MAY - SEPTEMBER 2017
MARGIE BUTLER - BELIEVE IN NOW

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"I paint my daily existence - flow, interruption, luminous moments and countless pivots.Ideas oscillate amidst the accumulation of color, shape and gesture. I allow myself to roam visually seeing which forms and relationships call out. My wish is to paint where the felt and the formal merge. Much like my yoga practice, the journey is one of continually starting over. Locating myself anew with what each day holds."

Margie Butler is a painter whose creations span plein air, abstracts, collage and painted objects. She has exhibited in Providence, Cambridge, New Bedford, Connecticut and Keene Valley, NY. Margie completed her MFA at The Art Institute of Boston and keeps a studio in her Providence home. In addition to art, she consults in the fields of brand strategy and community engagement and practices Chinese foot reflexology.

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curated by Bristol Maryott


February - May 2017
Kelli Adams: New Work

This installation of functional ceramic pieces is presented as an exercise in iteration and accumulation. Over the course of the next two months, the shelves will gradually fill with vessels that change incrementally from piece to piece, the spacing between them likewise intermittently expanding and contracting. The work embodies the concept of spanda as framed in Tantra yoga philosophy. This Sanskrit term has as its root spadi, meaning “to move a little,” and is used to describe the microcosmic pulsation of universal energy made manifest in tangible form. The installation mirrors this essential dynamism of stillness, potentiality poised in the contained space of each vessel. 

Kelli Rae Adams utilizes clay in various states of permanency—sometimes employing additional materials—to create both functional objects and installation-based works that examine prevailing economic systems and probe our relationship to labor, currency, and value. She has exhibited both nationally and internationally in venues such as the David Winton Bell Gallery (Providence, RI), the Wassaic Project (Wassaic, NY), the Museum of International Ceramic Art (Denmark) and the Contemporary Urban Centre (Liverpool, UK), and she recently completed a residency in the design studios at Vista Alegre in Portugal. Her study of ceramics began in Japan, where she apprenticed over a period of five years with Tetsuro Hatabe, a master potter in the Karatsu tradition. Kelli holds an MFA in Ceramics from the Rhode Island School of Design and a BA in Visual Arts and Spanish from Duke University and has taught at the Rhode Island School of Design. She is also a certified yoga and meditation teacher and a longtime student of contemplative traditions.

www.kelliraeadams.com

curated by Bristol Maryott and Dutzi King


JANUARY 2017
MAX ASCRIZZI: TRANSFORMATIVE WINTERS

Max Ascrizzi believes in the seed, in the sleeping ember, in things just out of sight, unseen, the hidden forces beneath the surface. He believes in the homologous relations (in the often divided view) of Humanity and Nature.

Born in 1971 to Artist parents, Max Ascrizzi was raised in Freedom, Maine, a small town, just inland from the coast. Max basically grew up between the outdoors (in the woods that surround the house and gardens that his parents built by hand) and his Father's shop/studio. It was knowledge acquired in these two places that taught Max all the skills he uses in the making of art and furniture. He has designed and made furniture which he has shown in galleries and furniture shows, has taken commissions to design and build original pieces. He has also produced several multi-media performance pieces, and has shown his art in group and solo shows.

curated by Dutzi King


November/December 2016:
FRITZ DUMVILLE:  LIFE LINES

Fritz Dumville is a sculptor and graphic artist who follows the archaic language of line and form; laid down before the first alphabet, untainted by intellect, and vessel of pure feeling.

Life Lines features Dumville's composite prints and selected works of sculpture. The liveliness and sensitivity of Dumville's work visualizes a depth of feeling found in both the prosaic and profound.

Fritz is Detroit born and Providence based, with decades of experience in teaching and editorial illustration. 

 

"All his figures are very human, touchable, connectable, fragile, and yet very strong at the same time. Fritz shows their vulnerability and beauty in everyday moments, movements, and encounters. There is something subtle and deep within his perception of bodies, the lives of different people and their interconnectedness. Sometimes his figures are humorous, like birds reading news papers. Sometimes you see sobbing girls, showing strong emotions. 

In the Bhagavad Gita it says, that through the practice of yoga, we learn to see the divine spark in all beings and at all times (BG 6.29). Fritz captures these divine sparkles beautifully in his art works and in all the beings he brings to life. Being close to Fritz's art you can feel their love and connection. 

