Past Exhibitions

Alternate Topographies / Elizabeth Duffy, Carl Hasse & Duncan Johnson


Elizabeth Duffy (L), Carl Hasse (M), Duncan Johnson (R)

Elizabeth Duffy scavenges materials from her daily life to create sculptures, drawings and large scale installations. Duffy’s materials range from envelopes to lint from her dryer, to reinforcement labels. “A sense of restlessness and a manic work ethic drives her search to find the revelatory in the ordinary. The materials come to me via epiphany and are chosen for their metaphorical resonance.” Duffy prefers to work with materials that encourage her audience to consider what is valued and what is overlooked. She piles, layers, binds, weaves and stacks her materials. Their scale and the surprise of what they have become constitute a moment of revelation. Of extreme importance in her work is her methodology; Duffy’s method is “accretive to the point of obsession, accumulation and repetition a vital part of the process.” 

Duffy has been a part of recent solo exhibitions in New York including Elevator at the Muriel Guépin Gallery in Brooklyn, and her works were shown locally this year at Extreme Scale at the Providence Art Club. She is the 2010 recipient of the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts Merit Fellowship : Three Dimensional Art. Duffy received her MFA from Brooklyn College. She currently resides in Providence, RI.

In Duncan Johnson’s work, fragments of wood and nails are composed into intricate, layered works that reference city plans, colonial clapboarded houses and barns, and an infinite landscape. Working with myriad pieces of small wood, he attaches hundreds of small nails to create the final structure. The nails serve more than structural appendages; they draw texture on the surface. The wooden surfaces are either untreated or rubbed with stains and pigments in earth-colored subdued hues.

Johnson was awarded a Pollack Krasner Foundation Artist Grant in 2010, an Academy of Arts and Letters award in 2009 and an Individual Artist Grant from the Vermont Arts Council in 2009. He was also awarded the New York Foundation for the Arts Sculpture Fellowship in 2001. Johnson has shown in solo exhibitions across the United States from Atlanta to San Francisco, to New York. Johnson receives his BFA from the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY, where he currently lives and works.

Carl Hasse uses recycled material to make his art. In this particular series, Hasse uses found beverage boxes as the substrate. Rather than adding pigment to the cardboard beverage boxes, Hasse modifies the machine printed cardboard therefore subverting the intended use of the box. “Since the material cost is low, very many image segments can be made and from that population a collage is composed. Complete with exposed edges that make no excuses for being corrugated cardboard.”