Let me start off by saying I'm real sorry for taking so frigging long to get this post up, and how I haven't been posting as often as I normally do. I'll get back in the grove, I promise.
Well "The Addams Family Gathering" show was a huge success. We packed the house all night long. The show was from 7-10, but we had people show up at 6:30 and we were kicking people out after 11. All the artist came threw in a big way with kick-ass art and helping with the shows set up. Thanks guys! The show comes down this Sunday, 10/25/09. So if you haven't seen the work in person, and you want to, this Saturday is your last chance.
Below I've posted pics of all my work in the show. After the show comes down I'll throw up pics of the other artist's work that were also in the show. Below my work, I have also included a great article written in the Middletown Press about the show.
The Middletown Press article:
Addams Family inspires creepy exhibit
By LESLIE PARSONS
MIDDLETOWN — A continuous reel of old Addams Family television clips projected on a large screen played in the window of the MAC 650 Gallery welcoming guests to the opening night of “The Addams Family Gathering” Friday night.
Guests and featured artists, many dressed in funeral attire, admired an eclectic assortment of work based on one of television’s beloved families inside the gallery.
The exhibit features art inspired by “The Addams Family” television show and will be shown on Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. until Oct. 25.
Artists Joseph Dinunzio and Joseph Galluccio were responsible for bringing the show to the MAC 650 gallery. Dinunzio, who had been watching episodes of “The Addams Family” through Netflix, was inspired to create an exhibit inspired by the show.
“It’s such a wide expanse of a world through their eyes,” said Dinunzio. “They see everything differently.”
Dinunzio and Galluccio sought out members of the local art community to contribute to the show. According to Dinunzio, they were looking for artists whose art had “darkness,” or artists who “could bring something to the genre.” Because of the specific theme of the show, they did not expect artists to already have art in their collections that would fit the show’s theme, so artists asked to show work in the exhibit created new art.
“We have yet to have an artists say no,” he said.
Dinunzio said the show took nearly a year to put together.
“It worked out great,” said Galluccio. “Everyone took to is really easily.”
According to Galluccio, he and Dinunzio chose artists from “a bunch of different disciplines,” which is apparent in the variety of works that make up the exhibit. The exhibit includes sculptures, paintings and even hand-made musical instruments.
“We have everything from fine art to comic book illustrations,” said Galluccio.
Galluccio, who has experience as an impressionist painter, said he enjoyed the opportunity to “experiment more with my darker side.”
Dinunzio’s works in the exhibit were sculptural renderings of Addams Family characters “infused with modern day situations and scenarios. His depictions included Morticia as a dominatrix, Wednesday as “an old woman trapped in a young woman’s body” and Gomez locks in a padded cell.
The exhibit is presented in association with the North End Artist Co-op, an artists’ cooperative that owns the gallery space. The co-op also owns apartments near the gallery that they provide as government-subsidized housing for artists. Dinunzio, a former member of the co-op, said the housing was for “artists trying to get back on their feet.”
Melissa Williams, president of the co-op, said they own nine apartment units that they are currently renting to 11 artists from a variety of different fields.
“The Addams Family Gathering” features the work of Dinunzio, Shannon M. Gagne, Galluccio, Joey Marsocci, Jason May, John McCormack, Katie Osowiecki, Shelley Osowiecki and Carrie Swider. The MAC 650 Gallery is located at 650 Main St. in Middletown.
Thanks everyone. Later - Joe