VISUAL PASSION: On Love
- A Preview
by Mikel Frank and Gerard Amsellem
ARTISTS AT WORK Open Studio : Sunday May 20, 2012 | 1p-5p
ARTIST Reception : Sunday May 20, 2012 | 5p-7p
Exhibit Dates: May 20 - May 31, 2012
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GAS Gallery And Studio is excited to be hosting this preview exhibit of Visual Passion: On Love
, a creative, multimedia, interactive installation project by Gerard Amsellem and Mikel Frank, which will see its complete creation and installation in July 2012 when it arrives at 1978 Maplewood Arts Center in Maplewood, NJ.
Despite Gerard and Mikel having been collaborating for only 2 short years, they have discovered a deep and undeniable shared vision. They are both incredibly passionate about the arts and the visual arts in particular.
On Sunday May 20th from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm, Mikel Frank and Gerard Amsellem will be painting 5 doors that will be used in the Visual Passion installation at Gallery 1978. Gerard and Mikel will be talking about the particulars of the Visual Passion Experience at Gallery 1978 and will be showing some of the video footage of people being asked questions on love, which will be used for the show in July.
Also on display at GAS Gallery And Studio will be recent collaborative paintings that the artists have been producing. This preview exhibition will continue at GAS until May 31st. The artists will have the Visual Passion: On Love poster available for sale at an affordable price to help fund the Visual Passion: On Love project.
A wine and cheese reception and toast to the artists will follow from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm. Gerard and Mikel still may not be able to resist throwing more paint at the doors during the reception.
NOTE: The Springfield Avenue Partnership is hosting MayFest on Springfield Avenue this same day (Sunday May 20). We encourage you to make this day fun and festive by attending both of these community based events.
Visual Passion: On Love
Gerard and Mikel will delve into territory that begins to break down the traditional ways of looking at and experiencing art. Instead of going into the gallery and only looking at work on the walls, they have developed a different approach that will include installation, interactive community involvement, performance, video presentation and interviews, as well as traditional live painting and two dimensional display.
Visual Passion: On Love
| A Collaboration
by artists: Mikel Frank and Gerard Amsellem
Location: 1978 Maplewood Arts Center, 1978 Springfield Ave., Maplewood, NJ
Dates: Sunday, July 1 through Sunday July 29, 2012
The artists will be working each weekend in July. Open public hours will be Saturdays and Sundays 2pm to 5pm. The Visual Passion Experience will take place beginning Thursday July 26 and run through Sunday July 29, 2012.
To create an organic, multimedia, interactive ART environment and experience exploring the topic of visual passion and love installed at 1978 Maplewood Arts Center, Maplewood, New Jersey during the month of July 2012.
“Visual Passion: On Love” will exhibit the light side of love and the dark side of love. In the front windows the artists will install two environments having to do with the light side and dark side of human interaction and love. On the middle walls of the gallery the artists will be working together on live collaborative painting projects throughout the month. In the rear of the gallery the artists will set up a stage in front of the left wall with a projection wall behind it where they will show films and interviews about love and passion. On the right rear side of the gallery an interactive painting station will be set up for visitors to paint on 12”x12” canvases their own visual interpretations of love. These paintings will be made into a mosaic and exhibited throughout the run of the show. There will also be a blackboard wall that the artists call “the writing on the wall” where visitors will have the opportunity to write or draw their personal interpretations on love.
The Visual Passion Experience:
From Thursday evening, July 26 through Sunday July 29, 2012 the public is invited to have the complete visual passion experience. This will begin a four day, public interactive, multimedia art collaboration/narrative. It will be the culmination of and introduction to the world of love through the collaborative efforts and creative eyes of these two artists. The goal is to engage members of the public in a multimedia art reality quite different than the standard gallery going experience. There will be interactive elements such as real time video where the public can record comments, actors who will interact with the public, live performance pieces, musical and other artistic elements so that the visitor can be fully immersed in the Visual Passion Experience.
In conjunction with Visual Passion: On Love project the artists will be showing a series of films for the public to get an idea of how filmmakers have been inspired by the subject of passion and love. Composer and musician Richard Einhorn
has given the artists permission to use his soundtrack Voices of Light
with the screening of The Passion of Joan of Arc, a Carl Th. Dreyer film from 1928. Gerard Amsellem will be giving introductory talks on the films.
Performance artist Eloise Fornieles
will be appearing as part of the Visual Passion Experience. Eloise is an internationally known performance artist who has done a number of acclaimed performances on love and passion. Picked as one of the top international shows during March/April 2012 by Saatchi Online Magazine. It has been said that Ms. Fornieles “teases out the symbolic resonances that hold meaning within our everyday interactions.”