Exhibit: Brian Wood – Enceinte
Extended through April 16th

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Extended through April 16th

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BRIAN WOOD

Enceinte
Extended through April 16th

Openings Collective is pleased to announce a solo exhibition by Brian Wood in the Church of St. Paul the Apostle curated by Michael Berube.

Works in this exhibition will include graphite drawings, ink/photo hybrid drawings, and a large-scale photograph. Wood’s explorations in these various media allow access to different states of mind and differing experiences of time and space. His highly attuned attention to consciousness and the fluctuating states of awareness manifest the core imagery of his work.

Wood states:
“The pre-lingual lack of separation from one’s mother and the undifferentiated void of the infant’s world quickly give way to the necessary experience of difference, boundaries, self-awareness, language, and time. The death of Orpheus is an arresting image of the tail-end of this state: his body torn to pieces and cast into the landscape while his head is held by the flowing river Hebrus, singing as it is swept out to sea. In that head, floating to Lesbos, live memories of underworld and ecstasy.

I’m particularly interested in the mysterious way images constantly arrive in consciousness, fluoresce, and die. All this in a flash that remains largely unconscious as images instantly reify toward meaning and language and are then put to service as identity, self, and workaday narcissism. I experience the process of drawing as a tracing of arising being and imagery, shifting mental states, embodied experience, and fragments of memory. Once reaching a state of holding/stasis and fully immanent with meaning, but just before solidifying into a particular meaning, the drawing is complete. The resultant image often feels very alien to me and each drawing is quite different.

This exhibition has coalesced around mourning for my mother, Phyllis Cicily Ana Wood, who recently passed away. It will include work that refers to my earliest experience of mother and the show will be dedicated to her.”

“A fine show by Brian Wood” Holland Cotter, New York Times Read review

“Four Art Exhibits You Need to See” Paul D’Agostino, The L Magazine Read review

“Last Chance” Holland Cotter, New York Times Read review

Read Brian Wood’s full essay on this exhibition here

Exhibition:

March 6- April

EXTENDED TO APRIL 16

Reception:
Thursday, March 13, 2014

Hours:
Monday through Friday 8 am  until 6 p.m.
Saturday 11 a.m. until 6 p.m.

Location:

In the Art Space (St. Theresa Shrine)

in  The Church of St. Paul the Apostle, Corner of W.60th and Columbus Ave, Manhattan.
Click here for directions.

About
Brian Wood’s paintings, drawings, prints, and photographs are exhibited in galleries and museums internationally and are held in many private and public collections. Wood is in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Brooklyn Museum, the Metropolitan Museum, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, the Los Angeles County Museum, the Houston Museum of Fine Arts, the National Gallery of Canada, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Montreal, the Ludwig Museum in Cologne, and many others.

Brian Wood’s awards include the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, the National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, the New York Foundation for the Arts Grant, numerous Canada Council Grants, and the Woodrow Wilson Fellowship. He completed a BA at the University of Saskatchewan in science and literature in 1969 and an MA in painting and film at Hunter College in New York in 1974. Wood lives and works in New York City.

Wood’s recent exhibitions include The Printed Picture at the Museum of Modern Art, Brian Wood: Drawings at Jeannie Freilich Contemporary in Chelsea, Le Choix du Coeur with Gandy Gallery in Prague, and recent group shows at Julie Saul Gallery, Bernard Jacobson Gallery, and Schema Projects in Brooklyn.

visit Brian Wood’s site: www.brianwoodstudio.com

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Artist Residency Summer 2014

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Openings  presents it’s fourth  annual Artist Residency – July 6-11, 2014 at Lake George, NY.

The residency will take place at St Mary’s on the Lake, the Paulist Fathers summer house located on beautiful Lake George in upstate New York– accessible by car/bus/train.

During the residency artists will have ample space and time to work on their own.  Each afternoon artists will gather to discuss their work and other topics for one hour followed by dinner.

Each artist will be provided with a private room with shared bathrooms and 3 meals daily.    St. Mary’s on the Lake is situated on 72 acres of lakefront property providing opportunities for hiking, swimming and kayaking in a beautiful natural setting.

There is no formal studio space on the property however there are many areas throughout the property where the artist can set up to do work.    There is wireless internet access.  Artists must provide their own materials.  Special dietary needs can be met with advanced notice.

Application

The residency is open to any serious (not hobbyist) visual artist (18yrs+) working in any medium.  The residency  is not a religious (denominational) program,  however artists who apply must be able to affirm  the mission statement of Openings: “Openings believes that the connections between creativity and transcendence foster critical conversations that have the potential to unite individuals across cultural divides.”

Visual artists in any medium may apply by emailing the following:

Name and email address (website if applicable)

CV

Brief artist statement (150-200 words) stating what they hope to gain from the residency.

Two low res jpegs of recent work.

Email all material to artists@openingsny.com no later than 5pm Friday, May 30, 2013.

General information:

Residency dates:  Sunday, July 6 (beginning with dinner at 6pm) to Friday, July 11 (ending with lunch at 12:30pm)  5 days, 4 nights.

Fee: $65 per day includes: private room, 3 prepared meals a day, shared bathroom.  (This fee is discounted from the normal daily fee of $85)  Financial aid is available to those with financial hardship.  Total  retreat fee: $390.00

You will be contacted by email on June 1 if you have been accepted.  Upon acceptance a registration form will be sent.  The form and a non-refundable deposit of $50 is due no later than  Friday, June 27.

The residency is limited to 15 artists.

See photos of last year’s residency by clicking here.

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Call to Artists- Fall Exhibit 2014

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#occupycommonground

Deadline for submissions: February 22, 2014. Midnight EST

SUBMISSIONS ARE CLOSED

 Openings is a collective of visual artists who believe that the connections between creativity and transcendence foster critical conversations that have the potential to unite individuals across cultural divides (www.openingsny.com). Each year the group presents an exhibition addressing a particular theme. The theme for the 2014 exhibition is #occupycommonground, a group art exhibition taking place in Fall 2014.

 

With this year’s theme, #occupycommonground, Openings is asking you to reflect on the artistic, social, and political implications of common ground, particularly what we perceive to be the paradox of social media. Intended to create immediate connections across a globalized world, social media also breeds isolation and disillusionment. How do digital platforms mediate your relationships with others and with your art practices? Are you an analog person living in an increasingly digital world? Are technology and analog thinking at odds? If not through social media, how do you create common ground in this digital age? Your response addresses the timely question:

“Where is our common ground?”

Artists are asked to submit a detailed proposal for artwork in any medium which explores their interpretation of this theme, addressed either personally, publicly, politically, aesthetically, conceptually, or spiritually. Artwork will be exhibited within the unique space of the interior of the Church of St. Paul the Apostle on Columbus Avenue at W 60th Street in New York City.

Submission Guidelines:

Artists are asked to submit the following materials:

 

  • Detailed Visual Proposal for #occupycommonground, which includes clear and descriptive text/drawings/sketches/schematics of a proposed artwork for the exhibition or images of finished artwork that you are proposing to show. Artists are encouraged to visit the exhibition space within the Church of St. Paul the Apostle in advance of sending their proposal.
  • Proposal Statement of 250 words or less (only in .doc or .docx format) describing the proposed artwork and how it addresses the theme
  • Contact Information: name, address, email, telephone, website URL (only in .doc or .docx format).
  • 10 separate jpeg images of recent work (no greater than 800 pixels or 11 inches at 72 dpi). Each file must be labeled with title, medium, dimensions and artist’s name.
  • Current CV (only in .doc or .docx format).
  • Artist Statement of 250 words or less (only in .doc or .docx format).

 

Submissions that do not follow requested formats will be rejected.

Eligibility:

 

This call for entries is open to any visual artist over the age of 18. All submissions must be received via email to occupyexhibition@gmail.com. There is no fee for submitting a proposal; however, we will request a fee of $60 once you have been accepted into the exhibition. This fee will go towards the cost of promotion, hanging, publicity, and opening reception. Artists will be selected by a jury of current Openings members and invited guest jurors from the field. In addition, selected artists are required to sign an exhibition contract and to comply with the terms therein. Failure to do so will result in disqualification. All selected artists will be asked to schedule a studio/work space visit with one or more of the exhibition’s curators as a way to show/discuss works-in-progress as they relate to the theme of the exhibition. The suggested studio visit will also be used as an opportunity to record photo/video material for the purposes of generating PR for the show. Artists or their representatives must be present for both the delivery and installation of artwork, as well as the de-installation and removal of artwork on the dates specified below. Openings and the Church of St. Paul the Apostle will not accept or store works delivered in advance of the installation day and cannot store artworks after the de-installation date. Openings reserves the right to refuse to exhibit artworks that differ substantially from submitted proposals. It is strongly recommended that you visit the church to get an idea of the space (if you can) or to visit our Facebook page to view installation shots of last year’s exhibition to get some sense of how our exhibitions are installed.   https://www.facebook.com/openings

(Please note: nothing can be hung from the ceiling)

 

Event Schedule:

 

February 22, 2014: Completed submissions due via email.

March 10, 2014: Notification of selected artists by email / phone.

March 26, 2014: Artist meeting, exhibition space walk -through.

May 7, 2014: Artist progress / issues / PR update via email.

June 7, 2014: Begin studio visits with selected artists.

August 14, 2014: Deadline to submit work-in-progress reports.

September 10, 2014: Delivery/Installation of exhibition at Church of St. Paul

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September 11, 2014: Exhibition opens to the public.

September 18, 2014: Opening Reception.

October 2, 2014: Artist walk-through.

October 23, 2014: De-installation of exhibition.

 

Please send all submissions via email to occupyexhibition@gmail.com.

Any questions pertaining to Openings or the exhibition can be directed to occupyexhibition@gmail.com.

SUBMISSIONS ARE CLOSED

Download a copy of the prospectus by clicking here.

