You are cordially invited to the opening reception of the art exhibition “The Black Rainbow” on Saturday, July 7 from 5 to 9 PM at Green Kill. “The Black Rainbow” is curated by the poet and artist Aaron Landcastle and includes sixteen exceptional artists who live and work in the Hudson Valley: Laura Andrighetti, Don Bruschi, Will Dayer, David Factor, Julianne Farella, Alexa Floresta, Nick Lathrop, Hui Lee, Anthony Licata, Julian Mackinnon, Xek Noir, Wade Nobile, Anthony Powley, Noah David Roberts, William Rodriguez, and Dayle Zelitch.
“The Black Rainbow” will be open to the public form Saturday, July 7 to Saturday, July 28, 2018. The opening reception will include a “random interruption.”
Green Kill, 229 Greenkill Avenue in Kingston, NY, is open Tuesday though Saturday 3-9 PM (best viewing hours are 3 to 6 pm).
About “The Black Rainbow”
“Identity is the mirror-and-hammer of sixteen artists whose disparate anxieties provide the framework for what is becoming the new sensitivity of being. The vast manifestation of a harrowing American Dream, The Black Rainbow is the subject of its nightmare, and ultimately the meaning for its change.
The artists of “The Black Rainbow,” in their collective, possess a profound tolerance of incongruity and are uniquely articulate in their visual and literary disciplines. Their ideas cannot be obstructed and subjugated by convention; their materials are the means by which artistic communication flourishes. It is in this art discovered and exhibited in the same manner— immediate and without compromise, that The Black Rainbow has taken form and will not let go.” — Aaron Landcastle
Laura Merry Andrighetti is not a fashion designer. She has no formal training as a seamstress, no relevant educational history to speak of, no boundary between her visions and her hands. Laura’s work features thrifted materials reimagined as wearable collages which raise eyebrows and polite middle fingers in a meditative rebellion against plain t’s and one dimensional living. In her early twenties Laura dreamed collaborative retail spaces into existence. She opened two unusual boutiques in upstate New York, Ritual of New Paltz and Alley Oop of Troy. These storefronts served as clothing galleries for the individual. Equally inspired as she was frustrated by her experiences as a buyer in traditional retail settings Laura began making her own wears from deconstructed, second-hand clothing as a way to buck the trend of fast fashion and absent minded shopping. Laura shreds threads and cuts her own cloth from her studio at The Church, a budding artist’s residency, in Troy New York.
Donald Bruschi. I truly love the process of sculpting. All of my sculpture starts with an artistic vision. It is interesting to me how technical skills such as metalworking and neon bending can be utilized as the vision takes form. I believe it is important to show off your sculpting technique, skills and thought put into its engineering, as well as where your ideas for the aesthetic and visual aspect are.
As an artist I bring together a variety of elements to construct a sculpture or installation. The elements I choose to use come from nature such as wood or stone, recycled or up-cycled industrial material such as scrap steel or machine parts and neon light. As I work I get a feel about the elements I am using how do they act and interact, how is this happening visually. I find elements that compliment and “work together” in my eye. Sometimes the artwork shows off a certain quality of the materials and sometimes it is about an abstract idea.
I have been an artist and art educator for over 35 years. I earned a BFA from the NYS College of Ceramics at Alfred University in 1983. I presently teach public school art and previously taught neon sculpture classes at UrbanGlass in Brooklyn. I have shown my work regionally including at Unison Art Center, the Islip Art Museum, Exit Art, Arts Society of Kingston, Middlesex County College in NJ and Varga Gallery in Woodstock, NY.
Will Dayer. The included works were made between 2016 and 2018. My work can act as a diary at times, manifesting stresses and anxieties as figures interacting in space. Cartooning has always been a language that I could express myself through, and I believe its a language that people of my generation can very much understand and communicate through. I am a huge advocate for making art, and I implore everyone to follow their creative impulses to the best of their ability.
David Factor. I see art as a process of time-mapping using things.
Old things, found things, imagined things, things that are to become other things
Art constitutes compounding elements. Transmutation of components, Adding contaminants increases variables. Art creation: Process: Germination to fruition. Results: Evolution, transition, revolution. Death and rebirth unites filaments. Compound old and new must Rise Up together.
