GO GETTER: CHIAOZZA

GO GETTER: CHIAOZZA

TERRI AND ADAM OF CHIAOZZA LOVE GETTING LOST IN THEIR SURROUNDINGS

TERRI AND ADAM OF CHIAOZZA LOVE GETTING LOST IN THEIR SURROUNDINGS

Artists and partners Terri Chiao and Adam Frezza work together as CHIAOZZA—it rhymes with “yowza”—building immersive technicolor worlds big and small that are intended to activate the imagination. “I think a lot of our work has to do with building imagined universes in some way or another,” Chiao says. Their Brooklyn studio is part fantastic dreamscape and part happy mess, but all undeniably fun—whether you’re looking at pieces that tower over you, or are only a few centimeters tall. “We always, no matter what scale we’re working at, try to think of an immersion and getting lost in a piece of art. Even if it’s a small painting or collage, we want to put something in there that can bring the imagination to life, create an active imagination or encourage an active imagination,” Frezza explains.

Artists and partners Terri Chiao and Adam Frezza work together as CHIAOZZA—it rhymes with “yowza”—building immersive technicolor worlds big and small that are intended to activate the imagination. “I think a lot of our work has to do with building imagined universes in some way or another,” Chiao says. Their Brooklyn studio is part fantastic dreamscape and part happy mess, but all undeniably fun—whether you’re looking at pieces that tower over you, or are only a few centimeters tall. “We always, no matter what scale we’re working at, try to think of an immersion and getting lost in a piece of art. Even if it’s a small painting or collage, we want to put something in there that can bring the imagination to life, create an active imagination or encourage an active imagination,” Frezza explains.

CHIAOZZA’s themes of exploration and immersion in one’s surroundings are equally inspired by the natural world…and the wilderness that is New York City. Frezza says, “Spending time in the city and being kind of overwhelmed and really fascinated by how immersive everything is” is really inspiring. “And after long periods of time where you’re in New York and that’s your normal, going to a forest and walking around in nature [makes it] like new all over again.” 

CHIAOZZA’s themes of exploration and immersion in one’s surroundings are equally inspired by the natural world…and the wilderness that is New York City. Frezza says, “Spending time in the city and being kind of overwhelmed and really fascinated by how immersive everything is” is really inspiring. “And after long periods of time where you’re in New York and that’s your normal, going to a forest and walking around in nature [makes it] like new all over again.” 

“[New York City] is so diverse and the energy is so high here,” Chiao adds. “People are doing things in intense ways here. It’s a very active place: active for the brain, active for the body. It keeps you agile and nimble. It’s elastic.” Chiao and Frezza are both casual runners, hitting the pavement in their own neighborhood from time to time, though both prefer Central Park: “Mentally, it’s like this whole other universe,” says Chiao. “It makes it into this sort of other space.” Frezza follows the thought: “We like getting lost, and not necessarily knowing where we are on the map.”

“[New York City] is so diverse and the energy is so high here,” Chiao adds. “People are doing things in intense ways here. It’s a very active place: active for the brain, active for the body. It keeps you agile and nimble. It’s elastic.” Chiao and Frezza are both casual runners, hitting the pavement in their own neighborhood from time to time, though both prefer Central Park: “Mentally, it’s like this whole other universe,” says Chiao. “It makes it into this sort of other space.” Frezza follows the thought: “We like getting lost, and not necessarily knowing where we are on the map.”

For these two, getting lost is half the fun—in life and in art. “It’s almost permission to just be free,” adds Chiao. “We often talk about play as a major part of our work. Not just the work being playful and joyful or childlike, but also the sense that when you are playing you allow yourself to be part of another reality that has its own rules.” Their shared sense of playfulness is clearly evident in their work, but it dates back to the early days of their relationship. “[We’d be] on dates and a lot of times, one of us would have a silly idea,” Chiao remembers. “And the other person would say, ‘Yeah, let’s try it! Let’s do it!’ We were making pancakes one day and we noticed all the little topographies of the pancake and we we’re like, ‘Oh, this would really fun to make a print of,’—a stamp. Using a pancake for a rubber stamp! And we just did it.” Frezza continues, “For us, ‘choosing go’ means to actually follow through with some of these ideas. No matter how ridiculous or minute they might seem. It’s a kind of belief in self, or a commitment to self that says, ‘My ideas are worth going after and trying out. Maybe they fail and maybe I fall on my face but I’m gonna keep trying. [Choosing go] feels like an optimistic and positive way to move forward.” 

 

Check out Chiaozza’s playful take on Nike Epic React Flyknit at Nike Flatiron on 4.19 and Choose Go with them on 4.22 at the Nike Go NYC 5k.

For these two, getting lost is half the fun—in life and in art. “It’s almost permission to just be free,” adds Chiao. “We often talk about play as a major part of our work. Not just the work being playful and joyful or childlike, but also the sense that when you are playing you allow yourself to be part of another reality that has its own rules.” Their shared sense of playfulness is clearly evident in their work, but it dates back to the early days of their relationship. “[We’d be] on dates and a lot of times, one of us would have a silly idea,” Chiao remembers. “And the other person would say, ‘Yeah, let’s try it! Let’s do it!’ We were making pancakes one day and we noticed all the little topographies of the pancake and we we’re like, ‘Oh, this would really fun to make a print of,’—a stamp. Using a pancake for a rubber stamp! And we just did it.” Frezza continues, “For us, ‘choosing go’ means to actually follow through with some of these ideas. No matter how ridiculous or minute they might seem. It’s a kind of belief in self, or a commitment to self that says, ‘My ideas are worth going after and trying out. Maybe they fail and maybe I fall on my face but I’m gonna keep trying. [Choosing go] feels like an optimistic and positive way to move forward.” 

 

Check out Chiaozza’s playful take on Nike Epic React Flyknit at Nike Flatiron on 4.19 and Choose Go with them on 4.22 at the Nike Go NYC 5k.

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