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      April 8, 2020

      Wednesday  10:00 AM - 4:00 PM (daily until April 19, 2020)

      27 S Greenbush Rd.
      West Nyack, New York 10994

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      Perspectives Exhibit

      Perspectives Exhibit
      March 8 – April 19, 2020
      Opening Reception: Sun, March 8, 2:00-5:00pm
      Rockland Center for the Arts
      Free to the Public

      Perspectives presents art focusing on the cultural identity and autobiographical storytelling by invited artists. These artists’ works reflect on our stories – our devotions, memories, childhood circumstances, displacement of vulnerable communities, environmental issues, loss and the process of mourning. Many are connections between people and nature, and people of different countries and beliefs. Can street life be portrayed as a story to give understanding and compassion and broaden our own thought process? How can the use of human hair create an intimate dialog and focus the viewer’s attention on the body? Can a portrait reveal the inner struggle of a woman to survive, torn between cooperating with the social systems of contemporary life and finding their own lives?
      Artists Jean Michel Dissake, Dalit Gurevich, Russ Ritell, Mary Ting, and Jayoung Yoon convey life stories.

      Mary Ting’s installations, drawings, and sculptures examine cultural history, grief and nature. Her work reflects on our collective stories - the displacement of vulnerable communities, her family history during the Chinese Revolution, women’s trauma and pending extinctions is what keeps her up at night and also awakens her in the morning. She is currently researching the Lust for Endangered Species Parts. She is a two-time recipient of the NY Foundation of the Arts fellowship, the Joan Mitchell Center New Orleans Residency and the Pollack Krasner Residency. She has presented at the Asia for Animals Kathmandu 2017, and On Changing Human Behavior at the Jane Goodall Institute.

      Dalit Gurevich’s paintings are primarily influenced by circumstances of her childhood defined by her life growing up in the Gaza Strip. Appearing macabre and even darkly beautiful, she encapsulates the interplay of history, identity, and human activity on their surroundings. Gurevich explores the many layers of this struggling region. She creates art that talks about the constant fear felt daily by those living on both sides of the Gaza Strip region while also addressing environmental conditions created by political struggle. Using unexpected materials, she portrays the relentless desert life forms that manage to survive in spite of the harsh conditions.

      Jean Michel Dissake is a Cameroon native, multi-media artist who creates sculptures that represent the many connections and understanding of the human connection with nature, the correlation between technology and nature, as well as between people of different countries and beliefs. His works are created primarily from mixed media recycled materials. After living in the forest of Africa for nine years, studying the traditional culture of the Sawa tribe, his vision is in saving the sacred forest. Vines, prevalent in his work, are the basic element of the forest and link the trees and nutrients, and link humans and nature. The materials he uses symbolize the ‘color’ or essence of modern civilization and his works convey powerful messages about unity, interdependence with nature and the importance of balance between nature and technology. He has been exhibited in France, Denmark and in the US, as well as exhibited in Cameroon at the Contemporary Art Museum and the Art and Culture Heritage Center.

      Jayoung Yoon creates sculptures that draw upon the mind-matter phenomenon, exploring our memory, perception and bodily sensations. She tells stories through her primary medium of human hair, a material that is intimately corporeal, tactile when transformed into sculpture and focuses the viewer’s attention on the body. Hair is an especially appropriate symbol of remembrance. Strands of the artists own hair are woven into weightless semi-transparent sculptural forms representing thoughts and memories, or thoughts dissolving between states of the conscious and subconscious mind. This New York based Korean artist has been exhibited in such venues as The Bronx Museum, the New Bedford Art Museum, the Ohio Craft Museum, and the Seoul Olympic Museum of Art.

      Russ Ritell creates paintings that are a realistic observation of the human physical and emotional states to tell stories of the physical and psychological reality of street life, whether portraying a tattooist, a ritual ceremony, or the death of a loved one. Ritell accentuates the humanity of the subjects by using extreme contrasts of absolute blackness and stark light that pull you into his subjects’ angst and drama. His works have been exhibited in NYC, Harlem, New Jersey, Connecticut and Berlin.

      We invite you to join us for an Artist’s Opening Reception on Sunday, March 8th, 2:00-5:00pm. Perspectives is on view March 8 – April 19, 2020. Free to the general public. For more information contact: Rockland Center for the Arts, 845-358-0877, or visit Rockland Center for the Arts is located at 27 S Greenbush Rd., West Nyack, NY 10994. Gallery hours are: Mon-Fri 10-4; Sat and Sun 1-4pm.

      RoCA gratefully acknowledges support for its programs from M&T Bank, Orange & Rockland Utilities, Kantrowitz, Goldhamer & Graifman P.C., Sterling National Bank, the Rea Charitable Trust, Crystal Run Healthcare, Quiet Events, Rockland County Tourism, the Estate of Joan Konner, Lighting Services Inc., Sarah and Stephen Thomas, the Mark and Jessie Milano Foundation, Zaklin Family Charitable Fund, The County of Rockland, The Family Fjord Foundation, Simona and Jerome Chazen, ASG, RoCA members, donors and business members.

      RoCA’s programs are made possible, in part, with funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. Funding is also made possible by the County of Rockland.

      Cost: Free -

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      This event repeats daily until April 19, 2020:

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