Beauty of the Beast -
Tigers Facing Extinction
hand carved prints,
charcoal & pencil series
My Modigliani, Lautrec & Van Gogh Blues Watercolor mixed media series
Close to 100 artworks, using all median types... watercolor, gouache, acrylic, leather, wood, ready-made items, recycled debris to collage. Each work is titled and created in the style of a (usually) deceased artist, well-known or maybe not, who during their lifetime lived and suffered with ongoing tragic events that often consumed them. Personal experiences of family members, loved ones, neighbors or themselves suffering from chronic illness, nervous breakdowns, mental illness, violent accidents or deaths, genocides, starvation, war zones… events that shaped their life, driven to make art, even if the style did not always appeal to the masses.
This very vibrant, multi textured exhibition invites you to see the styles of Modigliani, Lautrec, Van Gogh, Dali, Miller, Picasso, Pollock, Kahlo, Munch, von Hagen, Demuth, Matisse, Duchamp, Munch, Monet, Sher-gil, Rothko, O'Keefe, Kusama, Cassandre, de Goya, Chin, Claudel. Bacon, Johnson, Arosenius and many more.
What's your cocktail? IV IgG Installation
A secret glimpse into the room where most do not want to go, the IV ward of our hospitals where blood illnesses, autoimmune disorders and chemo patients spend their life. Within this room, patients learn to ask other patients that taboo question, "What's your cocktail?" They respond by saying their pharmaceutical IV drug name, then afterwards, they slowly start disclosing their illnesses... cancer, CVID, autoimmune disorders, hemophilia, genetic malfunctions, etc. This unusual installation brings you inside this secret world.
Cat Woman of Spoleto Photography series by Deborah Grigsby
This body of work is a metaphor for the emotional disguise artists often wear. Much like alley cats, artists are suspicious of others—particularly other artists. They are elusive and hide feelings and illness well, until an eventual confrontation establishes boundaries. An international collaboration between artists Francesca Owens and Deborah Grigsby, “The Cat Woman of Spoleto,” with its antique wet-plate look, illustrates the ambiguity and cloudiness of artistic vision. This 20 piece exhibition opens the hearts of the artists, but yet, like cats, allows them to remain in the shadows, behind their respective masks, Owens, behind a white animal mask, and Grigsby behind the camera.
SPOLETO FILES: Modern Art, Music & the Cold War ArtChivio Installation
A unique true story set in the mid-1950s through the early 1960s. Italy’s Spoleto historical center is the primary stage with transitions to Paris, NYC and flashes to Milan, Rome and Cuba. During this intense period of history, as part of the US’s cultural and intellectual warfare programme to counter the Soviet Bloc, the CIA infiltrated and funded the Festival of Two Worlds – a lively arts festival founded in the 1950s and staged in two venues, Spoleto in Italy and Charleston in the US. As part of this plan, some of the most powerful and best known artistic talents in the world of dance, music and theater were brought to perform in the small but spectacularly beautiful Umbrian hilltown.
This ArtCHivio installation is a combination of over 40 antique authentic items collected from over 10 countries, from an authentic 1962 Russian Communist Drummer Id badge, to 1958 Russian propaganda stamps or lapel pins, to antique opera glasses from Paris or Rockefeller political campaign cards of the early 1960’s. Other pieces where reconstructed by hand like the Alexander Calder’s wire head of Giovanni Carandente or the miniature handmade cocktail drinks set upon a bronze serving trays representing the private roof top cocktail parties at Casa Menotti. This creative one of a kind installation is a work of art combined with research from over 50 international archives thus creating an ArtCHivio Installation.
Angel in the WINGS by Photography series by Roberto Dragoni
An intimate look at the children behind these parents who are chronically ill. Many become emotionally adults, younger than nature intended them too. These children become their parents' mini caregivers behind the closed doors of their homes. This photo series shows the tender moments of fear and love when a child is allowed to be "A CHILD" for once.
Beauty of the Beast - Tigers Facing Extinction Charcoal mixed media series
Using brilliant colors - combined with sobering graphic black and white images and hints of orange red charcoals, a poignant expression suggestive of this animal's fate, Owens’ art creates a dynamic tension between art and reality. This global environmental exhibition educates us on how wild tigers are making a comeback. Working with wild tiger biologists, Owens’ images tell the story of Tigers Facing Extinction. After learning of "Save The Tiger Fund .Org’s" Campaign Against Tiger Trafficking, Francesca created art that drew international attention to the various illegal trade threats facing wild tigers.
Using brilliant colors - combined with sobering graphic black and white images and hints of orange red charcoals, a poignant expression suggestive of this animal's fate, Owens’ art creates a dynamic tension between art and reality. This global environmental exhibition educates us on how wild tigers are making a come back.
Working with wild tiger biologists, Owens’ images tell the story of Tigers Facing Extinction. After learning of "Save The Tiger Fund .Org’s" Campaign Against Tiger Trafficking, Francesca created art that drew international attention to the various illegal trade threats facing wild tigers