American artists Adam Frezza and Terri Chiao joined forces under the moniker CHIAOZZA (pronounced like “wowza” or “yowza”), creating anything from sculptures and installations to collage art. Though their work is varied, it is very much distinguishable with bold color palettes and abstract shapes being constant themes throughout their work.
Scrolling through their rich portfolio, you can’t but crack a smile, with play being the very foundation of their practice. “Play is a tool for working together within a loosely structured arena,” explained Frezza and Chiao in an interview with Art of Choice. “Play forces us to constantly shift our perception into a realm that brings to light the wondrous, the magical, and the humorous in the everyday. Play questions what’s possible and explores new potentials. This experimental attitude is what drives new discoveries. We take our play very seriously, and we apply a rigor and a focus to playful ideas that help projects realize a different potential.”
Other people seem to play along, with their collaborative work featured in solo exhibitions in New York and Philadelphia, as well as numerous group shows around the US, and a variety of art and design venues internationally. The two also founded their own studio in 2011 in New York City.
“When we met, part of getting to know each other was through playing drawing games and doing craft projects together,” they recalled. “We started to take this play more and more seriously, and realized that there was an audience for what we were doing.”
Follow their Instagram page for a pop of playfulness in your feed.