What does an American look like? It depends on who you ask. The Con Artist Collective shares its take on this nation’s populace with “American Identity 1.0”, a collection of portraits of American people. These portraits range from the traditional to the avant-garde and each gives a small slice of contemporary American humanity. They explore the schism between a white-washed history portrayed by the media and the reality of defining yourself in a national culture.
It’s strangely appropriate that the show is curated by a foreigner. Gonzalo Sepulveda was born in Chile, but has a long love affair with the United States where he has lived for more than a decade. “American Identity 1.0” presents a critical view of the American experience from an outsider’s perspective.
Con Artist presents "Ephemera" an expression of the ever-changing states of life, society, love, and pop culture. Named for all things whose existence is short, the artists of “Ephemera” present visions of longing, nostalgia, and decay on a profoundly intimate scale.
“Ephemera” features work by Gabriel Ventura, Daniel Lamanna, John de la O, Mike Dreeland, Lädy Millard, Ernst Bachinger, and Erica Schreiner.
Over Columbus Day weekend October 11,12 Art Factory will host a conference of community partners in the fields of art, design, government, public education, business and civic engagement. Each community group will be given a booth within the Art Factory (an arts center residing in Paterson’s historic textile mills) where they can present what their organization is about. There will be programs and events throughout the weekend to encourage collaboration, engage community partners, raise public awareness and promote innovation in various fields of sustainable design and historic preservation.
The more literal translation of ‘Building Bridges’ will manifest itself in a tree house park linked by rope bridges set in the backyard of the Art Factory abutting the Great Falls National Park. The tree house park would be designed by professionals, constructed by community volunteers using materials donated by community partners and open to the public during regular park hours.
Con Artist presents “Starrcade”, a show about anything and everything related to Professional Wrestling. Seriously. We’re a fine art gallery and we’re having a show about piledrivers, shiny spandex masks, TKOs, and endless tag-team smackdowns. “Starrcade” features work by 10 artists who aren’t trying to be ironic or poke fun at low-brow culture. They’re die hard wrestling superfans who grew up with the sport’s colorful characters and outrageous storylines.
And why shouldn’t we have a wrestling show? The mixture of high art and low art has been fueling the arts for the last century. What is professional wrestling but a gigantic, blue collar performance art piece? Wrestling has an immediately recognizable aesthetic that isn’t quite like anything else. It’s colorful, melodramatic, and flashy. It isn’t afraid to put common ethnic and gender stereotypes on parade.
Are you always burning the midnight oil and keeping your nose to the grindstone to make ends meet? Before you put another nail in the coffin and take one for the team, know that the end doesn’t justify the means.
Artists are usually esteemed for their creativity and innovation. This August at Con Artist we’re celebrating 5 creatives who are démodé and seriously cliché. “Thinking Inside the Box” shows off tchotchkes by artists who aren’t afraid to be a little tacky and who enjoy a good old fashioned pun. Many of the artworks are, in fact, inside of boxes.
Every cloud has a silver lining with a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow and plenty of fish in the sea. Leave your mark! A picture is worth a thousand words in a Kodak moment in a New York minute. You can’t stop it, you can only hope to contain it.