Presenting: Surfacing by Gina Occhiogrosso
Exhibition open January 14-March 11, 2022
Gina Occhiogrosso will present over 25 paintings, 3 assemblages, 2 accordion sketchbooks, and a video in a solo exhibition titled Surfacing from January 14 to March 11, 2022. Surfacing spans the past five years and touches upon the empowerment of the feminine in contemporary painting, the boundaries of craft and fine art, the pandemic, job loss, and other themes.
Occhiogrosso’s paintings are composed through the application of wet color on a surface and through the process of disassembly and realignment. Throughout the paintings, slightly raised seams are made where freshly painted edges join, creating both linear and sculptural elements. The seams suggest ties that are tenuous yet sturdy, fragile yet unified. Bright colors, shifting shapes and the visibility of seams connect to notions of pattern, fashion, crafts, and the history of “women’s work.” The toughness and thinness of the fabric is a reminder of the tension inherent in that history.
In addition to presenting over 25 paintings, Occhiogrosso developed narratives in other media inspired by the events of the past two years. At the beginning of the pandemic, Occhiogrosso moved in with her aging mother and decided to document the interior of the house (her childhood home), in an accordion sketchbook that unfolds like time. Another accordion sketchbook focuses on the political and environmental flux we have experienced.
Utilizing a model dollhouse, Occhiogrosso simulates sunrise and sunset through low tech means to deliver a poem about the pandemic that moves like light cast upon the wall. She also saved materials from a job lost, grocery bags from curbside pickup, take-out containers from lunches delivered while at a residency that had been closed for a year, and brought them together as colorful diaristic works of art.
Occhiogrossso’s work is greatly influenced by the women in her family. Her paternal grandmother was an Italian immigrant and a seamstress, and her maternal grandmother was an Austrian immigrant who created very intricate lacework(tatting) for tablecloths and other linens. In addition, her mother, an artist, worked as a shoe designer in the fashion industry in New York in the late 1950s, early 1960s.
January 28th 6-8 p.m. – Artist Reception during Troy Night Out
February 9th 6:30 p.m. – Artist Talk
Gina Occhiogrosso grew up in Niskayuna, NY. She received her BFA in Painting at Tyler School of Art at Temple University in Philadelphia, PA, and her MFA in Painting at The State University of New York at Buffalo. She has taught at Bucknell University, RIT, Sage Colleges, Skidmore College, and The College of Saint Rose. Occhiogrosso has lived in downtown Troy for 18 years.
Gina Occhiogrosso’s national group exhibition experience includes group exhibitions at The Painting Center, Curator Gallery, Kathryn Markel Fine Art, and The High Line, in New York City, Pierogi Gallery in Brooklyn, Miami International Airport Gallery (MIA) in Miami, Florida, The Castle Gallery at the College of New Rochelle, New Rochelle, NY, Lehman College Art Gallery, Bronx, NY, Providence College in Providence, RI, Zinc Contemporary in Seattle, WA, and The Tang Teaching Museum, in Saratoga Springs, NY. In 2019, her work was featured at The Seattle Art Fair c/o ZINC contemporary. She has had several one-person shows at such places as ZINC contemporary, Seattle WA, Wilson Gallery at LeMoyne College, Nicole Fiacco Gallery, Hudson, NY, Roos Arts, Rosendale, NY, Saratoga Arts Council Art Gallery, Saratoga Springs, NY, Amrose Sable Gallery, Albany, NY, Lake George Project for the Arts, and Yates Gallery at Siena College. Her work may also be viewed in the Pierogi Flat Files, in NYC. Gina has been in residence at the Elizabeth Murray Artist Residency, MacDowell, Constance Saltonstall Foundation, the Ragdale Foundation, The Vermont Studio Center, the Virginia Center for Creative Arts, Inc (VCCA), and The Millay Colony for the Arts. She was also a Visiting Artist at The American Academy of Rome in Italy in 2014. Her work has been mentioned in the Brooklyn Rail and The New York Times. Gina is represented by Zinc Contemporary in Seattle WA, and Appleton Art Design, Westchester, NY and Westport, CT.
Monday: 10 am – 5 pm
Tuesday – Thursday: 10 am – 7 pm
Friday: 10 am – 5 pm
Saturday: 10 am – 2 pm