Julianne Farella is an artist from the Lower Hudson Valley and currently a student at SUNY New Paltz studying Drawing and Painting along with Art Education.
Her drawings and paintings elicit dream-like feelings that bring the viewer to a place in which they are peering into a thought, feeling or idea – as if recalling a dream.
Houses are used to parallel relationships. At times, even with closest of friends and significant others, we erect metaphorical walls to protect ourselves from the potentially detrimental effects of emotional commitment. Similar to trying to recall a dream, experiences and ideas come in and out of focus with varying degrees of success, somewhat similar to what we experience when reflecting upon relationships.
Common objects have been finding their way into her recent works. She attaches dialogue to repetitive objects in her daily life that reflect the ways in which she interacts with those around her. Quotes are incorporated as well as introspective thought through many layers to express the wavering perception of conversation through personifying the home as well as objects. This process allows the viewer to vary their focus in and out through the different layers, as if peering deeper and deeper into their own faint memories.
Alexa Floresta is a visual artist living and working in New York’s Hudson Valley. Using elements of sleaze, decadence and glamour, her work is a cheeky celebration of self-ownership and the feminine spirit.
Nick Lathrop is a collage artist, writer, and a magician. His work blends these three worlds into a material ‘tolerance for incongruity.’ While living and working in New Paltz, he generated hundreds of collages, poems, haikus, and short stories deciphering the visionary charisma of his works on cardboard. Although he has recently found work on an Alaskan fishing rig, he continues to write and make art.
Hui Lee. “At the Heart of all This Beauty Lies Something Inhuman,” 2018, explores the transience of one’s inner condition when confronted by the Absurd. The work attempts to express the incompatibility of thought, the inconsistency of emotion, and the subjectivity of experiences by means of [dis]connecting polarities with material. Translucent fabric both encases the present state in which the bouquet exists and renders the process of decomposition visible throughout the duration of the exhibition. Fragmented verses collected from irregular prose aims to treat the dichotomy of the existential self and interpersonal relationships, as well as demonstrates an intimate attempt at reconciliation with the fragility and fluidity of meaning. The artist continues to examine the simultaneity of origination/dissolution. Hui Lee is based in Hudson, NY and is currently pursuing a BFA in Sculpture at Bard College.
Anthony Licata is known for his alternative processes to abstract his banal self-portrait photographs. His methods and processes used to create these outlandish manipulations of visual imagery explore psychoanalytic theory and the human exists through the perspective of consciousness. Born on Long Island, he received his Bachelor in Fine Arts in Photography from The State University of New York at New Paltz in August 2018. Licata has exhibited work in venues such as The Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, SUNY New Paltz; Mckenna Theater, SUNY New Paltz; ARTBAR Gallery, Kingston, NY; and Parrish Art Museum, Southampton, NY among others. He has been published in media including Roll Magazine and The New Paltz newspaper, The Oracle. Anthony Licata has participated in exhibiting other artist’s work with his recent co-curation of the Sojourner Truth Library at SUNY New Paltz exhibition, A Latent Connection and ARTBAR exhibition, self:SELF. Licata is a recipient of the Luigi and Anita Traverso Photography Scholarship for his exceptional participation in the SUNY New Paltz Photography program.
The unconscious is a vessel of repressed thoughts and desires. Within the unconscious live highly developed entities called archetypes. The shadow is the archetype of darkness; strongest where the conscious is weakest. This series manifested from Andron, a project that initiated the exploration of my unconscious. “Andron” is Latin for a passage or a hallway, and through this path, I am understanding a matured self. In “Becoming the Shadow”, I experience a deeper, more expansive, acknowledgment of the shadow archetype. The self has the mobility to grow by understanding the dark thoughts and desires that live in constant repression.
Julian MacKinnon. Hailing from Boulder, CO, Julian MacKinnon creates illusory works in painting and sculpture.
Xek Noir is a visual and performance artist living and working in the Hudson Valley. She had her thesis show exhibited at the Fine Arts Building of the State University of New York at New Paltz upon graduating in 2016. Since then she has exhibited at Image Gallery in Brooklyn, Roost Gallery in New Paltz, and had a solo exhibition at The Peoples Cauldron Gallery in Rosendale. She was the youngest person ever nominated for the Gradiva Award by the National Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis in 2012 for her artwork being published in an online psychoanalytic journal. She plans to go on to do Art Therapy in some form.
