“No Man’s Land” a new show at Chazan Gallery

The Chazan Gallery at Wheeler is pleased to present No Man’s Land, a two-person exhibition of works by Theresa Ganz and Millee Tibbs, from October 20 to November 9, 2016.  An opening reception will be held on Gallery Night, October 20, 2016 from 5:00-9:00 pm. The public is invited.

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Theresa Ganz
Serpentine 1, 2015

Theresa Ganz takes photographs as source material for composed landscapes.  Traditional landscape tends to suggest vastness and the conquering vision of man over nature, or conversely nature’s awesome greatness and the smallness of man.  Ganz’s work seeks to undermine these dispositions, offering instead a more myopic and ambiguous vision. The viewer is never afforded enough distance to gaze out, but is confronted with a maze­like and internal world of warped detail and impenetrable surfaces. When photographs are cut and pasted together, they are freed from the logic and context by which we usually understand them and our minds must attempt to assemble a new whole from marooned parts. Ganz’s work blends influences of 19th  century Romanticism, with an interest in the relationship of the individual to the natural world, and 21st  First World lived experience which happens less and less in the physical body encountering the actual world, and the natural world is under grave threat. Romanticism and later Transcendentalism promised spiritual experience through communion with nature. In a time of catastrophic environmental degradation this seems impossible, yet the longing remains. Is it still possible that an intuitive response to natural beauty can lead us somewhere profound? In a digital, dematerialized world can objects still have aura? Is it still meaningful to stand in a room with art works? These questions haunt and motivate Ganz’s work.

Theresa Ganz was born in New York City in 1980.  She earned her BA from Vassar College in Film and her MFA from San Francisco Art Institute in Photography. She works in photo­based collage, installation and video. Her work has shown nationally and internationally at, among others, The Datz Museum of Art in Korea, the Museum of Craft and Design in San Francisco, The Bell Gallery at Brown University and The John Michael Kohler Arts Center in Wisconsin and at various commercial spaces in New York and San Francisco. Her work will be included in the 2016 DeCordova Biennial. Her work has also been featured in print publications including Mousse Magazine, Outpost Journal and Magazine Gitz. She was the 2015 winner of the ArtSlant Prize. She is a founding member and director at Regina Rex in Brooklyn. She currently resides in Providence, RI where she is faculty at Brown University.

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Millee Tibbs
Impossible Geometries (White Sands), 2014

Millee Tibbs is interested in surfaces and their relationship to what lies beneath – the discrepancy between what we see and what we know. Tibbs is drawn to photography because of its ubiquitous presence in our culture and its duplicitous existence as both an indexical representation of reality and a subjective construction of it. Photography presents an illusion as if it were reality. A piece of the world is frozen, flattened, and miniaturized in the time it takes a shutter to open and close. This sleight of hand offers a subjective construction as objective evidence. Tibbs is interested in the space where these qualities contradict each other and coexist simultaneously.

Tibbs uses physical alterations to photographic images of the American West to create relationships between formal geometries and natural spaces that question the illusionistic representation of the photographic image and the mythologies contained therein. This work reassesses larger-than-life landscapes from an analytic point of view. It is in opposition to the concept of the landscape photograph as a consumable object, and questions the aesthetic framework that propagates expansionist myths – the dramatic vistas of inaccessible, uninhabited landscapes that became the visual codes that define the genre. Through the physical manipulation of the paper on which iconic images are printed, Tibbs draws attention to illusionistic artifice and the rhetoric imbedded in this.

Millee Tibbs’ work derives from her interest in photography’s ubiquity in contemporary culture and the tension between its truth-value and inherent manipulation of reality.  Tibbs’ exhibition venues include the Eastman Museum, Rochester, NY; Blue Sky Gallery – Oregon Center for the Photographic Arts, Portland, OR; the Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego, CA; David Weinberg Photography, Chicago, IL; the DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Licoln, MA; Brown University, Providence, RI; and Notre Dame University, IN.  Her work has been published by the Humble Arts Foundation, Blue Sky Books, and Afterimage: The Journal of Media Arts and Cultural Criticism.  Tibbs’ work is in the permanent collections of the RISD Museum, and the Portland Art Museum, and Fidelity Investments. She has been awarded residencies at the MacDowell Colony, VCCA, the Wurlitzer Foundation, Jentel, the Santa Fe Art Institute, and LPEP, Buenos Aires, Argentina.  Tibbs grew up in Alabama, completed an MFA at RISD in 2007, and is an assistant professor of photography at Wayne State University.

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Gallery Night Tour Schedule For October 20, 2016

We have a very exciting Gallery Night planned for October, with a special bilingual Italian Cultural tour and, in celebration of all things Halloween, we have three “Celebrity Guides” with backgrounds in the art of horror.



5:30 Italian Cultural Tour with Celebrity Angelo Marinosci Jr.

