2005-09-09 / Columnists

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Rockaway Artists Alliance What Puts The Art in ArtSplash 2005?

Rockaway Artists Alliance
What Puts The Art in ArtSplash 2005?

After the Storm, digital rendering by George Gianacopulos. One of the artworks in ARTSPLASH 2005 at Fort Tilden.After the Storm, digital rendering by George Gianacopulos. One of the artworks in ARTSPLASH 2005 at Fort Tilden. by Susan Hartenstein

Gallery Happenings:

ARTSPLASH 2005, RAA’s multi-media celebration of the arts at the Rockaway Center for the Arts at Fort Tilden, begins Saturday, September 10 and continues through Sunday, October 16.

For 6 weekends, RoCA@ Fort Tilden will feature a dazzling array of visual arts, dance, music, outdoor and indoor theater, poetry and video art. Admission to the galleries and special events is free. Gallery hours are Saturdays 12-4 p.m., Sundays 1-4 p.m. and by appointment.

The reception will be Sunday, September 25 from 1 to 3 p.m. A full schedule of special events and performances will be posted in this newspaper and on the RAA website at: www.rockaway artistsalliance. org.

For information: 718 474-0861; rockart116@aol.com.

Saturday, September 10 appearing live at ARTSPLASH will be singers Joanne Marnick and Mike Rocks.

Life drawing workshops begin Friday, September 16, 7-10 p.m. There is a $10 fee model’s fee. Watch this column for information regarding the schedule for the following weeks.

Last week this column began to give you a sampling of the diverse artistry to be enjoyed in the upcoming ARTSPLASH.

This week, we continue to whet your appetite for the more than 50 artists of varying media and disciplines who will be coming to Fort Tilden’s galleries and stages.

The computer is a tool that has brought closer those who live great distances apart. It has brought wide-ranging information into our homes. As an artist’s tool, as with all visual artists’ tools, it translates ideas into a visual language that can be understood universally.

ARTSPLASH, continues to bring the cutting-edge, universal art of the computer from artists throughout this country to the galleries at Fort Tilden. But right in our own backyard, George Gianacopulos translates the fantastic visions of his imagination into the pixels that can communicate with the world.

A Rockaway Park resident, young Gianacopulos once fabricated wondrous creatures that were based on his favorite sci-fi films, through costumes and special effects make-up. He later moved on to 3-D make-up by fashioning life casts of his own face.

Today, the adult George creates his extraordinary world of images with a digital tablet and scanned pictures painted in more traditional methods.

Sandra Overstreet is a writer/actress/director/teacher, raised in South Jamaica and Rockaway, who has worked in a variety of venues in New York City and Long Island that include The Rockaway Theatre Company and The Little Globe Theater. She has performed her poetry at many RAA spoken word events.

A Harlem Story is a work of prose about a poet’s experience in Harlem from the Harlem Renaissance through the Black Arts Movement. The story is derived from several artworks by different artists in The Cultural Collective in Harlem.

The Harlem Story will be presented as a stage reading/performance piece incorporating sound and slides of the artwork. Blackberry Beauty’s Tale is a children’s story that Overstreet has adapted from her poem Blackberry Beauty. The plot revolves around a little African-American girl, who learns to love herself despite what others may say about her. The piece is designed to be presented to children of various ethnic backgrounds in a storytelling forum.

Yury Spektor works in ceramics. His art reflects the contradictions, irony and humor he perceives in the world that surrounds him. As Spektor puts it, his work “often reflects the release of imagery stored in my head as a result of everyday experiences. It’s like scraping and cleaning out the characters and scenes that have been visually collected over time, coalescing with each other, until they are released in some hybrid form into my artwork, much like how dreams reflect unusual outputs created by bizarre combinations of real and unreal experiences.” The one basic idea Spektor follows in all his work is, “don’t take life too seriously, you’ll never escape it alive.”

These are only a few examples of the wide spectrum of artists in ARTSPLASH 2005. Come see them for yourself, beginning this weekend.

Geoff Rawling’s exhibition of paintings and mixed media art, “Hops and Dreams,” continues through September 30 at the Brooklyn Brewery located at 79 North 11th Street. Each Friday a special event accompanies the exhibit from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. Sept 9 the band “Indaculture” appears. On Sept 16, enjoy “A Night in the Cypher.”


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