Meister Eckhart once said, that the most important person in your life, is the person right in front of you right now. Fritz treats his figures exactly like that. They form out of clay or with a pen on a piece of paper right in front of him, in that special moment. They come to life with with love, beauty and Fritz' great sense of humor. " Dutzi King

curated by Bristol Maryott and Dutzi King


Sean Riley, Bluets (small) V, 2016 natural indigo dyed paper on paper, 26" x 20"

Sean Riley, Bluets (small) V, 2016
natural indigo dyed paper on paper, 26" x 20"

September/October 2016
SEAN RILEY: MEMORIES IN INDIGO

Riley will be presenting a series of new works that reflect on the transformative properties of water.  Using paper and a dye bath of natural indigo, Riley is seeking to realize the dual nature of water as a constructive and destructive force by finding a point of balance between these forces.  The paper, as a result of its interaction with water, becomes a memory, enriched by the calming blue depths of natural indigo.

This series of works stems from Riley’s recent work in textiles, in which he has methodically deconstructed blue jeans inherited from his father.  Working with inherited clothing has brought his attention to how memory is preserved and communicated through material and we as humans embed our own personal narratives into objects.

Sean Riley lives in Providence, RI and works form a studio at the Hope Artist Village in Pawtucket, RI.  He has just been awarded a 2017 Fellowship in Crafts for his work in deconstructed denim from the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts and this past spring he was a resident at The Joan Mitchell Center in New Orleans, LA.  Riley is a new and enthusiastic yoga student at Jala Yoga & Arts. 

curated by Bristol Maryott and Dutzi King

 

Performance with Sean Riley: 
Blue of a Thousand Years

October, 28th 2016, 7pm

As part of his exhibit, Memories in Indigo, Sean Riley will be presenting a new performance artwork at Jala Studio. Blue of a Thousand Years will use poetry, music, video, and movement to create symbolic acts of transformation that relate to Riley’s work with indigo in relation to memory.  The performance will also act as a memorial to the work of artist, Terry Adkins (1953-2014.)  Riley studied under Adkins at the University of Pennsylvania from 2002-04 and worked alongside him for many years as an assistant and collaborator.  According to Riley, "Terry taught me how to listen to materials for what he called their 'potential disclosure', by which a material reveals how it may be transformed and given new purpose.  Terry was a master at this and I am forever grateful for his wisdom, generosity, and mentorship." 
The title of the performance refers to a Japanese term for the deepest shade of indigo blue, attainable only by repeated immersion in the dye.  For Riley, the intellectual and emotional depth of Adkins’ work has provided a model for artistic development and material transformation akin to such a saturated blue.


FROM ONE TO ANOTHER NEW SCULPTURE & EMBROIDERIES BY S HOLLIS MICKEY

FROM ONE TO ANOTHER
NEW SCULPTURE & EMBROIDERIES BY S HOLLIS MICKEY

MAY 2016

FROM ONE TO ANOTHER
NEW SCULPTURE & EMBROIDERIES BY S HOLLIS MICKEY

The sewn images and delicate sculptures of S. Hollis Mickey are evidence of ritual transformations. Through slow, careful processes, simple materials become charged-- maybe even magical-- objects. 'From one to another' brings together sculpture and embroidery from the past two years, including many new pieces which have not been previously shown. Much of the new embroidered work was created over a two-week artist residency at Penland School of Crafts in the mountains of North Carolina.

curated by Dutzi King


APRIL 2016

STEPHEN BETHEL

Having taught yoga for many years, Stephen Bethel brings the yoga teacher's gaze to the weight, balance and lift of the poses in his drawings. Having practiced yoga for many years, his body knows these poses by feel, from the inside. In the act of drawing, Stephen lets his hand be guided by his outer sight and inner sight together. The plaster pieces give a look into a longtime exploration of rounded and folded picture planes. Stephen Bethel studied fine art at Yale University, where he was also introduced to yoga. The two practices have formed an intertwining path.

curated by Bristol Maryott and Dutzi King


Zach Martin: drawings and wall shapes

Zach Martin: drawings and wall shapes

February 2016

Zach Martin: drawings and wall shapes

drawings and wall shapes is an interpretation of the different components of yoga—of mental and physical aspects. The process of making these drawings is slow and meditative. Each line builds upon another and ends in a culmination of thoughts. The wall shapes reflect fluidity, balance, and playfulness.

