Now Showing in the RSM Art Gallery: "Vague Space" by Casey Hayward

Vague Space is a hybrid documentary project and photo-sculptural art installation by Casey Hayward, Associate Professor of English and Media Studies at Bentley University. The components of the work—still photographs and found objects—come from the cities of Lawrence, Lowell, Lynn and Salem, MA. These cities have been hit particularly hard by the opioid epidemic and the exhibit serves to shed light on that environment. Mattresses, doors, highchairs and other castoff items found in dumpsters, forested areas, back alleys and roadsides become canvases for imagery of a life lived “rough.”

Please join us in celebrating the opening of Vague Space at a reception for the artist in the RSM Art Gallery on Wednesday, October 16, from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Casey Hayward
Vague Space 
October 2 – November 5, 2019


Artist’s Reception: 
Wednesday, October 16
4:00-6:00 p.m.

Your Protection by Casey Hayward
Your Protection
large print transfer on plywood, scrap wood, syringe caps

Casey Hayward: Artist Statement

In my work, be it documentary filmmaking, photography or installation, I seek to explore social justice issues through art, with an appreciation for the imperfection of lived experience. The flaws of humanity often afford a more impactful entrée into the investigation of the world we inhabit.

I am particularly interested in the entropy of cultures, communities and systems. From an aesthetic standpoint, I have always been drawn to rusted metal, rotting wood and other detritus surrounding us. To me this detritus–the less desirable output of our way of life–has a beauty all its own.

I take photographs, interview participants and consider the most effective ways of sharing my work, all with the complexity of imperfection in mind. While I cannot avoid digital technologies due to their ease and ubiquity, I do enjoy physical processes like exposing and developing analog film. I find the process is challenging and introduces flaws based on a myriad of environmental factors and my own abilities. I enjoy the serendipity of “happy accidents.” These can serve to remind viewers that they are experiencing not just a body of work but also a process. Reflexivity in this way is something I instill in much of my work. I trust that participants are keen enough to examine more than just the product, but my role and the problems it can inhere in making the art.

Casey Hayward, Associate Professor
Department of English and Media Studies
Bentley University
chayward@bentley.edu

This project was made possible with the support of the Bentley University Health Thought Leadership Network, Office of the Dean of Arts and Sciences and the Department of English and Media Studies.

Now Showing in the RSM Art Gallery: Underline Series by Elisa H. Hamilton

Now on view in the library’s RSM Art Gallery is a series of continuous-line, blind-contour drawings by Elisa H. Hamilton. All are invited to attend a closing reception for the artist on Wednesday, September 25, from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. Please mark your calendars for this special event!

To learn more about Elisa H. Hamilton please read the artist’s statement below, visit the website www.elisahhamilton.com/, and follow @elisahhamilton #UnderlineSeries on Instagram.

Elisa H. Hamilton
Underline: within, and beneath, the wandering lines 
August 6 – September 27, 2019


Closing reception: 
Wednesday, September 25
5:00-7:00 p.m.

Artist’s Statement

This body of work explores my biracial identity through the introspective creation of continuous-line, blind-contour self-portraits; a drawing process that asks me to engage fully with my own visual form, and translate that form into line while not looking at what I am creating or lifting my mark from the page.

As a biracial person how I am seen shifts in the eye of the beholder and depends on social context.  Through these explorations I contemplate my own visual form while relinquishing the ability to control how I look. I embrace a process of discovery that asks me to truly see myself, and asks the viewer to find me within, and beneath, the wandering lines.

These drawings began in black and white, but gradually shifted towards multicolored expressions of self.  Through this process I have discovered that none of us are just one thing- we are all multicolored beings beneath the surface.

Elisa H. Hamilton
socially engaged multimedia artist – she/her/hers
www.ElisaHHamilton.com
@ElisaHHamilton Instagram & Twitter

Art Gallery: Milisa Galazzi Exhibit Opens April 25; Reception 5-7pm

Opening on April 25, 2019, is an exhibit by Milisa Galazzi titled “Line as Language”. We hope you can join us in welcoming the artist at an opening reception on Thursday, April 25, from 5:00-7:00 p.m. Light refreshments will be served.

