John and Paolo and Patrick and Dennis went on a weekend road trip to the Catskills. The drive took far longer than they’d thought it would, but despite various mishaps along the way they had a good time. By the time they arrived at the cottage, all four were faint with hunger. Of course, restaurants are scarce and close early in small Catskill towns, so they cooked what they could find at the Stewart’s convenience store in the next town over. The meal came out marvelously. Microwave pizza, ice cold beer, and even a six-pack of Smirnoff Ice!
The four decided to have a party. They sang songs and danced and drank and got very drunk.
Paolo Arao and John Miserendino recorded the trip with digital video and disposable cameras. The document of the events from the trip produced Intermission.
On view will be an installation of graphite drawings by Paolo Arao, photographs and a video collaboration by John Miserendino and Paolo Arao.
Paolo Arao received his BFA in Painting and Printmaking from Virginia Commonwealth University in 1999. He attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 2000. Paolo’s work has been exhibited in group shows in New York at The Drawing Center, the Bronx Museum for the Arts, Socrates Sculpture Park and Sculpture Center. His work was recently included in the exhibition Introspective Men at Madder Gallery in London, curated by David Kefford.
Paolo was the recipient of a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship for the category of Drawing/Printmaking/Artists’ Books in 2005. He lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.
John Miserendino received his Bachelors in Architecture from Cornell University in 2003. His work has been included in group exhibitions at the Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art and Capsule Gallery, New York. His work was recently on view at the Scope Art Fair in New York City. John lives and works in New York.
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