CHAZAN! UNFILTERED at the WaterFire Arts Center Gallery

Chazan Unfiltered Drawing

CHAZAN! UNFILTERED at the WaterFire Arts Center Gallery will feature original artwork by Rhode Island based artist Erminio Pinque. The gallery show will be on display in our Visitor Center Gallery from Wednesday, September 15 – Sunday, October 24, 2021 with gallery hours* Wednesday – Sunday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Thursday, 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Gallery Nights are Thursday, September 16 and October 21 with TroopTop, a roof deck bar in partnership with TroopPVD. There will be a Gallery Talk on Wednesday, October 13 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Chazan! Unfiltered (Cover)
Chazan! Unfiltered

Chazan! Unfiltered follows the path of Rhode Island superhero and nephrologist Joseph A. Chazan, MD, as he pursues his two passions – art and medicine – and explores how the two collide. Dr. Chazan became a superhero to his patients when he tore through red tape to establish the first dialysis clinic in Rhode Island. When he needed an escape from work, he – with his cherished wife, Helene – raised eyebrows in the medical community when they turned to art, supporting countless previously unknown artists in the process and playing an instrumental role in establishing the beloved arts institution AS220.  

In Chazan! Unfiltered, the doctor’s life is viewed through the lens of a conversation between grandfather and grandson. The two discuss professional accomplishments, friendship and art, life’s joys and heartbreaks, and how it all connects in a way that gives life meaning.

A collection of original hand drawn pages from the graphic novel will be on display. Visitors can see how each page is created through a collage of individual drawings; unveiling the layering and combination of different comic book styles which were used to reinforce the different aspects of the story.

* The WaterFire Arts Center is closed Mondays and Tuesdays and for private events on October 2, 3, 6, 7, 9, and 16.

Chazan! Unfiltered Spread 24-25
A double page spread from Chazan! Unfiltered

Erminio Pinque is an illustrator and performance artist based in Providence, RI, where he directs the international touring group BIG NAZO and the recently formed Space Transformation Station, an alien-robot shop that serves the community. He has taught Creature-Creation at the Rhode Island School of Design for three decades and is currently working on a graphic novel based on his “Monster of the Month”  illustration series.

Chazan! Unfiltered: The documentary
A film by Richard Goulis. This short documents the making of the biographical graphic novel Chazan! Unfiltered, written by Lenny Schwartz and illustrated by Erminio Pinque, about the life of Joseph A. Chazan, MD.

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