Nicole Chesney

Nicole Chesney

Artist Statement

Warm breath on cool glass, the play of cast shadows and lights on a wall, falling feathers, a whisper—mysterious, gentle signs of life that evoke visceral, emotive responses. My work explores the relationship between light, space, visual perception, and imagination conjuring these subtle, often unnoticed aspects of our world.  Created from layers of oil paint on etched, mirrored glass, my paintings envelope viewers in a seductive, mysterious space. Their constantly changing mirrored surfaces make each visual encounter unique and ephemeral. For those that stay, look, and linger, the works slowly, subtly reveal new facets of themselves. Viewers see a faint outline of themselves—a dark reflection that varies with the changing light and shade of oil pigment. Mirrors represent the human desire to see and reflect that which is desired. In this light, my paintings reflect back to the viewer their own imagined space—a desirous, inner landscape or an unknowable, future dreamscape.  While I take influence from various artists associated with Abstract Expressionism, my work in many ways reacts against the noisy, boisterous paintings championed by the protagonists of that movement. Rather, my work explores and in turn champions the understated, ephemeral aspects of our world—whispers, innuendo, and intimacy—and offers a space for their contemplation.

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Biography

N I C O L E  C H E S N E Y

 
B O R N           1971 New Jersey

E D U C A T I O N
 
2000               Master of Arts, Visual Arts (by Research), Canberra School of Art, The Australian National University
1997               Bachelor of Fine Arts, Massachusetts College of Art, Boston, Massachusetts
1992–1994     California College of Arts and Crafts, Oakland, California


S E L E C T E D  S O L O  E X H I B I T I O N S

2016    Lustrare, Friesen Gallery, Sun Valley, Idaho
2015    Afterlight, Friesen Gallery, Sun Valley, Idaho
2014    Mirari, Gallery NAGA, Boston, Massachusetts
            Friesen Gallery, Sun Valley, Idaho
2011    Lux, Heller Gallery, New York, New York
2008    Heller Gallery, New York, New York
            Galerie B, Baden-Baden, Germany
2007    Volo, Heller Gallery, New York, New York
2006    Sky / Water, Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton, Massachusetts
2005    Between Glances, Heller Gallery, New York, New York
            Sky / Water, Gallery Sklo, Seoul, Korea
2004    R. Duane Reed Gallery, St. Louis, Missouri
2003    R. Duane Reed Gallery, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
2002    Between Light and Matter, Chappell Gallery, New York, New York
            Sky / Water, Chappell Gallery, Boston, Massachusetts


S E L E C T E D  G R O U P  E X H I B I T I O N S


2017
REVELO, Friesen Gallery, Ketchum, Idaho
 
2016  
Masterworks from the Kaplan-Ostergaard Collection, The Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, California
Color and Light, Embassy of the United States, Panama City, Panama 
Korean Galleries Art Fair, Seoul, Korea, presented by Gallery Sklo, Seoul, Korea
American Art: 1945 to the Present, Mobile Museum of Art, Mobile, Alabama
 
2015 
Korean International Art Fair, Seoul, Korea, presented by Gallery Sklo, Seoul, Korea
Dynamic Conversations, South Shore Art Center, Cohasset, Massachusetts (catalogue)
Masterpieces in Glass: What They Face, Gallery Sklo, Seoul, Korea
 
2014 
Landscape, abstracted, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts
Form from Fire, Honolulu Museum of Art, Honolulu, Hawaii
Glass Today: Contemporary Innovations, New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain, Connecticut 
Filtered, Friesen Gallery, Sun Valley, Idaho
Surfaces, Massachusetts College of Art, Paine Gallery, Boston, Massachusetts
Korean International Art Fair, Seoul, Korea, presented by Gallery Sklo, Seoul, Korea
 
2013 
Locally Made, RISD Museum, Providence, Rhode Island  
Ellipses, Massachusetts College of Art, Bakalar Gallery, Boston, Massachusetts
10 Years, Gallery Sklo, Seoul, Korea 
 
2012   
Approaching Volume, Gallery NAGA, Boston, Massachusetts
Éclats, Musée Wurth, Erstein, France
20 Years, Galerie B, Baden-Baden, Germany
 
2011   
The Wall, Friesen Gallery, Sun Valley, Idaho
Field of Vision: Artists Explore Place, Racine Art Museum, Racine, Wisconsin
Water, Sand, Sky, The Bristol Art Museum, Bristol, Rhode Island
 
2010   
NetWorks, The Newport Art Museum, Newport, Rhode Island Korean International Art Fair, Seoul, Korea, presented by Gallery Sklo, Seoul, Korea
Transformation 6: Contemporary Works in Glass, The Hunter Museum of American Art, Chattanooga, Tennessee 
Fifty Years of Contemporary Glass: Art, Craft, or Otherwise?, The Speed Art Museum Louisville, Kentucky
 
