To experience the latest work of Nicole Chesney is to lose oneself to a dream or somnambulistic state of mind with the longing or craving of beauty and serenity. Her newest exhibition, Demiror, which means a state of desire and admire, opens at the Friesen Gallery as a solo exhibition in early August. It is the result of more than a year's dedication to an intense and precise art process that without fail embraces and captures the imagination...
This December, Friesen Gallery embarks on its thirtieth year, an anniversary traditionally represented by the pearl. To mark the occasion the Gallery will showcase an exceptional new body of work entitled 'Lustrare' from artist Nicole Chesney. Widely recognized for her oil paintings on etched, mirrored glass, Chesney acts with mastery, using the properties of light and reflection to cultivate a sense of seductive mystery and profound beauty. In addition to her site-specific large-scale commissions for 7 World Trade Center in New York City and Massachusetts College of Art in Boston, Chesney’s paintings are exhibited and collected internationally. Awards received by this impressive artist include the UrbanGlass Award for New Talent, The Corning Museum of Glass Rakow Commission and a Jutta Cuny-Franz Foundation Supporting Award. 'Lustrare' is a luminous celebration of this milestone in Friesen’s history.
When Andria Friesen took me to a back room of her gallery where two works by Nicole Chesney hung on a wall, I felt as though I was let in on a secret. In front of me was an otherworldly, glowing, seemingly alive painting. The subtle transformation that developed from varying degrees of shade and angle gripped me. I stayed there for 20 minutes playing with the light switch and moving around the room as my field of vision and perception of depth and color changed. . .
This new installation in the Linde Family Wing for Contemporary Art’s Eunice and Julian Cohen Galleria offers a contemporary spin on landscape art. Ten works, including sculptures, paintings, installation, and video art, present contemporary art as the latest chapter in the story of landscape art through the ages, as told by the MFA’s encyclopedic collection. Works include a number of new acquisitions that have never before been on view, as well as new commissions by Jason Middlebrook and Anne Lindberg. Other works on view in the installation include 'Garrowby Hill' (1998) by David Hockney and 'Verity (magenta blue), Repose, and Verity (blue green gray)' by Nicole Chesney. . .
Capturing an ephemeral moment through which we can view our culture and ourselves, the surface treatments of the Luminists and Abstract Expressionists are similarly vulnerable in that they bear the particular markings of individual artists. Both the Luminists and the Abstract Expressionists sought to express a reflection, be it of their place, or of their inner selves, on the painting's surface. Building on both of these uniquely American approaches to painting, Rhode Island-based artist Nicole Chesney probes reflection, perception, and light in her paintings on glass, fusing a Luminist interest in light with an Abstract Expressionist focus on the psychology of an individual. . .