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Exhibit: Joseph Cavalieri: “Deliver Us From Our Addictions”

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“Gluttonize” hand painted and silk screened stained glass, metal, wall mounted LED light box 12″x21″x2″

 

Joseph Cavalieri’s “Deliver  Us From Our Addictions” is a meditative and somewhat comical series of  21st century dependencies in stained glass. The  series illustrates a grouping of mental and physical addictions to which  we moderns are  prone, ranging from  consumerism, mind-altering drugs, smoking, over-eating, love obsession, to fashion victims and outright evil!This winter, Openings proudly presents “Deliver Us From Our Addictions”, a solo exhibition featuring hand-painted illuminated stained glass works by East Village artist Joseph Cavalieri, specifically made for the exhibition at the Church of St. Paul the Apostle.

Many  of  these addictions start as an  innocent activity that unwittingly slips from  a moderate to an  immoderate preoccupation, unknowingly slipping down  the  dark road to a compulsive obsession. Some of  Cavalieri’s modern day  addictions are  not  so much sins as they  are  self- centered preoccupations, mindlessly embraced. The  worst are  actively destructive to others or to self;  the  least are  distracting and wasteful. No one  contemplates the  greater good when in a shopping frenzy!!  Addictions, no matter how mild, all high-jack the  mind and turn it from worthwhile thought and action.

These ten  illuminated works  are  done in stained glass, an  art form  with a long  history of story telling. “The  warm illumination of  stained glass has a tradition of  mesmerizing the observer. My aim  is to capture the  on-lookers’ attention, then have  them choose which  of these addictions exist  within  themselves. My hope is to make art that results in a serious examination of  the  spectators’ personal lives”  says Cavalieri.

Subversively smart,  cleverly thought-provoking, Cavalieri’s work adds a piquant page to the long history of  stained glass as a popular medium for instruction and contemplation. His work could be  placed in a time capsule as a splendid specimen of  contemporary consciousness.

Exhibition:

January 7- February 28, 2014

Reception:
Thursday, January 9, 2014; 7-9pm

Hours:
Monday through Friday 8 am  until 6 p.m.
Saturday 11 a.m. until 6 p.m.

Location:

In the Art Space (St. Theresa Shrine)

The Church of St. Paul the Apostle
405 W 59th St.
New York, NY 10023

About

Joseph Cavalieri is recognized for his  distinctive painted and silk-screened glass art, His work mixes thought provoking concepts and contemporary graphic design, with the  Medieval medium of  enamel painted and kiln fired  stained glass.  Cavalieri lectures, teaches  and exhibits internationally. Recently his  award winning work has been acquired for the  permanent collections of  the Museum of  Arts and Design, and the  Leslie-Lohman Museum. In 2013 Cavalieri had four  one-man shows including The  Society of  Arts and Crafts (Boston),  Theater for the  New City Gallery  (NYC), the  Duncan McClellan Gallery  (FL) and twice  at Dixon Place (NYC). His work has also been show  at TS Art Projects (Berlin), Lucky  Street (Key West), Smart Clothes Gallery  (NYC), and the  International Arte Laguna Prize in Venice. Joseph’s MTA Arts for Transit public art commission can  be  viewed  at the  Philipse Manor Train  Station in Westchester, New York. Cavalieri maintains a private studio in the  East Village  of  Manhattan. 

visit Joseph Cavalieri’s site: www.cavaglass.com

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Exhibit: 1). All of the Above

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“1). All of the Above” Exhibition at the Church of St. Paul the Apostle From John LaFarge to Stanford White and Bela Pratt to Lumen Winter, The Church of St Paul the Apostle has had one main goal since its inception – to combine the artistic ideals of the past with the American genius of the present day.This fall Openings presents:

1). All of the Above

A group exhibition held inside this historic church, showcasing the work of 36 artists whose mediums include: painting, sculpture, drawing, photography, collage, and site specific installations. There will even be a performance piece on the night of the Opening Reception.

Openings, a collective of visual artists whose mission is to explore the connections between creativity and transcendence, will sponsor this, (our 7th annual), exhibition that runs from Sept. 13 – Oct. 25, with the opening reception on Thursday, Sept. 19th from 7-9 pm inside the church. There will also be an Artist’s Walk Thru tour of the exhibition with the curators and many of the exhibiting artists talking and answering questions about their work on Thursday, Oct. 3rd from 7-9pm.

Participating Artists Include:
Alan Richards, Andrew Berardi, Ariel Zakarison, Benjamin Armas & Ori Carino, Chris Leib, Denise Gieseke Penizzotto, Elisa Soliven, Eric Jiaju Lee, Erik Dalzen, Firth MacMillan, Guillermo Lorente Perez, Ingrid Roe, James Vanderberg, Janna Dyk, jdx, Jen Phippen, Jess Willa Wheaton, Joachim Marx, Joey Kilrain, Joyce Yamada, Katie Rubright, Laura Frantz, Mary DeVincentis, Mark Brennan, Michael TianXiang, Miya Ando, Patricia Bellucci, Reiner Hansen, Robert Aitchison, Samantha Holmes, Seldon Yuan, Summer McCorkle, Tim Rusterholtz, Timothy Collins, Visakh Menon, and Walter O’Neill.

Curated by Michael Berube and Keena Gonzalez

Exhibition:
September 13- October 25, 2013

Reception:
Thursday, September 19, 2013, 7-9pm
Artist Walk Thru: October 3, 2013. 7-9pm

Hours:
Mon – Fri 7:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Sat – Sun 8:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Location:
Church of St. Paul the Apostle
Corner of West 60th & Columbus Ave. (212) 265-3495
New York, New York 10019

Press Contact: Frank Sabatte, (212) 265-3209 x218,
artists@openingsny.com

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Artist: Lauren Slone

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I have muses. Together, we test the limits of potentiality (“any possibility a thing can be said to have”) by asking endless questions: What can be actualized? Why is motion necessary? What is the most important question we can ask ourselves? What are we contributing to? What does performance have the potential to “do” or to “say?”

These questions have a sense of timelessness and immediacy, individualism and universality. Admittedly, they lack fixed answers, but this boundless curiosity elicits guttural responses and points of initiation. For this reason, I need to work with thinking bodies willing to move philosophical contemplation into action.

Research and collaboration drive the formal structures of my work. With each work, I aim to establish a laboratory environment of “happy insecurity” for all collaborators (to quote Ohad Naharin). We dissect various perspectives on a meta-question by learning from texts, individuals, and other art works that deepen our experiential connection to the concept.

Later, as the work takes form, we build material in a way that encourages intuitive impulses within the set structure. These artistic choices underscore each collaborator’s personal response to the concept, rather than imposing my research on someone else’s body. The work has nothing to do with rote repetition of steps and everything to do with how the performer chooses to realize them each time (or metaphorically, how an individual approaches being alive). It is a profound process of listening and attunement, a framework for the improvisation of self within a group. As a result, each work becomes less about what I need to make, and more about finding new ways to arrive at multiple embodied points of view on one meta-theme.

Lauren Ree Slone earned a B.A. in Religious Studies from West Virginia University, while she created the only pre-professional dance training and performance program in North Central West Virginia. Recently, she completed her MFA in Dance Performance and Choreography at the Florida State University School of Dance as a Teaching Fellow, MANCC Administrative Fellow, and was the recipient of grants to study contemporary dance in Spain, Paris and Israel. Her choreography has been presented at numerous universities, national and international festivals and venues, such as the Ailey Citigroup Theater in NYC. In 2013, she founded Empty Nave Projects, a performance company invested in global research, collaboration, and production. Lauren was also honored to join MAP Fund as Program Associate.

 

 

 

 

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Joel Carreiro, “Fierce Bliss”

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Joel Carreiro Exhibition at the Church of St. Paul the Apostle

From John LaFarge to Stanford White and Bela Pratt to Lumen Winter, The Church of St Paul the Apostle has had one main goal since its inception – to combine the artistic ideals of the past with the American genius of the present day.

This fall Openings proudly presents:

Joel Carreiro

Fierce Bliss

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“The central concern driving my explorations in the visual arts is the notion of transformation. I am interested in how one thing can turn into another and what changes in meaning occur along the way, as something is coerced out of its customary identity into a new, uncertain life. My process involves selecting source imagery and reproducing, manipulating and recomposing it to create new images, which then function as paintings, although arrived at through a collage process.” – Joel Carreiro

In an age where ideas of beauty, the sublime, or transcendence are looked at with some degree of suspicion, Joel Carreiro’s work embraces these concepts.  Rejecting the mythological narrative of the untamed, wild artist expressing his angst with abandon on each canvas, Carreiro elicits and achieves a strong emotional resonance in his work via structure, content, and transformation. Carreiro’s approach is firmly grounded in collage but the works he creates operate as paintings that vacillate between abstraction and narrative as one changes their physical relationship to the work. Carreiro fragments reproductions of various works from the Renaissance and the Baroque Era, work mainly produced in service of the church, and puts them in what he refers to as a conceptual Cuisinart, reconfiguring the elements to create new and exciting compositions that are contemporary, abstract, and complex yet still retain a strong sense of the spiritual. With this exhibition at the Church of St. Paul the Apostle, the source imagery that Carreiro chooses comes full circle, reconstituted, reimagined, reinvigorated and back to the church but in the service of us all.

Exhibition curated by Michael Berube.

Opening Reception:
Thursday, November 7, 2014. 7-9pm

Exhibition:
Exhibition Dates: Oct. 30 – Nov. 30, 2013

Hours:
Mon – Fri 7:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Sat – Sun 8:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Location:
The Church of St. Paul the Apostle
Corner of West 60th & Columbus Ave.
New York, NY 10019
(212) 265-3495

Press Contact: Frank Sabatte, (212) 265-3209 x218
artists@openingsny.com

Posted in 2013 Exhibits

Exhibit: First Person Plural

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CLOSING RECEPTION FRIDAY, JUNE 28, 6-8PM

New York, N.Y. — It’s a FIRST for us. The Openings Collective is pleased to announce our first ever member show, happening this June at St. Francis College in Brooklyn, and featuring recent works by eighteen current members of the collective. Openings, founded in 2006, engages visual artists of all disciplines who are interested in exploring the dynamic between creativity and transcendence. The exhibition runs from June 2 – June 30, 2013.

