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EXHIBITION ARCHIVE

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LAST EXHIBITION

TNAS Inaugural Journey:

Featuring Resident Artists Francisco Mandujano, Lorena Sferlazza, Remy Sosa and Emily Teall

 

5/5/2022 - 6/2/2022

Francisco Mandujano, Lorena Sferlazza, Remy Sosa, and Emily Teall began their one-year term as the first Resident Artists of The Norwalk Art Space on April 1, 2021. As we navigated through our first year, they helped us launch our educational program, allowing the vision of our founder, Alexandra Korry, to come to life. Their evolving personal journeys have been evident as they filled our galleries and studios with their unique art. Through our after-school art program, they provided guidance and confidence to over 90 students from Norwalk and surrounding areas. This exhibition celebrates their accomplishments and highlights their growth as “world builders”, painters, mixed-media collage artists, “naturalists”, and teachers during The Norwalk Art Space’s inaugural year.

 

Francisco Mandujano’s creative avatars and worlds of fantasy have inspired kids from ages one to ninety-one. Known to his 11,000-plus fans on YouTube as Franky D. Crafter, his artwork is based on his desire to facilitate and deepen games of Dungeons and Dragons, empowering participants to broaden their imaginations, and define who they are through the use of avatars within the game. Our Selection Committee did not understand how a D&D player/creator would work, but we were inspired by Francisco’s earnest devotion to the game and to teach, and offered him a Resident Artist position. Our trust paid off. He springboarded off of the game to give his students the opportunity to explore self-empowerment and self-preservation through the creation of fantastical characters, allowing a type of expression and social exploration not normally available to teens.  Embracing his cultural and gaming roots, has elevated his work over the last year, and inspired students to look into their backgrounds and celebrate their own creative backstories.

 

Lorena Sferlazza's work was already exhibited in major galleries around the region when she was selected as a Resident Artist. She continues to excel as Educational Manager at The Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, and her outstanding classroom abilities shone throughout this year. Her extensive knowledge of mediums, primarily acrylic painting, was broken down weekly into a detailed and well-thought-out curriculum that empowered her students with the courage to express who they are technically and emotionally. These curricula have helped define our training and expectations for future Resident Artists. Lorena's mastery of mediums also radiates in her paintings: she has evolved from brick walls and barriers to figures and life, showing tremendous growth, courage and self-reflection during her time with us. This year has allowed her to find her center and express it beautifully through her work. 

 

Remy Sosa's emotionally charged work has always captured our attention because it feels raw, personal, and authentic. Her richly collaged, mixed medium canvasses leave us with hauntingly beautiful images which pierce the psyche.  Remy’s fearlessness in her exploratory process allows her to scream out her emotions into artwork that demands attention. She helped her students tap into this same type of deep expression by having them let go in Blind Contour Drawing and then in Collage 101. These two classes pushed her students to stop expecting specific outcomes, allowing them to get lost in the process and mark-making. The students learned that it's not how beautifully rendered a piece can be but, more importantly, how to use the creative process to scream out loud.  

 

Emily Teall's work is hard to miss both in and outside The Norwalk Art Space. Her sanctuary, like Tulip Bulb in the Sculpture Garden, invites viewers in (both physically and emotionally). Her ever-evolving semi-organic sculpture in our front staircase, like the rest of her work, is influenced by the natural cycle of renewal, and brightly announces the promise of things to come while simultaneously hinting at the unpredictable twisting of nature untamed. She has been a constant figure at our events and has fully embraced the knowledge our Korry Fellows had to offer. Emily was a one-on-one instructor before coming to teach our students, and brought her personalized approach to our classrooms, gently and directly mentoring teens through their creative process. Behind her quiet demeanor, her mind is constantly planning ambitious work in steel, wire, charcoal, and paint, all of which she brings to fruition by constantly working in her studio. Without question, she rose to the challenge that The Norwalk Art Space provided and, in exchange, has offered a challenge to future Resident Artists; how will you use your residency?