This tour will be given in Italian and English (Questo tour sarà dato in Italiano e Inglese)

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Angelo Marinosci

Gallery/Studio Z

RISD Museum of Art

Sandra DeSano Pezzullo 

Joan McConaghy Studio

Anthony Tomaselli

5:50 Contemporary Tour

Gather: Glass Studio

Bank of RI- features a Day in Havana

The Handicraft Club

RISD ISB Gallery

Galleries at the Providence Art Club

6:10 Collector’s Celebrity Tour with Niels Hobbs and Carmen Marusich  

The Art of Horror, Gallery Night Providence

Carmen Marusich and Niels Hobbs

 The Chazan Gallery at Wheeler

Peaceable Kingdom

Three Wheel Studio

Gallery Belleau



6:30 Celebrity Tour with Gage Prentiss

The Art of Horror, Gallery Night Providence

Gage Prentiss

Inner Space @ Outside Art Gallery

J Schatz

Dryden Gallery


URI Feinstein Providence Campus Gallery

7:00 Celebrity Tour with Steve Gervais

The Art of Horror, Gallery Night Providence

Stephen Gervais

Sprout RI

Art Prov

David Winton Bell Gallery

Peter Miller Fine Art

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Gallery Night Becomes Night Gallery!

Although Rod Serling will not be with us on October 20, 2016, as a tribute to Halloween, Gallery Night Providence will be honoring our city’s rich history of all things ghostly with three Celebrity Guides who produce and collect art of the horror genre.

Left to right, Gage Prentiss, Carmen Marusich, Niels Hobbs, Stephen Gervais.

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Gallery Night Italian Tour With Angelo Marinosci

This Gallery Night, October 20, 2016, we will be having a bilingual Italian culture tour with “Celebrity Guide” Angelo Marinosci.  Artist/Photographer and Educator for the past four decades Angelo has traveled worldwide, taught at several area colleges and maintained an aggressive exhibition and lecture schedule during his career.

Angelo Marinosci, Gallery Night Providence


Angelo Marinosci began painting early in his life ran with a number of the “old Bohemians” of Providence, Tonnoff, Conti, DiToro, eager for commissioned works in art.  He studied at several colleges, including N.Y.U.‘s study abroad program, I.C.P., of  New York City, R.I.S.D. and R.I.C.  His attraction to photography in the late 1960’s lead him onto an additional creative/professional avenue, and soon working for several local publications and being asked to teach photography on a college level.  He has earned a number of internships, sponsorships, grants and honorarium, including a Hayes-fulbright-‘78.; “Venezia-La Fotogafia-’79.; 12 years of cooperation from Agfa Film Co.-‘83-’95;  Honda Corp. of Tokyo ’84. and INGUAT –’87, of the Government of Guatemala.

He holds several degrees in Studio Art and Art Education, Including an M.A.T. and with additional studies towards a PhD and beyond.  has taught from pre-school to advanced college students.   In addition to his painting, photography and teaching, he also enjoys a serious involvement in acoustic music and songwriting.  He continues to perform for the public at prime listening venues and festivals and also organizes“ open jam” freestyle music sessions.  Painting remains his “first love”.

Painting since boyhood,  “… It is my first, and preferred language.  I have painted in a number of styles…  Let the instrument suit the song and vice versa…  A painter should think more like a cat, intuitively and in many directions at once and should take risks and not be afraid to fail.   Paintings should stand on its own merit and should ask more questions than it answers… leaving you with a touch of mystery.”

My artwork represents years of studio work and much of it was intended to bend the spectrum, tease the spirit and hopefully, engage and entertain the viewer.   As with many of my travels, some of it was conceived in Venice, Italy from both recent times and many years ago.  All of the Painting, except for the self-portrait, has its roots in the Italian Metaphysical School, of Surrealism, the last existing vestige of artistic and spiritual transcendentalism. They each represent a different series, exhibition or period.

My photography has mostly been about the world out there, my painting has mostly expressed my inner world, and my music has been the sum total of my philosophical glue, my religion, that holds it all together. It’s not about mixture of colors, or chord progressions or choice of lenses (that’s just nuts and bolts) …its about the inherent aesthetic that I hope to have “woven” throughout my life and have tried to present it in some meaningful and honest way.

A good piece of art should ask more questions that it answers. I use some of my experiences or even borrowed experiences, or lucid dreams, to feed my process. In the end I am only one small voice that I hope will be heard.  When I sing and play, I like to have small receptive audiences so that I can sing from the heart and play to my best ability… not to impress, but to share and hopefully be shared.

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Work by David DeMelim at BankRI

BankRI Galleries present:

 “A Day in Havana: Photographs by David DeMelim,”

October 6 through November 2, 2016 at the BankRI Turks Head branch in downtown Providence at One Turks Head Place.

There will be a Gallery Night reception on October 20 from 5 to 8:30 pm with live music by guitarist Mark Armstrong and light refreshments.

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If you look closely you can see the camera, nestled quietly in the angle of his left arm.  It’s almost always there ready for the moment, a constant presence in the life of photographer David DeMelim.

