Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Monday, December 14, 2009
One of the artists in the film was Justin Canha and he was on hand with his father Briant Canha who followed Mr. Ricco with a special presentation of his own.
Diagnosed with autism at an early age, Justin began his artistic career at the age of 13 with the support of Arts Unbound, a New Jersey based non-profit organization dedicated to the artistic achievement of people with disabilities. Since the age of 15, Justin has been represented by Ricco/Maresca Gallery and in August 2006, Justin’s artwork was featured in Oprah Magazine. Aspects of his autistic and artistic life have been described in two recent documentaries, “Autism: A Different Way of Communicating” and “Sidecars.” In January 2008, Justin successfully made his world debut at the Outsider Art Fair in NYC and In April 2008, his artwork was shown at Art Chicago, the world-renowned international contemporary and modern art fair.
Since then, Justin’s family has been using his experience to educate and inspire others by presenting the trial and error techniques that they employed to first begin to communicate with Justin and then to develop his fruitful artistic career.
Thanks again to Roger Ricco along with artist Justin Canah and his parents Briant and Maria Teresa Canah for their participation. Thank you also to Mary Munsch and Emily Mason from The Cooke Center Academy and to REPUBLIC community relations coordinator and charity Director Jay Isch for for all of their time and efforts.
Photos by Sean McGurn
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Head over to A.I.R. Gallery Saturday, December 12th from 6-8pm for a special screening of films from:
On Saturday, December 12 from 6-8pm, A.I.R. Gallery will hold a screening, open to the public, of additional video works that augment the selections that comprise the month-long Mother/mother-* exhibition. The films screened on December 12th are a critical component of Mother/mother-*.
The films are:
Ilana Rein’s Julie, a documentary shot over the course of seven years and edited in 2008
Marie-Francoise Theodore’s Rebel in the Soul, a stirring narrative that traces the connection between a contemporary African-American artist and a Georgia sharecropper’s wife lynched in 1915
Emilie Upzak’s Weaning Gideon, documenting the physical changes associated with weaning
Ingrid Berthon-Moine’s Midriff, a short film comprised entirely of a close-in shot of a woman twanging her tampon string to music.
Mother/mother-* is a group exhibition curated by artist and 2008-2009 A.I.R. Gallery Fellow Jennifer Wroblewski. The exhibition is of works made by artists within the years immediately following a pregnancy or the birth of a child. The artists live and work in the U.S., Canada, Scotland, England, and Spain. For the purpose of the exhibition, the title Mother/mother-* also refers to father artists. "Mother" is the term that elicits the great frisson when uttered within the larger art culture.
For further information about Mother/mother-*, please read the press release<http://www.airgallery.
This event is free and open to the public!
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