Anthony Iacuzzi | Suzanne Metzel
December 5 - 29, 2019
Opening reception: Saturday, December 7 from 5 to 7 pm
Conversation with the Artists: Thursday, December 19 at 7 pm
All events are free and open to the public.
 

Anthony Iacuzzi | NatuReVisioned 
 
“We do not see Nature with our eyes, but with our understandings and our hearts.”
~ Art critic, painter and philosopher William Hazlitt (1778-1830)

 
      The natural world has always been one of Anthony Iacuzzi’s favorite subjects. The medium of photography has been his vehicle of choice for sharing his vision of Nature’s beauty. Since the dawn of the digital age, he has spent countless hours exploring and experimenting with photo editing software in order to express Nature's beauty in his own way. His efforts have resulted in effects and techniques which give his images a stylized look. According to Iacuzzi, “The studied abstraction of the images in my series, NatuReVisioned, is intended to intensify the aesthetic experience in much the same way that painting idealizes its subject matter. One could say that while Nature provides the foundation of my digital canvases, technology provides the brush strokes.”
      Anthony Iacuzzi lives and works in Evanston, Illinois where he co-founded Perspective Group and Photography Gallery in 2010. His photography has received local, national and international recognition. He has a BFA degree in photography from Columbia College Chicago.
 
 

Suzanne Metzel | Inside
      
      Sheds and garages house broken snow blowers, old hoses, bicycles and more. They are the last stop for the things our bloated homes can no longer hold. The structures in this series are an homage to our complicated relationship with stuff. Over a lifetime we accumulate an enormous amount of stuff ranging from “priceless” family heirlooms to the latest gadgets which have been quickly rendered obsolete. Why is it nearly impossible to purge our homes of this useless clutter? Is it just inertia, or are we afraid to face what our accumulation says about us? Or, perhaps, is our stuff an anchor to the past which, once purged, would cause us to become unmoored?
      All the images in Suzanne Metzel's series, Inside, are polymer photogravures. In this alternative process, digital images are transferred to a photosensitive polymer substrate that is adhered to a steel-backed plate. Once processed, the plate is inked and printed using an etching press. This laborious process is slow and definitely hands-on. According to Metzel, “The process has allowed me to produce images of structures that look to host a history of secrets.”
      Suzanne, a former trial attorney, has studied drawing, watercolor, printmaking and photography at the American Academy of Art, Evanston Art Center and Lillstreet Art Center. Her work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally. She is a lifelong resident of Evanston (3rd generation) and a founding and board member of Perspective Group and Photography Gallery.