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The Insanity of Violence by Gordon D. Chase

September 4, 2018 – October 12, 2018 all-day
Weston, MA - Regis Fine Arts Center
235 Wellesley St.

“Artists can change both minds and hearts. I am in favor of any art that helps to save us from ourselves.”

Drawings and Sculptures at the Carney Gallery
Admission: Free and open to the public
Gallery Hours: Mon. – Fri. 10:00 am – 4:00 pm, Sat. Noon – 3:00 pm

This show will run from Labor Day weekend until Friday, Oct. 12 and it is open to the public. The show features the large charcoal drawings and free-standing cutout sculptures of New England artist Gordon D. Chase. The exhibit explores the psychology of violence and focuses on the threat of nuclear war. It asks the viewer to question the choices and consequences of using the destructive weapons with which we live everyday. (See artist statement.)


Opening Reception

Thurs., Sept. 20, 6:30 – 8:30 pm

7:00 pm Open Forum: Dr. Ira Helfand, two-time recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize for his decades of work on behalf of ICAN and IPPNW, will present a talk on “The Growing Danger of Nuclear War.”


Artist Bio

Gordon D. Chase is an artist, teacher, and organizer who believes that art can be used to ask important questions. Why are we here? What is our responsibility to each other? What can each of us do to achieve change?

Chase grew up in New England, taught for decades at Groton School and Milton Academy, and has created shows titled “Creatures,” “Conflict and Compromise”, and “Human Behavior.” He now works full-time as an artist and volunteers with GBPSR – the Greater Boston Physicians for Social Responsibility – a group working to address the threats of climate change and of nuclear war.

The drawings and sculptures in this show explore the psychological space created by the threat of nuclear war. Even with the devastating attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki seventy years ago we persist in edging ever closer to the brink of nuclear holocaust. Why do we tempt fate with proposals for trillion dollar upgrades to these weapons of mass destruction? This show explores the role that each of us plays as a witness to violence. It is a show about “bystander mentality.” It asks each of us to become a messenger to help stop our self-destructive behavior.

Chase has said that “My art with a social conscience begins with “Who am I” and aims to answer “Who are we? Each moment of human interaction, whether simple and personal, or catastrophic or miraculous, puts our belief in the sacredness of life to the test.”