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.
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 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.