Artist Reception on January 28th at 6 p.m.

Now You’re Talking, 55”x58” acrylic ink and textile paint on pieced and sewn muslin. 2020

Surfacing by Gina Occhiogrosso Opens January 14th

TROY — The Arts Center of the Capital Region welcomes Gina Occhiogrosso to our Main Gallery for her solo exhibition Surfacing from January 14th to March 11th. Containing video, assemblages, sketchbooks, and paintings, Surfacing spans the past five years and touches upon the empowerment of the feminine in contemporary painting, the boundaries of craft and fine art, the pandemic, job loss, and other themes.

We will host an artist reception during Troy Night Out on Friday, January 28th from 6-8 p.m. Occhiogrosso will hold an artist talk on Wednesday, February 9th at 6:30 p.m. to discuss her work.

Gina Occhiogrosso’s paintings are composed through the application of wet color on a surface and through the process of disassembly and realignment.

In addition to presenting over 25 paintings, Occhiogrosso developed narratives in other media inspired by the events of the past two years. At the beginning of the pandemic, Occhiogrosso moved in with her aging mother and decided to document the interior of the house (her childhood home), in an accordion sketchbook that unfolds like time. She employs another accordion sketchbook to focus on the political and environmental flux we have experienced.

Utilizing a model dollhouse, Occhiogrosso simulates sunrise and sunset through low tech means to deliver a poem about the pandemic that moves like light cast upon the wall. She also saved materials from a job lost, grocery bags from curbside pickup, take-out containers from lunches delivered while at a residency that had been closed for a year, and brought them together as colorful diaristic works of art.

Gina Occhiogrosso is represented by Zinc Contemporary in Seattle WA, and Appleton Art Design, Westchester, NY and Westport, CT. Her work can be viewed online at www.gocchiogrosso.com.

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The Arts Center of the Capital Region, on Monument Square in downtown Troy, is a 36,000 square foot fully-accessible studio, exhibition, and performing arts space.

Gallery Hours: Monday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Tuesday - Thursday: 10 a.m. – 7 p.m., Friday: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Saturday: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

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