2005-10-07 / Columnists

From The Artists Studio

Rockaway Artists Alliance Flowers As

Rockaway Artists Alliance
Flowers As ‘Strange Little Creatures’ – And More!

Kathy Nicolosi,  Title: “flower glow”, Medium: Photo, (pastel and pencil).Kathy Nicolosi,  Title: “flower glow”, Medium: Photo, (pastel and pencil). by Susan Hartenstein

ARTSPLASH 2005 continues at RoCA with gallery art and live entertainment: RAA’s sTudio 6 and sTudio 7 Galleries continue through October 16 to house an exhibition of more than 120 diverse works from almost 50 artists in an expansive and colorful setting.

Admission to the galleries is free.

Gallery hours are Saturdays 12-4 p.m., Sundays 1-4 p.m. and by appointment.

Change in Seanchai and the Unity Squad schedule: Saturday, October 8 in sTudio 7, the live music of this amazing Celtic hip-hop group begins at 8 p.m., not 10 p.m., as originally scheduled. There is a $5 donation.

The Beat Museum returns on Saturday, October 18 at 8 p.m.

Life drawing workshops are being held every other Friday, 7-10 p.m. in the sTudio 6 Gallery (building T-6) in the Rockaway Center for the Arts (RoCA) at Fort Tilden. The next workshop takes place October 7. There is a $10 fee model’s fee.

Bring your own materials.

When an artist takes a medium beyond what is ordinarily expected, it warrants examination. ARTSPLASH celebrates such artists. Two of its participants are Kathy Lord Nicolosi and Ann F. Wong.

Kathy Nicolosi is self-taught. Her work takes photography as a base, but adds pastel and colored pencil to bring the images to another level. Each piece is a signed original.

The photographs that serve as the bases were also taken by Nicolosi, who uses watercolor-type paper as the format.

Ann Wong’s photographs of flowers are not “florals.” They are a very different view of those objects. She states, “I have a strange aversion to flowers. I do not have any regard for them as symbolic: of romance, or life, or decay. Granted they are lovely and diverse in colors, shapes, scents and textures, but they do not convey to me any true or enduring qualities. They have made no profound impression on me. So in my quest to better understand them, I aimed to portray them as I see them: as strange little creatures. So, in lieu of flowers, I wanted to view them as foreign: alien. Oftentimes, to me they seem lonely, and all too willing to please: beckoning me in the wind, winking with their one eye, or pursing their lips to me. At other times, they appear predatory, with gaping beaks or menacing postures. And, in some instances, they take on the roles of insects and sea life. Of what I know factually of flowers, the qualities that I see in them are surely not benign or representative of what they truly are, but these are the aspects I attribute to them.”

The Brooklyn Botanic Garden is a very special place, especially in the spicy, cozy fall of the year. In the Steinhardt Conservatory Gallery through November 13 is Second Nature: Abstractions of Botanical Form – Pastel Drawings by Nancy Storrow. The artist creates beautifully organic works using a soft floral and earthen palette. The result is smooth, abstract botanical forms. For more information log onto: www.bbg.org.

As of this writing, the temperature is in the 70’s. But fall really is here. Really. So go out and play in the leaves. And take a pad and pencil with you.

CU@RoCA.

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