 

We opened our doors in the midst of the COVID pandemic, providing a source of hope for our students, our artists, and our community. These four Resident Artists taught completely separate subjects and mediums, but the common thread was always the exploration of self, and the power in finding one's own visual language. Watching students be transformed through the process of art into confident individuals, ready to represent themselves and their creative voices to the world, has been a gift for all of us at The Norwalk Art Space. Thanks to Alexandra Korry's vision, we know that all of our artists, from students to Korry Fellows, will go out stronger into the community, knowing that they have an artistic family that is here to support them. We wish these four Resident Artists all the best in the years to come and hope their year here has given them a step up into a local art scene that, if embraced, can nurture their careers until they are ready to come back as Korry Fellows.

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Joseph Fucigna with Beau Bardos, Vincent Dion, Chris Durante, Francisco Mandujano + Margaret Roleke
COLLECTING, INDEXING AND RESHAPING:
3/17/2022 - 4/28/2022

A mingling of six artistic collections and personalities working together in one single space to create a show unlike any seen since The Norwalk Art Space’s opening in June of 2021.  Sculptures scattered along the floor, walls lined with unending creations both 2D and 3D, and in the loft, an entire role-playing adventure terrain leading to a multimedia animation video.  This is Collecting, Indexing and Reshaping.

Joseph Fucigna, Korry Fellow and curator, is known for his work with industrial materials such as construction fencing, zip-ties, and hoses.  Although this may bring a mental image of a construction site, being in front of his pieces is an entirely different story.  With his use of bright colors and organic forms, the materials completely diverge from their originally intended purposes to create provocative abstractions.  The overlapping and excessive layering of the materials creates a depth of form, such as in his work Veiled Threat 2.  The look of draped cloth created by the layering of the fencing gives the piece movement that it doesn’t truly have, whereas the back of the piece is less layered, the zip-ties untrimmed, giving it a hollow, dangerous feel.  

With some overlapping ideals and similar material usage, both Vincent Dion and Fucigna use the concept of ‘play’ in order to morph their work into a satisfying end result.  There is a whimsy to Dion’s work through those materials that allows for a human connection.  Footprints is a sculpture crafted from scavenged fire hoses, hand-dyed clothing, and rope, and comes together in the familiar, yet warped form of a barbell.  Although the piece, along with the rest of the collection Soft Gym, is a humorous parody on gyms, the piece poses questions about strength and authority such as, “What constitutes strength?”.  The exaggerated movement of the rope creates a flow from one side to the other, and even without that sameness in position, there is a balance at either end created by similarity in color and shape.

Vibrant colors and familiar forms similar to those in Dion’s Footprints, draw people in, although in some cases it can be a false sense of comfort.  Margaret Roleke’s Shotgun Home is the familiar form of a house made from a variety of cheerful colors, giving the overall structure the feeling of being approachable.  However, upon closer inspection viewers can see that the menagerie of colors is made up entirely of spent shotgun shells, and the interior is littered with caution tape causing the shift from comfort to dread.  The vulgarized popularity of gun use paired with the lack of gun control within the United States is something Roleke feels strongly about and brings to her artwork along with other political issues including racism and global warming.  

While it took a large collection of shotgun shells for Roleke to create her piece, Chris Durante is the collector of the group.  Being a collector is not only a title, but something that Durante takes great pride in and has used to his advantage with his artwork.  Taxonomy, the piece on display, is a shelving unit stocked with a collection of found items, manipulated, and repurposed by Durante.  In Durante’s own words, he is “intrigued by the idea of how an object becomes stained by the passage of time.”  By taking these preexisting materials, now molded into something new, and placing them on a shelf, it poses the question, ‘Why this, why here?’  The viewer begins to create their own stories, or ideas to accompany certain items and give them importance that doesn’t necessarily exist.  Along with Taxonomy, Durante is using a wide variety of his drawings to fill the wall behind the unit in what will give the piece the atmosphere of a salon.

Looming above the main floor of the gallery are vast landscapes and extremely detailed figures lining the loft, miniatures normally seen in role-playing games such as Dungeons and Dragons and Warhammer.  Francisco Mandujano is a Resident Artist at The Norwalk Art Space; his pieces are created with the intention of being touched, moved, and played with, encouraging the viewer to come up with their own story.  However, it is the cultural aspect of his native Mexico shining through many of his miniatures that bring a certain originality to his work.  The multi-layered Quetzalcóatl terrain, for example, is made of vibrant colors and geometric patterning, a call back to the long-standing traditions of Mexican art.  Although the beauty of the piece is evident, it is the individual story creation of the viewer that makes the piece unique.  

