The Chazan Gallery is pleased to present Inversion of Form, an exhibition of works by Emma Hogarth and Ben Watkins, from November 19 to December 9, 2015.  An opening reception will be held on Gallery Night, November 19, 2015 from 5:00-9:00 pm. The public is invited.

Emma Hogarth, Achromatic Series #20, 2012

Emma Hogarth’s work is concerned with the temporal and visual implications of “old” and “new” imaging technologies. Her work takes form as drawing, digital print, video, performance and installation projects, often combining media, or placing it in dialog in the installation space. Each media's inherent relationship to performance, documentation, time and memory emerge as points of intersection and examination between media, and across projects. 

Achromatic Series, employs alternative digital photographic processes to draw connections between digital image technology, its older relative photography, and to the ancient reproductive technology of casting.  The reiterative process of reproduction is part of an ongoing investigation employing translation of visual information between "traditional" and "new" media.
 Achromatic Series, involves a two-part process. First white paper is embossed with a frame motif, resulting in a three-dimensional, white paper “image.” The embossed paper is then scanned, translating the embossed image into digital information. The scanning process interprets the effects of light on the three-dimensional surface as gradations of digital greyscale and color information that does not exist. The visual information generated is a mistranslation of the original - an artifact of the digital reproductive process, which is embraced and becomes the final printed image. Through iterative processes of reproduction, the work offers a reflection on forms of memory, enacted through changing visual technologies.

Emma Hogarth is an interdisciplinary artist who lives and works in Providence, RI. She holds an MFA in Digital Media from Rhode Island School of Design, and a BVA - First Class Honors in Painting from Sydney College of the Arts. After graduating from SCA, Emma moved to New York City where her artistic path took a detour through an extended study of dance and performance. During this time, she performed with numerous choreographers and performance artists, while developing her own interdisciplinary practice, which includes performance, drawing, installation and digital media. Emma's projects have been presented in theaters, gallery spaces and urban public environments in the US and Australia. She currently teaches at Rhode Island School of Design. 

Ben Watkins, Timeline, 2011-14

Ben Watkins is always looking for the moment when something changes or shifts. Because he is fascinated by the fluidity and possibility of one thing becoming another and the movement inherent in that kind of transition, Watkins sees the makings of beginnings or endings around him continually, and that is a large part of what informs his work. Watkins sees that moment in the tiny microcosm of our individual cells all the way to the vast macrocosm of the universe. He thinks about linear time versus all of time.  He thinks of a line as a timeline, one that affects space and surface: it divides, defines, separates, and travels through a surface. Watkins wants the viewer to see these relationships and how line embodies the transitional moment. He wants to draw a viewer in, so he tries to use seductive forms and materials. He wants the viewer to want to touch the art. When Watkins says that he does not want the viewer to see “him” in the artwork, he is admitting that he, the artist, is in love with the object. The art and movement is in the object, and Watkins is not so much turning the object into art as revealing how the object is already art. In the end he wants the viewer to just come upon the object like walking upon a beautiful view—it is their discovery.

Ben Watkins was born in 1977 in Owensboro KY. He received his BFA at Murray State University and did his post-graduate work at the Rhode Island School of Design. In 2004 he co-founded Box Elder Studio in Providence RI. Ben’s work has been exhibited at galleries in New York, Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Rhode Island, and can be found in private and corporate collections. Ben currently works from his solo studio in Providence, established in 2007.