Paintings by Ed Porzio and Diana Zipeto
Exhibit: November 6-December 1, 2018
Reception: Saturday, November 10, 6–8pm
Color Play/Paper Folds: Lowell Exhibit Celebrates Two Painters at Play
On Display from Nov. 6–Dec. 1 at UnchARTed Gallery, Lowell
“Color Play/Paper Folds,” an art exhibition by painters Ed Porzio and Diana Zipeto will be held Nov. 6-Dec. 1 at the UnchARTed Gallery at 103 Market St. in Lowell, MA. The exhibition highlights the notion of play in paintings by two Lowell-based artists. The gallery is open for viewing Tuesday through Saturday from 11:30am to 1am. An Opening Reception will be on Saturday, November 10 from 6-8 p.m. and the public is invited to attend.
Children’s television legend Mr. Rogers once said, “Play is serious learning.” The goal of this exhibit is to present two painters who use play as a tool for exploration in creating art. Their work plays with color, materials, and techniques to find new forms and expressions.
Ed Porzio’s bright paintings play with form and abstraction, “My work is whimsical, colorful, somewhat humorous and childlike, yet with attention focused on design and composition.” Diana Zipeto uses paper folding techniques to create imagery for her bold, large-scale paintings, “Exploring different ideas with paper gives me a chance to loosen up and let something exciting happen by chance, then pounce on it and use it in a painting.”
Both artists use play in their work to explore complex ideas. Ed, originally from East Boston, uses his training as an architect to bring structure and balance to his abstractions, “I am interested in revealing depth in the seemingly ordinary. I am able to grasp a nebulous idea, and apply thoughts and observations to concrete forms.” Diana Zipeto, Andover native and a graduate of the Massachusetts College of Art and Design, addresses themes of gender equality and social justice in her work, “Starting with paper photographs of women, I fold and cut the images to give them a new 3rd dimension. I make large paintings of the fragile paper constructions to capture throw-away moments in a solid form.”
The locally and nationally recognized artists have exhibited their work in galleries across New England and the United States. They work (and play) at Western Avenue Studios and Lofts in Lowell.
For more information on the exhibit and reception, please call 978-323-9040 or visit www.unchartedgallery.com
UnchARTed Gallery (www.unchartedgallery.com) is a multimedia art space that offers the public a fresh and innovative approach to art. In recognizing the positive power of artists, we heed the call for change in the mundane and overdone. Our gallery, located at 103 Market St., serves as an exhibition and performance space for local artists, guest curators, ambitious musicians, and creative minds alike.
Color Play/Paper Folds Image/Caption:
“Castle Towers,” oil on canvas, 24”x36”, by Ed Porzio (2015) and “Louise (Louise Nevelson)”, acrylic on canvas, 36”x36”, by Diana Zipeto (2017) are on display as part of “Color Play/Paper Folds” exhibition at the UnchARTed Gallery from Nov. 6 to Dec. 1, 2018