Gitana Rosa presents "Soft Stories" by Laura Jane Petelko

Gitana Rosa Gallery presents:

"Soft Stories"
An Exclusive Online Exhibition by
Laura Jane Petelko


Laura Jane Petelko  Until the Moment Comes , 2018

Laura Jane Petelko
Until the Moment Comes, 2018

"Soft Stories" will be on view online through our partner
May 15th - June 15th, 2019

Click here to view the full exhibition

Gitana Rosa is pleased to present a new artist in our lineup. Laura Jane Petelko is a Canadian artist, born and currently based in Toronto, Canada. Her work has been recognized and exhibited in Toronto, Vancouver, Seattle, Miami and New York.

“Soft Stories” is an ongoing series presented as large, plexi-mounted c-prints available in a very limited edition. Laura Jane’s work has been known for its personal and intimate subject matter, often dealing with the nature of one’s identity and times of transformation. We connected with the artist to ask her a few questions about her work and “Soft Stories” in particular, in honor of her online exhibition with Gitana Rosa.

GR: Tell us about your art-making process. Why did you choose your current medium?

LJP: Photography, like music, has always been a huge inspiration for me. I grew up around film and photography. I really lived in my imagination as a child. Music is a huge co-conspirator for me creatively.

GR: How would you briefly describe your current body of work?

LJP: My project "Soft Stories" is an ongoing photographic project and collaboration with costume designer Sara Wood. The images explore humanity’s longing to connect with nature and one another. The current work has been photographed in pristine and remote Canadian landscapes. We question whether these creatures have found belonging in their acrylic costumes. Are they attempting to replicate and commune with nature; are they finding true connection through the artificial?

We’ve been working on “Soft Stories” for the past two years. I've been collaborating with Sara to create lush and fairytale-like creature costumes. The project is inspired, in part, by a conversation about the "furry" community. It got me thinking about our desire to connect with one another and to seek our true natures. Through this project I’m thinking about the many ways, sometimes beautiful ways, we seek this connection. I’m looking at how we take this journey in a time of unprecedented loneliness and disconnection with nature.

GR: What’s been your most meaningful project or work of art so far?

LJP: I feel like all of the projects I've worked on have been so intimate and meaningful for me at the time. Many have been raw and difficult. But I have to chose the one I'm working on now because I'm so immersed. Most of my past work focused on other’s individual stories. "Soft Stories" is  more broad, and the creative scope is larger than anything I've done before. It's a bit daunting sometimes, but in a way that inspires more commitment from me than I've experienced before.

GR: Do society, current events, or the nature of the art market influence what or how you create? If so, how?

LJP: In terms of society, I think my project is really informed by this idea of disconnection. I’m wondering how we connect to each other through the plastic and artifice and trying to confront that through something of a fairytale. I'm trying not to be informed by the art market... but that may change. I'm trying to connect.

View Gitana Rosa’s online exhibition of “Soft Stories”

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

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