Benjamin Giguere, Alex Khomsky and Cindy Robinson

June 4th - July 4th

Opening Reception: Thursday, June 18th, 5-9pm.

At STUDIO Z: "BEN GIGUERE, ALEX KHOMSKI and CINDY ROBINSON" at the Butcher Block Mill, 25 Eagle Street, Providence, RI, June 4th - July 4th, 2015. Opening Reception Thursday, June 18th, 5-9PM.

Ben Giguere (b. 1978) fortuitously took a temporary job in 1997 at a small-town Vermont crystal glass factory in called Simon Pearce: one of the finest crystal factories in the world. This serendipity evolved into a career of eleven years; Ben soon become full-time as he was presented with the opportunity to apprentice and learn the craft of glassblowing with master glass workers from around the world under one roof. Experimenting with color in free-form glassblowing as he developed his craft, his training with masters from Sweden, the Czech Republic, Ireland and England continues to influence his work.

In 2008, Ben moved to Providence, RI, in order to learn other glassmaking techniques. This led him to casting and molding glass into objects for Steven Weinberg, one of the American Studio Glass movement's most well known artists, an opportunity that came to influence Ben's own work. In 2011, Ben helped create GATHER GLASS in Providence, a new chapter in his fifteen-year career with this combination showcase for his own glass creations while simultaneously providing space for teaching and designing, all the while still as Studio Manager at Weinberg Glass, Pawtucket, RI, and Head Glass Designer in product development at a plant in Lebanon, NH.

Artist Statement : "Glass allows me to explore the boundaries of structure through fluidity. As an artist, my creative process involves a synergistic dance of sorts. I constantly strive to find new ways to connect the alchemical to the material elements of glass in a design. My most inspired work, however, comes from learning to allow the glass to inform me how and what it wishes to become. This approach continues to fuel my passion and obsession with glass."

Alex Khomski, born in Moscow, studied classic drawing and painting with the most famous art professors there and was accepted into the most prestigious and highly regarded Stroganoff Institute of Fine and Applied Arts, founded by Count Stroganoff in 1825 as the first private academy of art in Russia. He worked as an Interior Designer and Mural Artist for the Russian Federation Art Fund while mastering his technique in painting. His developing contemporary art technique enabled him to also be accepted into the well known Union of Graphic Artists in Moscow (much more liberal then the official Union of Artists), which supported vanguard art and underground artists, whose work was difficult to promote in Communist Russia.

Khomski's first most prestigious exhibit, in Christian Democratic Party Headquarters in Bonn, Germany in 1988, in "Bonn -Moscow, Russian Vanguard Art", represented the vanguard of Russian artists such as Ilya Kabakov, Komar and Melamid, among others. The Exhibition took place during Russian president Michael Gorbachev's first visit to Germany and was highly regarded in the German press. Two of Alex's paintings were sold to the Swiss ambassador to Germany, who later became a Khomski collector, acquiring several pieces to add to his vast collection of vanguard Russian art.

Thus Khomski's career as an international artist ensued. The following year he had his first solo exhibition outside Russia, at the Gallery Doll in Kotzting, Germany, and became represented by the International Gallery Reich in Koln. Seeking artistic freedom, Khomski moved to the US in 1990, where his work has been shown in over fifty solo and group shows in the US, Canada and Europe, including several of Alex's paintings in San Francisco at One Bush Street Gallery's Identities Lost and Found: Russian Jewish Artists from the 1920's - 1990's, hanging amongst works by Marc Chagall, Komar and Melamid, as well as in Glasnost under Glass, a traveling exhibition sponsored by Ohio State University. In 2011, Khomski was awarded with the Ukrainian order of St. Stanislaus along with Jacky Stallone, Franc Stallone and other celebrities in Los Angeles for his involvement in art and culture. In 2013 his work was included in "The Diner is Served" in the Russian Museum, Saint Petersburg, Russia, a noteworthy exhibition that included many prominent Russian artists and sculptures from the nineteenth century to present times.

His paintings can be found in numerous museum, corporate and private collections around the world, including: The State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow, Russia; The State Russian Museum, St. Petersburg Russia; State Eastern Museum, Moscow Russia; Arhangelsk Museum, Arhangelsk Russia;Zimmerli Museum of Art, New Brunswick, New Jersey; Fidelity Investments Corporation Boston, MA; Mr. Holl, former Swiss Ambassador to Germany; Oleg Prokofiev, son of the famous Russian composer; John Malkovich, actor, Boston MA; Arturo Delmoni, prominent violinist and conductor for New York Ballet; Dr. Gautam Allahbadia, prominent Indian collector.

Alex Khomski resides in Arlington, MA and works at his studio at the Boston Center for the Arts.

Cindy Robinson (b. 1956) is a self taught artist who grew up in Barrington, RI, and lives in Providence where she works full time as an artist out of her studio on Harris Avenue. Cindy found herself attracted to discovering color and form in Abstract Expressionism. Often commencing with the landscape or the human form, Cindy's paintings stand out for their vibrant saturated colors and rich textures. Cindy's painting, "Lips", was featured in Crescendo, magazine of the Santa Fe Opera, representing Carmen. Juried exhibitions include Raveis Realty / East Greenwich Gallery and the Narragansett Art Festival.

Studio Z Visual Arts and Performance Space is located at the Butcher Block Mill, 25 Eagle Street, Providence, RI 02908, 401-751-1970.

Studio Z regular hours are Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, 12-6, or by chance, or by appointment. For Thursday receptions we will be open until 9pm. Studio/Gallery Z is a tax free Zone.