Gitana Rosa presents "Outside the Box" at the Art Factory

Gitana Rosa Gallery presents:

"Outside the Box"
Fall 2018


Opening Reception:
   Saturday, October 20th, 1-4pm

The Art Factory Studios
       Silk Gallery, 2nd floor
       70 Spruce Street
       Paterson, NJ 07501

Gitana Rosa Gallery is pleased to present "Outside the Box", a group exhibition featuring mixed media works by Agent X, Andrés García-Peña, Brett Wintle, Christine Romanell, Emet Sosna, Geri Hahn, Karen Epstein, Kseniya Baranova, Nathaniel Galka, Nikolina Kovalenko, Steve Buduo, Summer Hart and Victoria Selbach.
The featured artists work across a variety of mediums and disciplines including photography, textile, installation, painting and sculpture. A key curatorial focus of the exhibition is to present works by artists whose approaches both elevate as well as engage with the industrial and historic Art Factory Paterson venue. The large-scale works presented were chosen in consideration of the scope, texture and natural light of the location, and installed throughout the Factory's second floor gallery space which includes two large viewing areas and a special project viewing room. “Outside the Box” is curated by Vanessa Liberati, founder and executive director of Gitana Rosa Gallery.

The exhibition will be located in the Silk Gallery at the Paterson Art Factory with an opening reception to be held on Saturday, October 20th from 1-4pm.  "OutsidetheBox" will be on view by appointment and open access to all Art Factory members. 

The Art Factory is located in the historical district of downtown Paterson, just a few minutes stroll fromThe Paterson Great Fallsand thePaterson Museum.  We invite you to join us and spend the day in historical downtown Paterson, NJ.  The nation's first planned industrial city, thanks to Alexander Hamilton.

This will be our first collaboration with the Art Factory Paterson, a co-working concept space located in a complex of historical textile mill buildings, with a focus on art, architecture, design and craftsmanship, and the Paterson Arts Council whose mission is the revitalization of the downtown historic district of Paterson, NJ through impactful art and cultural events. 

Art Factory members have studios in historic textile mill buildings with access to metal, machine and woodworking equipment in communal shops where they can work and collaborate with other professionals.  Artists, designers, sign makers, sculptors, antique furniture re-finishers, textile designers, ceramists and craftsmen from multiple design disciplines can learn from each other in this co-working and symbiotic environment.  Filmmakers and photographers also use these shops and spaces as shooting locations and prop manufacturing areas.

Gitana Rosa Gallery represents contemporary emerging and established artists and encourages social, political and environmental messages through the arts. Gitana Rosa was founded in 2006 in the burgeoning neighborhood of Williamsburg, Brooklyn an has had locations in Chelsea and Piermont, New York. The gallery is now exclusively online and exhibits its artists via special curatorial projects and selected Art Fairs.   

Gitana Rosa has given back to the community by providing a space to stimulate dialogue, promote sustainable methods of living and inspire positive ideas. It continues to donate a portion of sales proceeds from select exhibitions to local environmental and social non-profits.

For more information or press inquiries please contact: 
t: 323-559-2383

Up coming exhibition on Friday July 1st, Mitsushige Nishiwa

Here are some of the many works of Mitsushige Nishiwaki. Each piece capturing a moment within a story that leaves you wondering. Gitana Rosa and other galleries here at Piermont NY will be open till 8pm or later on Friday July 1st.

Etching by Mitsushige Nishiwaki, Chocolat, 20.5'' x 17.5''

Etching by Mitsushige Nishiwaki, Chocolat, 20.5'' x 17.5''

Etching by Mitsushige Nishiwaki, Metro: Red, 20.5'' x 17.5''

Etching by Mitsushige Nishiwaki, Metro: Red, 20.5'' x 17.5''

Etching by Mitsushige Nishiwaki, 59 Lex Ave, 34'' x 10.5''

Etching by Mitsushige Nishiwaki, 59 Lex Ave, 34'' x 10.5''

Michele Basora's NY Arts Magazine Interview

The super talented Michele Basora was recently interviewed by NY Arts Magazine. 

Talking Mythology, Race, and Class with Michele Basora

Leah Oates: How did you become an artist and did you know early on that you would be in the arts, or did you begin as something else? Where there other artists in your family?
Michele Basora: Yes, I knew I was an artist at a very young age. My uncle was a visionary artist and encouraged me since I was 7. I should say that my uncle was a huge influence on me and my work. He was very much an eccentric, he was a monk traveling the world, living on mountain tops, and he would visit me on occasion to show me his visionary paintings. He would also tell me magical stories of experiences he had during his travels. He believed very much in the spiritual world, and I always find his influence in my paintings.

My mother also encouraged me without thinking about it, having taken me to the Met and the Frick Collection when I was very young and having intellectual conversations about art at a very young age. This was unheard of having been raised in a very tough neighborhood in the Bronx.

LO: What are the themes of your work and what inspires you to make art?
MB: My paintings are based on mythology, superstition, religion, and race. It is not necessarily a theme I set about going after, but they tend to go in that direction.

LO: Who are your influences? Teachers, artists?
MB: Michael Goldberg, Lucio Pozzi, and Marilyn Minter were teachers of mine whilst going to SVA. They were the ones I felt a close connection to. In my early years I obsessed with many of the female surrealists, including Leonor Fini.