First Person Plural is all about who we are, right now- as individual artists, and as a collective. The exhibition is being organized by Meg Graham, Iliyan Ivanov, Anthony Santella and Patricia Bellucci,

Participating Artists Include: 

Robert Aitchison, Sherry Aliberti, Patricia Bellucci, Michael Berube, Caleb De Jong, Keena Gonzalez, Meg Graham, Sarah Hollars, Iliyan Ivanov, Sandra Mack-Valencia, Daniel Nelson, Walter O’Neil, Steven Palermo, Denise Penizzotto, Ed Rogers, Frank Sabatte, Anthony Santella, and James Vanderberg.

Exhibition:
June 2-June 30, 2013

Reception:
Friday, June 7th, 5-8pm

CLOSING RECEPTION FRIDAY, JUNE 28, 6-8PM

Hours:
Every day, 7am-11pm (unless the space is booked for a private event)

Location:
Callahan Center gallery, ground floor,
St. Francis College,
180 Remsen Street,
Brooklyn Heights,
New York, 11201

Directions:
(by subway) 2, 3, 4, 5, R to Court Street, Boro Hall;
A, C to Jay Street

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Artist: Keena Gonzalez

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“But If Not For Him” is a series that spans the course of thirteen years. In 1996 I was asked by Johnny to photograph him in drag. This was the beginning of my project which explores the changes and evolution of one individual.

In the early days Johnny was adamant about being photographed in make-up, wig and dress. Performance for the camera was insisted upon. As our relationship and comfort level grew the restraints which were imposed upon me by Johnny became less and less. It’s a recent occurrence that I’ve been allowed to photograph him unshaven, without make-up and looking very much like a man.

Johnny has had a life long battle with substance abuse. More recently he’s discovered he’s HIV positive. Because of the combination of the two, the decline in his health’s apparent. My question throughout this project has been whether or not his lifestyle is a choice. What compels him towards these tendencies and is one tendency a result of the other.

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Artist: Walter O’Neill

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My art practice references positions in art history that are concerned with the transcendent and ecstatic. The pictorial space can be interpreted as a site of miraculous event that has occurred or will occur, an other-worldly space. I use traditional landscape motifs and compositional devices as the framework for abstract painting. The vertical format and intimate size of each panel focuses the viewer, as in a page of an illuminated manuscript.

The presentation in a series of panels creates a visual dialogue of form, color and movement. The series of panels echoes the format of narrative scenes in Early Renaissance altarpieces and fresco mural painting as well as serial art of the late 20th century. This serial format sets up a dichotomy between the singular expressive image and the installation of several or many panels which yield their complete impression or meaning on the basis of the mutual relationships.

My artwork is informed by traditional techniques of painting.  The limited palette of natural earth colors as well as the compartmentalization of scenes comes out of the process and design of Early Renaissance fresco painting.

     After attending the School of Visual Arts I went to Skowhegan to learn the technique of fresco painting.  This ignited my lifelong study of fresco technique and interest in art history.  After Skowhegan I took my first trip to Italy. Returning to New York I started teaching fresco painting at The Cloisters, the Medieval Collection of the Metropolitan Museum. At The Cloisters I would use the studio on off days to practice my own fresco painting.   

My knowledge and passion for fresco painting affected many of my choices and opportunities throughout my career. Commissioned to create a Pompeian style mural for Bloomingdales I returned to Italy to see ancient roman frescoes in Pompeii and Rome.  As my interest in fresco and art history developed I left my own painting behind for almost a decade.  I move to Los Angeles to manage education programs at the Getty Museum, where I worked on the exhibit of “Renaissance Manuscripts from the British Museum.”

      Returning to the east coast to re-focus on my studio art practice I was invited to run the fresco program at Skowhegan from 1987 to 1997.  Today, I balance my own studio practice and managing the Educational Alliance Art School and Gallery, a community art center on the Lower East Side.

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Artist: Sherry Aliberti

photo: Yeji Jun

The Cocoon Project/CocoonNYC is a collaborative that documents and performs the hand-crafted Cocoons with dancers, video projections, sound and music in site-specific performance-installations. CocoonNYC was created by Sherry Aliberti, an architect and performance artist based in New York City. She earned her Bachelor of Architecture at Pratt Institute with honors in 2008. Born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA she grew up as a competitive gymnast and developed a dance and yoga practice upon moving to New York City. The Cocoon Project presents at exhibitions in New York City, most notably Project 59/SET Gallery, House of Yes, the Living Gallery, and alternative spaces like FIGMENT NYC and Art in Odd Places. Exhibitions include photo, video or collage installations to dance and theater performances. Further collaborations have expanded the project nationally and internationally. Documentation of the project has appeared at Mocada Museum and published in Sculpture Magazine, among many blogs and social media. The Cocoon Project creates interactive performance art and colorful temporary installations with the Cocoon. Performers use gestures, poses and noises to express ideas about form, shape and movement in space and memory. Sound and video artists sculpt the final outcome of the piece. Utilizing sound, projections and fragrances, the experience is different every time. Influenced by Martha Graham and Ernesto Neto a fabric enclosure provides freedom for the performer/muse to become a morphing sculpture. Structurally, these postures represent a scale model of an architecture and materiality based on the forces of the body. This idea is explored further in Aliberti’s collages, where Cocoon forms are spliced into cityscapes from her travels. These larger-scale, inhabitable places could be dance studios, museums, a bathhouse or healing center.

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Artist: Sandra Mack-Valencia

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I grew up surrounded by the smell of oil paint,turpentine and linseed oil. I was taught to look beyond the basic colors and search for the subtle tones. A leaf was not just green; it could be yellow-green, red-green, or brown-green. This is how my father taught me to look at the world, and until today this is how I perceive it. I like to believe that I was born an artist; that it is my fate and that no matter what I do, I cannot deny it.

I believe that there is a range of ways to approach a piece of art: From a strictly rational point of view, where we look for the signified, asking for answers or explanations, to a more emotional one that comes through sensations, with nothing to explain or understand, nothing to be interpreted, just open to the intensities that emanate from the work. My drawings should not be placed in either category, since they move back and forth between these two worlds. It took me a few years to realize that besides political, social or moralizing work, it was also possible to make art with a strong aesthetic component, work that obeys impulses and sensations.  It is not senseless, since it comes from a process of thought like every creative act; but instead of trying to illustrate a concept or idea, it is the idea, it is the concept that comes through the hand in the form of
a stroke, a color, a drip, a smudge.

Sandra Mack-Valencia grew up in Colombia, where under the smell of oil paint, turpentine and linseed oil in her father’s studio, she developed a passion for the arts, in particular for painting and drawing. When she turned 16, her gift was the registration at the Escuela de Arte Eladio Velez, a local art school in Sandra’s neighborhood. Sandra received her BFA from the Universidad de Antioquia in 2000, and during her last year of college she collaborated with the Museum of Modern Art in Medellin, the Casa-Museo Pedro Nel Gomez and the Cultural Ministry in the development of an art database. She moved to New York in 2000 and finished her MFA at Hunter College in 2007. Sandra’s work has been exhibited since 1999 in museums and institutions in Colombia, New York, and Japan. She received the Nathalie Angles Award in 2007, the Sommerville Arts Prize in 2008, and was nominated for the Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters and Sculptors Grant in 2009.

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Artist: Steve Palermo

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Whether it is painting,drawing or mixed media,there is a balance to my work. I use color,composition and texture to infuse an emotional response.I am centered and so is my work. Color is placed so that the viewer’s eye journeys peacefully through the work.

I believe that I am creating from emotional responses effected my past and present experiences..Whatever I have done in my life is reflected in the art that I create.

My work tends to connect with the present while holding on to past. I try to reinvent old ideas by using “new improved” techniques. I like to replace traditional materials with more manageable “modern day” products.

I enjoy creating. I feel a sense of self. This is not an egotist’s scream but a gentle “yes. I created this.”

     Steve Palermo was born and raised in NYC and resides in Queens, a Borough of great cultural diversity.

     He knew from an early start that he saw things differently and knew there was a spark of creativity to nurture.

During the late 1970′s and early 1980′s he studied at Queensborough Community College and Queens College majoring in Studio Arts where he excelled in Painting, Drawing and Mixed Media Arts. He developed his creative skills during these formative years creating a strong eye for color and composition.

     During these years he has exhibited at The Queen’s Museum in a Group show “The Bitten Image ” a group show focusing on the printmaking arts. He also exhibited his work at The Queens College Art Gallery in two shows focusing on mixed media arts, combining the three dimensional with two dimensional imagery.

     Beginning in 2009,Steve Palermo has shown his work in galleries throughout NYC as well as internationally.

     He also is a Teaching Artist for The Flushing Town Hall and The Poppenhusen Institute,where he demonstrates craft techniques to young and old.

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Artist: Mary DeVincentis

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        A goose trapped in an illusory bottle, a deconstructed daisy and a bird entangled in his own thoughts in the form of branches are some of the images I have created to explore mind-challenging Buddhist concepts such as emptiness, mindfulness, nonattachment, compassion and karma.  Other pieces in this ongoing series derive their imagery from the Jataka Tales, a Buddhist precursor to Aesop’s Fables. These ancient stories exemplify the moral precepts of Buddhism. Many are based on the previous incarnations of Buddha, often in animal form, and were initially told by him to his disciples as teaching tales.

Nature, literature, Buddhism and everyday figures of speech are inspirations for the work of Mary DeVincentis. Her paintings and monotypes have been exhibited at the Kathryn Markel Gallery, Mary Ryan Gallery, White Columns, the Brooklyn Museum and most recently included in exhibits at the New York Public Library, St. Francis College, the International Print Center and New York University. It is represented in numerous private and corporate collections, including the DuPont Company, the Prudential Insurance Company and the New York Public Library. DeVincentis received her BFA from Maryland Institute College of Art and a Postgraduate Diploma in Advanced Printmaking from St. Martins College of Art in London, UK. She lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.

