Illuminations / Paul Myoda & Stefanie Pender

January 13 to February 2, 2012


Paul Myoda (L), Stefanie Pender (R)

The Chazan Gallery is presenting Illuminations, an exhibition of works by Paul Myoda and Stefanie Pender from January 13 to February 2, 2012. There will be an opening reception for the artists on Friday January 13, from 5 – 7 p.m. The public is invited.

Since 2008, Paul Myoda has been developing 'Glittering Machines', complex mechanical sculptures which react to external stimuli. The machines are developed modularly, allowing for a variety of combinations; the scale of the machines can be adapted to suit their environment. Using sensors, motors, gears, microprocessors, LED's, and lenses, Myoda constructs pieces which are at once kinetic, sonic and illuminating. Myoda designs the mechanical elements using engineering software such as Rhino, Adobe Illustrator and Cinema 4D; the pieces are then fabricated from metal and plastic. Myoda's sculptures respond to the movements and proximity of the viewing subjects. Mimicking the behavior of bioluminescent creatures, "these behaviors range from attraction to repulsion, camouflage to revelation, predictability to spontaneity."

Myoda has exhibited widely across the USA, and recently displayed a selection of "Glittering Machines" in a solo show at the Dorsch Gallery in Miami, FL. Myoda achieved national recognition for his September 11th, 2001 memorial Tribute in Light. He has written for various publications including Art in America and Frieze. He received his BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and his MFA from Yale University.

Stefanie Pender's most recent glass pieces reflect her continued devotion to craft, technique and tradition. In Illuminations she presents works that draw from historic traditions of manipulating light "to transform and transport." Pender's varied sources are united by a common material: red and blue glass. These particular colors were once thought to have profound physiological and psychological influences on the body. Pender explores diverse sources, such as medieval stained glass windows and instruments of 19th Century "Chromo-therapists", to create her own sculpture of color and light.

Pender received her MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design, where she currently teaches. Among numerous grants and awards, she most recently received a Fulbright Grant to study in Venice, Italy, as apprentice to Lino Tagliapietra, Davide Fuin, and at Elite Murano in Murano, Italy. Pender has exhibited widely in the Providence area.