The Chazan Gallery is presenting perspectives | translations | refractions, an exhibition of works by Jeffrey Bertwell, Saberah Malik and Laurie Sverdlove, from September 18 to October 8, 2014. There will be an opening reception for the artists on Gallery Night Thursday, September 18, from 5:00 - 9:00. The public is invited.
Jeffrey Bertwell, Untitled, 2014
is exhibiting a series of drawings based on details of natural rock formations. Drawn first on site with graphite, they are enlarged and executed in layers of watercolor and pen. They are part of an ongoing series that is an exploration of process and mark making using elements of landscape.
Bertwell received a BFA from the University of Rhode Island and spent most of his career in the arts as a Tamarind trained collaborative printmaker. He had to give up printing after developing an allergy to solvent and since then has been teaching foundation drawing at URI. This has given him the opportunity to pursue his own art. In 2012 he had a one-person exhibition, The Elements of Landscape
, in the Main Gallery at the University of Rhode Island. He has shown in the Newport Art Museum Annual Members Exhibition, at One-Way Gallery in Narragansett, and was selected to be in the Scenes of Rhode Island
exhibition at the Atrium Gallery in Providence.
Saberah Malik,Red Line Moving(detail),2013
uses a self-evolved technique developed from her practice of shibori
. Through this procedure, she came to understand the potential of fiber and of fabric manipulation that allowed her to create ethereally transparent fabric forms of stones and vessels. The paradoxical intricacy and precision through which Malik's technique captures the simple roughness of the form of unhewn stone or the smooth symmetry of a glass bottle, is a reflection on the perfect and the imperfect. Malik's practice is a meditation on beauty in the inconsistencies of crafting, and in nature.
Laurie Sverdlove, Valenciennes, 2014
's current oil on canvas paintings explore the juxtapositions of natural and industrial landscapes using a saturated, unnatural palette. Her work brings into question issues of sustainability and our past and future impacts on our landscapes. The paintings' equal parts of beauty and disturbance create a palpable tension.
Recently moved to Vermont from the Bay Area, where she was represented by the Mincher/Wilcox Gallery, San Francisco, Sverdlove has exhibited at the Berkeley Art Museum, the Jewish Museum of San Francisco, and the Oakland Museum of California. Her work is represented in many Bay Area corporate collections. In New England she has exhibited at AVA Gallery in New Hampshire, the Fleming Museum of the University of Vermont, and Galerie Reynard, Williamstown, MA.