Paul Farinacci, artist of social commentary

It has been a while since Oola and I traveled on any “plane”.  That foolishness dealt with, I would like you to meet — if you haven’t already — one of my fellow travelers at Blue Mountain Center.

Paul Farinacci is an artist with whom I spent a few whiles in pleasant discussion of the kinds of stuff Artists talk about.  Paul gave the suggestion — and the hand —  to light one of my book installations by candles (big citronella buckets, if you are into details).  But mostly he was bent on getting two pieces done for a show.  He worked longer into the beautiful Adirondack nights than I ever did.

Paul’s work is the kind that you might pass by if you are not the kind to take close, slow looks.  At first it reminded me of Grimm’s fairy tales. The more I looked, the more Daumier and Dorothea Lange and Mark Fiore came to mind.  It even made me wonder how Goya would deal with the social issues we are facing in our place/time.

During our residency Paul was working on 2 paper maché sculptures in his series about testing school children on their academic progress. Each work is covered in NY State testing pages.

Click on any image to see its enlargement.

“Death by #2” is another of my favorites.

deathby#2Paul makes sculptural buildings which are lighted inside, so that you can play the voyeur to see what is going on.

And another favorite:

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Assisted Living

Paul also makes huge drawings of which you can see representations at the New York Foundation for the Arts website: http://nyfamark.com/section/164643_Paul_Farinacci.html

If you are in New York, you can visit his work at the Lyceum Gallery, Suffolk Community College (Riverhead NY) until Oct 26.  www.artslant.com/ny/venues/show/41662-lyceumgallery

Well worth a second, third, and fourth look!

More Art from Blue Mountain Center Residency

The idea to pay homage to the water and the land here in the Adirondacks lead me to a second installation (in addition to the Waterbook in the last post).

Earth woman artist book
Earth woman

Here she is as installed in the woods outside my studio,,  She is an artist book of 16 panels with the image sections of Earth woman on one side and text on the other.

Earth woman text
Earth woman text

Here is a view of the text, which consists of definitions of land related words from which I highlight chosen words to create a kind of “found” poem.

If you were walking by this section of woods at  night with a flashlight, you might see this.

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Earth Woman at night.

Paul, a fellow resident, suggested I try candle light.  He helped me, and we got this.

Earth Woman by candle light
Earth Woman by candle light

Here is a small section from the poem on the back of this piece.

……………….

4

I held my

‘seat,’ by association

with trees:

for the trees fail to grasp

overattention to details.

Distance.

Plant a wooden structure

representing different

relationships.

A man.

A challenge.

Bony antlers.

……………………

This book started as a photo of a small statue that watches over those of us who simply MUST read our email, (and write our blog).  Through the miracle of Photoshop I took the Christian crosses off her dress and replaced them with the logos of some environmental organizations.  Foremost on the list to my mind is the ban fracking movement.  http://www.foodandwaterwatch.org.  If you haven’t heard what Obama and the BLM are up to right now, get info and submit your comments here. act.350.org/letter/public-lands-fracking/

This book will fold down to about 6″ x 17″ x 2″.  My next job is to create a book box for it.

Going home soon.