2009   
Rising Stars of the 21st Century, Museum of American Glass, Millville, New Jersey
 
2008   
Korean International Art Fair, Seoul, Korea, presented by Gallery Sklo, Seoul, Korea
 
2007   
The Elizabeth R. Raphael Founder’s Prize Exhibition, Society for Contemporary Craft, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (traveling exhibition)
CCA: A Legacy in Studio Glass, San Francisco Museum of Craft + Design, San Francisco, California
 
2006   
The Bombay Sapphire Prize 2006, Studio 95, London, England 
Korean International Art Fair, Seoul, Korea, presented by Gallery Sklo, Seoul, Korea
 
2005   
Magnificent Extravagance: Artists and Opulence, Racine Art Museum, Racine, Wisconsin
Seeds of Light, Canberra School of Art Gallery, Canberra, Australia
 
2004   
Intersection, Bullseye Connection Gallery, Portland, Oregon
Palm Beach Contemporary, presented by R. Duane Reed Gallery, St. Louis, Missouri
 
2003   
Fresh!, Heller Gallery, New York, New York
ARTform, International Pavilion, West Palm Beach, Florida
 
2002   
Luminosity, Quadrivium Gallery, Sydney, Australia
Glass Palimpsest, Sarah Doyle Gallery, Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island
Between 2 Spaces – Air/Liquid/Solid, Jam Factory Gallery, Adelaide, Australia
 
2000   
Essentially Canberra, Earl Lu Gallery, Singapore
Learning to Breathe, Foyer Gallery, Canberra School of Art, Canberra, Australia
 
1999   
Light Through Skin, Pentimenti Gallery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
 
1998   
Aperto Vetro – International New Glass 1998, Venice, Italy
North American Glass 1998, The Guilford Handcraft Center, Guilford, Connecticut
 
1997   
Young Glass International 1997, Glasmuseum, Ebeltoft, Denmark


S E L E C T E D  A W A R D S  &  C O M M I S S I O N S
 
2016    Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Summer Party Benefit Print Artist
2015    Commencement Ceremony Alumni Address, Massachusetts College of Art
2013    Massachusetts College of Art, Public Art Commission, Boston, Massachusetts
2011    7 World Trade Center, Commission with private funds, New York. Installed 2013
2010    The Wells Fargo Center, Commission with private funds, Norfolk, Virginia
2009    The Wheeler School Public Art Initiative Commission with private funds, Providence,  Rhode Island
2007    The Palm Springs Art Museum, Commission with private funds, Palm Springs, California
2005    The Corning Museum of Glass Rakow Commission, Corning, New York
2004    UrbanGlass Award for New Talent, Brooklyn, New York
2001    The Jutta Cuny-Franz Foundation Supporting Award, Düsseldorf, Germany
2000    Glass Art Society Conference Takako Sano Scholarship
1999    Canberra School of Art Drawing Prize Ausglass Conference Student Award, Juror: John Perreault
1998    Canberra School of Art Graduate Award David Thomas Foundation Travel Grant, Australia
1997    Art School Alliance Trust Fund Award, Massachusetts College of Art
            Honorable Mention, Elusive Mind, Copenhagen and Elsinore, Denmark
 
 
S E L E C T E D  P U B L I C  &  C O R P O R A T E  C O L L E C T I O N S
 
7 World Trade Center, New York, New York
Alinda Capital Partners, New York, New York
Australian National University, Canberra, Australia
Berkshire Partners, Boston, Massachusetts
Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, New York
Fidelity Investments, Boston, Massachusetts
Glasmuseum, Ebeltoft, Denmark
Honolulu Museum of Art, Honolulu, Hawaii
Massachusetts College of Art, Boston, Massachusetts
Millenium Place, Boston, Massachusetts
MIRVAC Group, Melbourne, Australia
Mobile Art Museum, Mobile, Alabama
Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Montreal, Canada (Promised Gift)
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts
University of Arizona Medical Center, Tucson, Arizona
Palm Springs Art Museum, Palm Springs, California
Pilchuck Glass School, Print Archives, Stanwood, Washington
Pureun Savings Bank, Seoul, South Korea
Rhode Island School of Design Museum, Providence, Rhode Island
Speed Art Museum, Louisville, Kentucky (Promised Gift)
The Wells Fargo Center, Norfolk, Virginia
Twin Focus Capital Partners, Boston, Massachusetts
Wheeler School, Providence, Rhode Island
Private collections throughout the United States and internationally