (L), Josephine Sittenfeld (R)

The Chazan Gallery is presenting Figurations, a group exhibition of works by Harel Kedem, Matthew Kreher, Francoise McAree and Josephine Sittenfeld from October 20 to November 9, 2011.   There will be an opening reception for the artists on Gallery Night, Thursday, October 20, from 5 – 7 p.m.  The public is invited.

Harel Kedem's work explores environmental degradation and human indifference. His most recent series, painted with polymer on canvas, addresses the pollution of coastlines.  Color is only present in the man-made objects within these scenes, as 'there is no color in nature anymore.' Although he portrays a grim vision, Kedem's work is tempered with humor which makes it 'palatable and less didactic.'

Kedem's painting, sculptural, and architectural work has been exhibited widely throughout New England and internationally. His work is held in many public and private collections worldwide, including the DeCordova Museum, The Philadelphia Museum, and the Museum of Ein Harod in Israel. He has taught at the Rhode Island School of Design since 1990.

Matthew Kreher's paintings embody a spontaneous approach to mark-making, yet this animated technique is rooted in a strong concern for solidity of form. Kreher's focus is on the 'thematic undercurrents of family dynamics, played out against the backdrop of familiar settings.’ Kreher's canvases display lively color relationships and dynamic brush strokes, out of which emerges a powerful human presence.

Kreher's work has been exhibited throughout the USA, including the Atlantic Gallery in New York and the Providence Art Club, where he received the First Prize for Open Painting in 2007.  Kreher received his MFA in Painting from Boston University.

Francoise McAree constructs portraits of imaginary people from collaged magazine materials. Through her carefully crafted representations of the human face, McAree creates a 'dissonant visual experience.' The viewer is attracted to the realism and logical structure of the human face, but continued viewing dissolves the familiar, and 'the work treads a fine line of opposites: beauty and otherness, order and chaos.'

McAree has exhibited in Boston and throughout the Northeast, most recently at the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey. She has been a fellowship recipient from the Rhode Island State Council for the Arts, and has taught at both the Rhode Island School of Design and Parsons School of Design.

Josephine Sittenfeld is a filmmaker and photographer from Cincinnati, Ohio. She is interested broadly in the adolescent experience, and her photographs 'seek to question and celebrate what it means to grow up.' Rejecting common media portrayals of adolescents as destructive and overly-sexualized, Sittenfeld's subjects demonstrate 'formed and distinct personalities.'

Sittenfeld has exhibited widely across the USA, including Soho Photo in New York, The Museum of Fine Arts in Santa Fe, NM, and the Albuquerque Museum in Albuquerque, NM. She earned her M.F.A. in Photography from the Rhode Island School of Design.