The Anthony Giordano Gallery

September 4 – October 12, 2013

Multiple Choice
Josette Urso

Reception: September 25, 2013 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m
ArTalk: 6:00 p.m.

Josette Urso is preoccupied with the problem of information, or its dual nature as nourishment and interference. There is the notion that we cannot live without information and that too much of it can dissipate and dull the attention. Urso attempts to achieve a maximal synthesis of focus and disarray. The visual space is highly randomized and highly ordered. The play of visual coincidence creates pleasure, just as it keys us in to the generative power of chaos. It is the artist’s intention to push the visual matrix to a crescendo just before breakdown, to find, in T.S. Eliot’s phrase, “the still point of the turning world.” There is a gamble involved in this, and Urso’s circular arrangements put us in mind of roulette wheels, just as they provide an insight into the spectral nature of consciousness.

Urso has shown widely in the United States and abroad in galleries, public institutions and museums, including the New York Public Library, The Drawing Center and the Bronx Museum for the Arts. She has received numerous grants and residencies, including those from the NEA, Basil H. Alkazzi and the Pollock-Krasner and Adolph & Esther Gottlieb Foundations, as well as the Camargo Foundation, Ucross and Yaddo. Josette Urso received her MFA / Painting from USF in Tampa and currently works in New York City.

October 30 – December 14, 2013

Faculty Exhibition: FACULTYWORKS
Reception: November 13, 2013 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
ArTalk: 6:00 p.m.

This exhibition highlights the professional research of faculty teaching in the Visual Arts Department at Dowling College. The work ranges from two- and three-dimensional works completed in a variety of traditional and non-traditional media. The Faculty Exhibition offers students, Dowling colleagues and the art/Oakdale community at large the opportunity to meet with the artists and discuss their research as it relates to contemporary art.

Artists: Pam Brown, Loretta Corbisiero, Jennifer Formica, Ross Grandin, Patricia Hubbard-Ragetté, Elise Kaufman, Stephen Lamia, Harold Naideau, Chris Nworjih, Linda Prentiss, Herb Reichert and Dominic K. Sparano.

January 29 – March 15, 2014

Pierre Cote: Recuperation
Reception: February 12, 2014 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
ArTalk: 6:00 p.m.

Pierre Cote, a local artist based in Flanders, New York, finds and accumulates discarded objects that he deconstructs and reassembles into sculpture. Cote relies on humor and an intuitive, but formal approach to fabrication. By combining dissimilar materials and parts, he allows for different shapes and meanings to emerge; consequently, these pieces gain new value by the process of transformation. Through these juxtapositions, Cote revisits the twentieth-century art of H. C. Westerman and Marcel Duchamp and the movements of Assemblage, Surrealism and Arte Povera. His sculptures are at once awkward and graceful, obsolete and visionary. With ingenuity and wit, Cote’s work provides an insight to the potentiality of the everyday.

Pierre Cote has been making found-object sculpture for 18 years. He received a B.F.A. from Purchase College, NY and exhibits his work in Manhattan and East Hampton, NY.

April 2 – April 26, 2014

Student Exhibition
Reception: April 9, 2014 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
ArTalk: 6:00 p.m.

This exhibition features artwork by undergraduates enrolled in Major Studio I and II. This group show is eclectic, focusing on the diversity and individuality of each student’s personal aesthetic. The artwork ranges from painting, drawing, photography, printmaking, collage, sculpture and ceramics. As graduating students in the Fine Arts, this exhibition gives them the opportunity to present their finest work and supports them in the process of progressing from student to professional artist.

May 7 – May 24, 2014

Art Students of Long Island: The Portfolio Project
Reception: May 10, 2014 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
ArTalk: 3:00 p.m.

This exhibition will feature the finest work by Long Island art students. The organizers of this special exhibition are the teachers of The New York State Art Teachers Association (NYSATA), a non-profit professional organization founded in 1948 for the purpose of advancing the cause of art education. The Portfolio Project is an initiative of NYSATA that was developed in cooperation with the New York State Education Department. It is an authentic assessment tool that is based on The New York State Learning Standards and provides students with an opportunity to present portfolios of their work at regional adjudication sites. The student portfolios provide evidence of understanding and student learning in the Visual Arts.