Next month, RoCA takes the ‘R’ in ARt to a new level with an exhibit that uses imagination in conjunction with repetition, recycling, and repurposing. Beginning Feb 19, see the work of contributing artists Mark Khaisman, Will Kurtz, Sui Park, and Federico Uribe who include unusual materials in their art.
Will Kurtz forms realistic figures from newspapers, magically morphing his chosen material into skin, fabric, and hair. Newspaper is his medium of choice because it gives a raw, imperfect ephemeral presence. The artist selects and creates uncommon characters that have a distinct emotive quality.
The public is invited to an opening reception for Fragments of Imagination: RePsychling on Sun Feb 19 from 1-4p.
Rockland Center for the Arts is located at 27 S. Greenbush Rd., West Nyack, NY.
Gallery hours are: Mon-Fri 10-4p and Sat and Sun 1-4p. For more info, visit RocklandArtCenter.org or call 845-358-0877.
Ukraine born Mark Khaisman composes portraits of film noir stars by layering translucent packaging tape onto clear backlit Plexiglas panels. Works are categorized into several archetypal groups: fragmented Hollywood rags, film noir stills, and iconic objects of prestige from art history and pop culture.
Federico Uribe, originally from Bogota and now living in Miami, multiplies the most common tool for creating two dimensional artworks — the pencil — into the building blocks of his large-scale sculptures and collage sculptures, which bristle with a kind of staccato energy. His sculptures are not sculpted but constructed and woven, in curious, unpredictable, and repetitive, almost compulsive, ways.
Sui Park’s work involves creating three-dimensional organic forms mostly in generic and biomorphic shapes. They represent transitions and transformations in nature. “Through these shapes I attempt to express seemingly static yet dynamic characteristics of our evolving lives. They are to capture subtle but continuous changes in our emotions, sentiments, memories and expectations,” says Park. “The organic forms are made with mass-produced industrial materials, in particular Monofilament and Cable Ties. They are non –durable, disposable, inexpensive and easily consumed. However, I weave, connect and transform them into long-lasting visualizations via evoking and encapsulating our precious moments.”
Numeracy and materials are recurring themes throughout Fragments of Imagination: A Vignette of RePsychling. The use of materials by the artists demonstrates how the medium itself can extend and reinvigorate the subject matter in ways that allow for a deeper understanding. The medium enables the artists to take their creativity to a higher level.
This is the fourth stop of RePsychling, the third major exhibition of An Inclusive World Project from COPE NYC, on view Feb 19-April 23 at the Rockland Center for the Arts.
Also on view, Art Changes Things: Activism in Art, an exhibit that transcends boundaries as an empowering agent of change, presenting work that challenges notions of class. These artist respond to social injustice and environmental issues while using their art as a weapon to bring to the forefront issues they’re most passionate about, bringing about community healing and change.