Female Contact

Female Contact – Art from Feminine Perspectives

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transFORM Gallery and Westchester Magazine present our Fall Art Opening, Geraldine is friends with Mari, who just met Mary Ann and Rosemarie, I think: Female Contact – Art from Feminine Perspectives.

The show will explore the way women uniquely interact with others, their environments, and their art. The artists’ diverse choices of medium offer differing vantage points on their common feminine perspective. The opening wine and cheese reception will be held Wednesday, November 28th from 6-9pm at transFORM Gallery & Showroom, 30 Jones St. New Rochelle, NY 10801. Ceramic sculptures, digital print media and video installations, large scale mosaic sculptures, and fiber and found object art will be on display through February 2nd, 2013.

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Geraldine Marcenyac produces large scale mosaic sculptures that originate from two points of departure. Many of her works are inspired by Italian landscapes and her experiences creating Spanish mosaics. Marcenyac combines these influences by applying geometric shaped tiles on the organic contours of clay or stone. Marcenyac, “I have associated the mosaic technique with geographical observations of terrain and land.” In other pieces she draws on the idea of the human form arising from the amorphous, as in the Greek myth of Prometheus, creating sculptures that visually project beyond the physical sculpture.

Mari Ogihara uses clay as a medium for its close resemblance to skin. Her ceramic sculptures create tension and unity between raw and ornamented surfaces and illicit feelings of sensuality and serenity. Ogihara, “The sculptural form is simple

and delicate and resembles a part or a whole human figure. Instead of representing the figure anatomically, I am more interested in using the piece as a canvas to explore various painterly decorations on its surface. After forming the basic shape in clay, I approach the piece as a mannequin or a blank form.”

Mary Ann Lomonaco is inspired by primitive art and its ability to transform humble, everyday items of into tactile, innovative works of art. Lomonaco deconstructs ordinary objects and reassembles them causing the viewer to gain a new knowledge of their potential.  She explores our notions of what is valuable and what makes art. Lomonaco, “My everyday objects are found in hardware stores and recycling bins and consist of items such as soda can tabs, nails, washers, grommets, roof flashing. It’s very exciting for me to transform the menial mops into objects of beauty using these diverse materials we see everyday and using them in a unique way.”

Rosemarie Fraioli, in her recent thesis work, encompasses performance, video, and image gathering to create series of prints and video art. Fraioli, “My methodical process is a result of examining video footage to encapsulate moments in time. Video allows me to capture movements and concise frames or stills. The images captured are worked with to create finished pieces that capture an essence. The video data is source material for various works such as laser cut prints, digital images, and woodblocks.” In her Lilith Series, Fraioli explores the story of Lilith by taking on the role of the controversial folkloric figure, attempting to convey the symbolism and hidden meaning in ancient texts.