Brooklyn Campus Council for the Arts Presents “Interference”

October 23, 2014

BROOKLYN, N.Y. – October 23, 2014 – The St. Joseph’s College (SJC) Council for the Arts is pleased to announce that it will showcase the works of Brazilian artists Sandra LaPage and Carlos Pileggi in an exhibit entitled, “Interference” from October 22 to November 26 in the Alumni Room Gallery located in Tuohy Hall on SJC’s Brooklyn Campus. The opening reception will take place on Monday, October 27 from 5:30 to 8 p.m.; additional receptions will be held on Wednesday, November 5 at 12:40 p.m. and Saturday, November 8 from noon to 3 p.m.

Natives of Brazil, LaPage and Pileggi are in the midst of a six-month residency in Brooklyn courtesy of the NARS Foundation, a not-for-profit arts organization committed to supporting artists and curators on an international level. Each artist is selected through a competitive process and given exclusive use of their own studio spaces in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. With this, artists have an opportunity for their studios to be visited by critics and curators from two to three times a month. In addition, artist talks, presentations and workshops are held and the program culminates in an open studio event and group exhibition.

In this exhibit, Pileggi’s work seeks to be a visual reflection on cultural and social phenomena that take place in contemporary life and contemplates notions of the everyday, the struggle for success, what success means and what becomes valuable in life. LaPage’s art, on the other hand, violently manipulates images of European art from the medieval period to the 19th century, reducing them to constructive elements which are evocative of the Brazilian aesthetic of self-built dwellings; these elements are haphazardly arranged and assembled, and the structural precariousness and fragility of the paper are evident to the viewer. By doing this, LaPage addresses the impossibility of defining boundaries in contemporary times in terms of language as idiom or artistic media, or in terms of nationality or identity.

These events are free and open to the public. Regular gallery hours are 4 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday and 12 to 3 p.m. on Saturday.  For more information about this exhibit or other upcoming cultural events at the College's Brooklyn Campus, call 718.940.5971.

The St. Joseph’s College Council for the Arts is a coalition of students, faculty members and staff who serve as a focal point for SJC’s educational and community outreach programming in the arts. By expanding and integrating campus arts activities, the Council seeks to enhance the public image of the College as a cultural center in Brooklyn and aims to make arts and cultural events more accessible to its students and area neighbors.

St. Joseph’s College has been dedicated to providing a diverse population of students in the New York metropolitan area with an affordable education rooted in the liberal arts tradition since 1916. Independent and coeducational, the College provides a strong academic and value-oriented education at the undergraduate and graduate levels, aiming to prepare each student for a life characterized by integrity, intellectual and spiritual values, social responsibility, and service. With campuses located in the Clinton Hill area of Brooklyn and in Patchogue, Long Island, the College offers degrees in more than 29 majors, special course offerings and certificates, affiliated and pre-professional programs.