The Chazan Gallery at Wheeler is pleased to present Wanders, a two-person exhibition featuring the work of Masha Ryskin and Serge Marchetta, from February 15 to March 7, 2018. There will be an opening reception for the artists on February 15, from 5:00 - 7:00. The public is invited.
The mixed media work of Masha Ryskin and Serge Marchetta addresses notions of mapping and space. Both artists are particularly interested in the transformation of a static work as a result of light, air movement, as well as the interaction of the natural and the man-made. Their work addresses the ambiguity of spatial relationships and the perception of reality in our immediate surroundings. Light, shadows, and video projected onto the mixed-media drawings constitute central elements of their creative process and work. Wanders, which is a collaborative exhibition, will include drawings on paper, mylar, and acetate, digital prints and drawing installations.
Masha Ryskin and Serge Marchetta have worked together since 2012. They have participated in a number of International Artist Residencies, both in the United States and in Europe. Their work has been exhibited at Art and History Museum in Matiland, FL, as well as in Fiskars, Finland, Montreal, Canada, and in Trondheim, Norway. In August 2016, three of Ryskin and Marchetta’s pieces were installed in the Fiskars Village, Finland.
Masha Ryskin is a printmaker, painter, and installation artist. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally. A political refugee from the Soviet Union, she received a classical education in painting before earning a BFA in printmaking at Rhode Island School of Design and an MFA at University of Michigan. She has participated in a number of artist residencies world-wide. Ryskin is also a recipient of numerous grants, including a Fulbright Fellowship to Oslo, Norway and the Rhode Island Fellowship in Printmaking and Drawing.
Ryskin is currently on the faculty at Rhode Island School of Design.
After 18 years of service with the Canada Post, Serge Marchetta left in 1993 to pursue an artistic career in visual arts. Since graduating from the University of Quebec in Montreal in 1995, Marchetta has participated in more than 40 solo and group exhibitions in Montreal, Quebec, Europe and in the United States. Some of these shows include the SAS Gallery in Montreal in 2007 and in 2010, the Le Grave Artist Center in Victoriaville in 2008, the Museum of Contemporary Art of the Laurentians in 2009, the Circa Contemporary Art Center in 2010 and the International Contemporary Art Exhibition at the Galleria Le Logge in Assisi, Italy, in 2011. Marchetta has also participated in artists residencies in France in 2009, in Italy in 2011 and in Iceland in 2012. He is also a scholarship holder of the Ténot de France Foundation, the Quebec Council of Arts and Letters and the Société de développement des cultural enterprises (SODEC) of Quebec.