Drawings By Humans, From Hands / June 2015
by Zoárd Wells Tyeklár and Margaret Chiarelli
Zoárd Wells Tyeklár
The two bodies of work I’ve shown are things created at Mix It Print, Somerville, MA, last year and a more recent series of drawings. More or less, a grouping and/or overlaying of sketches from life drawing and pulling influence also from anything from Medieval art to the nearly intelligible scribbles of tar that seal cracks in our failing infrastructure. Zoárd’s work also takes influence and inspiration from humanity’s insistence of collecting, curating, preserving anything and everything we’ve touched. The monuments and tombs all serve as pivot points with which we’ve created our histories. Leave some parts out, divert focus, frame.
Zoárd Wells Tyeklár studied printmaking at Massachusetts College of Art and got his BFA in 2005. As well as etch-ing, he is also a relief artist, recently completing a massive woodcut as part of Lyell Casonguay’s Big Ink project. Zoárd is also a silkscreen artist not only creating flyers, posters for Boston Hassle (a volunteer-driven non-profit which pro-motes and runs music and art events in the Boston area) but has created several series of his own prints, books and zines. He lives in Somerville, MA, with his wife and two cats.
Visit Zoard's website at zwty.net!
I'm Not Here
Letterpress print series
This series is inspired by a poem in which I explore the ideas of love and anxiety. In an anxious state one may not recognize where they are or who they are with. Space becomes two dimensional and surroundings transform from familiar objects to abstract shapes. In spite of this disorientation, love is a beacon of certainty.Occupying your body or mind can be two distinct and mutually exclusive states of being. In these images the body and mind (two parts of a whole) are treated as similar shapes, roughly mirroring each other and disassociated. They interact but remain discrete objects in a vast empty space.In keeping with this theme of duality, the images also have a more hopeful significance. The shapes (perhaps two people) exist harmoniously together in an open and quiet, bright space. Although there’s a strong theme of opposing realities in this series, the anxiety and hopefulness in the images exist in conjunction with one another. Margaret Chiarelli is an artist from Boston, Massachusetts. She studied fine art at Smith College, focusing mainly on printmaking. After her formal training, Margaret started concentrating on abstract imagery. Often in her work, when visual themes develop, she finds an underlying concept that was perhaps guiding the work all along. Margaret currently is studying graphic design at MassArt and is a printmaker at Smudge Ink in Charlestown, a company specializing in letterpress stationery and custom work.
Visit Margaret's website at margaretchiarelli.com!