Val Sivilli

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Val Sivillli on view : 2/16 – 3/16 at RVCC Art Gallery !

Heejung Kim and Val Sivilli – RECENT WORKS:

is on view at Raritan Valley Community College until March 16th 2018 at the RVCC ART GALLERY located in the COLLEGE CENTER

 HERE for Map of basement of the COLLEGE CENTER where the Art Gallery is located.

HERE for link to Interactive Campus map.

HERE for a driving map to RVCC.

GALLERY HOURS: Mon: 3 -8 , Tues: 10 – 3 , Wed: 3 – 8 , Thurs: 10 – 6 , Fri: 1-4

I would be happy to meet at the gallery any afternoon during the week if you let me know you are coming. valsivilli@gmail.com

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Exhibiting at RVCC

Heejung Kim & Val Sivilli: Recent Work
February 16 – March 16
Artists’ Talk: Fri., February 16th; 5:00-6:00 p.m.
Reception: Fri., February 16th; 6:00-7:00 p.m.


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Purge and Burn.

Destroying work via the flame can be incredibly cathartic. I have to admit, when I first considered destroying my work was a sour grapes kinda thing. Feeling all sorry for myself. So much Work.. so little interest… not thinking the work is valued in any way except for in my own head.. and I am starting to drown in it. SET IT ON FIRE!!!  But, as fate would have it.. the act of burning the work, created the seeds of yet another creative act – another group of work . yet another conceptual dilemma. The burnt carcasses of the work, the BONES and my friend Laura defined them ARE GORGEOUS and RESONANT!

The most amazing part of this act, is the release of creative energy. the creative energy that is bound in this work, is STUCK… STUCK!  and it continues to suck our attention and energy.   The photos in this post show my last Civilian Art sign (my oild t-shirt business) cut into individual letters, tossed into the blaze one at a time.

The joy in watching these burn was massive. Massive joy – creative energy released to go wherever it needs to go. To land wherever it can, finding someone searching for it… it will find them. xoxoxoxoxo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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“Phoenix Nest” Burn it #5

It seems that 47 year old women tend to be metaphysically obsessed with the Phoenix. I am no different. I was intrigued with the entire thing – the egg, the nest, the burning nest, the consumption by flames, the rebirth. Lot of Phoenix images came out of me that year around 2007. This particular painting was a very colorful nest. It has/d sissle twine fragments embedded in the paint. When I took the painting out of the closet, I thought.. HOW BEAUTIFUL!… BURN THIS FUCKER! Enjoy the flames. It’s so nice to watch a fire, right?

“Re-Inventing the Arts in Hunterdon County.”

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T.H.A.T. , The Hunterdon Art Tour completed its first year triumphantly!

It seems that most of the visitors to our studios this year were other artists. At first this worried me, but I quickly realized how great that actually is.  As we create a stronger community, as we become cohesive, when we are able to easily work together and form critique groups, curate exhibitions, hold workshops, share ideas then we will be able to share our process, we will be able to show our work with greater relevance to our community. Once we are able to do that, as well we become a stronger force.

Like those DownTown artists in the 1950’s and 60’s, we here in Hunterdon County are finding each other. We are expanding our community.

From”Inventing Downtown” – I saw this photograph and laughed! It was taken by my undergraduate drawing professor from SUNY Purchase – John Cohen. It reminded me of how small the art world really is.

Very recently, The Grey Art Gallery at NYU held an exhibition called “Inventing Downtown.” During the 1950’s and 60’s many artists moved downtown and opened their own exhibition spaces. Artists yearned to create art without being constrained by the concerns of uptown galleries. Uptown galleries defined the success of the work by how well it sold. Moving downtown facilitated experimentation and collaboration without a concern for a huge price tag.  Spaces downtown were cheap. There was ample room for exhibition spaces, studios and an opportunity for artists to find solace in each other’s company – to share ideas, collaborate, influence each other without the nerve wracking consideration of whether to not the market would support those efforts. When community of artists swaps ideas, talks, connects regularly – Art Thrives! When artists can create without constraint, they are society’s vital sounding board  – the most valuable role for any artist.  Artists are our conscience  – the eye and ears and voice for which society depends.  Artists assist society in interpreting the times and find reason and answers and insight.

I am saying CHEERS to us all!  Taking this into our own hands will serve to empower our voices as artists.  We are sprinting out of the gate! BRAVO!

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If you’re nice…

…I just might let you sit on my painting chair…

…and I will  feed you.

Val’s Studio is #28 on T.H.A.T.’s Open Studio Tour: Sat May 6th & Sun May 7th 10-6pm.

Paintings priced from 65. to 2500.

Haggling is expected