Improbable Places / Tiffany Adams, Susan Lyman, Maria Napolitano
and Steven Subotnick

October 18 - November 7, 2012


Tiffany Adams (L), Susan Lyman (R)

Maria Napolitano (L) Steven Subotnick (R)

Tiffany Adams creates hand built ceramic forms and vessels inspired by the natural world. She examines shells, bones, rocks, corals and other such treasures, contemplates their existence, and seeks to mimic these forms and processes in her sculpture. Integral to Adams' work is the process of raku firing, which instills these natural forms with a 'look of aged existence.' Her method involves firing the stoneware in an electrical kiln, glazing, and re-firing in the raku kiln, resulting in a crackled surface. She writes, 'Each piece is unique and can never be duplicated. It is always thrill to open the kiln and see what awaits.'

Adams' work has been exhibited widely throughout Rhode Island, including the Wickford Art Association and the DeBlois Gallery, Newport, RI. Adams is a member of the South County Art Association. She studied at Rhode Island School of Design and at the Universidad de Los Andes, Merida, Venezuela.

Susan Lyman is a sculptor and painter who divides her time between Provincetown, MA and Providence, RI. She has been creating sculpture in wood for over 25 years, inspired by her native environment. Her 'anthropomorphic sensuous forms' are created from organic materials she collects in her area, to which she adds carved laminated elements and color.

Lyman has exhibited her work regionally, nationally and in Japan for over 30 years. Her work is held in private and public collections, including the Provincetown Art Association and Museum, Provincetown, MA and the Arkansas Art Museum, Little Rock, AR. In Provincetown, she is represented by Gallery Ehva and she currently teaches Sculpture and Three-Dimensional Design at Providence College.

Maria Napolitano's work explores the fragile, often imperceptible patterns and structures in nature which underly human existence. Her current painting project explores 'a subjective, close-up and micro view of nature as a way of seeing.' She draws inspiration from botanical illustrations as well as her own collected specimens and photographs. An amalgamation of painterly, cartoony and diagrammatic styles in her work allows her to 'call attention to nature's hidden structures with both humor and gravity.'

Napolitano has held numerous solo and group exhibitions throughout the Northeast, including the Providence Art Club, Providence, RI, and the Painting Center, New York, NY. She has received awards and grants from the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts and the Lilian Orlowsky and William Freed Foundation among others.

Steven Subotnick's animations evolve through an experimental and explorative process, drawing inspiration from folk-lore, anthropology and history. The work Subotnick exhibits at the Chazan Gallery, 'Thine', 'grew from a desire to be simple, focused and quick - not to get mired in intention and preconceived narrative, but to let the artwork tell me something about itself.' The film was made using Subotnick's own prints which, upon close examination, revealed elements such as 'Jesus on the cross, a snail, a moth and a man with a scythe.' These elements were pieced together in one vertical pan to form a 'poetic story moment.'

Subotnick's animations have been screened in festivals and exhibitions throughout the world, including the Institute of Contemporary Art and the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, MA . He has received numerous grants and awards, including first place in the Experimental category at the Rhode Island International Film Festival. Subotnick has taught at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, Harvard University and at the Rhode Island School of Design, where he is currently an adjunct faculty member.