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Drawings by Humans, from Hands: Margaret Chiarelli + Zoárd Wells Tyeklár @ Aviary

Thu, Jun 4 2015 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm Free

Aviary Gallery (Jamaica Plain)

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The two bodies of work in this show are etchings created at Mix It Print, Somerville, MA last year and a more recent series of drawings.  More or less a grouping and/or overlaying of sketches from life drawing and pulling influence also from anything from Medieval art to the nearly intelligible scribbles of tar that seal cracks in our failing infrastructure. 🙁 Zoárd’s work also takes influence and inspiration from humanity’s insistence on collecting, curating, and preserving anything and everything we’ve touched. The monuments and tombs all serve as pivot points with which we’ve created our histories. Leave some parts out, divert focus, frame.
Zoárd Wells Tyeklár studied printmaking at Massachusetts College of Art and got his BFA in 2005.  As well as etching, he is also a relief artist, recently completing a massive woodcut as part of Lyell Casonguay’s Big Ink project.  Zoárd is also a silkscreen artist who not only creates flyers and posters for the Boston Hassle (a volunteer-driven non-profit which promotes and runs music and art events in the Boston area) but has created several series of his own prints, books, and zines.  He lives in Somerville, MA with his wife and two cats.


Letterpress print series by Margaret Chiarelli

The images in this series are based on a poem I wrote, which is essentially a love poem but also comes from a place of disorientation. In an anxious state one may not recognize where they are or who they are with. Space becomes two-dimensional and surroundings transform from familiar objects to abstract shapes. In spite of this uncertain state of being, love is a beacon of certainty.

I have ambivalent ideas about what these images represent. On one hand I see the imagery referring to a state of disassociation where occupying your body or mind are two distinct and mutually exclusive states of being. The body and mind (two parts of a whole) are treated as similar shapes, roughly mirroring each other. They interact in the space, but they remain discrete objects. The surrounding empty space suggests an anxious state.

In keeping with this theme of duality I also like to think of these images as having a more hopeful significance. The shapes (perhaps two people) exist harmoniously together in an open and quiet, bright space. Although there’s a strong theme of opposing realities in this series, I believe that the anxiety and hopefulness in the images exist in conjunction and that one doesn’t have to choose to only see one or the other.

Margaret Chiarelli is an artist from Boston, MA. She studied fine art at Smith College, focusing mainly on printmaking. After her formal training, Margaret started concentrating on abstract imagery. Often in her work, when visual themes develop, she finds an underlying concept that was perhaps guiding the work all along. Margaret currently is studying graphic design at MassArt and is a printmaker at Smudge Ink in Charlestown, a company specializing in letterpress stationery and custom work. Look for Margaret’s work and upcoming events at www.margaretchiarelli.com


Thu, Jun 4 2015
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Aviary Gallery (Jamaica Plain)
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