2021 - 2022
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.
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.
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.
Resident Artists + Korry Fellows
6/4/2021 - 7/15/2021
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 4th 2021-2022. 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 Resident Artists and Korry Fellows will offer free weekly art classes to select high school students (Fall semester is September 18 - November 5, 2021 and Winter/Spring Semester is January 10 - April 8, 2022), mentorship opportunities and hands-on instruction in organizing exhibitions, marketing and a variety of artist lead workshops. In exchange, Resident Artists will be provided a free studio space and an opportunity to display their work throughout the year in exhibitions free to the public (Resident Artists will move in on May1st). Korry Fellows will have their work highlighted 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 each artist will work collaboratively to excel each other's career and in paying 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 in all stages of an artist's career. Through this thinking 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/FrankyDCrafter/about
Lorena Sferlazza - Norwalk - https://www.lorenasferlazza.com/
Remy Sosa - Norwalk - https://www.needsrum.space/
Emily Teall - Stamford - https://www.emilyteall.com/
2021-2022 Korry Fellows:
Tara Blackwell - Stamford/Norwalk - https://www.bwellstudios.com/about
Joe Fucigna - Redding/Norwalk - https://www.fucigna.com/
Lizzy Rockwell - Bridgeport/Norwalk - https://www.lizzyrockwell.com/the-all-together-quilt
Kelly Rossetti - Westport - https://www.kellyrossetti.com/
Jahmane West - Norwalk - https://www.artofjahmane.com/