Monday, October 8, 2007

Holograms and Photographs

Harriet Casdin-Silver
Kathy Chapman

Studio Soto
63 Melcher St.
Boston, MA 02210
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Thursday, October 4 - Sunday, October 21, 2007
reception Wednesday, October 17th, 5 - 8 pm
Gallery Hours Thursday and Friday, 5 - 9; Saturday and Sunday, 12 - 5

Studio Soto proudly presents the work of pioneering holography artist Harriet Casdin-Silver and photographer Kathy Chapman, celebrating their combined over 50 years in Fort Point. Casdin-Silver and Chapman are among a number of artists whose leases along Melcher Street will expire on November 15th, and this exhibition magnanimously recognizes their work and their abiding presence in the changing and diminishing arts community in Fort Point.

"Harriet Casdin-Silver is a pioneer of art holography in the United States and was an important figure in the development of installation art and technological art in the 1960s. Casdin-Silver' s work is internationally recognized and has been exhibited for over 25 years in museums, galleries, and universities through the Americas, Europe, and Asia.

She has not only set aesthetic standards for holography but also stretched the scientific boundaries of the medium. Casdin-Silver was the first artist to develop frontal-projection holograms, the first to explore white light transmission multi-colored holograms, and the first to exhibit outdoor, solar-tracked holograms.

Casdin-Silver began her artistic career in the 1960s as a painter and quickly moved into multi-media and technological images. In 1968, she made her first holograms, becoming one of the first artists to work in this media. Casdin-Silver' s early work focused on both abstract and object-based images; by the late 1970s, Casdin-Silver began exploring the human figure, in particular the female body. At the same time, the artist began to combine holography with other media to create installation pieces. More recently, Casdin-Silver' s work focuses on the issues of feminism, the human form, the aging process, death, and issues of identity."

- Nick Capasso, Curator, Harriet Casdin-Silver: The Art of Holography, a retrospective at the DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park

Harriet Casdin-Silver' s images and works appear courtesy of Gallery NAGA.
For more information visit her website,

Since 1979 Kathy Chapman has maintained a photography studio in Boston's Fort Point Channel neighborhood. She works on many different levels, shooting weekly magazine assignments that include portraits, gourmet food, location and environmental work, corporate work and live music. She enjoys teaching photography and has mentored teens at Artists For Humanity, and taught teens at Montserrat College of Art.

Her training as a photographer included earning a BFA at Minneapolis College of Art and Design. She spent her third year abroad at the Epsom College of Art, south of London.

Chapman's series of young mothers, photographed on the streets of South Boston in the 80s, records the moods and emotions on their faces as they navigate the sidewalks with vintage prams. Her series of pictures of teenage boys in the 90s, flashing their gang signs, is a study of inner-city angst.

Chapman says that previous to 9/11, her photographs had been dark in mood. After 9/11, she switched, putting more emphasis on the value of life. Her recent portfolio of multi-exposure photographs was reviewed by Cate McQuaid of the Boston Globe, who wrote "Kathy Chapman forwards the film in her plastic camera as she exposes it, like a DJ scratching an L.P. In these lovely romantic urban landscapes, buildings and bridges echo, repeat, and fracture, turning concrete and steel into something as dreamlike and repetitive as memory".

The Studio Soto show will exhibit selections from 30 years of work in Boston.
For more information visit her website,

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