Xek Noir makes work heavily influenced by interpersonal relationships, mental illness and physical illness, and metaphysical events. She uses text and collage in many of her images to create texture and emotional depth to her illustrations. Her work although evocative and intense in subject matter is often portrayed with thin lines and delicate placing of mixed materials, soft colors, fantastical illustrations. However if you look deeper into her work there is something dark even among the light.
Wade Nobile. Flat Rate I (2018) is an exploration of the default. In communication services, such as the postal service, formalism in aesthetics is deliberate and perfunctory in concept. The flat rate box was designed with a simple suggestion: all who fit its capacity are welcome (within few limitations). Flat Rate I explores capacity to it’s maximum; acknowledging itself as a scientific unit of social value, and a visual unit purposed for art spaces. The work seeks to create a fluidity with the gallery through its reference on the packaging. The piece is mailed to the gallery, thus addressed on the box, highlighting an inherent relationship between artist, gallery, and exterior world.
Anthony Powley. You’ll always pull through when you need to. What else can you do? Die, sit in your shit, stop calling your mom, you stress her out more than she does you. I’m here from the trees to send you back to Bushwick. I wake up feeling like a virgin. Our discord is what we deserve for longing nostalgia.
Noah David Roberts. “Srip;s” has been in the work for three years. It is my magnum opus- a book-length poem that can be read as smaller poems within the larger context. The piece was written chronologically, and therefore chronicles all of what has encompassed my life for that time. It is unedited and raw, just like the life I live, and has not been edited to fit with standard grammar rules. I try to stay as close to true consciousness as possible. Ultimate clarity of breath & word were my goals with this piece.
William E. Rodriguez is a sculptor/illustrator whose artworks range from installations to ceramics to new media to performance works. Born in Brooklyn, NY and attended SUNY New Paltz for his BFA in Sculpture. His works vary from absurd to realistic sculptures, as he explores various mediums such as clay, wax, metal, technology, plexiglass, photography and audio art. He uses traditional and contemporary techniques to create his works of art in order to delve further into the human experience and perspective. His love for Mythology influences his art as he combines ancient and new mythology into his works to find correlations between life and myth. He has exhibited works in Kingston, New Paltz and Newburgh such as the Art Society of Kingston, Green Kill Gallery, SUNY New Paltz, the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art and Ann Street Gallery. He has worked as Artist Carolyn Palmer and Aaron Keppel’s assistant and is currently working on new sculpture projects based on the concept of human contact and choices. Currently lives and works in New Paltz.
My latest art works have consisted on exploring the human experience and perspective in order to find a way to further our connection towards one another. We feel moments of joy, doubt, fear, love, yet we judge each other based on our beliefs, ethnicities, gender, and sexuality. In a time that reinforces opposition rather than community, my work aims to build connections between people finding common ground through our experiences. We must realize that even as individuals we are no different from one another.
With my “Abstract Hourglass Series,” my art centers on hourglasses and what they can symbolize. Consisting of mainly plexiglass, which was melted and heated to temperatures that allow the material to be molded into these odd fluid like shapes that allude to the shape of an hourglass. Heating this medium allows me to work with the surface of this material, creating interesting textures that resemble bubbles within the glass. Inside each of the hourglasses are either hands, shapes or symbols that oppose each other as polar opposites, for example a broken hand reaching for a complete hand or an amorphic shape opposite to a geometric shape. As time passes one gets consumed by the sand as the other becomes liberated from it. Mythology often uses hourglasses to give the sense of time running out or the life that remains, using the objects within them I reveal the fluctuating balance between two forces that give and take from one another.
Dayle Zelitch. There is strength in looking at darker things in life. Sometimes you can find beautiful and useful things there; occasionally there is redemption. An earnest and innocent stuffed tiger has been abducted on Christmas morning by a bad seed and has found himself to be living on the wrong side of the tracks. An elevator operator does not know that she is just the pawn of a vast multi national conspiracy. My viewer can read these paintings as charming and naïve and that is their privilege, however my intention in making them was to convey my respect and devotion to lost causes.