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Artist: Joyce Yamada

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I always work with imagery, in paintings or installations. As a teen I tried to write poetry, but images were what I was (futilely) chasing; I soon discovered that I am a painter. It has been a many year adventure, learning to think in paint, learning to turn ghost images in the mind into physical art objects.

Science amuses and inspires me; by some mysterious alchemy, what I read turns into cinematic scenes of a parallel universe, alternately comic, beautiful, puzzling. Deep time, evolutionary biology, and ecology have inspired me for years. Neuroscience and human origins are current interests. Everything actually is fodder for art, but for larger paintings, I like the structure of an implied story, a scene with something open-ended or off-key, something viewers can imagine their way into to make up their own narratives.

My current iconic painting is Jellyfish Invasion. It looks like a killing field, but it really refers to paleontology, to our long complex ancestry. It features fins and hand bones, a reference to a favorite book “Your Inner Fish” by Neil Shubin which describes how all of us animals with fingers and paws are linked to an ancestral fish who developed a weird fin that became the basis for our limbs.

Other recent work is inspired by NYCʼs American Museum of Natural History–people looking at dioramas, stuffed animals looking at people, lab rats mingling with the crowds. An imaginary museum hallway also features in many recent paintings, in some mysterious time and place after humans have lost control.

I am originally from the west coast. After various youthful detours, I ended up in Texas where I found my artistʼs survival job–as a part time physician ( diagnostic radiology). For 20 years I worked one week as a radiologist followed by one week as an artist. During that time I did not exhibit. I was able to quit medicine in 2004, have been a fulltime artist ever since, moving to Brooklyn in 2006, where I continue to live and work. I began exhibiting in 2006, mainly in NYC, though showing also in Boston, Virginia, and New Jersey.

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Artist: Denise Gieseke Penizzotto

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 With her detailed narrative paintings, Denise Penizzotto focuses on the human experience. With sense of humor and optimism she assures us that while life can be tragic and even at times deceptive, it can also be beautiful, magical and alive with hope.

 

Denise Penizzotto, born in a rural community, began her art career when she discovered the Encyclopedia Britannica and a watercolor tin.  She caught the travel bug as a young adult and began exploring first the neighboring country, cities, states and then abroad. Her travels included painting outings, which lead to professional projects, which lead to a life in the arts.  She is a self-taught artist.

 Denise has resided in NYC for 20 years.

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Exhibit: Life Threads: The Art of Fr. Frank Sabatté, CSP

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 My work is a merger of “random-stitch” and “free-motion” embroidery.  Random-stitch embroidery was developed by Chinese embroiderers as a divergence from the traditional methods of embroidery.  Free-motion embroidery is used in the garment industry for embellishing clothing.   The painstaking process involves layering threads of various colors to determine value and tonal qualities.   The end result is a sense of  translucence in the skin tones.

Exhibition:

April 2- May 10, 2013

Reception:
Thursday, April 18, 2013, 7-9pm

Hours:
Monday through Friday 2 p.m. until 6 p.m.
Saturday 11 a.m. until 6 p.m.

Location:

In the Art Space (St. Theresa Shrine)

The Church of St. Paul the Apostle
405 W 59th St.
New York, NY 10023

About

Frank Sabatté, CSP, holds a BA in Studio Art from UCLA and an MA in Sacred Theology from The Catholic University of America. He was the former vice-president of the Liturgical Arts Guild of Ohio and has shown in galleries in San Diego and Columbus, Ohio. He has worked as an illustrator for the Paulist Press since 1977. While at UCLA he studied under James Vallerio, Lee Mullican and Oliver Andrews. A member of the Paulist Fathers, a society of Roman Catholic priests, Fr. Sabatté served in campus ministry for over 23 years and has extensive experience working with young adults in developing peer leadership. He is currently the Director of “Openings” an outreach to young and emerging artists in New York City. Fr. Sabatté is Artist-In-Residence for the Paulist Fathers in New York City.

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Artist: Baris Gokturk

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The basis for my work is a multi-layered system of slippage with connections to contemporary culture of power. My large-scale paintings are idiosyncratic (dys) utopian attempts of piecing together obscure, nightmarish narratives based on the deliberately mystified notions in the current political, financial and military climate. Terms as common as “Too Big To Fail” or as obscure as “Synergy Related Head Count Adjustment” are used everyday by some in the finance world, for instance, as functional tools with clear meaning, except that under the surface they point out to absurd equations at best, and immoral intentions at worst. One could say the same for catch phrases like “Enhanced Interrogation” or “Extraordinary Rendition” in militaristic jingo, and “Manifest Destiny” and “War on Terror” in political terminology.

I use these distorted notions as springboard to create abstract systems of figurative narratives by piecing together imagery found on Internet and elsewhere. The continuous flow of slippage starts with these notions that conceal rather than reveal meaning, then moves onto the reference imagery that relates to them only through random image searches and ultimately ends up on pre-modeled, textured, scarred painting ground that can only receive parts of the referenced image because of these obstacles on its surface.

As a result, the paintings are obstructed after-thoughts, projections on a cave wall rather then representations of these verbal misrepresentations. The worn off pictorial zone inhibits several clashes between the meaning stripped off the word, the image stripped of meaning, painting stripped of painting and so on. This way, every aspect of the work becomes paradoxical yet its raison d’etre becomes meaningful. Consequently, not only the act of seeing but also seeing through, seeing despite of and seeing beyond become indispensable in approaching the work.

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Exhibit: Art for the Storm

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Openings presents a one day sale of art from the members of the Openings Collective to benefit the victims of Hurricane Sandy.

100% of proceeds from art sales will go to the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City directed to Hurricane Relief.

Participating Artists Include: 

Joey Kilrain, Denise Penizzotto, Sandra Mack-Valencia, Walter O’Neill, Daniel Nelson, Frank Sabatté, Robert Aitchison, Michael Berube, Iliyan Ivanov, Marjan Moghaddam, Anthony Santella, Keena Gonzalez, Sandra Mack-Valencia, Johann Bartelt, Mark Brennan and James Vanderberg.

Exhibition:
Sunday, December 9, 2012

Hours:
Sunday, 11am – 5pm

Location:
Room 101 of the Parish Center
The Church of St. Paul the Apostle
405 W 59th St.
New York, NY 10023

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Artist: Robert Aitchison

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Robert Aitchison’s art is informed by nature; investigating the structure and dynamics of the natural world while exploring diverse themes of landscape. In his work he’s attracted to the chaos and complexity of uncultivated environments. The construction of his paintings is guided by various drawings and studies done on-site outdoors.  Sketches created from memory also play an important role in the evolution of the works.  Through the fusion of these disparate visual records Aitchison seeks to establish contemplative scapes that allude to the experience of being in nature rather than a depiction of specific locales.

Aitchison was raised in Spring, Texas and studied painting at the University of Texas at Austin. His art has been exhibited in Texas, New York, and Europe and can be found in private collections in the United States, Europe, and South America. He currently lives and works in New York City.

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Artist: Michelle Manley

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Inspired by issues of environmental change, my paintings illustrate extreme shifts in nature. The alteration of weather systems, bodies of water, and land, as a result of human agency and waste is socially troubling, yet at times the visual documentation of these phenomena, out of context, can be sublime. My style, which is based on figural representation, focuses on the aesthetically impressive qualities of ecological transformations as a way to imagine how the futures of human life and the planet itself will be linked. I frequently evoke the forms of human anatomy to obscure the physical boundaries between living tissue and the elements in order to emphasize the inevitable blend of civilization’s material products and the biological makeup of the entire ecosystem. As a mechanism by which viewers can confront what is or is not inherent within each landscape, I access the full spectrum from naturalism to abstraction in my depictions. Though I believe that human intervention in natural processes poses a serious threat to the survival of life on this planet as we now recognize it, the vision I suggest of the world is by no means absolutely fatalistic.

Bio

Michelle Manley is an artist based in New York City who has exhibited her artwork nationally. She received her Master of Arts degree in Art and Media from New York University where she was awarded the Jack Goodman Award for Art and Technology, and she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Intermedia from Arizona State University. In 2008 she was awarded a Pollock-Krasner Foundation grant for painting, and was a runner-up in the New American Paintings Northeast Competition the same year. Her paintings were featured in Art Calendar Magazine’s March 2009 issue.

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Exhibit: Frenzy into Folly

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“Frenzy Into Folly” Exhibit at Church of St. Paul the Apostle

Fren*zy (frěn*zē) n., 1. A state of violent mental agitation or wild excitement. 2. Temporary madness or delirium. 3. A mania; a craze.

Fol*ly (fǒl*ē) n., 1. A lack of good sense, understanding or foresight. 2.a. An act or instance of foolishness. b. A grand but misguided idea. 3. A thing built to satisfy a fancy or conceit, often of an eccentric kind.

The madness ensued this fall as Openings presents Frenzy Into Folly, their largest group exhibition to date featuring the work of 38 artists at the historic Church of St. Paul the Apostle. Nearly 1000 people attended the opening reception held on Sept. 20.

Openings, a collective of visual artists whose mission is to explore the connections between creativity and transcendence, will showcase work in painting, sculpture, photography, and site specific installations that will be situated throughout the church.

