Historically a chapel is a non-religious place of worship and contemplation; a small, non-conforming annex to common and prevalent modes of spiritual practice. The Chiaozza Chapel, installed within Cooler Gallery, is an intimate sanctuary celebrating color, light, and form. Five painted wooden wall works fill the 6- by 7-foot gallery. The formal compositions reference natural and metaphysical concepts such as horizons, atmosphere, time, landscape, and ritual. Repetitive motifs such as grids, diagonals, and arcs augment the visual vibration of the room.
In Chiaozza’s work, color is a vessel for experience. Matte opaque pigment blurs the presence of the sculpture’s surface and its surroundings, emphasizing the interaction of color and space. Light bounces off the painted wooden planks, creating reflected chambers of color that animate the air around and within each piece.
The Chiaozza Chapel grows from a lineage of artists and architects creating alternative spaces for the evolution of thought and worship: The Rothko Chapel, Le Corbusier’s Notre Dame du Haut, Steven Holl’s Chapel of St. Ignatius, Luis Barragan’s Chapel of the Capuchinas, and James Turrell’s Dorotheenstadt Chapel.
The exhibition opens Tuesday, February 13, 2018. Viewers are invited to shed an invisible layer and bathe in the reflected light of these enigmatic compositions. All are welcome ;)
CHIAOZZA (rhymes with “wowza” or “yowza”) is the collaborative studio of artists Adam Frezza and Terri Chiao. Based in New York City since 2011, the duo’s work explores play and craft across a range of mediums, including painted sculpture, installation, works on paper, public art, and photography. They have exhibited in solo shows at Wave Hill in The Bronx, NY; Vox Populi in Philadelphia, PA; Long Island University in Brooklyn, NY; and Owen James Gallery in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, NY; along with numerous group shows in the U.S. and internationally. The studio has installed public artworks in New York City and Gainesville, FL. Together, Frezza and Chiao have been artists-in-residence at Villa Lena (Tuscany, Italy), Kökarkultur (Kökar, Finland), Starry Night (Truth or Consequences, NM), The School of Making Thinking (Delancey, NY), The Lloyd Library (Cincinnati, OH), and BRIC Media Arts (Brooklyn, NY). In 2017, they helped install an acre-spanning sculpture garden with 32 of their large-scale works for the Coachella Arts & Music Festival in Indio, CA.