Posted on Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014 4:53 pm
CRANIAL TOPOGRAPHIES AT THE ECA+ GALLERY
“Cranial Topographies” by Chloë Feldman Emison features studies of aged men at the ECA+ Gallery from August 5 through August 28. The opening reception coincides with Art Walk Easthampton on Saturday, August 9, from 5-8 pm. The exhibition is free and open to the public.
Chloë Feldman Emison drawings depict jowels and furrowed foreheads of aged men using pen and ink, watercolor and sometimes gold leaf, coffee, or glue. Her work explores the beauty within stereotypical notions of ugliness through seemingly stream-of-consciousness portraits created without a model. The heads of these elderly men take on a whimsical perspective of the human head with simple lines detailing pointy ears, withered mouths, and elongated noses. Her work is influenced by Aubrey Beardsley with an unsettling psychological exploration familiar to the drawings of Rex Whistler and Lucien Freud.
Her cast of characters often appear too in her playful stop animation videos. Feldman Emison explains, “Whether I am making single images, sets of images, or animations, I seek to investigate the sometimes disturbing, sometimes, humorous, universally recognizable contingencies of corporeality.”
Chloë Feldman Emison was almost entirely self-taught until she went to college, by which time she had already had two solo shows and participated in seven group shows. At Williams College she majored in art while also studying literature and philosophy. She spent a year at Exeter College, Oxford University, and was able to study anatomy and drawing at the Ruskin School. After graduating she studied animation at Forkbeard Fantasy in Devon, was a visiting artist at Wasps Studios in Glasgow, and completed residencies at the Contemporary Artists Center in Woodside, NY, The Old School Art House in Iceland, the Vermont Studio Center, and Can Serrat, near Barcelona. She is currently working with the Elements Contemporary Ballet Company in Chicago on the design of a new ballet slated for 2016, about the story of Atlantis. In 2013, she was artist-in-residence at Eagle Hill School, Hardwick, MA teaching animation.
The ECA+ Gallery is located in Easthampton’s old Town Hall at 43 Main Street, Easthampton, MA. The gallery is open Monday – Thursday, 12:00 - 6:00 PM. For more information, please see EasthamptonCityArts.com.