Participating artists include:
Andrew Berardi, Anthony Santella, Araceli Cruz, Carrie Elston Tunick, Daniel Nelson, Denise Penizzotto, Dennis Santella, Garry Velletri, Iliyan Ivanov, James Vanderberg, Joey Kilrain, Johanna Bartelt, John Pavlou, Julia Whitney Barnes, Keena Gonzalez, Kenneth Walker, Lori Merhige, Marjan Moghaddam, Mark Brennan, Matthew Farrell, Meg Graham, Megan Hildebrandt, Michael Berube, Oksana Prokopenko, Patricia Bellucci, Rachel Kohn, Rebecca Simon, Robert Aitchison, Roger Geier, Sandra Mack-Valencia, Sarah Hollars, Sarah Knouse, Sherry Aliberti, Steve Palermo, Suzanne Broughel, Tim Rusterholz, Virgil Alderson, Wen-Chi Chen

The show is curated by Keena Gonzales and Michael Berube

Exhibition:
Sept. 14 – Oct. 26

Reception:
Opening Reception: September 20th 2012, 7-9 p.m.
Artist Walk Thru: Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2012, 7p.m.

Hours:
Monday through Friday 2 p.m. until 6 p.m.
Saturday 11 a.m. until 6 p.m.

Location:
The Church of St. Paul the Apostle
405 W 59th St.
New York, NY 10023

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Exhibit: Nirguna, Images of Ecstasy and Transcendence from India: The Art of Taryn Longo

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In the 15th century India a spiritual master known as Kabir chose to convey his teachings in verse. His poems are still sung as bhajans or devotional songs by folk singers and classical maestros alike. Kabir was a proponent of Nirguna worship. Nirguna, (literally without quality) refers to an experience of the Divine as the formless, all-pervading Source of everything.   Kabir was a weaver, it is said that he would sit at his loom and sing out his ecstatic verse for whoever was present. In today’s world still filled with religious extremism and new age spiritual promiscuity, Kabir’s voice is as strong as ever. He urges us again and again to wake up and experience the Truth within ourselves.  Here Kabir sings in the first person as God:

Where will you find me?

In a mosque? In a temple?

In yoga? In praying?

In fasting? In pilgrimages?

In holy books? In holy men?

Oh, holy brother, listen!

Kabir says: you will find me in the breath of the breath.

The tradition of his teaching is carried out today by various folk singers, Sufi masters, and wandering troubadours. The images in Nirguna were captured during a performance of Kabir’s songs during a festival in honor of the poet. The singers and musicians in the images are not merely performers, but deep practitioners- masters in their own right. As they sing, they transport themselves and the audience into a different realm. Becoming absorbed in the Formless, the singers and listeners alike transcend the limiting forms of body, mind, and life circumstance, and disperse into the formless Divine energy. Taken during the climax of the performance, the images seek to capture this experience. The color, the dynamism, the abstraction are meant to offer an infusion of Kabir’s wisdom.

Exhibition:

November 3- December 5, 2012

Reception:
Thursday, Nov. 29, 7-9pm

Hours:
Monday through Friday 2 p.m. until 6 p.m.
Saturday 11 a.m. until 6 p.m.

Location:

In the Art Space (St. Theresa Shrine)

The Church of St. Paul the Apostle
405 W 59th St.
New York, NY 10023

 

 

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Artist: Oksana Prokopenko

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Prokopenko’s works have been acquired into the permanent collections of museums in the USA and Italy.

Prokopenko has been featured on the Russian international TV network, NTV, radio shows, and numerous publications.  To quote Margo Grant, the Museum of Russian Art’s director, “The soul of Prokopenko’s work is in her walking that fine line between the transcendent and the ordinary. Prokopenko has achieved sheer brilliance in her deft treatment of the tiny pieces in her micro-mosaics.  What’s more is that it is done with a rainbow of majestic colors. ” Sue Dymond of The Glass Craftsman, describes viewing Oksana’s work as “basking in quiet brilliance” and suggests  - “Prepare to be inspired.” Russian NTV network’s Blagonravova states, “Oksana’s work is made not only with thousands of glass pieces, but also out of thousands prayerful words.”

Prokopenko is a rarity in today’s contemporary art scene.  Her work process is similar to artists that worked hundreds of years before her with an intense focus on precision, quality and detail.   Often described as a colorist, her colors inspire the viewer to spiritual and emotional heights similar to those felt by Prokopenko during her creative process, which has been described as a spiritual practice – a colorists communion with the divine.

Oksana Prokopenko is a Ukrainian born artist that is now living and working in the NYC area.  She received university education in both the US at NYU and the Ukraine, at the Kiev Mohyla Academy.  She creates oil paintings as well as micro-mosaics from tiny pieces of glass.

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Artist’s Residency/Retreat 2012

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Openings held our second annual Artists Residency/Retreat for visual artists, Sunday, July 8-Friday, July 13, 2012 at the Paulist Fathers Summer House, St. Mary’s on the Lake, Lake George, NY.

This retreat offers the possibility for you to take some time away from the city for rest, relaxation, conversation and creativity.   Throughout the retreat artists will have the opportunity to make art, listen to other artists, to engage in dialogue and conversation- and to come to a deeper appreciation of the power of art to move us beyond ourselves.

 

This retreat welcomes visual artists currently working in any medium.

 

St. Mary’s is located on 72 acres of lakefront property on beautiful Lake George in upstate New York, easily accessible by car/bus/train.  There are opportunities for hiking, fishing, kayaking, canoeing, and swimming.  There will be various workspace areas available for creating art.

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Artist: Frank Sabatté

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My work is a merger of “random-stitch” and “free-motion” embroidery.  Random-stitch embroidery was developed by Chinese embroiderers as a divergence from the traditional methods of embroidery.  Free-motion embroidery is used in the garment industry for embellishing clothing.   The painstaking process involves layering threads of various colors to determine value and tonal qualities.   The end result is a sense of  translucence in the skin tones.

Frank Sabatté, CSP, holds a BA in Studio Art from UCLA and an MA in Sacred Theology from The Catholic University of America. He was the former vice-president of the Liturgical Arts Guild of Ohio and has shown in galleries in San Diego and Columbus, Ohio. He has worked as an illustrator for the Paulist Press since 1977. While at UCLA he studied under James Vallerio, Lee Mullican and Oliver Andrews. A member of the Paulist Fathers, a society of Roman Catholic priests, Fr. Sabatté is currently the Director of “Openings” an artist’s collective in New York City. Fr. Sabatté is Artist-In-Residence for the Paulist Fathers in New York City.

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Artist: James Vanderberg

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James Vanderberg was born on Long Island, New York in 1980 and has been pursuing a career in painting since an early age. As an undergraduate at Fordham University James won a Susan Lipani travel scholarship and studied in Orvieto, Italy for six weeks. He studied landscape painting and figure drawing with the faculty of Fordham University and the New York Studio School. James received his Master of Fine Arts degree from CUNY Hunter College in 2008. While there, James was awarded a Luetz/Riedel Fellowship to study for one semester at École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-arts in Paris, France. Here James immersed himself in the study of Monet’s Les Nympheas. It was these paintings that opened up the possibilities of using color and light through abstraction to create his current body of work. After graduating Hunter, James was honored with a Tony Smith Foundation Award. He presently lives and works in Brooklyn and teaches undergraduate art courses at Fordham University’s Rose Hill Campus in the Bronx, New York.

For me the act of painting is a play and a process, a push and pull of color and mark, paint and brush. The painter Maurice Denis once said that, “a painting – before it is a battle horse, a nude model, or some anecdote – is essentially a flat surface covered with colors assembled in a certain order.” It is in that assemblage and order that my content exists. I do not attempt to illustrate the world around me through narrative and rendering. Instead, my paintings exist as a space for color to interact, for composition and drawing and mark making to juxtapose.

In the end these works are about looking into an abstract space or an extreme or complex combination of color and having that experience which is absolutely visual. It is in that visual space that the mind can remove itself form the everyday, literal understanding of things and perhaps for a brief moment contemplate something else. Looking, seeing and searching can never be finite, but rather it exists as a continued dialogue of ideas and experiences. My work is an investigation into this non-physical phenomenon; open ended, inconclusive. What the viewer sees, what they experience is fascinating to me, and my ability to set up the arena for this interaction motivates my work. With every mark, every layer the viewer is invited to participate in the discovery.

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Artist: Hester Simpson

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Composing small-scale paintings in acrylic, layered color on color with a seemingly waxy patina, Simpson’s translucent fields hold geometric systems of repetition which self-destruct and re-invent themselves, veering on and off the grid in deceptively vast space.

Simpson concerns herself conceptually with celebrating the ordinary rather than the dramatic. By layering paint, she mimics life’s layering of events. As colors and surface signify moments, so she accumulates time on her canvas. The abstract images before her evolve into a language of memory. “The result,” she states, “is an irregular geometry which acknowledges imperfection, reflecting the lived life.”

Hester Simpson is included in many public collections around the country and has taught at a number of institutions, including Parsons School of Design in New York, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia, among others. She lives and works in the Manhattan area.

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Artist Residency / Retreat 2013

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Openings  presents it’s third annual Artist Residency/Retreat – July 7-12, 2013 at Lake George, NY.

The residency/retreat will take place at St Mary’s on the Lake, the Paulist Fathers summer house located on beautiful Lake George in upstate New York– accessible by car/bus/train.

During the residency/retreat artists will have ample space and time to work on their own.  Each afternoon artists will gather to discuss their work and other topics for one hour followed by dinner.

Each artist will be provided with a private room with shared bathrooms and 3 meals daily.    St. Mary’s on the Lake is situated on 72 acres of lakefront property providing opportunities for hiking, swimming and kayaking in a beautiful natural setting.

There is no formal studio space on the property however there are many areas throughout the property where the artist can set up to do work.    There is wireless internet access.  Artists must provide their own materials.  Special dietary needs can be met with advanced notice.

Application

The residency/retreat is open to any serious (not hobbyist) visual artist (18yrs+) working in any medium.  The retreat is not a religious (denominational) retreat  however artists who apply must be able to affirm  the mission statement of Openings: “Artists exploring the connections between creativity and transcendence.”

Visual artists in any medium may apply by emailing the following:

Name and email address (website if applicable)

CV

Brief artist statement (150-200 words) stating what they hope to gain from the residency/retreat.

Two low res jpegs of recent work.

Email all material to artists@openingsny.com no later than 5pm Friday, May 31, 2013.

