Brett S. Poza
June 7 – July 12, 2019
The Alpha Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of our newest edition of New Talent, an exhibition we have held annually since 1968. This year’s exhibition features three artists, all of whom address human interaction with the environment and its consequences, utilizing mediums ranging from painting and photography to burnt and sculpted wood.
Elizabeth Flood has made a study of abandoned former sites of industry. Quincy Quarries Reservation outside of Boston is one such place. Once an active site for the granite industry, it is now a public park. The walls of granite that rise from the now landfilled quarry provide a challenge for rock climbers, as well as a canvas for graffiti. Flood’s paintings explore the manipulated landscape, marking the history of human intervention over time. Flood recently completed her MFA at Boston University.
After starting her career as an art therapist, Brett S. Poza shifted her focus to artmaking. Her affinity for nature lies with the less-than-pretty, yet noble aspect of trees, roots and other life forms. With intentional irony, Poza uses wood (often processed) to portray wood in its natural state. She burns her images into the wood, an act that suggests destruction. But there is also a sense that her subjects have struggled to overcome that very end. Poza received her MFA from Massachusetts College of Art and Design this year.
Paige Salmon’s photography provides commentary on the human impulse to alter the natural world, particularly in the context of the suburban landscape. Some images are staged settings where human-made replicas of natural objects are inserted into a natural setting. Others examine how we perceive a given landscape in terms of the passage of time. Salmon asks us to ponder the human desire for beauty and its impact on the world around us. Salmon recently earned her MFA from Maine College of Art.