Collage Exhibitions by Don ZanFagna, Sophie Aston on View at Studio Vendome & Studio Vendome Projects, Now thru 5/31
Peter Hastings Falk, Studio Vendome and Studio Vendome Projects present two extraordinary collage exhibitions by Don ZanFagna and Sophie Aston.
ZanFagna's exhibit will be on view at Studio Vendome, 330 Spring St, New York, NY from tonight, April 23 through May 31, 2014. There will be an opening reception tonight April 23, from 6:00pm to 8:00pm. Sophie Aston: A Series of Interruptions will be on view at Studio Vendome Projects (28 Grand Street, New York, NY), with a reception held tonight, Wednesday April 23, from 6:00pm - 8:00pm.
Don ZanFagna [1929-2013] may be the most famous visionary artist you never heard of. During his lifetime he had more than 215 solo and group, national and international exhibitions. ZanFagna's utopian spirit and environmental consciousness were the driving forces behind the 49 extraordinary collages from three highly developed series of work that comprise this unique exhibition, The Manhattan Project, The Cyborg Series, and The Pulse Domes. Experience a dynamic fusion of Surrealism, Futurism, Constructivism, and Psychedelic Pop by an idiosyncratic genius, visionary architect, utopian artist, and restless provocateur of the 1970s.
The twenty collages in A Series of Interruptions (Sophie Aston) are composed of images clipped from copies of vintage Better Homes and Gardens from the 1950s through the early 1960s. By carefully disrupting the magazine's occupied domestic interiors with her own flat painted surfaces Aston directly addresses the tension between abstraction and representation. In transforming these interiors she engages the viewer but quickly thwarts their search for a legible space that makes sense. By doing so she draws our attention toward the discomfort we feel when left adrift in uncertainty. At the same time that she engages the viewer in her paradoxical picture space she says that she is presenting an odd emptiness and an odd inaccessibility because it asks what painting is supposed to be doing now.
Pictured: Don ZanFagna, Cyborg Notes 63 (Figures with Rainbow Heart), Mixed Media Collage on Paper, 23.5 x 29.5, 1971.