Applications are closed.

General information:

Residency/Retreat date:  Sunday, July 7 (beginning with dinner at 6pm) to Friday, July 12 (ending with lunch at 12:30pm)  5 days, 4 nights.

Fee: $65 per day includes: private room, 3 prepared meals a day, shared bathroom.  (This fee is discounted from the normal daily fee of $85)  Financial aid is available to those with financial hardship.  Total  retreat fee: $390.00

You will be contacted by email on June 1 if you have been accepted.  Upon acceptance a registration form will be sent.  The form and a non-refundable deposit of $50 is due no later than  Friday, June 28.

The residency/retreat is limited to 15 artists.

 

 

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Artist: Sarah Hollars

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Tracing paper, women’s magazines, clothing catalogs, little images I have carefully clipped and pressed, along with various brands and sizes of black markers litter a small drafting table.  I draw the branch of a Christmas tree from a long ago Christmas with my family.  A small ornament with a wide-eyed, black cat sitting on a rug, present at its side, dangles from a hook on the branch.  I place the tracing paper over a picture depicting a woman I wish I looked like, perfect body clad in haute couture clothing.  Over and over again I trace this woman’s eyes, trying to get it just right, missing twice.  A memory flashes in my consciousness of a previous drawing, an animal sleeping alone in a bed, and I set to carving out the scene into the paper.  One image piles onto another, flitting from one memory to the next, creating new memories, trying to understand what they actually mean and how they might relate to one another.  I do this again and again on different sheets of paper and canvas using different materials always searching for an understanding of something I unconsciously know, but consciously cannot quite grasp.

 

At one moment an image is the center of the world and in the next it is forgotten and replaced by a new image.  When the image is revisited moments later it is forever amended by everything that the eyes and mind have processed during the time elapsed.  When one tries to put a memory into words or images the sensations are altered and therefore lost.  I reanimate moments that have been pushed into the dusty long forgotten corners of my mind.  I save these reconstituted moments that have altered and morphed from their original context and reality into something new and unique.  I do this because these moments are life, they are the answer and the question to everything and they are the never-ending exploration that must be undertaken.

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Exhibit: Arcanum Angelorum (Mystery of the Angels): The Art of Guillermo Esparza

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According to early Christian history, the tradition of iconography was established approximately 1,000 years before the Renaissance. It is based on golden-mean proportions and related geometry, Byzantine modules, exact anatomy, inverted perspective, and perspective perspective. In my works, I strive to preserve the traditions of the medieval painters. What inspires me is light penetrating transparent colors of egg tempera, reflecting back from the gesso ground. In sculpture, it is the super emanating light coming from white marble, reflecting the heart of the shellfish: fiat lux.   Guillermo Esparza

 

Exhibition:

May 4 – June 7, 2012

Reception:
Thursday, May 10, 7-9pm

Hours:
Monday through Friday 2 p.m. until 6 p.m.
Saturday 11 a.m. until 6 p.m.

Location:

In the Art Space (St. Theresa Shrine)

The Church of St. Paul the Apostle
405 W 59th St.
New York, NY 10023

About

Guillermo Esparza is an award winning internationally recognized American iconographer, painter and sculptor with collections at the US national archives, the Phanar in Istanbul, Turkey, the Vatican Museum in Rome, Italy, Smithsonian American Art Museum, as well as numerous cathedrals, churches, museums, and private as well as public collections internationally.  He is an artist-in-residence for the Basilica of St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral in Manhattan, New York. An ecumenicist, Mr. Esparza has been awarded important commissions by churches of many denominations, and his original works are installed in Episcopal, Roman Catholic, Byzantine Catholic, and Greek Orthodox Churches. Mr. Esparza’s murals for Episcopal, Roman Catholic, Byzantine Catholic and Greek Orthodox churches have had the great distinction of being declared Icons.  A visionary in the world of public art in the US, Mr. Esparza is the first recipient of the “Percent-For-Art” public commission from the State of Arizona in 1986, thus opening the door to the next generation of artists competing for public commissions.  Guillermo Esparza has been honored for his work by His All Holiness Bartholomew I, His Holiness the late Pope John Paul II, and New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, among others. Mr. Esparza’s family built churches and cathedrals in Mexico.  His paternal grandfather, Don Manuel Esparza, was a prominent US landowner and businessman, whose family held Spanish land grants in Mexico since the 17th century.  Mr. Esparza’s maternal grandfather, the architect and engineer Don Benito Hernandez y Quiroz, was instrumental in bringing electricity to Guatemala.  Guillermo Esparza is married to American composer and concert pianist Maria Andriasova Esparza.

Guillermo Esparza is the subject of the documentary by Los Angeles filmmaker Veronica Aberham for London-based Studio International. Original soundtrack composed and performed by Maria Andriasova Esparza.

Visit Guillermo Esparza’s website at www.guillermoesparza.com

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Artist: Kinda Barazi

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Born in the USA to parents of Syrian descent, it wasn’t long before Kinda Barazi moved to Lebanon where she spent the first 15 years of her life attending school, and some classes in the field of Fine Arts. After having her multicultural experiences and moving to Kuwait, England, the US where she spent 15 years, and later Iran, she had her fist digital art exhibition entitled “Nature Talking’ at one of the most prominent galleries in Tehran, Seyhoun Gallery. Kinda’s paintings seem to be quite influenced by her conceptual advertising and graphic design background, having graduated from Marymount University, VA, in Advertising design. Described as a “modern expressionist’ the painter has found herself to be artistically expressive and free when creating non-realistic images and paintings, which include humor, caricature, and may entice sensual feelings. She had her 2nd & 3rd exhibitions at Gallery Surface Libre, Beirut/Lebanon. The second exhibition was entitled “Dare Express”, and the third was entitled “Folies’ – Mad about Power.

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Artist: Anthony Santella

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I have a broad background in the arts that spans traditional media as well as research and development in digital imagery. I have painted and sculpted instinctively from an early age and am primarily self-taught. In contrast, I have an extensive academic background in digital imagery. In 2005 I completed a PhD at Rutgers University in computer science. My thesis work applied cognitive principles and artistic practice to imbue computer generated imagery with some of the carefully controlled abstraction of fine art.

My research and fine art work is spanned by a concern for visual clarity in pursuit of meaning. It is important to me that every work suggests an ongoing narrative, a story carefully crafted, but only half told, that the viewer must complete. These stories speak of the spiritual in a modern context and explore the central question of how to find meaning in dreams and visions while staying involved and in love with the people and reality that so often seem to betray those dreams.

My work draws on many recognizable traditions, Medieval religious art, 19th century British art: Pre-Raphaelitism, Symbolism, Fairy painting, as well as contemporary fantasy and comic book art. However, I do not identify myself primarily as a practitioner of any of these styles. Above all, I care about a unifying element of the best of all this work, a sense of wonder, a suggestion of the beauty and mystery of life, illuminating the mortal world from inside. For better or worse, I don’t think visual art can teach, but it can tell stories that remind people of the important things in life: hope, wonder, love. I cannot make a viewer share my worldview, but I can suggest a theme, a story. I try to pass along the spark of wonder that inspired me and allow the viewers to complete the story and take their own lesson.

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Artist: Susu Pianchuchupattana

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Rapeeporn “susu” Pianchuchupattana was born in Bangkok, Thailand and moved to the United States in August 2002 to pursue a formal education in painting. She graduated from the New York Studio School and got a full fellowship as a participant at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. Susu won many awards including Hohenberg Travel Grant and full scholarship – Drawing Marathon in Orvieto, Italy. She then took a chance to travel to Italy during the summer 2006. Currently she lives and works in New York City.

Artist Statement
My current work is inspired by my Italy trip and intensive artist retreat to Skowhegan woods where I quickly found that nature is never still, never calm, but always vibrating, violent and ever-changing. These are paintings of the constant current flowing through all life and I have tried to capture certain moments when nature collides with itself. Exercises in maintaining an open channel for this energy, my work is all about the immediacy of painting outdoors, combined with memory and imagination. I am a city person and was incensed by the beauty and the mystery of land I never get to see.

A twelve-year career in advertising that involved extensive traveling exposed me to the world’s most exciting cities. Cities are a great source of inspiration and my desire to find and paint an inner peace has been brought into stark relief by the many physical and emotional challenges of this way of life. I am not a religious artist nor do I focus on religious themes in my painting, but I am from the Buddhist nation of Thailand and my country’s spiritual views do inform the way I see the world and the manner in which I approach my work.

It is clear looking at my development as a painter over the past five years that my work has evolved from more strongly representational forms to the abstract. As my influences amass, my ability expands, and my ideas grow, it seems that a balance of both styles needs to be found. It is a journey from the familiar into the unfamiliar and where I want to paint is in the space between.

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Artist: Marjan Moghaddam

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As an established digital artist and animator, I’m interested in exploring transcendent personal and global narratives, employing the aesthetics and technologies of emergent media. Working primarily with 3d modeling and rendering on the computer, my work encompasses a variety of forms such as large prints, animation, video art, performance, and installations. As the recipient of numerous awards of excellence for computer art, in recognition of the innovative nature of my work, I continue to deliver cutting-edge pieces with conceptual depth and breath, in addition to personal meaning and resonance.

My work integrates computer-based processes that blend sculpture, painting, design, animation, filmmaking, photography, graffiti, text, algorithmic and procedural iterative visuals, and data-driven images into powerful meta narratives. Both my time-based and static pieces additionally incorporate audio-triggering and motion capture of improvised music and dance, for an added dimension of creative flow and spontaneity enhancing the technological aspects.

As a political refugee who lived through the 1979 revolution in Iran, my recent projects explore the theme of revolution on a personal and political level, recognizing the intersection of individual narratives with the global crisis of economic inequality and political oppression. Referencing digital culture, aesthetically and conceptually, each piece engages in a powerful discourse and dialog about our turbulent moment in history, individually and collectively.