The exhibit will be on view until June 13, 2019. To learn more about the artist, please read her statement below and visit her website at https://www.milisagalazzi.com/

Milisa Galazzi
Line as Language
April 25 – June 13, 2019

Artist’s Reception
Thursday, April 25
5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Asemic Message 54 by Milisa Galazzi

Artist’s Statement

LINE AS LANGUAGE

I learned to read in fifth grade. Until then, I struggled to sound out vowels, and I had difficulty stringing words together to build sentences. Printed text seemed to float on the page like shadows wafting in a breeze. Letters and numbers flipped in space. “Ws” would become “Ms,” and sixes would become nines. Even after laborious late-night studying, I repeatedly failed tests the next day – although I knew the material cold. By mid-high school, I finally understood why.

Dyslexia, a form of neuro-diversity, is defined as “a neurological condition caused by a different wiring of the brain.” Over time, I have found that the unique way my brain functions is a great asset in my creative work – especially my drawing.

The language of a line communicates powerfully. Even an asemic line – one in which no semic content or meaning exists – conveys a strong message with deep meaning. This exhibition is hung on the walls of an art gallery inside a library, which sits in the middle of a university campus. This is where thoughts are born and nurtured. Shared through the symbols of math and science and in the written words of the humanities, ideas are created and cultivated here. This is a place of scholarly meaning making. Just as a mathematician and a social scientist have their own languages, as an artist, I speak a different language – I am fluent in the language of line.

Milisa Galazzi

On View in the Art Gallery: Other Worldly: Paintings by Nancy Hayes

Now on view in the RSM Art Gallery is Other Worldly, an installation of large format paintings, triptychs, and diptychs by Nancy Hayes. All are invited to attend a reception for the artist in the gallery on Thursday, March 21, from 4:00-6:00 p.m.

The exhibit will be on view until April 19, 2019. To learn more about the artist, please read her statement below and visit her website at https://www.nancychayes.com/.

Other Worldly: Paintings by Nancy Hayes
March 15 – April 19, 2019

Artist’s Reception
Thursday, March 21
4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Soaring by Nancy Hayes
Soaring by Nancy Hayes
acrylic on board, three panels, 4’x2′ each
2018

Artist’s Statement

Painting permits direct access into my own personal laboratory where I develop forms and visual landscapes built from my imagination. I work with color, line, pattern and shape, arranging and rearranging until I am inspired to elaborate on a composition, going deeper into its texture, its biology.

As a writer does, I am building my own characters, their personalities and context in which they live. Just as a reader injects their own personal knowledge into a story, enriching the plot, my objective is to allow the viewer to explore their own visual narrative, enhancing the forms with their imagination.

Nancy Hayes
nancychayes.com
nhayes256@comcast.net

Now Showing in the RSM Art Gallery: Paintings by Christina Chang

We are very pleased to announce that Saturation: Paintings by Christina Chang is now on view in the RSM Art Gallery. All are invited to meet the artist at an opening reception on Wednesday, February 13, from 5:00-7:00 p.m. To learn more about the artist and her work, please read her statement below.

Saturation: Paintings by Christina Chang
January 14 – March 8, 2019

Artist’s Reception
Wednesday, February 13
5:00-7:00 p.m.

Spring Sunshine by Christina Chang

Artist’s Statement

Color, light, energy, and movement all come to mind when thinking about why I create art. I am never at a loss for ideas and the desire to create and paint is in me every day. I enjoy challenging myself to come up with new color combinations and applying them to the canvas surface. I find the process mesmerizing and meditative.

Although I was trained classically, and created art in many forms and expressions, capturing color, light, and shapes are primary goals in my latest creations. My work has evolved and transformed from portraying landscapes through an impressionistic style to abstraction. I am currently painting works that emphasize light in new ways. A stroke of the brush and the application of bold color are what drives my art to come to life.

I created the latest works with water-soluble oil paints on canvas. These paintings capture my love of painting and being outdoors, as well as my emotions and feelings. When I paint, I am able to express nonverbal feelings.

I enjoy working on many paintings simultaneously. I sometimes reference landscape photographs that I took at a particular location and find inspiration from those photos and my experience at that time. It is so gratifying to complete a painting with my own two hands and bring a painting from my imagination into existence.

On View in the RSM Art Gallery: Photographs by Kyle Eyma

We are very pleased to announce that opening on October 5, 2018, is an installation of photographs by Bentley University student Kyle Eyma. All are invited to a reception to celebrate the artist and his work on Wednesday, October 10, from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. The exhibit will be on view until November 5. To learn more about the artist, please read his statement below.