Individual story creation is also a central focus for the final artist, Beau Bardos.  Tucked away in what seems like another world, Bardos’s mixed-media animation can be viewed through a small doorway found in the loft.  The animation uses stop motion and is made up of Bardos’s drawings, collage work, clay, and other mediums he may stumble upon.  While many expect a completed story when watching a screen, the animation has no order or timeline, at least not one that each viewer will see in the same way.  Through his non-linear animation, viewers can fabricate their own narrative, much like Francisco does with his role-play terrain.  

Collecting, Indexing and Reshaping, the most ambitious show to take over The Norwalk Art Space, does so with these six seemingly divergent artists, woven together through similar ideals, processes, and even materials.  However, it is how each artist is able to individualize themselves that creates the buzzing atmosphere throughout the space. 

KORRY FELLOW: Joseph Fucigna

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Lizzy Rockwell / Friends + Family
A QUILT + ILLUSTRATION EXHIBITION:
2/3/2022 - 3/10/2022

Lizzy Rockwell is an artist who communicates and collaborates.  Her illustrations are visual narratives created primarily for children which adorn over 35 picture books, a 28’ long wall in the pediatric waiting room of the Norwalk Community Health Center, and numerous award-winning games produced by the toy company, eeBoo. Lizzy is the author of ten of her picture books, whose texts illuminate the mysteries and logic of the natural world, spark conversations about emotions and personal wellness, and show and tell how to make a quilt with friends. Her most recent titles as author/illustrator are How Do You Feel?,  I Love Insects, and The All-Together Quilt. 

Lizzy studied fine art and art history at Connecticut College and illustration at the School of Visual Arts. However, most of what Lizzy knows about making books, she learned as a child. Her parents, Anne and Harlow Rockwell made books in their home studios in New York City, and then Connecticut, when Lizzy and her brother and sister were growing up. From her parents, she also learned how to investigate a pond, make a potato print, look at a painting and sew a quilt. Lizzy collaborated as an illustrator on 19 books written by her mother, including Apples and Pumpkins and Hiking Day. Illustrations by Anne Rockwell and abstract woodcuts by Harlow Rockwell are included in this exhibit. 

The All-Together Quilt is the winner of the 2021 Connecticut Book Award in the picture book category. This book is Lizzy’s most personal, as it models the people and activities of Peace by Piece: The Norwalk Community Quilt Project.  Peace by Piece is an ongoing intergenerational after-school art program that Lizzy conceived and organized in 2008, with start-up funding from a local foundation. Lizzy was inspired to teach quilting to an intergenerational group after reading about the quilts of Gees Bend which were on exhibit at the Whitney Museum in 2002.  The bold designs and improvisational methods reminded her of her father’s abstract woodcuts, which were designed in paper collage, as well as some of her favorite modern artists, like Paul Klee and Kurt Schwitters.  The Gees Bend quilts created possibilities for intuitive design and collaborative methods which would bring people together, and offer therapeutic benefits for both young and old. Having grown up with a quilting frame in the living room during her adolescence where she stitched with her sister and friends after school, Lizzy thought she could replicate this joyful and calming pastime. The diverse group of Norwalk residents currently ages 8 – 93, meets in the community room of Senior Court Housing, managed by the Norwalk Housing Authority.  Together, the Peace by Piece quilters have made art quilts that hang in numerous institutions and libraries in Connecticut. These quilts are designed by Lizzy, and include contributions from others, in the form of drawings on fabric, improvisational patchwork piecing, and hand quilting. Since 2008 thousands of individuals have contributed in some way to these communal works of public art.  

Many of these works have been generously loaned to The Norwalk Art Space and are being seen together in one place for the first time. Along with the art quilts, which often communicate specific messages and use typography, like large fabric posters, there are personal artworks, created by the quilters, on display. 

 

The recent Peace by Piece members:

Maria Acosta, Jennifer Arpi, Almina Ball, Kerri Besse, Dot Byrd, Jocelyn Bacila Chara, Ernestine Cobb, Trinity Ebron, Jennifer Garcia, Nicole Garcia, Malissa Grey, Sanaa Jerry, Anna May Jerusavage, America Jiménez, Alana Klinka, Alex Leon, Angie Leon, Ashley Leon, Nadelin Loja, Maurice Montgomery, Doris Moreno, Betty Mungo, Sandra Naraborne, Connor Oatis, Fran Paris, Lindsey Punin, Nelaigedalise Reeves, Shaunessi Reeves, Tylor Reeves, Christine Sainsmyr, Kate Scully, Viola Sears, Joyce Trusty, and Anna Veccia - have contributed to pieces in this exhibit. 

