Gallery Exhibit: Brendan Rose & Michael Barletta, Paper, Staple, String

Rose & Barletta

Gallery at the Ann Felton Multicultural Center 
Mon., Oct. 1 – Tues., Nov. 6 
Monday - Friday: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. 
Artist Reception: Wed., Oct. 17, 11 a.m. - noon & 5 - 7 p.m. 

Exhibition Statement

Paper, Staple, String is a spatial installation, transforming The Gallery @ OCC into a dynamic field of suspended objects. Educational remnants (the discarded paperwork of students) are reclaimed as monochromatic pixels of a space defining cloud. This three-dimensional form transfigures as it intersects with the gallery walls, flattening and expanding against the two-dimensional surface.

Like the clouded network of our google-selves, contemporary personal orientation belongs not in the orthogonal walled room but in the non-Euclidian field. Here, discarded class assignments* take flight in a daydream flock of abandoned knowledge. The field is the form for us to inhabit. The latent information is not for knowledge, but for swimming. 

*Note the Nutalist obsession with “as-found” material.

Artists Brendan Rose and Mike Barletta will collaborate with OCC students to create this installation during a week-long open gallery session from October 1st – October 5th, 2012.

Bio - Brendan Gabriel Rose

Born in Syracuse, NY, Brendan Rose has worked professionally across the disciplines of architecture, visual art, and construction. Brendan studied architecture at the University at Buffalo and Syracuse University, completing a master’s degree in 2010. Between degrees, Brendan worked at the architecture firm Miller/Hull, in Seattle, where he specialized in sustainable design. He has also led the construction of projects ranging in scale from a bicycle rack to a 3,000 sqft energy-efficient residence. Most recently, Brendan served as the Syracuse Public Artist in Residence from 2011-2012. In this position he worked collaboratively with community members and Syracuse University students to design and install a series of sculptures within Syracuse. Brendan’s work focuses on engaging people to take an active role in making their environments beautiful, healthy places to live through both art and architecture.

Bio – Michael Barletta

Michael began painting large canvases around 1995 and in 1998 founded a gallery/studio project called MetaPhorestry with collaborative partner Michael Swatt. He later cofounded a nonprofit arts organization in Syracuse, NY, in which he served as artistic director from 2000 to 2005. 

Since then, Michael has continued to develop his skills as an artist, photographer and designer. His talent for designing and facilitating creative contemporary spaces has greatly influenced his move into site-specific installation. Recent notable projects include live paintings at the Everson Museum’s 2009 Biennial, New York University’s Kimmel building for 5 large drawings, A Citi Corp building installation and live painting event and Syracuse University’s Warehouse Gallery. A new piece will also be featured at Syracuse University’s XL Projects Gallery for The Everson’s TONY 2012 exhibition this summer. This work will utilize the same materials chosen for Water Piece, however in a window exterior application. This installation will be observed as an extreme conditions test case for material durability and application process.

Michael’s strength is creating relatable, energetic images without direct representational elements and in vibrant color through acrylic painting and installations. Michael is currently co-owner of Daylightblue Media Group based in Syracuse, New York.