Up coming exhibition on Friday July 1st, Mitsushige Nishiwa

Here are some of the many works of Mitsushige Nishiwaki. Each piece capturing a moment within a story that leaves you wondering. Gitana Rosa and other galleries here at Piermont NY will be open till 8pm or later on Friday July 1st.

Etching by Mitsushige Nishiwaki, Chocolat, 20.5'' x 17.5''

Etching by Mitsushige Nishiwaki, Chocolat, 20.5'' x 17.5''

Etching by Mitsushige Nishiwaki, Metro: Red, 20.5'' x 17.5''

Etching by Mitsushige Nishiwaki, Metro: Red, 20.5'' x 17.5''

Etching by Mitsushige Nishiwaki, 59 Lex Ave, 34'' x 10.5''

Etching by Mitsushige Nishiwaki, 59 Lex Ave, 34'' x 10.5''

Michele Basora's NY Arts Magazine Interview

The super talented Michele Basora was recently interviewed by NY Arts Magazine. 

Talking Mythology, Race, and Class with Michele Basora

http://www.nyartsmagazine.com/?p=19318

Leah Oates: How did you become an artist and did you know early on that you would be in the arts, or did you begin as something else? Where there other artists in your family?
Michele Basora: Yes, I knew I was an artist at a very young age. My uncle was a visionary artist and encouraged me since I was 7. I should say that my uncle was a huge influence on me and my work. He was very much an eccentric, he was a monk traveling the world, living on mountain tops, and he would visit me on occasion to show me his visionary paintings. He would also tell me magical stories of experiences he had during his travels. He believed very much in the spiritual world, and I always find his influence in my paintings.

My mother also encouraged me without thinking about it, having taken me to the Met and the Frick Collection when I was very young and having intellectual conversations about art at a very young age. This was unheard of having been raised in a very tough neighborhood in the Bronx.

LO: What are the themes of your work and what inspires you to make art?
MB: My paintings are based on mythology, superstition, religion, and race. It is not necessarily a theme I set about going after, but they tend to go in that direction.

LO: Who are your influences? Teachers, artists?
MB: Michael Goldberg, Lucio Pozzi, and Marilyn Minter were teachers of mine whilst going to SVA. They were the ones I felt a close connection to. In my early years I obsessed with many of the female surrealists, including Leonor Fini.

LO: Why do you think art is important for the world and why is it important for you as an individual artist?
MB: I often think about this and think about how the average person would think it that it is a very bourgeois activity. Especially being a woman and a person of color, I often think about my roll as an artist. I began my early training in art school as an abstract painter because of the push to be one and how it was looked down upon to be a figurative painter. But, I felt I had so much to say as a woman, a person of color, and one who came from a poor working class family. So, in my third year I changed and began to make paintings which, to me, had more meaning and a subtle message that sometimes incorporates the figure.

LO: What advice would you give other artists who want to exhibit in NYC etc?
MB: My advice would be to not judge a book by its cover. Generally the ones who look the least important are the ones that are actually the most important, and have a website!

LO: Please talk about upcoming bodies of work, shows etc that you have coming up.
MB: I am continuing my series of paintings from the influence of living on the upper east side and dealing with class, race, and the bourgeois culture. I will be part of a summer group exhibition, “Juicy” at Gitana Rosa Gallery, Chelsea, opening June 19, as well as artmrkt Hamptons, from July 10 – 13. I am also excited to announce a group exhibition that I am curating, “The New Bitch, Twilight of the Idols.” It will be open from September 4 – October 4 at Gitana Rosa Gallery, Chelsea.

 

 

 

 

Nathaniel Galka "Unbridled Muses" Show Preview

Photos from the preview for Nathaniel Galka’s solo show at the gallery on May 6th.  

For those of you that couldn't make it, below is a better peek at his work on view.  

The public reception for Unbridled Muses will be held on Thursday, May 15 from 6-8 p.m at Gitana Rosa Chelsea. 

Nathaniel Galka's new series bridges the space between childhood fantasy and adult reality. The artist compares his largest paintings to those great cultural unifiers, flat screen televisions—they’re entertaining, and designed to be the center of attention in whatever space they occupy. Featuring shimmering zoomorphic creatures and glitter bombs–they have a mass appeal. 

Galka tends to move quickly through each body of work, exhausting its potential before moving on to follow his next muse. His high-speed style produces consistently unique works that illustrate his changing interests and progression as an artist.   

The exhibition will be on view through June 7, 2014.

Gitana Rosa Gallery Chelsea Expands

For April’s First Thursdays, we proudly reopened our doors in Chelsea with an expanded exhibition of Michele Basora’s artworks on canvas and paper. The exhibition, titled Out of the Sea and Into the Woods, features new work by the artist that explores, among other topics, the spaces between places and people. Birds’ eyes twist into each other, strong, ghostly women stare out of black, void-like backgrounds, and scattered geometric shapes create a complex dialogue between shape and form.  In the front gallery space, seven large oil paintings are hung. The women depicted stare into their neighbors—and onlookers—with large, impenetrable eyes. Basora’s works on paper have been allotted their own stretch of gallery space. The cohesive effect adds an important contextualizing component to the exhibition: through their segregation, the paper and canvas works embody the show’s geographic dichotomy of sea and woods.

