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Rockaway Artists Alliance The Powerful Artwork Of Christina Jorge/ArtSplash Finale
by Susan Hartenstein ARTSPLASH 2005 FINALE:

Rockaway Artists Alliance
The Powerful Artwork Of Christina Jorge/ArtSplash Finale

by Susan Hartenstein

Vanilla or Chocolate?, 21st Century Twiggy, sculpture by Christina Jorge, on view at ARTSPLASH 2005.Vanilla or Chocolate?, 21st Century Twiggy, sculpture by Christina Jorge, on view at ARTSPLASH 2005. Saturday, October 15 and Sunday, October 16 are the final days to see the more than 120 diverse works from almost 50 artists in sTudio 6 and sTudio 7 Galleries in the Rockaway Center for the Arts at Fort Tilden.

Admission to the galleries is free.

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

The Beat Museum on Wheels returns to RoCA on Saturday, October 15 at 8 p.m.

This is the traveling extension of The Beat Museum in Monterey, California, the shop/museum that presents the literature, art, trinkets and artifacts of the Beat Generation.

Its writers included Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, and Lawrence Ferlinghetti. John Allen Cassady, son of Neal Cassady who was a movement hero written about by Keouac in “On the Road,” lends his considerable expertise to this presentation.

Thanks to Chris Byrne and Seanchai and the Unity Squad, who came out to Fort Tilden last Saturday to perform their amazing Celtic hip-hop music. Thanks also to the equally hearty and loyal folks who braved the storm that rainy night and were rewarded with a grand evening’s entertainment.

Christina Jorge’s Vanilla or Chocolate, 21st Century Twiggy, a captivating sculpture on view at ARTSPLASH 2005, is at once humorous and sensual. The subject, referred to affectionately by the artist as Sunny, is a full-bodied female nude in a pose of playful contemplation. She seems to take great joy in her very feminine, very ample body and in how she got that way.

Jorge writes of her work, “This piece is not identical to the live model from which she was sculpted.

This is typical of my work, as I often use the model for reference, preferring to stylize both figure and form.

In this sculpture I created a triangular form by placing the bulk of mass and weight at her bottom.

The scarf on her head forms a bow, my signature and symbol for woman’s femininity.

The proportionally smaller head and shoulders, as well as the gesture of her arms, brings the viewer’s eye to her face.

Here one is left to contemplate how such a small mouth can yield such a large body....”

What is Sunny herself contemplating? Perhaps, vanilla or chocolate?

This limited edition sculpture can be special ordered in the ‘flavor’ of your choice.

Jorge’s powerful, thought-provoking sculpture, Thinking Outside the Box, has just been accepted into the exhibition, Demise Of Democracy?, to be presented next month by the Orange County Center for Contemporary Art located in an historic building in the Santa Ana Artists Village in California.

The selection of work in this highly competitive jurying process was made by Peter Clothier, an art critic who writes for major art journals and is the author of “David Hockney” in the Abbeville Modern Masters series. Clothier was looking for artwork that addressed the issue of democracy in contemporary America.

He looked for art that was produced with care, quality, thoughtfulness and depth of experience. 

“Thinking Outside the Box,” which originally appeared in last year’s FRAME: Art in the Period between the Second and Third World Wars presented in sTudio 7 Gallery, fulfills all those criteria. Boldly, unflinchingly and with considerable skill, the piece addresses the issue of censorship and the dissemination of information during a war (specifically the Iraq War), and pays tribute to those who have sacrificed life and limb during that war.

Christina Jorge was Vice President of Rockaway Artists Alliance (RAA) and Education Director.

After successfully attaining city contracts for RAA, she is now devoting her energies to creating her own art.

In addition, Ms. Jorge combined her background as a mental health professional and her background in the arts to create an art therapy program. Offered to the children of her community, “from the heART,” provided counseling that addressed the fears and concerns caused by the events of 9/11 and 11/12.

A gifted photographer and painter, Jorge will showcase her diverse talents in a one-woman exhibition to be presented next year by RAA in sTudio 6 Gallery, Rockaway Center for the Arts.

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