(Editor’s Note: Opening night reporters and photographers are invited to attend a reception at the gallery from 6-9 p.m.)
“The collection shows how people with similar attitudes about art can take their work in different directions,” says Andrew Mikhael, the show organizer and a 2002 SOA graduate. “We are bringing these artists to Newark to share their works with the people of this city,” he adds.
The two youngest artist in the show are Mikhael and Franky Antimisiaris, who is currently enrolled at SOA. Mickhael, whose work was displayed at the 2001 Internazionale Biennale dell’ Arte Contemporanea, Florence, Italy, will present a recent art/architecture project in digital and print form. Antimisiaris will present a gallery installation with earlier documentation.
Other artists in the show are Louis Mendez, who will present a collection of his early and recent ceramic sculptures. Mendez who currently teaches at the 92nd Street ‘Y” in New York City, has work in the Museum of Contemporary Crafts, New York City, as well as Amherst College, Mass.
Rachel Citrano, an associate at the Clay Studio, Philadelphia, will present a series of her clay pieces. The Duchamp Commemorative Collection of the Philadelphia Museum of Art currently owns her work.
Adger Cowans will present new paintings and photographs from his earlier years. Cowan’s work has been exhibited in many solo shows including ones at New York City galleries including most recently the Gallery M.
Paintings by Frank Mann, whose work is in the permanent collections of the Guggenheim Museum and the Museum of Modern Art, New York City, will be on view. Mann, a New York City resident, will display pieces from his “Oculus” series.
Angel Orensanz is a New York City-based sculptor and performance artist who will perform at the show’s opening. In December 1999, Orensanz participated in the Biennale of Contemporary Art, Florence, where he presented a collection of his bronze pieces and transformed a public bus into a public sculpture work. The film department of the Museum of Modern Art has displayed Orensanz's work.
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