Pasquale Cuppari is a multi-media artist and humanist whose love for nature dates back to his earliest childhood days. Cuppari was born in a farmer’s town of less than two hundred people in Calabria, Italy. As a young boy, Cuppari walked the fields, dug the soil, and drank the ground water from his family’s farm.
Cuppari completed his education in Italy as a mechanical engineer, but realized early on that engineering was not what he wanted to do with his life. Moving to New York in 1957, Cuppari began a formal study of painting and music. He recorded several compositions and painted exhaustively while working to support his growing family.
On New Year’s Eve, 1976, a devastating fire destroyed his house and most of his artwork to date. Like a phoenix rising from the ashes, the fire gave birth to Cuppari’s pioneering “More is More” philosophy of art which was a rebellion against Ludwig Mies van der Rohe’s then prevalent philosophy “Less is More”.
Cuppari found his first opportunity to exhibit his work in 1979, when he bought an old historical building in Elizabeth, NJ. He transformed this building into an “All Arts Center,” where he co-founded two galleries through the federal C.I.T.A. program. He recruited a group of artists and set them up with studios and workshops, including Alejandro Anreus, who went on to become the curator for the Montclair Art Museum and the Jersey City Museum. Through 1983, Cuppari organized monthly art openings and weekly poetry readings for this group and the surrounding community.
LIGHT YEARS AWAY
SATURDAY, JUNE 24 – FRIDAY, JULY 21, 2017
OPENING RECEPTION: SATURDAY, JUNE 24 – 7 TO 10PM
Index Art Center is pleased to present “Light Years Away,” a group exhibition of artwork informed by celestial mapping including the themes of star navigation, star cartography, scale of the Universe, orbits of celestial bodies, the search for habitable planets and/or extraterrestrial life, time dilation, and other matters addressing the exploration of our universe via charts, maps, diagrams, and other visual documentation meant to interpret our understanding of the geography of space in the broadest interpretation of this subject matter. Curated by Wavelength, a collaborative project by Gianluca Bianchino and Jeanne Brasile, their curatorial model considers phenomenological art informed by scientific principles. They are interested in interpreting art as a metaphysical space to discuss ideas. The exhibition brings together multi-media installations, sculpture, drawing and paintings are sympathetic to their curatorial philosophy. Featured artists include Pasquale Cuppari, Dahlia Elsayed, Amber Heaton, Heejung Kim, Heather Merckle, Julia Oldham, Really Large Numbers and Chad Stayrook.
“Beyond creating imagery, the works are unified through the artists’ desire to visualize cosmological phenomena, depict quasi-diagrammatical explanations of scientific data, or present complex ideas in an easily understood format,” noted Wavelength’s curatorial team. Chad Stayrook’s Final Frontier playfully “explains” the making of a constellation, while Amber Heaton charts the natural light and movement of the sun and the moon for a year in her installation and Heejung Kim explores the spiritual aspects of the night sky. Viewers will be situated in a series of conversations about stellar wonders in an immersive environment.
Index Side Gallery:
Amanda Thackray: 'PORIFERA'
Index Art Center was established in May 2009 with a mission to help strengthen and revitalize Newark’s emerging art scene. They wish to create an environment where the local community and artists of all media can come together and take part in a unique dialogue, one which affirms Newark as a center for contemporary art. Index Art Center is located at 237 Washington Street, Newark, New Jersey near the corner of Market Street. It is easily accessible by car, The PATH and NJ Transit. Hours are Thursdays 6 to 9pm, Fridays and Saturdays 1 – 4pm and by appointment. Admission is free and open to the public.
Join us for the opening reception of Surfaces! Featuring works by Pasquale Cuppari and Wayne Charles Roth.
Seeing differences allows us to learn. Exploring differences shows us how to discover and experience more of ourselves and others. Two artistic voices expressed on contrasting surfaces. You can see differences and similarities. You can expand that awareness and share it with others.
Artist talk from 5:00 - 6:00 pm