ArtsFest brings art enthusiasts to CNR galleries
The New Rochelle Council on the Arts’ ArtsFest drew local residents to the Castle Gallery and Mooney Center Gallery of The College of New Rochelle on September 24-25, 2012. The College, which was a sponsor of the event, has participated in the ArtsFest since it began four years ago.
Event participants visited two exhibits at the College: “In Retrospect,” which features artist’s books and prints, and “Skinned,” by artist Charles McGill, which dissects and reconstructs the golf bag to explore human form.
“In Retrospect” presents the work of three artists — Nava Atlas, Maureen Cummins, and Ann Lovett—who explore contemporary culture through the lens of the past. Their shared source of inspiration is the book, a form that, while intimate and familiar, also carries with it the weight of history and the voice of authority. The artists delved into public and private archives to gather images, documents, texts, and ephemera as source material. Rearranging and combining these found elements with new material, they create provocative new works that expose biases and question assumptions about what we know and how we know it.