Surfacing / Jennifer Cawley, Eliza Burke Greene, Kevin Hughes, Theodor Kropf and Gunnar Norquist

February 10 to February 29, 2012

Jennifer Cawley (L), Kevin Hughes (C), Gunnar Norquist (R)

Theodor Kropf (L) Eliza Burke Greene (R)

The Chazan Gallery is presenting Surfacing, an exhibition of works by Jennifer Cawley, Eliza Burke Greene, Kevin Hughes, Theodor Kropf and Gunnar Norquist from February 10 – February 29, 2012. There will be an opening reception for the artists on Friday, February 10, 5 – 7pm. The public is invited.

In Surfacing, Jennifer Cawley presents a new series of wallpapers. The first in this series, For Congo, addresses the use of rape as a tool of war. This work "uses a background object to foreground this under-addressed issue as women's and sometimes men's bodies continue to be made a strategic site for ongoing conflict in Congo."

Cawley received her BA in art history from Wellesley College and her MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design. She has exhibited in the Midwest and throughout the Northeast, including New Insight at Art Chicago/NEXT, Camera Club of New York, and Hera Gallery in Wakefield, RI. 

Eliza Burke Greene's mysterious paintings "explore sensations at the edges of physically getting lost and visually finding one's way through the woods." The history of New England's forests and the ecological flux of the landscape play into her work, and deeply influence her imagined spaces.

Greene obtained her MFA from the Art Institute of Boston and an MS in Art Education from MassArt. She has exhibited throughout the Northeast and has received numerous awards and residencies. Her work was recently published in "New American Paintings."

Kevin Hughes exhibits painted brass jewelery, ranging from brooches to pendants. In this series, Hughes dismantles and reconstructs the familiar form of a porcelain mug. The result is a collection of successive, evolving pieces. Hughes writes "no longer is the series about a past memory, but the impact of color, the contrast between a smooth curve and a jagged crack, the soft slow drip of hard metal."

Hughes received his MFA in Jewelry and Metalsmithing from the Rhode Island School of Design. Since 2007, he has taught Jewelry and Metalsmithing at both the Art Institute of Boston and RISD. Hughes has exhibited widely, including the Attleboro Arts Museum in Attleboro, MA and the National Ornamental Metal Museum in Memphis, TN.

Theodor Kropf uses porcelain to replicate familiar ready-made objects. Through the use of this fragile material, which carries a rich history, Kropf re-defines objects we might ordinarily take for granted. He writes "the new creation can exist in a realm that doesn't completely embrace all the definitions we could immediately apply."

Theodor Kropf received his MFA in Sculpture from the Rhode Island School of Design, where he has also taught. He worked for many years as a studio assistant, honing his craft. Kropf has exhibited throughout Rhode Island and the USA, including the Providence Art Club.

Gunnar Norquist is primarily concerned with the variety and scope of materials' inherent characteristics. In this exhibition, he presents work from the Concrete series, which has developed over the course of two years. His particular interest with concrete lies in "its supposed neutrality and its ability to contrast and co-exist with other materials."

Norquist obtained his MFA in Sculpture from the Rhode Island School of Design. He recently held a solo show at AS220 Project Space in Providence, RI. He has also participated in numerous group shows in the US, including the Keeseh Studio in Providence, RI and at the Genesis Gallery in Paris, France.