Building Stages: Robert Maloney & Chelsea Revelle
January 12 – February 18, 2016
Opening Reception: January 21, 2016 from 5:30 – 7:30 pm
Artist Talk: February 5, 2016 from 5:30 – 6:30 pm
Assembling a wide range of materials in various stages of construction, Maloney and Revelle explore concepts of memory as it is recalled over the passage of time. Their works reveal peeling layers, overlapping imagery and discarded remains that are meant to provoke the viewer. What appears to be abandoned urban architecture and domestic dwellings sets the stage for past or future narratives.
The work on display is a mixture of prints on paper, modular structures, shadow boxes, installation and digital projection that together balance and challenges our perception and the role we play both inside and outside of community.
Maloney’s exteriors evoke the gridlike structure of the city as well as the layers of memory, as they are in the process of atrophy while Revelle’s interiors reflect the complexity of feminine ideals confusing our sense of real and depicted space, seemingly setting a stage for the viewer to play.
This exhibition was juried by acclaimed documentary filmmaker and Emerson College Professor John Gianvito.
Robert Maloney makes 2D and 3D constructions that incorporate elements of the urban landscape, typography, topography, architecture, and deteriorated portraits. His pieces straddle the line between a structure being torn down and a structure being erected. He thinks of his work as a 21st-century archeological dig where decades of imagery and information accumulates and deteriorates at various stages of recognition. Maloney combines layers of paint, found and created textures, screen-printed patterns, digital elements and three dimensional structures to create works evocative of crumbling walls, discarded billboards, and old warehouses. Building Stages will showcase Maloney’s recent work that incorporates various stages of portraiture into the layers that dissolve into the architectural detritus. Features appear and become embedded into the structures in the same way that we excavate the memories of the individuals and dwellings of our past.
Chelsea Revelle makes box constructions from actual deconstructed dollhouses that reveal discarded materials and evoke thoughts of childhood or domesticity in the viewer by preserving various remains. These intimate spaces focus on the interior home and respond to the memories of childhood play, challenging our imaginative role as adults. Saturated colors and juxtaposed wallpaper patterns are unified within the shallow surface to emphasize the ambiguity of scale. Human characteristics remain personified through chairs, folded into fabrics, and scuffed into cracked paint.
For more information about the artists’ work, please visit their websites:
Robert Maloney: www.robert-maloney.com
Chelsea Revelle: www.chelsearevelle.com
Gallery hours: Mon-Tue: 7:00 am–3:00 pm, Wed–Fri: 7:00 am–6:00 pm, and by appointment
About FPAC Gallery
FPAC Gallery is operated by the Fort Point Arts Community, Inc. of South Boston (FPAC) is a non‐profit community organization founded in 1980. Our mission is to promote the work of our artists to a broad and diverse audience; to preserve the artists community in the Fort Point Channel area; to insure the continuance of permanent, affordable studio space; to build community; and to increase the visibility of the arts in Fort Point.
Fort Point is home to over 300 artists who produce work in a wide array of media. It is recognized as one of New England’s largest artists’ communities. The historic warehouse buildings of Fort Point house painters, photographers, sculptors, designers, ceramicists, performance artists, jewelers, book artists, digital media artists, and more