Chazan Gallery will be hosting an opening reception for Alchemical Reactions this Friday. This exhibition of works by Susan Freda and Allison Paschke will run to March 6. Allison Paschke has an MFA in ceramics from Cranbrook Academy of Art and a BFA in ceramics from the Kansas City Art Institute; she has since moved back to Providence where she spent her first years of childhood. Seen here is her “pinfield: sand around ips (detail) 2018.” I think ‘ips’ refers to insect pins?
Her passion for materials has led to an investigation of light-reactive materials such as mirrors, resin, acrylic gel mediums, glass, and translucent porcelain. The interaction of these materials creates complex layers of translucency, reflection and shadow. While her work’s rich material qualities are palpable, the transience of light is equally important. Each piece changes constantly depending on the time of day, the environment it reflects, and the position of the viewer.
Based in Warren, Rhode Island, artist Susan Freda earned her BFA at RISD and an MFA from the Massachusetts College of Art.
Freda’s work explores transparency, form, and flowing line, the play of cast shadows and light on a wall, sparkling, subtle states of being that invoke intimate, emotive responses. She imbues her pieces with an ephemeral presence and ability to catch and hold light and form. Created from hand woven wire and glass, her pieces envelope viewers in a seductive, entranced space. Their transparent and interconnected forms and jewel-like nature reference nature, fashion, and otherworldly phenomena.
Reception is free and open to the public, 5pm to 7pm, Friday, February 14, Chazan Gallery, 228 Angell Street, (directions)