Denis Gaston, Kurt Piazza: The Artist as Critic
The Morean Arts Center presents three new exhibitions which opend to the public on Saturday, May 11, 2013. Each exhibition features works by local artists who are also writers and critics.
Denis Gaston: YaySayers and NaySayers and Kurt Piazza: Towards the Edge of the Visible
look like very disparate exhibitions at first glance, and they are. What ties Gaston, a master draftsman who is heavily influenced by tribal art, and Piazza, a multi-media artist with an abstract, industrial aesthetic, is their ability to multi-task. Gaston is a popular art blogger and even has an illustrated book, Fear of Flying, to his credit. Piazza is a free-lance curator and art critic with a growing reputation.
“Gaston and Piazza are two artists who have the ability to really speak and write about the subject of art,” said Amanda Cooper, curator of exhibitions at the Morean, “Some of the best artists in the history of modern art were also art critics, and vice versa. These are working artists today who are carrying on the tradition.”
In a twist of the curatorial process, Gaston and Piazza were each asked to invite an artist or two to exhibit alongside them. The catch is that these artists also must write. Gaston chose local blogger Mark Kerstetter, and playwright and St. Petersburg College art professor Elizabeth Indianos. Piazza selected Gigi Lage, an emerging artist studying at USF. These three artists form a third exhibition titled The Artist as Critic. Each artist was also asked to critique the other’s work.
“This group of exhibitions will give our community the opportunity to learn the art of writing about art, and to possibly try their hand at it,” stated Wayne David Atherholt, interim executive director of the Morean. “We also hope this creates an awareness of the multi-disciplinary nature of art-making in our community.”
Denis Gaston: YaySayers and NaySayers, Kurt Piazza: Towards the Edge of Visible and
The Artist as Critic run from May 11 – June 30, 2013 at the Morean Arts Center.
The Morean Arts Center, located at 719 Central Avenue in downtown St. Petersburg, is open daily from 10a-5p and 12-5p on Sunday. Admission is FREE.
More information on the exhibiting artists can be found online at: MoreanArtsCenter.org