Fragments of Imagination: A Vignette of Repsychling
February 19 - April 23, 2017
Opening Reception, Feb. 19, 1-4 pm
Curator: Vida Sabbaghi
This is the fourth stop of Repsychling, the third major exhibition of An Inclusive World Project from COPE NYC. Contributing artists Mark Khaisman, Will Kurtz, Sui Park, and Federico Uribe are known for their imaginative use of repetition, recycling, and repurposing. Numeracy and materials are recurring themes throughout Fragments of Imagination: A Vignette of Repsychling. The use of materials by the artists demonstrates how the medium itself can extend and reinvigorate the subject matter in ways that allow for a deeper understanding. The medium enables the artists to take their creativity to a higher level. The exhibit is on view February 19 through April 23, with an opening reception Sunday, Feb. 19, 1-4 pm.
Will Kurtz forms realistic figures from newspapers, magically morphing his chosen material into skin, fabric, and hair. Newspaper is his medium of choice because it gives a raw, imperfect ephemeral presence. The artist selects and creates uncommon characters that have a distinct emotive quality.
Ukraine born Mark Khaisman composes portraits of Film Noir stars by layering translucent packaging tape onto clear backlit Plexiglas panels. Works are categorized into several archetypal groups: fragmented Hollywood rags, film noir stills, and iconic objects of prestige from art history and pop culture.
Federico Uribe, originally from Bogota and now living in Miami, multiplies the most common tool for creating two dimensional artworks - the pencil - into the building blocks of his large-scale sculptures and collage sculptures, which bristle with a kind of staccato energy. His sculptures are not sculpted but constructed and woven, in curious, unpredictable, and repetitive, almost compulsive, ways.
Sui Park’s work involves creating 3-dimensional organic forms mostly in generic and biomorphic shapes. They represent transitions and transformations in nature.The organic forms are made with mass-produced industrial materials, in particular Monofilament and Cable Ties. They are non –durable, disposable, inexpensive and easily consumed.
Activism in Art: Art Changes Things
February 19 - April 23, 2017
Opening Reception, February 19, 1-4 pm
Jessica Putnam Phillips
Curator: Barbara Galazzo and Daly Flanagan
The artists in this exhibit respond to social injustice, environmental issues, and our food supply while using their art as a weapon to bring to the forefront issues they’re most passionate about, bringing about community healing and change. Activism in Art: Art Changes Things looks at art that transcends boundaries, operates as an empowering agent of change, presenting work that challenges notions of socia and environmental issues. This work is meant to start conversations. Activism in Art is on view February 19 through April 23, 2017, with an opening Sunday Feb. 19, 1 - 4 pm.
Jessica Putnam Phillips uses her art as a reflection of her own experience in the military as an intelligence specialist in the US Air Force deployed to the Middle East. She explores the juxtaposition of US service women in combat with the domestic and decorative nature of heirloom tableware.
Wilfredo Morel is a highly acclaimed artist and community activist known for his sculptures utilizing recycled materials, related to the communities where the materials are found. He raises awareness of healthcare, AIDS and the seasonal migrant farm workers who maintain Hudson Valley farms by combining communication and the use of arts as a conduit for health care disparity of farm workers.
Loren Schwerd brings to light issues concerning water and the environment of her beloved Louisiana Coastline. Through sculptures, she depicts the visible effects of BP’s Macondo well oil spill and presents the language used by scientists and journalists to communicate the scale of the crisis and its dire effects on the coastal region, its wildlife and economies.
Vera Aronow, Sarah Mondale and Roger Grange wrote, edited and directed the film MEGAMALL. Aronow, a Rockland resident, kicks off the film as the mall developer comes to West Nyack and follows it through its development. The film encourages people to think of themselves as citizens and to take action in their own communities..
Simone Kestelman creates art that addresses the disabled and the plight of women and children who are victims of violence. Kestelman’s art gives survivors not only a voice, but also a way to raise consciousness and, allows children to understand their experiences.
Lisa Levart uses the art of photography to portray the female Goddess archetypes embodied in contemporary women. She expresses a powerful creative voice to express the fierce, tender and joyful spirits of creative and impassioned women.
Marisa Silverstein uses art to bring to light the senseless loss from gun violence. Heartbroken and weary of hearing of yet another shooting in our country, she was spurred to find a way to represent visually the sheer number of victims of gun violence in the U.S. She creates paintings with folded paper, 92 in each piece, representing the number of Americans killed each day by gun violence.
Francesco Mastalia set out to wrestle with the surviving meaning of the word “organic, one of the most misunderstood and often misused words describing food today.” Using an antiquated 19th-century wet plate collodion process, he photographed the Hudson Valley chefs, farmers and food artisans who held sometimes strong and sometimes evolving notions of what the word meant to them and their work.
Michael Fischerkeller brings an uncomfortable truth to a street art aesthetic. His paintings capture a shared social conscience and offers truths of increasingly complex and significant political, economic and social issues of our time. Referencing values, he satirically tackles the current imbalances of the sexes, government and our climate.
RoCA Members Exhibit
January 15th - February 5, 2017
Eleanor Grace Miller
Mary Marzolf Smith
Doris Shepherd Wiese
Open to all artists (18 years and over) who are members of Rockland Center for the Arts. The membership fee is only $25 and may be purchased at the time of drop-off.
One piece per member.
Artwork is limited to paintings, drawings, graphics, mixed media, ceramics, photography & video. Video artists will be required to supply their own equipment. Wall work must be framed with hanging hardware affixed to the back. Size may not exceed a 42” dimension in width and 56” in height. Photographs must be matted and framed. Due to limited gallery space, sculpture is limited to pedestal or hanging pieces. Artwork must have been created after January 2014 and not previously shown at RoCA. We will not be accepting any reproductions of original artwork.
Sales: RoCA receives 33% commission on all sales. Not for Sale (NFS) is an option, indicate accordingly.
Artists exhibit at their own risk.
Artwork is displayed at the discretion of RoCA.
Your entry implies agreement to the above conditions.
Artwork will be accepted only during the following hours:
Tuesday, January 3, 9:00am-7:00pm
Wednesday, January 4, 9:00am-5:00pm
Thursday, January 5, 9:00am-5:00pm
Friday, January 6, 9:00am-5:00pm
Artwork must be picked up during the following hours:
Monday, February 6, 9:00am-5:00pm
Tuesday, February 7, 9:00am-7:00pm
Wednesday, February 8, 9:00am-5:00pm
Please feel free to contact Barbara Galazzo at (845) 358-0877 x.15 with any questions.