Zach Martin is an artist from New jersey currently living in Rhode Island. He works with many materials, often developing unique ways to finish and form them. His objects are thoroughly worked and rehearsed, requiring constant attention until they are prepared and ready to view. Zach and his wife Emily Martin also started Interior Theatre, a creative practice playing with the character of objects made for the home, the body, and spaces in between.

curated by Bristol Maryott and Dutzi King


Antonio Forte: Nidus

Antonio Forte: Nidus

January 2016

Nidus

The body of work entitled Nidus (“nest”) is a single chapter in a vade mecum, and represents the culmination of a process sparked by Antonio Forte’s fascination with physics and Zen Buddhism. Japanese Zen calligraphic techniques (like the gesture used for the ensō, or “circle”) were used to create oil paintings and ink drawings. Realizing that light (color) and sound (music) are both waves of energy moving through a medium, being perceived by the human physiology and psychology, Antonio wrote a physics formula to translate the frequencies of light in the colors of paint into frequencies of sound. These frequencies were then used to create musical compositions.

Antonio Forte studied Fine Art at SACI in Florence, Italy. He holds a BA in Music from American University, in Washington, DC, where he also studied Sculpture. Antonio is on faculty at the Rhode Island Philharmonic Music School where he teaches music composition and piano instruction, and teaches 1st through 8th grade music at Quest Montessori School in Narragansett, RI. He resides in Providence, RI, and is a member of The Wurks.
Antonio uses the vade mecum as a vehicle for carrying out visual and sonic processes which examine the minute and fleeting intersections between temporality and spatiality. These intersections are what one may call “moments,” and are instances of change in both time and space. The vade mecum, or “go with me” in Latin, is a personal reference book that is regularly carried around by a person, and is the conceptual precedent and starting point for most of Antonio’s work. Each drawing, painting, sculpture, or musical composition he considers to be a single word, sentence, page, or even an entire chapter, within the confines of a larger entity that is both introspective and interpersonal for its creator.

curated by Dutzi King


Kate Champa: 2 in 1. Clay Painting

Kate Champa: 2 in 1. Clay Painting

November/December 2015

2 in 1 Clay Paintings

Kate Champa has been a ceramic artist and teacher for many years.  The presence of the ocean in Rhode Island and the many moods, colors and terrain variations often inform her work. She loves color and form and the various interactions (sometimes intentional, sometimes fortuitously accidental) that occur between them. Animals in their infinite variety and capacity for joy are very important to her and she enjoys capturing their playfulness in clay. The perception of nature starts her own energy and creativity, the work finds its completion through the fire energy of the kiln.
 
As yogis we understand our own fire energy: the alchemical processes of yoga use heat, breath and intention. This tapas transforms our bodies. Physically, we become firmer yet more supple, but the most profound changes occur in our subtler energies. We refine our energetic, emotional and intellectual bodies allowing our prana or life force to move unimpeded through our system. This free movement of energy helps us to feel more expansive, spacious and at ease. Our bodies become vehicles for intention and consciousness. The transformation of unformed clay into a ceramic artwork is also a process of tapas. The heat of the kiln and the vision of the artist forms the work – an artistic expression visualizing intention.
 
Kate Champa has a Master’s Degree in Art History from Harvard and later attended RISD as a Special Student in Ceramics.  Kate lives in Providence RI with three cats. Animals in their infinite variety and capacity for joy are very important to her. 
She has been a member of The Foundry Artists’ Association for 25 years. In 1997 she, with a group of local ceramic artists, started Raku Rhody-o, A FireArts Festival in downtown Providence. Under Kate’s coordination, Raku Rhody-o was for eight years a successful and exciting contribution to the R.I. art scene. With her raku kiln she has taught the ancient Japanese art of Raku firing at many high schools in Rhode Island. 
Kate is included in the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts list of Artists in Education. She is always available to teach ceramic workshops in schools and for other groups. Her work may often be seen at South County Art Association, other local galleries, and every December at The Foundry Show at the Pawtucket Armory Art Center.

curated by Dutzi King


S.Hollis Mickey: Textured Textiles

S.Hollis Mickey: Textured Textiles

October/November 2015

Textured Textiles

The textured texts and textiles of S. Hollis Mickey emerge at the intersection of actions and objects. Gesture and material traverse and transform one another through a process of making that is a kind of call and response across genres. Performance produces soft, densely stitched and marked textiles, and, in turn, textiles inspire, or are used in, performance. In a sort of poetic alchemy, action and object become entwined and inseparable. Small movements and evanescent materials gather meaning through repetition and accumulation. Thousands of hand-stitches produce an image. Bone is cyanotyped onto fabric-- shadow marks fabric like memory. Words are repeated over and over until they are sewn into material form. This alchemy takes time, patience, some residue of belief. 