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Exhibit: Black Crucifixes: The Art of Jason Nickel

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This exhibition to be the closest thing I can personally produce to a “total work of art” (Gesamtkunstwerk), it encompass all the talents, skills, emotion and intellect I possess.

I make paintings because it is one of the last mediums that shows the work of a single individual without adulteration by collaboration….. everything you see was made by me.

My work has always been an exploration of subjects associated with religion and spirituality; love, death, faith, transformation and cosmology. I slowly edited down its meaning to determine that the one solid reason I find for the existence of any religion is death. My work slowly became about death.

I grew up a Christian and remain one today, my faith now more complicated that that of my youth,  and a strong force in my psyche. The crucifix is one of the most powerful images in the western world and it’s all about death…why would I not paint it?

This image is taken from a small Michelangelo drawing, the figure is sensual.  I painted solely from this image for these paintings.  Each painting is a cocktail of physicality, surface, material, drawing, and gesture; all focused on a subject so loaded with emotion and history and politics, that I have been cautious to show it. I could write further about why I made these or what they mean, but in my existential artistic practice, this doesn’t matter. I did make them, they exist.

-There are two ways to approach an exploration of the spiritual in art, the alchemical way  and the kenotic way. The alchemical way is the manipulation of symbols, materials, ideas, etc. with the intent to produce meaning. The kenotic way is the self-emptying, self-effacing method of mushin-no intention. Through the explorations of my work, I have discovered that the best process is to walk a line between both ways. Since there is no given spiritual reality, both ways are equally valid.

Exhibition:

Feb. 15th – Mar. 21st, 2012

Reception:
Thursday, Feb. 21st, 7-9pm

Hours:
Monday through Friday 2 p.m. until 6 p.m.
Saturday 11 a.m. until 6 p.m.

Location:

In the Art Space (St. Theresa Shrine)

The Church of St. Paul the Apostle
405 W 59th St.
New York, NY 10023

About
Jason Nickel was born in Buffalo, New York, and grew up around Scranton, Philadelphia, and Rochester. He earned a BFA from the Columbus College of Art and Design, in Ohio in 1994 and a MFA from Stony Brook University on Long Island in 1997. He has lived and worked in Brooklyn, NY, Toledo, OH, and Utica, NY. He has shown his work in many venues including solo exhibitions in New York City and Chicago.

An accomplished artist, Jason works with themes of spirituality and metaphysics. His mediums have included painting, printmaking, sculpture, webcomics, and installation art.

Jason currently resides in Queens and has a studio in Long Island City. He exhibits his work in solo and group shows, both regionally and nationally. Jason Nickel’s work is represented in several private and corporate collections. He has also fabricated a great deal of custom furniture for private individuals as well as museums and galleries.

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Artist: Iliyan Ivanov

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A native of Burgas, Bulgaria, Iliyan Ivanov received his fine arts training under the mentorship of internationally recognized Bulgarian painter George Yanakiev.

Mr. Ivanov came to the US in 1994 and in 1996 he presented the one-person show, “Tides of Time,” at Ryden Galleries in Anderson, Indiana. Embracing both figurative and abstract imagery in an amalgam of painting, drawing and collage, the works from this period reflected the artist’s immigration experience and his impressions of the “New World.”

Since 1997, when he migrated to New York City from the Midwest, Ivanov has participated in a number of group and juried shows, primarily at galleries in New York City. He presented works from his interactive multi-panel project entitled “The Revolving Doors” as part of “The Times Square Plan for Peace Project,” for solo shows at the Consul General of the Republic of Bulgaria, and at Chashama and CURB Galleries in New York. These permanent installations have been created on compact disc, presenting an unusual opportunity for viewers to assemble their own compositions from the components the artist has provided. In such a way each viewer’s participation becomes an integral part in unfolding the diversity of emotional interplay between the individual pieces.

Regardless of medium and scale, Ivanov develops his ideas in thematically related series meant to challenge the observer’s own creativity. Ivanov’s interactive works have been recognized through invitations to the “International Art Festival of Light” in Plovdiv, Bulgaria and the “Contemporary Bulgarian Artists in New York” show in Manhattan in 2003. Over the past several years his work has been selected for presentations at the New York Collection at the Albright-Knox gallery in Buffalo, the d.u.m.b.o. International Art Festival, Miami Art Basel, the Toronto Art Salon, the New York Emerging Artists Gala, and number of art fairs including the Red Dot, the Fountain and the Bridge among others. His Internet début was marked by an invitational solo show at the ImagineStation website in the spring of 2004, with subsequent presentations in juried shows at Neoimage, Energy gallery, and Projekt30. The artist is also a co-founder of the CURB Arts Group, a nonprofit organization that promotes aesthetic dialogue among international artists through alternative space exhibitions and performances in New York City.

Ivanov and his family live in Manhattan and he continues to balance careers in art and science.

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Artist: Michael Berube

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I am interested in the power of seduction. I am interested in a beauty that toys with excess and the abandon of Jouissance. I believe that seduction is a major element in my favorite work and in my own, I believe that beauty, an element of seduction, is something essential and not to be feared. Beauty comes in many forms. It can be glorious and it is capable of being strangely sad or dark and ominous and that range is very exciting. I am fascinated by color and pattern, charged with the dialectics inherent in issues of taste and aesthetics, and informed by an identity infused camp sensibility. My work has a direct relationship to the body, in its imagery and its scale. In imagery, it refers to the abject by its twisting, tumor-like forms that emerge from the painted marks and in the fabrics that reference clothing and the home, here carved and fragmented and embedded into a kaleidoscopic landscape. The work also confronts the body with its scale which is both awesome and intimate. I believe that these are ideas that, at their most provocative, are a testament to imagination and the best and worst of what it means to be human. I choose to believe that these ideas are best investigated through the discipline of painting. I believe there is a forbidding, terrible side to these interests and that there is a great wealth of humor inherent in them as well. I aim to address all of these interests via my work.

One core idea, other than seduction and beauty, which is essential to my thinking and contributes heavily to my work, is found in the word excess. Excess and the manner in which it has been interpreted and represented over the centuries is something that has always fascinated me conceptually. I have a profound connection to those excessive elements, as I interpret them, found in the art of the Baroque period, especially the religious art of Italy. Drawing from elements of that period, such as scale, shape, shine, pattern, and the symbolic nature of the metallic colors of gold and bronze, my latest work is driven by the idea that the excesses of our contemporary time might be represented through the creation of a contemporary version of the Baroque, divorced from the religious content and exploring a purely secular imagery. It offers me a way in which to address my identity issues by exploiting the inherently camp sensibility of the aesthetics of taste and the decorative. This camp sensibility confronts my interest in the concept of beauty and complicates a purely aesthetic reading of the work.

Finally, I believe that art creates a social space in which ideas, conversations, and perspectives can interact with a vast array of interested parties. I believe that a work of art is never complete until it has an audience.

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Artist: Mike Estabrook

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Mike Estabrook is an artist based in Brooklyn, NY.

Estabrook’s work spans the gap between the imaginative and the political, and makes use of a wide range of media including drawing, painting, animation and video,

He has exhibited at PPOW Fine Arts,ABC No Rio, PS1/MOMA, The Queens Museum, The Bronx Museum, Arario Gallery, Esso Gallery, and several other galleries and non-profit spaces in New York and abroad. His work has been cited in many publications, including The New York Times, Time Out New York, The Brooklyn Rail, and L Magazine. In 2005-6, he participated in the Artists in the Marketplace program at the Bronx Museum, in 2007-8 was a resident in the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Workspace program, and is currently a resident in the Rotating Studio Program at the Artist’s Alliance. He Received his MFA from Queens College in 2005.

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Artist: Mark Brennan

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My best known work is the ongoing series of paintings known as the Plainsong Elegies.  These are small meditative pictures of meticulously rendered twigs and fragments of dead leaves, originally shown under the pseudonym Emily Dickinson.  Most are dedicated to the memory of people buried in Brooklyn’s Green-Wood Cemetery.  I also paint elongated landscapes that combine naturalistic details with the florid textures and colors of layered watercolor washes.

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Artist: Megan Hildebrandt

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These drawings examine my experience of being diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma at age 25.  They visually interpret the seemingly endless waiting of chemotherapy, CT scans, and remission; waiting for chemo to be over, waiting for the results of my latest CT scan, and waiting in the no-mans-land that is remission.  Through ink and graphite on paper, I examine the ways in which patients are both identified by numbers (date of birth, weight loss or gain, blood pressure) as well as the patients own quantifying of their cancer treatment (hours spent receiving chemo, how much radiation we have been exposed to in our scans and treatments,  counting the days until we are finally considered cured).  I use tally marks to evoke time and memory as landscape.   To repeat a tally mark is to move a step further toward taming my history and future.

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Exhibit: Eastertide

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The paintings of Alfonse Borysewicz reverence the Icons of Christian antiquity. His images, obfuscating yet revealing, speak with an austerity of near abstraction of that “undertow of mystery” in our lives. This current body of work explores the Easter Triduum of the Passion and Resurrection of the Lord, the culmination of the entire Catholic liturgical year and of utmost importance in the spiritual and pastoral life of the Church.

Exhibition:

April 23- May 31, 2011

Reception:
Thursday, April 28, 7-9pm

Hours:
Monday through Friday 2 p.m. until 6 p.m.
Saturday 11 a.m. until 6 p.m.

Location:

In the Art Space (St. Theresa Shrine)

The Church of St. Paul the Apostle
405 W 59th St.
New York, NY 10023

About

Alfonse Borysewicz was born in Detroit in 1957 and has been residing in Brooklyn since 1988. He received a master’s degree in theology before studying painting at the Museum School of Fine Arts in Boston. Borysewicz has received two Pollack-Krasner Foundation Grants (1987, 1992) and a Guggenheim Painting Fellowship (1995). He has exhibited widely in the United States, Europe and Japan. His writings can also be found in Image (Journal of Art and Religion). Jonathon Goodman wrote in Art in America “Borysewicz’s ability to invent a language of transcendence which is both traditional and of the moment makes him a compelling artist.”

