Paul Farinacci, artist of social commentary


It has been a while since Oola and I traveled on any “plane”.  That foolishness dealt with, I would like you to meet — if you haven’t already — one of my fellow travelers at Blue Mountain Center.

Paul Farinacci is an artist with whom I spent a few whiles in pleasant discussion of the kinds of stuff Artists talk about.  Paul gave the suggestion — and the hand —  to light one of my book installations by candles (big citronella buckets, if you are into details).  But mostly he was bent on getting two pieces done for a show.  He worked longer into the beautiful Adirondack nights than I ever did.

Paul’s work is the kind that you might pass by if you are not the kind to take close, slow looks.  At first it reminded me of Grimm’s fairy tales. The more I looked, the more Daumier and Dorothea Lange and Mark Fiore came to mind.  It even made me wonder how Goya would deal with the social issues we are facing in our place/time.

During our residency Paul was working on 2 paper maché sculptures in his series about testing school children on their academic progress. Each work is covered in NY State testing pages.

Click on any image to see its enlargement.

“Death by #2″ is another of my favorites.

deathby#2Paul makes sculptural buildings which are lighted inside, so that you can play the voyeur to see what is going on.

And another favorite:

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Assisted Living

Paul also makes huge drawings of which you can see representations at the New York Foundation for the Arts website: http://nyfamark.com/section/164643_Paul_Farinacci.html

If you are in New York, you can visit his work at the Lyceum Gallery, Suffolk Community College (Riverhead NY) until Oct 26.  www.artslant.com/ny/venues/show/41662-lyceum-gallery

Well worth a second, third, and fourth look!

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One Response to “Paul Farinacci, artist of social commentary”

  1. Bob Sennhauser Says:

    Hi Jan,

    Thanks for introducing me to the work of Paul Farinacci. I would have never walked past it, as one rarely sees work that deals so
    simply, but directly with a social issue of such great importance, and
    does so without being propagandist. Quite simply he is dealing with
    “death by testing.”

    I hope you are on the way to finding something for yourself. You
    put so much of yourself ward to provide your students with both the
    best teaching and helping them find within themselves the strength
    to go forward, as difficult as that can be at times. I am proud to be a
    friend of yours.

    Love,
    Bob

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