EXHIBITIONS

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CURRENT EXHIBITION

Between Blurred Lines:  Kelly Rossetti + Joanna Lentini

10/28/2021 - 12/2/2021

OPENING RECEPTION:  Thursday, October 28th  6 - 9pm

Beats by DJ Groove7 from 6pm - 7pm

Dance performance by East Coast Contemporary Ballet at 7:20 pm

Indie/Pop and Folk music by duet Fast River from 7:30pm - 9pm

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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UPCOMING EXHIBITION

American Iconography: Tara Blackwell and Cal Bocicault

12/16/2021 - 1/20/2022

OPENING RECEPTION: Thursday, December 16th  |  6 - 9 pm 

Spoken word by Shanna T. Melton at 7:20 pm

Live music presented by David DeJesus 7:30 - 9 pm

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.