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Three New York artists create works by request at the Ivy Brown Gallery
Tuesday, February 7th through Tuesday, February 21st 2017
Opening Reception Tuesday, February 7th, 6pm-8pm
Saturday February 11th & Sunday 12th 3-5pm
Wednesday, February 15th 6-8pm
Saturday, February 18th & Sunday, February 19th, 2-5pm
Tuesday, February 21st closing performance by Marie Christine Katz 6-8pm

Angelica Bergamini, Marie Christine Katz and Laura Mega will take up residence in the Ivy Brown Gallery from February 7th- February 21st and create unique, one of a kind, works from visitor’s personal stories, memories and events. The artists will create personalized works from these narratives using photographs, objects, and mixed media materials. These three artists will build bridges between the active observer and art.

Angelica Bergamini’s The Universe is Made of Stories, Marie Christine Katz’s Work in Progress & Moments and Laura Mega’s Say Something will combine into one cohesive exhibition.

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Angelica Bergamini's The Universe is made of Stories asks you to share any memories you want about yourself, your children, grandparents, ancestors, siblings, animals or events in your life. She will need 1 to 5 (300 DPI) photos that can be emailed, or you can bring the actual picture(s) to the gallery, which will be scanned for her to work from (if you bring your pictures to the gallery, Angelica will need a few days to work with the images.)
“Relating to the current time we are living in the project will show and talk about diversity, community, sharing, communication and I would say trust (to share your memories with a stranger requires trust).  I am not just an observer. I am part of the community, which is why my pictures will be in it too.”
Additionally, Angelica would like to record your memories linked to the images, even just few words. It could be just the name of the person or people in the photograph, and where it comes from. Learn more about Angela Bergamini here.

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Marie Christine Katz - Works in Progress & Moments Marie Christine will be setting up a small workshop in the gallery. She will transform items you bring to the gallery (including broken, ripped, torn and otherwise useless items) into a wearable art piece of clothing, jewelry, or decorative object. During the exhibition she will also, with your help, create a modified version of Moments. Moments consists of a room installation featuring wire or thread encircling a patron’s room of choice. Creating layers, each line symbolizing a year, each wall a season. Moments are marked by a bead, or a small object. Moments can also be installed using a single wall or a corner. A wire wrapped multiple times around the top of the wall with items that create a timeline of meaningful events in your life. For more, see Maria Christina Katz's website and blogspot.

Her focus for this exhibition will be conversations with visitors about what we are experiencing at this point of time personally in our lives and collectively in terms of what is happening around us and in the world, sharing memories of trauma, memories of healing. In those combined projects Marie Christine will address a direct action to preserve resources and the effect our actions have on the environment as well as attempt to bring people together, to foster a shared moment, a conversation, togetherness, understanding and compassion, stepping toward peace. On closing night, Marie Christine will be performing a new work directly informed by her interactions with the visitors of the exhibition.

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Laura Mega's Say Something will create works with words (stamps), sentences, messages or phrases that have meaning to you, with drawings on paper, your clothing (seen and unseen), canvas bags and in capsules (Pills).

“I like to work with images and words. I always try to make my characters talk to each other or to the person who is looking at the drawing. I like to have a conversation/communication with people through my artworks. My messages are about feelings, politics and my personal ideas are expressed in a humorous way, sometimes as a riddle. I am obsessed by words. The pills are a kind of stimulation for creativity, a "Good Drug” with messages in them. The messages are either of your choice or that of the artist. The concept is to help yourself and have no need of anyone else to be accepted or to be cool. The pills are chaos and balance. Words are important. Communication is important and many people are forgetting that.” See more about Laura Mega on instagram.