He came by his interest in photography naturally – his dad is a printmaker and his family enjoyed traveling and taking pictures. One day, the teenage DeMelim wandered into a junk shop that happened to have a box of cameras for sale.  The cameras intrigued him and so, with his own money, he bought the assortment of cameras.

“The purchase of that collection, a large box of twenty or thirty cameras, opened up a whole variety of possibilities,” DeMelim recalls. “I learned that like a painters array of brushes, each camera has specific characteristics that effect how you shoot and the type of image you can capture.”

DeMelim’s photographs don’t look like other photographs.  They exist on the fringes of photography, somewhere between printmaking and painting.  Saturated color fields, high contrast abstracted shapes and lack of detail mark his work. “Born a hundred years or so earlier,” DeMelim says, “I have no doubt I would have been a painter.”

While familiar with the earliest iterations of photoshop, for DeMelim most of the magic happens at capture.  Unlike others who take a photograph with a standard digital camera and adjust the images in their computer, DeMelim shoots his images with a camera containing modified software designed especially for him.

At one time DeMelim worked in the print industry.  The digital explosion was just beginning and he was lucky enough to be able to work with software designers to create software that helped him realize a very specific photographic vision.

Digital cameras today treat every bit of information equally, every single pictoral detail perfectly delineated.  That’s not how the human eye sees.  When we look at a scene, we immediately distinguish what we personally think is important.  That is what DeMelim does.

“Like items are grouped together and treated as one for the purpose of analysis,” DeMelim explains. “In this way contrast is adjusted to clarify the image, removing unnecessary information and providing clarity and focus to what I feel are the important picture elements.”

The photographs exhibited here at the BankRI Turks Head Gallery are a mixture of DeMelim’s high contrast work and other more traditional photographs taken on a recent trip to Cuba.  In Cuba,  DeMelim simply recorded his experiences.  The resulting photographs display both the grandeur and the decay of this beautiful country.  The rich colors, unexpected architecture and sumptuous compositions practically sing out.

“I wanted to show the rich diversity [of Cuba],” DeMelim explains,  “not just the old cars.  It was such a fascinating place, full of contradictions and unexpected juxtapositions. With so much to see and discover it was hard to focus on any one thing for very long, a true case of visual overload … rich colors, textures and patterns with everything in motion, even the buildings.”

The BankRI Galleries are curated by Paula Martiesian, a Providence-based artist and arts advocate.

Exhibit hours are Monday through Wednesday 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Thursday and Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, contact www.bankri.com or call 401 574-1330.

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Meet Celebrity Guides Carmen Marusich and Niels Hobbs

We’re so excited to have Carmen Marusich and Niels Hobbbs as our Celebrity Guides leading our Collectors Tour on the next Gallery Night Providence, October 20, 2016.
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Carmen Marusich and Niels Hobbs are co-organizers of NecronomiCon Providence, the international conference and festival of weird fiction and art based around the literary works of local author H.P. Lovecraft, and the many writers and artists he’s inspired around the world. They also run the nonprofit Lovecraft Arts & Sciences Council, which stages author readings, walking tours, and art shows in the Weird genre – and has a bookstore / visitor center / art gallery in the historic Providence Arcade.

They are both long-time collectors of oddities, art, and old books from around the world, having traveled much of the world themselves. They curate their house much like a Victorian impressionist’s cabinet of curiosities, full of peculiar art and artifacts – and a few peculiar cats.

By day, Carmen is a seasoned copy editor, writer, and musician, and Niels is a marine biologist and erstwhile bartender.

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Meet Celebrity Guide Gage Prentiss

For this October’s Gallery Night Providence, we thrilled to have sculptor, painter and multi media artist Gage Prentiss as one of our Celebrity Guides.


Gage is a sculptor and painter living and working in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. He graduated with a BFA in Sculpture form Boston University in 1999, and has been exploring the feelings of place, presence and wonder through his art ever since.

When he began as an artist, he was driven to make tangible objects from things experienced in dreams, to make the presence in his head stand in the room. Gage worked figuratively using the rich language of human gesture, nuance, balance and context to say a lot with very little. These figures usually broke down or transformed in different ways to capture a revolving sense of beauty and repulsiveness in the protean dualities of dream logic. He explored himself and the world through the funhouse lens of his subconscious with welded steel, plaster, and resin.

It wasn’t till Gage moved to Rhode Island that he really began to feel a deep sense of place. This gave him a new artistic drive and inspired him to capture the vistas, ghosts, and personalities around the State. At first this manifested by making small objects inspired by the fiction of Providence-born H. P. Lovecraft. They conjured feelings of presence, curiosity and wonder. Later Gage was driven to express how he experienced the seasonal faces of Rhode Island through landscape painting.

Currently Gage is working on a life-size statue of the influential writer H. P Lovecraft in bronze as a gift to the city of Providence.  It will let him communicate a feeling of place, presence and history to the public, all through the figure.  It is his first attempt at monumental public art, and an exciting step forward towards other public projects.

Gage continues to explore and experiment with many subjects and materials, both 3-d and 2-d, as he learns to see and share his experience of life as an artist.

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