LO: Why do you think art is important for the world and why is it important for you as an individual artist?
MB: I often think about this and think about how the average person would think it that it is a very bourgeois activity. Especially being a woman and a person of color, I often think about my roll as an artist. I began my early training in art school as an abstract painter because of the push to be one and how it was looked down upon to be a figurative painter. But, I felt I had so much to say as a woman, a person of color, and one who came from a poor working class family. So, in my third year I changed and began to make paintings which, to me, had more meaning and a subtle message that sometimes incorporates the figure.

LO: What advice would you give other artists who want to exhibit in NYC etc?
MB: My advice would be to not judge a book by its cover. Generally the ones who look the least important are the ones that are actually the most important, and have a website!

LO: Please talk about upcoming bodies of work, shows etc that you have coming up.
MB: I am continuing my series of paintings from the influence of living on the upper east side and dealing with class, race, and the bourgeois culture. I will be part of a summer group exhibition, “Juicy” at Gitana Rosa Gallery, Chelsea, opening June 19, as well as artmrkt Hamptons, from July 10 – 13. I am also excited to announce a group exhibition that I am curating, “The New Bitch, Twilight of the Idols.” It will be open from September 4 – October 4 at Gitana Rosa Gallery, Chelsea.





Nathaniel Galka "Unbridled Muses" Show Preview

Photos from the preview for Nathaniel Galka’s solo show at the gallery on May 6th.  

For those of you that couldn't make it, below is a better peek at his work on view.  

The public reception for Unbridled Muses will be held on Thursday, May 15 from 6-8 p.m at Gitana Rosa Chelsea. 

Nathaniel Galka's new series bridges the space between childhood fantasy and adult reality. The artist compares his largest paintings to those great cultural unifiers, flat screen televisions—they’re entertaining, and designed to be the center of attention in whatever space they occupy. Featuring shimmering zoomorphic creatures and glitter bombs–they have a mass appeal. 

Galka tends to move quickly through each body of work, exhausting its potential before moving on to follow his next muse. His high-speed style produces consistently unique works that illustrate his changing interests and progression as an artist.   

The exhibition will be on view through June 7, 2014.

Gitana Rosa Gallery Chelsea Expands

For April’s First Thursdays, we proudly reopened our doors in Chelsea with an expanded exhibition of Michele Basora’s artworks on canvas and paper. The exhibition, titled Out of the Sea and Into the Woods, features new work by the artist that explores, among other topics, the spaces between places and people. Birds’ eyes twist into each other, strong, ghostly women stare out of black, void-like backgrounds, and scattered geometric shapes create a complex dialogue between shape and form.  In the front gallery space, seven large oil paintings are hung. The women depicted stare into their neighbors—and onlookers—with large, impenetrable eyes. Basora’s works on paper have been allotted their own stretch of gallery space. The cohesive effect adds an important contextualizing component to the exhibition: through their segregation, the paper and canvas works embody the show’s geographic dichotomy of sea and woods.

Michele Basora Opening

The opening brought together a diverse segment of the art-interested public: eager collectors, authors, artists and critics accompanied an ebullient general public through the doors. The opening’s inclusive atmosphere contrasted sharply with the artworks’ focus on societal exclusion and separation. Basora’s canvas works feature richly adorned women whose pale complexions reference the artist’s sense of estrangement from most of her Upper East Side neighbors. Several of Basora’s works feature deep black backgrounds that seek to consume their subjects even as the women’s ghostly features foreground their figures. In her works on paper, Basora’s emphasis on eyes remains. Much has been written about the correlation between eyes and gateways.  As guests gazed into the myriad bird and human eyes around the gallery on Thursday, several took note of this thematic consistency across the pieces. “The eyes,” one said, “and Basora’s emphasis on them, are the counterbalances to the pieces’ alienated worlds.”

Michele Basora Install

Michele Basora featured in Creem Mag

What inhabits the void? In the darkness when we close our eyes, as in the closing door of a wardrobe, there opens a passage into our psyche. The dreams we experience while our bodies rest and repair during the hours of darkness are a significant source of imagery and thought. What we see, feel and sense while navigating our dreams are like fables whose consequences are too cryptic for us to discern.

It’s easy to get lost in the vespertine dreamscapes of Michele Basora’s Out of the Sea and Into the Woods, a series of surreal oil paintings and works on paper. The hybrid flora and fauna coexist within mysterious portraiture.  Shadow figures and stylized motifs coil fingers around a gaunt porcelain dream subject in Delites Of The She, and a swan feeds a lady from their bill into her pink lips in Tea Time.

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Fedele Spadafora in CAT ART SHOW LOS ANGELES

Fedele Spadafora, represented by Gitana Rosa Gallery will be participating in "Cat Show Los Angeles" opening January 25.  Fedeles' work will be shown alongside that of globally recognized artists the Clayton Brothers, FAILE, Gary Baseman, Shepard Fairey, Tracey Emin and others.

Cat Show Los Angeles
Jan 25th - Feb 2nd, 2014
6205 Santa Monica Blvd LA, CA 90038

Read the Press Release for more information.


Seize the last days of summer!

Join Us This Friday, September 13th As We Kick Of The Fall Art Season With Whitney Oldenburg's Solo Exhibition Inside Out   (extended through September 22nd). Don't pass on this exhibition while in Williamsburg this 2:nd Friday. Oldenburg's enchanting locomotive patterns might just make your night all the more special.