The two large textile panels "Returning/Working panel" and "Shadow Osteology panel" are the result of two durational performances, but stand as objects themselves without the context of performance. The creation of the small embroidery "Release the animals or at least gives them names" has inspired a set of texts and performance events around wolf mythology that is the focus of Hollis' current work. 

S. Hollis Mickey is an interdisciplinary artist living and working in Providence, Rhode Island. Through text, textiles, sculpture, installation and performance, her work seeks to capture and remember ephemeral, everyday moments-- those glimpses of finding the extraordinary in the ordinary. Hollis was awarded the 2015 Rhode Island State Council on the Arts Fellowship in New Genres. She holds a BA and MA in Performance Studies from Brown University.  In addition to being a practicing artist, Hollis works as Associate Educator, Academic and Public Programs at the RISD Museum, where she manages courses for adult audiences and artist professional development programs, serves as an editor of the Museum’s journal Manual, and teaches from the collection. She is also honored to teach at Jala and be a part of such a dynamic, creative, and intentional community. 

curated by Dutzi King


Jacqueline Brown: Pine Family 1 (detail), pencil on paper, 2009

Jacqueline Brown: Pine Family 1 (detail), pencil on paper, 2009

September 2015

Bodies of Nature

Jala features 'Pine Family 1' by British artist Jacqueline Brown. In her drawings, installations, videos, and sculptures, Brown turns an inquisitive eye on nature and its strange formations. Brown's training as a sculptor emerges at the forefront of her large drawings of conifer trees. The artist takes photographs in the forest of a seemingly infinite hatch of foliage, then "edits" her footage - effectively sculpting the material - into peculiar shapes that are then drawn on paper in painstakingly exquisite detail. Even here, seemingly undisturbed nature is not allowed to rest; rather, it is the artist herself who intervenes, mimicking an act of God through her re-structuring of flora. Through her sculptures, video, and extensive drawings, Brown's voyage as an artist has been spurred on by an inquisitive curiosity as to the ways in which we interact with the world we have inherited. 

Jacqueline Brown (*1982, Oxford, UK) studied at the Royal College of Art in London (MA Sculpture, 2007) and the Winchester School of Art in Hampshire (BA Hons Fine Art Sculpture, 2004). Her work has been exhibited throughout the UK and abroad. In 2007, she was short-listed for the Bloomberg New Contemporaries. That year, she also took first prize for short film at the Totnes Short Film Festival. Brown currently lives and works in Berlin.

'Pine Family 1' is accompanied by a Providence store front glass painting from the 1960s. This piece found in a former clothing store downtown shows in a clear geometrical structure the five koshas or bodies of the human nature as defined in the yoga tradition. Body, mind and spirit are interconnected, interrelated and interpenetrating, as it becomes visible in the interwoven grasp on nature in Brown's drawing. 

curated by Dutzi King

 


Johannes Einfalt: Untitled, 2015

Johannes Einfalt: Untitled, 2015

April - May 2015
High Way

Jala features colored pencil drawings by Johannes Einfalt. The small works are extremely detailed. Their textured surface gives depth to the images, inspiring us to look deeper. 

These drawings examine traveling. In particular, the aspect of traveling where time seems to stand still and the journey momentarily becomes apparent as our destination, the experience itself. As the world passes through a windshield, we gain presence. We’re moving fast but time stands still. Landscapes pass in a flow field. Traveling keeps you apart and brings you together at the same time. Your subjective is strong, while you sometimes feel yourself dissolve… as long as you keep practicing.

Johannes Einfalt lives and works in Berlin. He studied New Media Design at Merz Akademie Stuttgart and is represented by Strzelski Gallery, Stuttgart. International solo and group exhibitions since 2003. He specializes in drawing and creative writing.

curated by Bristol Maryott

 


Ongoing

Jessica Kung Dreyfus

Jala is pleased to show the work of Jessica Kung Dreyfus. Jessica is a Chinese American born in New York City in 1981. She studied Architecture and Art at Yale University, and also studied abroad with Cornell University in Rome. She graduated with honors from Yale in 2004.

Her work straddles the disciplines of art and architecture. Primarily through the medium of drawing, she explores how the Eastern tradition of the energetic body informs our experience of body, building, and urban environments. Through her work, she brings together her rigorous training in western art and architecture and her equally rigorous training in eastern philosophy and methodology to create a new paradigm.
Jala features Jessica’s screenprints of yoga postures with watercolor and pastel overlays as well as originals and prints of Jessica’s line drawings.

curated by Bristol Maryott