Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Michael Ives and Mark Nowak

Saturday, December 1, 2012 at 2pm

The Gallery at R&F Handmade Paints
84 Ten Broeck Avenue
Kingston, NY 12401

A $5 donation is suggested. For directions please visit R&F’s website.

Michael Ives is the author of the External Combustion Engine (Futurepoem Books), and wavetable (forthcoming from Station Hill Press). His poetry and prose have appeared in numerous magazines and journals both in the United States and abroad. The language/performance trio, F’loom, which he cofounded, was featured on National Public Radio, on the CBC, and in several international anthologies of sound poetry. He has taught at Bard College since 2003.

Mark Nowak, a 2010 Guggenheim fellow, is the author of Coal Mountain Elementary (Coffee House Press, 2009) and Shut Up Shut Down (Coffee House Press, 2004) — a New York Times Editor’s Choice. He frequently speaks about global working class policies and issues, most recently on Al Jazeera, BBC World News America, BBC Radio 3, and Pacifica Radio’s “Against the Grain.” A native of Buffalo, New York, Nowak currently directs the MFA program at Manhattanville College in Purchase, NY. Follow on Twitter @coalmtn.
In the Gallery at R&F:
Alexandre Masino: Geological Radiance with an opening reception on Saturday, December 1st from 5-7pm.  The exhibition runs through January 19th, 2013.
Alexandre Masino’s paintings border between mimesis and invention; responding to observed reality, memory and imaginative perception. The transition between what is real, remembered or imagined creates a fertile territory for the artist, fully understanding that art derives from art. The journey undertaken by the artist is not only a journey through the world but beyond time. The continent that we travel is the continent of art where human history and experience are fundamental.

Masino’s approach is foremost pictorial and is deeply rooted in the constant metamorphosis inherent to the physical act of looking. A painting must offer many different realities according to the distance from which it is viewed and the ambient lighting hitting the surface. Many painters have evoked this very instant when the painting “rises”, when it “happens” and suddenly takes all its meaning. In Masino’s work this moment may only happen when one takes the time to look and place the subject in relation with the background, the light with the shadows, the image and the surface, and all these elements in relation with the complete picture.


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