Two very personal shows opening on one night at BAYarts

Chad Cochran is drawn to rustic landscapes as his artistic inspiration.

On Friday, April 4, from 7 to 9 p.m. you will have the opportunity to see two shows with very different themes on the campus of BAYarts, 28795 Lake Road in Bay Village.

The first show appearing in the Sullivan Family Gallery features the work of Arabella Proffer and is titled “Ephemeral Antidotes: Revisited.” The show explores the fascinating and misguided aspects of old medicine. Each figurative painting is accompanied by a biography written by Proffer. The paintings while inspired by old-world mannerist portraiture and medical illustrations, and maintain Proffer’s distinctive Punk Goth style.

Proffer’s fervent interest in medical history, reflected in her fictional female portraits, is fueled by her own personal battle with a rare and aggressive form of cancer which led to the traumatic experience of having part of her leg removed. 

The second show appearing in the Dianne Boldman Gallery features the work of photographers Chad Cochran and Jeff Swensen. Both Cochran and Swensen are inspired by the people and places around them. 

Chad Cochran was born and raised in Fredrickstown, Ohio. In his youth Cochran wanted nothing more than to escape his small-town roots. Now he finds himself drawn to the rustic landscapes that surrounded him as a child. Each decaying barn, vintage sign and home he photographs connects him to the small town he grew up in. He currently resides in Bay Village with his family and has appeared in Midwest Living magazine.

Jeff Swensen photographs people. “I tend to photograph around the edges of life mostly," Swensen said. "It is there that something more real comes out. I have been lucky to have these folks that you see, provide me with access to their lives.” 

It is this access that draws us in to Swensen’s work. He has appeared in many national publications including Time, Life and Newsweek.  Swensen currently resides in the Pittsburgh area with his family.

Both "Ephemeral Antidotes: Revisited" and "The Sky Is Falling" will be at BAYarts through May 3.

Karen Petkovic

Karen Petkovic manages the Education Gallery and Shop at BAYarts

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