See three exhibits at the Passaic County Arts Center. “Sense and Sustainability” is an installation comprised entirely of recycled materials. “The Full Moon Series” is a display of paintings. “The Infinite: Arch and Line” showcases a complex layering technique.
“Sense and Sustainability” curated by Poramit Thantapalit is an installation comprised entirely of recycled materials which includes plastics, labels, and discarded clothing. Thantapalit, a native of Thailand, incorporated cyanotype photogram while developing the piece. A cyanotype photogram is a photographic printing process that creates a cyan-blue print made without a camera by placing items directly onto photographic paper.
“The Full Moon Series” is nearly 50 years in the making. For Joseph Coco, this is the 13th installment of designated works from over 125 paintings and drawings to date. Images from December, when the first full moon rises, recaps his year. Each January moon anticipates the year ahead. Coco, a Passaic, New Jersey native, composed 13 pieces of music to complement the images. Coco feels “the moon is a universal archetype and a symbolic companion spirit.”
“The Infinite: Arch and Line” by Anna Carina Sinocchi also incorporates the photogram technique by producing a silhouetted shape that sets the foundation for the final product. The process is organic by nature. The way the photograph is developed, in conjunction with the transformation of the material surface, reveals the next step for Sinocchi, the painting itself.
“By opening myself up to the unexpected, my engagement with painting is somewhat passive, unlike that of a traditional painter,” said Sinocchi, a Paterson resident. “Rather than working from preconception, I paint by orchestrating the nature of what is revealed before me.”