Art Rage (505 Hawley Avenue, Syracuse, New York 13203) has offered up another large-scale portrait show – this time they’re paintings – by Buffalo, New York bred and current Hudson Valley artist Joe Radoccia.
These are oil paintings with gorgeous technical drawing proficiency and a burnt sienna/sepia color palette that alludes to the past – in regard to both subject matter and mature stoic models. They are installed using magnets that connect to a metal brace on the wall, which also seems to be an allegory – magnetic personalities who found themselves in a battle for their sexual orientation rights, telling stories that combine hope for tomorrow with a bit of waiting-for-the-shoe-to-drop angst (will it fall/falter/fail?). One that Art Rage fans find compelling – social (in)justice, in this case, as it relates to the history of gay rights and the personal histories of these larger-than-life characters.
The show is titled About Face: 50 Years After Stonewall. It chronicles the events during and following what is known as the Stonewall rebellion, a protest/fight-back by attendees of a Greenwich Village nightclub during a police raid. It was this single event in 1969 that catapulted the gay pride movement as mainstream history.
Each painting in this series is accompanied by interviews with the models and these snippets form the narrative link. It is a fascinating and informative journey. Personalities sharing their unique stories, which, combined, create a tapestry of unity, spirit, power and grace.
The art reception was last Saturday, but other events are scheduled during the next month and a half. Joe Radoccia will do an artist talk on Tueday, June 18, 2019 at 7 pm at the gallery. In addition, there will be film screenings as well as LGBTQ activist lectures. See their website for the deets on those activities here.
The show runs through July 12, 2019. Art Rage is open Wednesday – Friday 2 – 7 pm and Saturday noon – 4 pm.