Group Exhibition featuring Donald Porcaro, Natasha Das, Steven Balogh and Gorazd Poposki
April 1st – 20th, 2023
Don Porcaro is a New York-based artist whose work explores the nature of human interaction with the physical world through archeology and man-made objects like tools, toys and architecture. His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, and has been reviewed in The New York Times, Sculpture Magazine, Art in America, Artnews, BOMB, Newsday, Artcritical.com and TwoCoatsofPaint.com, among others. In 2007 he was the subject of a featured profile in Sculpture Magazine. Recent public art commissions include a 2017 work for the New Jersey Transit Lite Rail platform at Jersey Ave. in Jersey City, and a 2011 sculpture for the city of Portoroz, Slovenia during his residency as the U.S. representative for the 50th Forma Viva International Sculpture Symposium. Porcaro was nominated for the International Sculpture Center’s prestigious Educator of the Year Award, and is the recipient of a 1991 Teaching Excellence Award from Parsons School of Design, where he taught since 1975 and is now Professor Emeritus of Fine Arts. Porcaro received his MFA in Sculpture from Columbia University and is a member of the National Academy of Design and American Abstract Artists. He is represented by Westwood Gallery in New York City.
Natasha Das’s work lies at an intersection of materials and methods, blurring the lines between approach and content. Born in Assam, India and trained in Florence, Italy, Natasha is a cross-disciplinary artist working from her studios in Assam and New York City. She works primarily with oil paint and thread, layering the individuality of each material to build a surface upon which the two coexist inextricably. Das began her career perfecting traditional portraiture, with a keen eye for color, figure, and composition. Increasingly frustrated with the constraints of her own expertise, Das began to unlearn what she was taught, shifting her concentration to the materials themselves.
1954 Steven Balogh was born as István Vilmos Balogh in Hegyhátszentpéter, Hungary, Europe. 1961 He moved to Budapest, Hungary. 1974-76 He served in the Army, at an air-force base in Hungary. 1975 His deep involvement with art started in this year. 1978 He joined the Studio Lajos Vajda in Szentendre, Hungary. 1980 His first one-man show. 1984 Joined the Studio of Young Artists in Budapest, Hungary. 1986 He lived in Vienna, Austria, Europe. 1987 He moved to New York and had resided there ever since. 1991 His daughter Lily Nicole Balogh was born in New York. She is a professional dancer. Steven discovered that her used pointe shoes make a wonderful medium for thought provoking art. 1995 He became a US citizen and changed his name to Steven Balogh, since then, he signs his works UNDER this new name. 2015 Member of Queens Council On the Arts New York 2019 Member of RIVAA – Roosevelt Island Visual Art Association, New York 2019 Member of the New York Contemporary Art Center‘s Arts Review Committee
In large or small scale works, Gorazd Poposki maintains the influence of the spontaneous in his creative process as another way of investing the works with a natural authenticity. Sketching directly on the marble in preparation, the artist has described his sculpting process as “action drawing- carving”, where the instantaneous touch gives way to multiplicitous and fresh invention. The melding of disciplines refutes an easy reading of style, method or even origin. Flattened impressions create depth and detail through the application of hundreds of compressed small marks, contrasting textures, various states of polish and painterly shadowing.