Proto Gallery is pleased to announce our newest exhibition, The Marshmallow Method, the first solo presentation work by Denise Treizman at Proto Gallery.
Chilean sculptor Denise Treizman's multi-disciplinary artistic practice combines real-world found objects, store-bought consumer materials, studio ceramics, drawing, and even performance. The title of this exhibition is intended to reference Treizman's tendency to create in clay, an object that can be positioned in an installation milieu on an equal footing with her large textile weavings or even ready-mades. The object in clay is the found object that could not be found; it has to instead be made, not unlike the modern marshmallow confection, the fruit that nature wouldn't provide, but we always wanted.
The Marshmallow Method has a significant quantity of vividly-glazed hand-built or slabbed ceramic elements. These ceramic pieces are individual artworks when isolated, however they often are integrated parts of large installations which are constructed in response to a given space. When experienced in-hand rather than on the wall, the details and properties of the ceramic works such as previously hidden vivid interior glaze work is revealed. Many of the individual components of Treizman's large installations, and even smaller individual sculptures, have this property. They exist as real objects that can move freely in their environment, and can even be subject to future remixing and alteration.
Denise Treizman is an artist born and raised in Chile, now based in New York with a studio at Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts Studio Program in Manhattan. She holds a MFA in Fine Arts from the School of Visual Arts, and has been invited to numerous residencies including, Ox-Bow, MASS MoCA Assets for Artists, and Vermont Studio Center. Her work repurposes and collages ready-made found objects, often combining them with brightly-glazed ceramics to create a unique composition. Treizman created an interactive public artwork for FLOW.16 at Randall’s Island Park and has been included in several recent group exhibitions at PROTO Gallery, Wave Hill, Ortega y Gasset Projects, and Alfa Gallery. In 2017 she has already had solo exhibitions at Soho20 Gallery, +/- Project Space, and at MEN Gallery, and she was the ArtSlant Round 5 Juried Winner for Installation Art.