2006-06-02 / Columnists

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Rockaway Artists Alliance Two Exhibitions Kick Off Summer This Weekend
by Susan Hartenstein Exhibitions in RoCA@Fort Tilden:

Rockaway Artists Alliance
Two Exhibitions Kick Off Summer This Weekend

by Susan Hartenstein
Exhibitions in RoCA@Fort Tilden:

"Nude #23" Artist: Terrence Scopelliti Medium: Photography
"Nude #23" Artist: Terrence Scopelliti Medium: Photography Lines in the Sand: The Chairs of Bagno Maria, an exhibit of painterly photographs by Christina Jorge. Timeless images taken on a Tuscan beach that capture the beauty of the color and design of the chairs of Bagno Maria. On view June 4-June 25 at sTudio 6 Gallery, Fort Tilden, Rockaway Center for the Arts (RoCA), Gateway National Recreation Area, Rockaway, Queens, NY.

Bodyscapes: Exploring the Multi-dimensional Aspects of the Human Figure. On view June 3-June 25 at sTudio7 Gallery, RoCA. For more on this exhibit see below.

Wine and cheese reception for both exhibits: Sunday, June 11, 1-3 p.m. Gallery hours: Saturdays 12-4 p.m., Sundays 1-4 p.m. and by appointment. Free admission. For information and directions: (718) 474-0861.

The images and forms of Bodyscapes delve the human figure far more profoundly than simply its epidermis and landmarks. They plunge the inner realms of both artist and viewer, whose subjectivity is encouraged to wander through his or her own psyche. Simultaneously, the exhibition presents the beauty and poetry of the human form as interpreted through a variety of mediums.

Eric McCollum's digital prints are flowing and sensual black and white and color photographs of the female figure. In the contrasting currents of "Abandon," a reclining figure, part in shadow and part in bright light, cuts across the dark, silky fabric upon which it is lying. "If I Were a Fish..." is a "totally cool" oil on canvas by Sara Alexander that is both well executed and a great deal of fun. It allows the viewer to be child and art lover. Using a pinhole camera and digital manipulation, Dan McCormack transforms a torso into a strange and intriguing entity. Bobby Travieso's abstract works of acrylic on paper visually translate dark places in the human mind. In Kenneth Hutley's paintings, "Impassioned" and "Genesis," a man appears to be giving obsessive psychological birth to a lover whose head and shoulders are the only things we see of her emerging body. One has never seen a showier "Showgirl" than that of Judy Polstra. In her mixed media sculptural works she attaches buttons, bows, beads, keys, jewelry and perhaps even automobiles to torsos in a wondrous, colorful, resplendent and sparkling array. The more one looks at these pieces the more one wants to look at these pieces and the more one sees - both on the surface and, perhaps, by implication. Figures in the etchings of Victoria Goro-Rapoport seem to have been captured and dissected by human and animal creatures.

Bodyscapes showcases the work of twenty-six artists from the east, west, south, north and middle of this country and from Canada in a spectrum of mediums that includes written word and free motion embroidery. It begins its run this Saturday and continues through June 25 at sTudio 7 Gallery, Fort Tilden. See above for gallery hours and contact information.

Queens Council on the Arts in collaboration with Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning presents a visual workshop, "How to Price Your Artwork?" on Saturday, June 3 from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning, 161-04 Jamaica Ave., Jamaica, NY.

Admission is free.

To reserve a seat please email: adav ies@queenscouncilarts.org or call (718) 647-3377 extension 17. Discussion includes the elements that determine the price of an artwork. Among them are: the artist, the role of auction houses, collectors, galleries and art fairs.There will be a Q&A and informal networking reception.

Panelists are:

Robin Reisenfeld - Associate Professor at Christie's Education; Lowell Pettit - art advisor. He is also a member of the corefaculty of the Sotheby's Institute of Art and a lecturer for the Graduate Arts Management Program at New York University; Sarah Trigg - has been showing in New York, nationally, and internationally over the past nine years. Exhibitions include shows at Smack Mellon Gallery, Lehmann Maupin, Dumbo Arts Center, The Bronx Museum, Pierogi; Mario Novak - Owner of the Mario Novak Gallery, LIC and Photographer; and Heng-Gil Han (Moderator) - curator for Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning, Inc., in Queens, NY.

CU@RoCA.

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