Khalaf Jerry was an early member of Peace by Piece. Khalaf is a printmaker, painter, textile and glass artist from Norwalk, CT. He created this black and white abstraction, titled “Journey” specifically for this exhibit.

Denyse Schmidt is an internationally known quilt designer, craftsperson, fabric designer, and author, often referred to as “The Mother of Modern Quilting”. Denyse is a long-time friend to Peace by Piece donating materials, teaching skills, and hosting community quilting bees at her studio at the American Fabrics Building in Bridgeport, CT. On display here is Denyse’s “Hawaiian-Style Appliqué Quilt.”

Anne Rockwell was a children’s book author and illustrator who created 200 books for children, between 1961 and 2018. She wrote and illustrated concept books for the very young, non-fiction science, historical biography, and retellings of fables and mythology from around the world. While she illustrated most of her books, Anne collaborated as an author with many illustrators, including her husband, Harlow Rockwell, and daughter, Lizzy Rockwell.

Harlow Rockwell was an advertising art director, picture book illustrator, and abstract painter, printmaker, and sculptor.  He collaborated as an illustrator on dozens of books written by his wife, Anne Rockwell. 

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Tara Blackwell + Cal Bocicault
AMERICAN ICONOGRAPHY 
12/16/2021 - 1/27/2022

The Norwalk Art Space is proud to announce our next exhibition, “American Iconography” with Korry Fellow Tara Blackwell and invited artist Cal Bocicault. Daily life is filled with repetitive images and public figures that symbolize our time, place and shared collective history. These images are sometimes remembered fondly through our childhood lenses, while others may have altered our perceptions of the neighbor next door. This exhibition explores the power of imagery as a vessel to create change in our collective futures. Here we have two distinctly different artists that use iconic American imagery to reference and push the boundaries of feminism, social justice and African American identity. 

 

Tara Blackwell, a Korry Fellow at The Norwalk Art Space, uses nostalgic cartoons and icons from her youth to focus her viewer’s attention on what is familiar and “sweet.” These wistful images then become the stage for her discourse on national social movements that demand attention. Her light-hearted imagery keeps her work consumable and engaging, while it simultaneously dissects the complex and emotionally-charged conflicts in our society today. 

 

Cal Bocicault, on the other hand, tries to push back on historical black stereotypes and images by using himself, his family and friends as vessels to contextualize true black identity today. These highly stylized portraits are part of a concerted effort by him and many other artists, musicians, poets and performers to finally break the old and delusional visions of what it is to be a black man or woman in American society. Cal’s artwork honors the full spectrum of beauty in African American culture.

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Kelly Rossetti + Joanna Lentini
BETWEEN BLURRED LINES
10/28/2021 - 12/2/2021

The dream-like state of our subconscious rises to the surface when viewing and experiencing the works of Kelly Rossetti and Joanna Lentini. Blurred but familiar feelings connect us to a fleeting place or time, moments we may long for or even be bothered by.

These artworks make you look back and back again at the subtle but impactful lines that cut through their composition and lead you to an emotion that you may or may not want to experience. Does Kelly want us to see what raw opened flesh would look like if displayed cold and wet on a slab of canvas in her piece I’ll Come Around Sundown? Do those fleshy red and pink paint marks represent frustration or the creation of life?

 

It’s these blurred lines of consciousness that make us see the connection between Kelly and Joanna’s work. It’s hard not to see the beauty in Joanna's serene natural settings, but what else is she trying to tell us? Is she guiding us to connect subconsciously to the heavens by holding onto the winds that are sweeping the snow-covered mountains of Arcadia? Like Kelly's, Joanna's work also speaks of dualities: potential and frustration, natural beauty and the human effects on it. These two artists work in different mediums, but their art allows the viewer to walk away with his/her own sense of memory between blurred lines.

