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.

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t: 323-559-2383

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.