MULTIPLES: Printmaking featuring Gus Mazzocca
The Windsor Art Center is pleased announce its upcoming exhibition entitled MULTIPLES: Printmaking featuring Gus Mazzocca with works by Michael Siporin Levine and Matthew Clay-Robison, which will run March 11 through April 22, 2017. This exhibition includes works from the career of UConn Professor Emeritus Gus Mazzocca, an internationally-exhibited artist, as well as two of his former printmaking students and current working artists, Michael Siporin Levine and York Gallery Director and artist, Matthew Clay-Robison.
Saturday, March 11, from 5-7 pm: Free public reception on Saturday and includes a special performance entitled, “Caribbean Experimental Dance with Ann Mazzocca.” (The exhibition runs through April 22.)
Saturday, March 18 at 1pm: An Artist Talk will be held featuring Gus Mazzocca.
Sunday, March 19 at 1pm: Feature artist David McKay, former curator of the Museum Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science in Chicago, Illinois, will give a Art Talk entitled, “How to Collect Art for Fun.”
Friday, March 24 at 5pm: Film Friday event with a viewing of a 1956 film, “Lust for Life” – about the life of Vincent Van Gogh starring Kirk Douglas.
Saturday, March 25 at 1pm: “Let’s Print Printmaking Workshop and Demonstration” is offered for a chance to see the process and make your own print. This workshop is open to 12 and up participants with a suggested donation of $10.
Gus Mazzocca, University of Connecticut Emeritus Professor of Printmaking, was born in Boston, Massachusetts. He received an M.F.A. degree in Painting/Printmaking from The Rhode Island School of Design, a B.F.A. degree in Painting, and a B.A. degree in Political Science from the University of Connecticut. He has been awarded a Doctor of Arts (honoris causa) from the Akademi Sztuk Pieknych w Krakowie (The Art Academy of Krakow). works have been exhibited in Cuba, Poland, Austria, Hungary, Germany, the UK, as well as throughout the United States. His layering of various print mediums – screen printing, etching, offset printing, woodcut printing and hand-work are rich with figural iconography, vibrant colors and a sense of storytelling. This exhibit will include a variety of Mazzocca’s works spanning decades.
“I continue to use the figure as a vehicle to create unfixed narratives that reflect movement, tension, struggle and celebration. The use of the digitally produced elements along with the more raw scratched and carved marks of the woodcut present a dichotomy that is ideally suited to these issues I present visually.” – Mazzocca
Michael Siporin Levine is a visual artist, working in drawing, printmaking, video and installation. His work is a blend of autobiography, history and invention, where he uses a mixture of observation and process to create imagery with open-ended narratives. Through technique and process, he allows an initial idea to change, abstract, and evolve. Using drawing as a foundation he lets process inform decision-making while working in various printmaking techniques, collage, as well as video, animation, and installation. This past fall he was the Artist-in-Residence at Knox College in Galesburg, IL, where he taught an experimental printmaking course, as well as created a series of work for a solo exhibition. He graduated with a BFA in studio art from the University of Connecticut (2011), and an MFA in printmaking from The Lamar Dodd School of Art at The University of Georgia (2014).
Matthew Clay-Robison’s work, inspired by the teaching and work of Gus Mazzocca, have been exhibited throughout the United States and have been acquired by the Library of Congress, York College of Pennsylvania, David C. Driskell Collection, Robert E. Steele Collection, and Claudia DeMonte Collection among others. He graduated with a BFA in studio art from the University of Connecticut (1996), and an MFA in printmaking from The University of Maryland (2003). He has taught printmaking, drawing and design at the University of Maryland, Bloomsburg University, and Moore College of Art & Design, and University of North Florida. He is currently gallery director at York College of Pennsylvania.
This exhibition is made possible by the generous support of Dan J. & Alice Ford Ferraina, and from local businesses, organizations, and individuals from our community.