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Robert Cottingham + Duvian Montoya
A GLOSSARY OF PAINTING
9/16/2021 - 10/21/2021

This exhibition will give audiences a peek into the famed, and sometimes secretive, space of the artist workshop. What are the things that are uniquely shared between artists, no matter age or status? What do painters talk about when they talk about painting? Exhibiting for the first-time together, Robert Cottingham and Duvian Montoya: A Glossary of Painting will include approximately 25 artworks from each artist, spanning both their careers and the mediums of print, painting, and drawing. Montoya has had an intimate friendship and working relationship with Cottingham as a studio assistant since 2013. In that time, the two painters have developed their shared language of realist painting.

 

The exhibition invites comparisons between Cottingham and Montoya’s work on the basis of four key painting vernaculars: shadow and contrast; color; pattern and crop; and focus. An additional three groups of work will provide “behind-the-scenes” insights with never-before-seen printing plates, graphite and watercolor studies for large-scale paintings, and contrast/lighting studies in graphite. By displaying the artists’ respective works in these groupings, audiences are invited to see for themselves the formative power of mentorship at every stage.

ARTISTIC+EDUCATIONAL DIRECTOR: Duvian Montoya 

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Jahmane + Adger Cowans
A DIALOGUE IN STYLES
7/22/2021 - 9/9/2021

This exhibit encompasses multiple decades of evolutionary work from two premier Connecticut artists, Adger Cowans and The Norwalk Art Space's Korry Fellow Jahmane. Deeply rooted in social commentary, abstraction, bold experimentation, and the ability to explore concepts beyond traditional "Black Art," this exhibition presents an intimate view into the creative worlds of two accomplished artists. Although generationally separated, Jahmane's and Cowan's work share common threads that complement each other as if created on simultaneous timelines.

 

The range of subject matter, medium, and technique demonstrate each artist's ability to translate diverse concepts into newfound works of art ranging from graffiti, fashion, graphic design, cultural iconography, and murals in Jahmane's case and photography, textiles, and painting for Adger. Each has their unique voice for the era in which they come from, but both have an endless sense of exploration that pushes boundaries in our civic discourse but also as curious artistic minds.

KORRY FELLOW: Jahmane 

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Resident Artists + Korry Fellows
INAUGURAL EXHIBITION
6/4/2021 - 7/15/2021

June 4, 2021 - The Norwalk Art Space at its completed facility, ADK House, is excited to announce the debut group of selected artists that will serve as Resident Artists and Korry Fellows from our opening date of June 4, 2021 through May 2022. Resident Artists will be at the core of our educational programs for high school students and Korry Fellows are established artists that will activate the main gallery space with their own curated exhibitions, artists talks and workshops. 

 

After receiving many submissions from around the state, Artistic Director Duvian Montoya said, “This inspirational cohort of artists will be role models for years to come, so we wanted to make sure we had a talented, diverse and dedicated group that would inspire and collaborate with each other, students and the community. It was essential that each artist had a unique voice that would allow for individuals of all backgrounds to see themselves throughout the year of exhibitions and instruction. We’ve chosen artists who work in multiple mediums, from painting, illustration and collage to sculpture and conceptual installation. We are confident that this first cohort will represent the vast talent pool of artists in the area and hope they will inspire others to be a part of The Norwalk Art Space.”

 

Consistent with its mission to promote local artists and provide free art education to under-served youth, The Norwalk Art Space will offer free weekly art classes to select high school students with the Resident Artists serving as instructors, as well as workshops lead by the Korry Fellows. Resident Artists will be provided free studio space in the lower level for one year, and will have their work displayed in the cafe area throughout the year. Korry Fellows will display their work in major exhibitions in our main gallery and will support the Resident Artists and students through mentorship, artists talks, critiques and workshops.  

 

"In order to help carry out the vision of our founder, Alexandra Korry, we hope that this group of artists will work collaboratively to support and further one another’s careers and to pay it forward for the next generation. From the Korry Fellows inspiring Resident Artists, and Residents inspiring the high schoolers, they will work as a support structure for each other in all stages of an artist's career. We want all artists to feel like they can help in the activation of The Norwalk Art Space and its community. I’m excited to get this year started and see how this seed of an idea becomes the reality that we have always wanted in Norwalk, thanks to Alexandra.” 

 

2021-2022 Resident Artists:

 

Francisco Mandujano  - Norwalk - https://www.youtube.com/c/FrankyDCr