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Artist: Araceli Cruz

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The only form of self expression is through creation. My way of breaking free from my journalistic constraint is to produce work that chronicles the ongoing journey that has led me from my home base of Los Angeles to university studies in San Francisco, through various stints in Mexico and Europe and now to New York. Writing and art have been fundamental elements in my life since I was a child, all the while having pop culture stimulating these aspects. My visionary process is to use these thriving ideals and merge them with inspiration from my family, my Latin culture, music and love.

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Exhibit: everything that ought to have remained: An installation by Leigh Davis

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Leigh Davis will present everything that ought to have remained, a temporary installation built in a vacant altar space in the Church.  An assemblage of framed images and objects, the installation is based on Davis’s project The Brothers, a series of photographs documenting the recent expulsion of the aged members of a Roman Catholic religious order from their home on the grounds of a former military hospital in New Mexico.  The images in The Brothers series explore the men’s relationship to their physical surroundings, the rituals they adhere to, and the spiritual community they foster both among themselves and in tenuous connection with the outside world.  In everything that ought to have remained, Davis employs the location—the Church—and the time of year—Lent—to invite the public to reflect on the Brother’s experience of faith while pondering questions of their own.  How do our physical surroundings structure our practice of faith?  Is material well-being compatible with religious life?  Do sacrifice and loss bring us closer to God?

Exhibition:

March 11 – April 11, 2011

Reception:
Reception: Wednesday, March 16, 7-9pm

Artist talk Thursday, April 7  at 6pm in the Church

Hours:
Monday through Friday 2 p.m. until 6 p.m.
Saturday 11 a.m. until 6 p.m.

Location:

In the Art Space (St. Theresa Shrine)

The Church of St. Paul the Apostle
405 W 59th St.
New York, NY 10023

About

Leigh Davis was born in Pittsburgh, PA.  She is a photographer, artist, and educator. Davis creates collaborative projects with a focus on how people utilize, inhabit and conceive of their living spaces.  Recently, she has been investigating the ways in which people have been adapting domestic life in response to America’s radically changing social and economic conditions.  Davis’s work has been featured in a number of solo and group exhibitions throughout North America.  She has also created projects for presentation in nontraditional settings including a public poster project on Fulton Mall, and a photographic essay in a public garden in Brooklyn.  She has received funding from the Brooklyn Arts Council, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, and the Puffin Foundation.  Her photographs have been published in various publications including The New York Times Magazine. Davis teaches classes at Parsons The New School for Design and has worked as an artist educator in New York City public schools.  She currently lives and works between Brooklyn, NY and Washington, DC.

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Artist: Lori Merhige

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Power.  We cave in to it, prop it up, bow down to it.  We hate it, we accept it, we fight it, we give up.  We have it, but we don’t always wield it.  Or, we grasp for it and swing it around messily until it destroys everything around us.  We build monuments to foolishness, based on ideology, rhetoric, lies, good ideas gone astray.  We try our hand at noble acts, and often get lost along the way.  We forget ourselves and those that came before us.  My work attempts to address some of the ways in which we react to the forces of power in this world, whether it is with exaltation, humility, rage, self-destruction, or amnesia.  However we manifest our feelings toward the fact that most of us are being ‘ruled’ by something or someone, always and without fail, however, we find a way to fight amongst ourselves.

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Exhibit: 32 Below

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Openings warmly presents ‘32 Below’, a group exhibition taking place at St. Cecilia’s Gallery in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.

This eclectic exhibition features painting, drawing, photography, sculpture and installation by a diverse group of artists exploring a variety of contemporary themes and issues.

Participating artists include:
NonSolo Group, Francesco Mosto, Brian Higbee, Frank Sabatte, Debra Friedkin, Carrie Elston Tunick, Joey Kilrain, Apostles, Peter Yip, Jinny Yu, Mareshah Yisrael, Suzanne Hill, Laurel Lueders, Araceli Cruz, Anna Steerman, Iliyan Ivanov, Lori Merhige, Robert Aitchison, Keena Gonzalez, Graeme G. Halliday, Alexandra Gomez, Ben Knight, Anneliese Vobis, Anthony Santella, Dennis Santella, Charlotte Mouquin, Sophie Sejourne, Caitlin Mckee, Porn Siphanoum, Mike Estabrook, Lauren Gohara, James Vanderberg, Nancy Rakoczy, and Bob Trabold

Reception:
Feb. 11, 2011 from 7-11pm.

Exhibition:
Feb 11 – Feb 19

Hours:
Monday through Friday 2 p.m. until 6 p.m.
Saturday 11 a.m. until 6 p.m.

Location:
St. Cecilia’s Gallery
21 Monitor St.
Brooklyn, NY 11222

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Artist: Patricia Bellucci

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My life-long creative journey began rather ignobly, as a young child drawing all over the walls of the family apartment in Queens, New York. Before long however, I was studying the formal aspects of painting, drawing, and sculpture, followed by an intensive period working with moving images. As a digital artist during the early wave of video special-effects, my skills evolved along with the emerging technology; it was a period of copious exploration and experimentation for me.

During that time I was fortunate to collaborate on many notable initiatives with a host of talented colleagues. I was an integral part of a team responsible for a number of seminal projects, including a video which was later accepted into MoMA’s permanent Film and Video Collection. I also travelled to Japan, India, and around the U.S. as a digital video-effects specialist.

Professional accomplishments notwithstanding, I was determined to heed my creative calling. Eventually, my livelihood began to clash with my personal creative vision. Continuing to draw and paint throughout it all, I started experimenting with collage. But the dissonance between my professional and creative selves grew louder. By late 1999, an intentional career transition released me from those problematic constraints. Since then I have been able to devote my creative energies solely to my own work, and I am excited about sharing it with a wider community. At present, I am creating layered compositions which synthesize the disciplines of painting, collage, and assemblage.

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Exhibit: Inside

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Openings presents “Inside”

The artworks in this exhibit were created in a jail in central NJ. The artist studied at the School of Visual Arts, and worked in both traditional and digital media; his work continues during his incarceration. Inspite of limited materials, and jail conditions that are chaotic, distracting and at times dangerous, art has remained an important part of his life, a reflection of personal passion and a response to simple necessity.

In his letters, the artist credits his ability to draw familiar cartoon characters in the improvised sketchbooks displayed here with defusing conflicts and allowing him to avoid fights on his arrival in jail. During the more than a year and a half he has spent awaiting trial, drawing has served to help pass time inside, and provides a way to communicate with family and friends outside. Art also has a purely practical value; as commodity, drawings can be traded for postagestamps, toiletries, and other necessities.

The works displayed here were created under difficult conditions of constant noise and stress. Materials are limited, mostly prison issued de-weaponized ballpoint pens, as well as dabs of watercolor smuggled in on letters from outside. These images: illustrated letters, holiday cards, religious images and idle doodles, speak to the irrepressible urge to reach out through art.

Drawings, and copies from drawings were provided by friends and family members who received them in correspondence. Thanks to all those who loaned work for this exhibit.

In the Openings Art Space, Room 101 of the parish center.

Reception:
Thursday, Nov. 18, 7-9pm in Room 101

Exhibition:
Nov. 2, 2010- Jan 18. 2011

Hours:
Monday through Friday 2 p.m. until 6 p.m.
Saturday 11 a.m. until 6 p.m.

Location:
The Church of St. Paul the Apostle
405 W 59th St.
New York, NY 10023

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Exhibit: Naked Measures

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“Naked Measures” Exhibit at Church of St. Paul the Apostle

An artists’ collective on Manhattan’s West Side known as Openings, which seeks to spark discussion and interaction in the creative community, is unveiling a provocative group exhibit titled Naked Measures at the historic Church of St. Paul the Apostle near Columbus Circle. The exhibition runs from September 17th – October 29th with the opening night reception on Thursday, September 30th from 7 to 9 P.M.Naked Measures — Openings’ fourth annual exhibition features a diverse group of 20 artists who explore the elusive mystery of spirit, body, and soul through a variety of visual media, including photography, painting, drawing,  mixed media, and sculpture.“Naked Measures artists are compiling an incredibly unique and complex mosaic of artwork that aims to dispel the notion of the spiritual as separate from the ordinary, and the mindset that the ‘holy’ is a separate and rarefied realm only accessible to the worthy,” explains Father Frank Sabatté, CSP, the director of Openings.
Participating artists include: 
Bill Abdale, Robert Aitchison, Tom Bovo, Yoon Cho, Luigi Cicala, Araceli Cruz, Debra Friedkin, Lauren Gohara, Baris Gokturk, Alexandra Gomez, Danielle Goldsmith, Keena Gonzalez, Morgan Hughes, Iliyan Ivanov, Joey Kilrain, Michelle Manley, Lori Merhige, Laura Resheske, Anthony Santella, and Mareshah Yisrael.
Exhibition:
September 17th – October 29th, 2010
Reception: 
September 30th, 2010
Time: 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Hours:

Mon-Fri. 7:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Sat. 8:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Sun. 7:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Location:
The Church of St. Paul the Apostle
405 W 59th St.
New York, NY 10023

 

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Artist: Tom Bovo

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Born and raised in Brooklyn, I studied painting and printmaking at Columbia University. I try to be very painterly in my approach to photography. Each photograph is the product of experimentation and exploration. Consciously and unconsciously, I try to impart layers of information about myself and the subject into the final image.

My artistic practice is engaged with exploiting the uncomfortable area between what we actually see, and our perception of what we see. This can create a split-second, initial reaction, before we rationalize away anything that may be something uncomfortable in our reaction. I aim to engage the viewer in this moment where my idea intersects with the individual’s consciousness. My work draws from many different visual elements, such as the structural, the system, the technological, the biological, the ephemeral, the fabricated, and the decorative. I depend upon color, pattern, and texture as the most basic elements of my visual vocabulary.

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