Photographs by Kyle Eyma
October 5 – November 5, 2018

Artist’s Reception
Wednesday, October 10, 2018
4:00-6:00 p.m.

Photograph by Kyle Eyma

Artist’s Statement

I know not everyone I shoot with prior to the photo, but afterwards, either via interaction or the camera, I learn a little bit about them. My photos feature different people, because I know a couple characters. The phrase ‘Damn, that kid’s black’, is just a statement of the obvious for saliency purposes. It’s an exclamation of the pride I have in myself. I’m unequivocally black. I’ve seen what I’ve seen and know what I know as a result. I bring it up because it’s entirely irrelevant but inarguably existential to my identity. Besides, I like standing out as the community of photographers of color is small. In this exhibition, I share my growing appreciation of the people I see. It explores color, light, darkness, and isolation in the city.

This exhibit is cosponsored by the Bentley Library, The Multicultural Center, The Valente Center for Arts & Sciences, Dean of Arts and Sciences, and the Global Studies Department

You’re Invited! Artist’s Reception, Thursday, September 13, 5-7pm

Please join us in the RSM Art Gallery on Thursday, September 13, from 5:00-7:00 p.m, to celebrate artist John Wawrzonek and his exhibit of large-format photographs, The Hidden World of the Nearby. Meet the artist, view the art, and enjoy some light refreshments!

The Hidden World of the Nearby: Photographs by John Wawrzonek

Artist’s Reception
Thursday, September 13
5:00-7:00 p.m.

The Hidden World of the Nearby: Photographs by John Wawrzonek
The Hidden World of the Nearby: Photographs by John Wawrzonek

Art Gallery Exhibit: John Wawrzonek | “The Hidden World of the Nearby”

Now on view in the RSM Art Gallery is The Hidden World of the Nearby, an installation of large format photographs by John Wawrzonek. All are invited to attend an opening reception for the artist on Thursday, September 13, from 5:00-7:00 p.m. Please visit the gallery to view the show before it closes on September 30.

The Hidden World of the Nearby: Photographs by John Wawrzonek
August 20 – September 30

Artist’s Reception
Thursday, September 13
5:00-7:00 p.m.

Photograph by John Wawrzonek
Photograph by John Wawrzonek

 

Artist’s Statement

I started photographing as a hobby when I was 8. I was 30 and working at Bose Corporation when I got the urge to make really good large prints of nature. I bought a view camera in 1974. I did not want my pictures to give themselves away as photographs by being out of focus or failing to show fine detail. I liked finely detailed texture and color and worked for the most part by finding these qualities in nature, and only then working on making the composition.

I also began to realize that making my own prints would be important. The best printing method I found was called dye transfer which was invented in the 1930s. Besides giving me control over contrast and saturation it was capable of extraordinarily brilliant color. I used the process for 19 years until the materials were discontinued. By then Epson had started to make extraordinary digital printers with archival inks.

The subjects I reacted to most strongly were like tapestries, extending from corner to corner and often with little in the way of a center of interest. I wanted the viewer’s eye to wander so I put in only hints of a “subject” or center of interest.

After 28 years with the view camera I found it more and more difficult to find new subjects. But soon a new very good digital camera perked my interest again. I found many mums with extraordinary colors at a local nursery and began to enjoy creating the subject in a sense as well as photographing. When photographing the mums, I had made a trundle that allowed me to put several pots side-by-side with the camera shooting straight down. Shooting digital involved photographing in sections and using focus stacking to get really good detail with everything in focus. The large “mélange” required about 120 exposures.

The “musical” images are created in Photoshop from studio photographs made for me by Douglas Saglio. All but one of the images is almost entirely based on edges, so the instrument becomes in a sense transparent so I can create a foreground (the melody) and a repeating background (a continuo). There are just two instruments: a saxophone and a French horn in the images on display. What is next I am not sure, but there are many more musical instruments to work with.

My original collection of landscapes I called “The Hidden World of the Nearby” since all the images were made from ordinary roadsides (often Interstate Highways) where one would usually not think of photographing. In a sense, the flowers and musical instruments are also hidden images, only revealed after much experimenting.

Locally I have been seeing the effects of global warming. At the moment I am obsessed with a website on global warming that blends my various careers and skills to try to teach about what is happening and to warn that we are on the edge of warmth that we must find a way of stopping. The website is inanothersshoes.com. More of my work can be found on my website wawrzonek.com.