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Project Diversity Queens: What’s Going On?

Repetti (old location)
44-02 23rd Street, 4th floor, 718-670-3226
Long Island City
October 3 - October 28, 2007
Reception: Wednesday, October 3, 7 - 9 PM
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Showcasing Queens’ dynamic multicultural style, Repetti Gallery presents an October chapter of the borough wide exhibition titled Project Diversity Queens, a joint venture with The Queens Council on the Arts, and Project Diversity Founder Danny Simmons.

For Project Diversity Queens, 13 Queens galleries will show the work of 87 Queens artists from September through November. Each exhibition has been curated to address the diverse working methods of both the artists and galleries involved. Chosen from a cross section of contemporary art in Queens, the 11 artists in What’s Going On? confront the culture of globalization with resistance in the form of the handmade, singular object.

Working with traditional porcelain vessels, Sin-Ying Ho applies hand painted linguistic symbols, ranging from Chinese characters to computer binary codes, in order to create a new hybrid of craft and art. She describes these objects as transforming, “familiar forms into unidentified sculptures, illustrating the intercourse of cultures, the new and old both changing under the influence of technology.” William Mwazi merges portraits of African American leaders with comic book characters to better illustrate the greatness of these leaders’ contributions to society. Ivan Monforte describes his project, Sorry 2006, as a “video based project in which I provided 24 individuals the opportunity to apologize on camera to one person they hurt in their lives for 60 un-timed seconds…each person received two copies on DVD of their apology- one for their records, and one for the person they wounded.” With her Mask Series, Justine Reyes says she explores, “both the empowerment and the vulnerability of masking one’s identity,” and that by photographing herself masked she is, “making public a private performance.” A gumball machine rack selling trinkets like tax, dope, and goldfish offers a glimpse into what the artist, Domenick Di Pietrantonio, describes as the ability of common objects to act as a, “direct link to predicting our future or retelling our past.”
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