STATEN ISLAND, NY – The arts community of Staten Island celebrated a milestone last week, with the opening of a groundbreaking exhibition that combines traditional paintings in an “analog” setting with a digital gallery showcasing the work in form. by NFT.
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The exhibition, titled “Under the Umbrella, Big Red NYC,” features eight new red paintings by Staten Island artist Vince MacDermot, and is on display at the CANVAS Institute in Tompkinsville until February 14, 2022.
“I use red because red is the color of love, life and energy. I am using a stylized cartoon format that is an American form of expression, ”MacDermot said in an artist statement about his work.
The gallery characterized the paintings as “depicting current changes in American life as well as the heartwarming continuation of America’s love for cars.”
The opening of the show was celebrated on Saturday, December 18 at an event supported in part by the Cafe Royal Cultural Foundation.
“Over the years, the CANVAS Institute has supported the innovative work of emerging and established artists,” said Bobby Digi, owner and CEO of the CANVAS Institute. “We are proud to have Vince’s work in our gallery for the second time. New York City has supported the works of this artist for the past few years and we look forward to another great show.
MacDermot is the son of prolific and influential composer Galt MacDermot, who wrote the music for the famous and award-winning Broadway show HAIR. Galt MacDermot, who died in 2018, was considered a mentor to the Staten Island arts community and was involved with the Wagner College Theater.
Vince MacDermot’s art was recently seen in Italy, at the XIII BIENNALE DE FLORENCE – Eternal Feminine exhibition, and at MvVO 2021 at the Oculus.
The CANVAS Institute is located at 150 Victory Blvd. The opening hours of the gallery are Monday to Friday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
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