2003-04-12 / Columnists

From The Artists Studio

Rockaway Artists Alliance
by Susan Hartenstein
From The Artists Studio Rockaway Artists Alliance by Susan Hartenstein

Edward Coppola creates strange and fascinating worlds inside wood and glass enclosures. This maker of dioramas will be guest presenter at RAA’s next general meeting held Monday, April 14 at 7:30 PM in building T-149, Fort Tilden. He will discuss the techniques he uses in making dioramas and will show slides of his work. Two of them, "The Triumphant Return" or "He Never Saw It Coming" and "When It Rears It’s Ugly Head," are part of the "Destinations: Travel to foreign and not-so-foreign places" exhibition, now at sTudio Gallery through April 27. The pieces are hypnotic. The longer one views them, the more deeply one is pulled into their worlds.

Of his work Coppola writes, "My sculptures feature strange cave-like formations as a kind of stage on which metal trophy figures, bride-and-groom wedding cake decorations, super-hero action figures and other pop-culture debris seem to act out life-or-death dramas.

"The landscape formations and backgrounds are carefully painted. The found objects have been subtly altered and electrical lights are hidden around the scene to heighten the sense of anxiety and disquiet.

"I have found the diorama format to be an intriguing way to merge my interests in painting and sculpture. My many influences include Renaissance, Expressionist, Symbolist and Visionary painters, science fiction movies, fairy tales, vintage children’s book illustrations, the displays at the Museum of Natural History and the homemade grottoes for religious statues that I saw in my Brooklyn neighborhood as a child. In my work I try to recapture the thrill and sense of wonder that these influences evoked in me."

Intrigued? Find out more. Come to the next meeting. And bring your own artwork. We’d love to see it. All are welcome. You don’t have to be a member of RAA to attend.

Camp kidsmART is now accepting applications for teen assistants. Applicants must be 15-18 years of age. Send a resume with a letter stating why you think you would be an asset to this program. Applicants should have good speaking skills, an arts background and experience working with children. Camp kidsmART runs July 7 to August 7, Mondays through Thursdays. Call the RAA office for applications.

Hurry up with those submissions for "Through the Lens: A Member Photography Exhibition." The deadline for receiving the submission to the RAA office is April 15. Contact RAA if you have any questions or wish guidelines for entering work. RAA’s email address is: rockart116@aol.com. You could also check out last week’s "Wave."

The National Art League is running a workshop entitled "Your Business as an Artist" – developing opportunities for beginning and emerging artists. The date is Saturday, May 31, 10 AM-2 PM at Flushing Town Hall. There is a registration fee. For information contact the National Art League

The following is what they call a "tease." "Just Say Yes" – wine and cheese – Sunday, April 27, 1-3 PM @ sTudio 7, Fort Tilden – magical, mythical mural – 70 feet long. Next week: the full story. Can you wait?

There will be a Life Drawing Marathon on Friday, April 25/26, 7 PM-7 PM in the Main Pratt Building at 200 Willoughby Avenue, 4th floor. The charge is $15 at the door, $10 in advance.

To all who celebrate it, have a sweet Passover. See you at the Fort.

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