Michele Basora Opening

The opening brought together a diverse segment of the art-interested public: eager collectors, authors, artists and critics accompanied an ebullient general public through the doors. The opening’s inclusive atmosphere contrasted sharply with the artworks’ focus on societal exclusion and separation. Basora’s canvas works feature richly adorned women whose pale complexions reference the artist’s sense of estrangement from most of her Upper East Side neighbors. Several of Basora’s works feature deep black backgrounds that seek to consume their subjects even as the women’s ghostly features foreground their figures. In her works on paper, Basora’s emphasis on eyes remains. Much has been written about the correlation between eyes and gateways.  As guests gazed into the myriad bird and human eyes around the gallery on Thursday, several took note of this thematic consistency across the pieces. “The eyes,” one said, “and Basora’s emphasis on them, are the counterbalances to the pieces’ alienated worlds.”

Michele Basora Install

Michele Basora featured in Creem Mag

What inhabits the void? In the darkness when we close our eyes, as in the closing door of a wardrobe, there opens a passage into our psyche. The dreams we experience while our bodies rest and repair during the hours of darkness are a significant source of imagery and thought. What we see, feel and sense while navigating our dreams are like fables whose consequences are too cryptic for us to discern.

It’s easy to get lost in the vespertine dreamscapes of Michele Basora’s Out of the Sea and Into the Woods, a series of surreal oil paintings and works on paper. The hybrid flora and fauna coexist within mysterious portraiture.  Shadow figures and stylized motifs coil fingers around a gaunt porcelain dream subject in Delites Of The She, and a swan feeds a lady from their bill into her pink lips in Tea Time.

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Fedele Spadafora in CAT ART SHOW LOS ANGELES

Fedele Spadafora, represented by Gitana Rosa Gallery will be participating in "Cat Show Los Angeles" opening January 25.  Fedeles' work will be shown alongside that of globally recognized artists the Clayton Brothers, FAILE, Gary Baseman, Shepard Fairey, Tracey Emin and others.

Cat Show Los Angeles
Jan 25th - Feb 2nd, 2014
101/exhibit
6205 Santa Monica Blvd LA, CA 90038

Read the Press Release for more information.

 

Artsnapper Fundraiser

Gitana Rosa is a proud supporter of Artsnapper. Through successful fundraising efforts, they're closing in on their goal of funding a pilot program slated for later this year. If you've never heard of them, they're definitely worth checking out. Get in early and request your invite here

Artsnapper is filling a major void in the art world. It's a platform similar to Tumblr and Pinterest that gives you access to art -everywhere- galleries, museums, murals, street art...you name it. We now have the ability to share art with like-minded individuals to unify, inspire and connect. Brilliant. 

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ENTROPIC GEOMETRIES: STEPHAN FOWLKES

"Shield" salvaged wood, 43x43", 2012

"Shield" salvaged wood, 43x43", 2012

ENTROPIC GEOMETRIES
Stephan Fowlkes at Gitana Rosa

November 9th - December 2nd, 2012
pening Reception:  
Friday, November 16th, 6-9pm

Recent sculptures and wall works from salvaged wood.

*A portion of sales will be donated to Hurricane Sandy relief efforts.

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Gitana Rosa Gallery is proud to present "ENTROPIC GEOMETRIES", a solo exhibition by Stephan Fowlkes.  This will be Fowlkes' first solo show at Gitana Rosa.  We welcome you to experience the installation and sculptures created from salvaged wood reclaimed in Williamsburg. "My most recent sculptures directly address the development and gentrification of Williamsburg, Brooklyn.  All the wood used comes from dumpsters at job sites and scrap piles in woodshops in my neighborhood, all destined for landfill.  Just as the new buildings rising out of the remains of the past in this neighborhood, these pieces are structures effectively reclaiming the past."

Due to the extent of damage and people affected by the hurricane, we will host the artist reception on Friday, November 16th from 6-9pm.  However, the artist will be present this Friday, November 9th from 6-9pm, as previously noted for our monthly WILLIAMSBURG EVERY SECOND FRIDAY Art After Hours event, where Williamsburg risk-taking galleries and alternative art spaces spring into action with galleries open until 9pm and beyond.  You can view a list of the galleries that will remain open here : www.wagmag.org.

Born in 1970 in New York City, Stephan Fowlkes studied at Bennington College, Lacoste School of Art in France and later at Columbia University's Teachers College. Fowlkes' paintings and sculpture have been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions worldwide, including the U.S., France, Germany, the U.K. and Japan. His sculpture has been reviewed by Sculpture Magazine, NY Arts Magazine, and the Village Voice. Between 2002 and 2005, Fowlkes was invited to The National Committee on U.S.-China Relations’ Young Leaders Forum as the Fellow for the Arts and traveled twice to China as an American representative. He has been granted fellowship residencies at the Vermont Studio Center and at the Carving Studio Sculpture Center. He has taught art at the elementary through university levels in NYC, VT, Australia and France. He has been involved with Transvoyeur—a collective of New York and Liverpool-based artists, participating in the 2004 and 2006 Liverpool Biennial Independents. In 2006, he received the Curator’s Choice Award, as part of the Artists Talk On Art lecture series at the School of Visual Arts in NYC. In 2007, he was invited to the Board of Directors at Salem Art Works, an artist residency program and sculpture park in upstate New York. He is the Arts Editor for The New York Optimist. He lives and works in East Williamsburg, Brooklyn and maintains a studio in North Bennington, VT.

Gallery Hours:

Thursday and Friday 1-7pm
Saturday and Sunday 1-5pm
Monday-Wed by appointment only

For press inquiries contact Vanessa Liberati:
Vanessa@GitanaRosa.com
(718)387-0115