|Deadline:||Mar 16, 2017|
|Start:||Apr 22, 2017|
|End:||May 20, 2017|
|Reception:||Apr 22, 2017|
02:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Connecting Art to Life
: Anthony Freda, Margaret Minardi
Both Anthony Freda and Margaret Minardi’s journey with art began early on as a powerful and innate need to create. Both artists have the extraordinary ability to convey emotions and messages that speak a universal language.
Art can function more than just as an aesthetic pleasure. Art that comments on our everyday realities has the potential to speak meaningfully to a larger audience, stimulate conversation or raise awareness.
While each artist may express a personal emotion through their art, we hope viewers will create their own experience with it. We invite viewers to experience the works as visual conversations, even if they see the world in completely different ways.
Anthony Freda works as an editorial illustrator, visual political activist and as part of the adjunct faculty of the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York. In addition to many mainstream clients, such as Time, The New Yorker, Rolling Stone and The New York Times, Esquire and Business Week. He has also earned a reputation as the go-to artist for many alternative news websites and publication, such as Code Pink, Activist Post, Washington’s Blog, Global Research, Cindy Sheehan’s The Soapbox and The Trends Journal. Trained at Pratt Institute and Tyler Art School in Rome, Italy, his works often include an element of social commentary.
“My work is designed to make people think outside the narrow parameters defined by the establishment. I’m just an artist trying to make sense of the world, using my art as a vehicle to channel the passion I feel about the injustice I see everywhere.”
Anthony likes to work on found objects and American ephemera and re-purpose them with contemporary social commentary. “I like to work on found surfaces because I find that they have a character to them and a quality that I really can’t create when I’m starting with a blank piece of canvas. I especially like old objects. I scour from flea markets for them. I like to create my own imagery commenting on what is going on in today’s society but at the same time making it feel like it’s something that’s been around for a while.”
The artist decided the skills he has acquired working for many years as a visual communicator for ad agencies and magazines should be devoted to promoting peace and understanding. I hope my work can be a starting point for a conversation about alternatives to endless war. My work is always asking the simple question…”Why?!” While the medium changes, his message of “question everything, seek truth, resist the agenda” is ever present in his artwork.
Margaret Minardi’s mixed media paintings juxtapose realism and expressionism. Combining years of classical training with a pure gestural mark making, she is inspired by the Expressionists of the 1950’s collage. “I am constantly in search of new mediums and processes that can be synthesized into my works. Important to me is serendipity. Mistakes keep me interested, intellectually challenged, and excited."
Within Margaret’s works the viewer is constantly challenged to interpret and reinterpret what they see. There is a narrative beneath the surface of all her works. “Each brushstroke is a voice for my inner world."
She uses her life experiences in her works… emotional renderings of how the world or life has affected her.
Margaret begins with a drawing or painting of any subject, and the rest is instinct and stream of consciousness. Without a preconceived vision of what the work will become, she adds different elements of collage, paint, ink, and whatever else she might find. The unraveling story of the work keeps her motivated, and curious to find out what will happen in a painting.
"I attempt to work with a deep layered space and enjoy rendering my people’s objects trompe l’oeil. The objects in my paintings often take on a symbolist value. They can also sometimes take on a surrealist presence.”