Mixed media paintings and wall sculptures by
Bergen Performing Arts Center presents mixed media paintings and wall sculptures by Rene Fressola: Interactions. The exhibit is in residence at The Intermezzo Gallery on the 2nd floor of the bergenPAC November 2-30, 2015. The gallery is open to the general public free of charge during box office hours Mon-Fri 11AM – 4PM Saturday 12PM to 4PM. A free reception will take place Wednesday, November 18, 2015 at 6PM.
Rene Fressola was born in 1965 in Brooklyn, New York. He began studying printmaking, photography and painting in 1979 during which time he won awards for his compositions.
In 1990 he relocated to Florida where he enrolled in the International Academy of Merchandising and Design to study Interior Design with an emphasis in color theory, space planning and rendering.
Fressola creates small and large-scale abstract works of mixed media on canvas, paper and wood. He is committed to creating only original work -- no prints.
Fressola has exhibited in over 100 solo and group exhibits and his work is held in private collections nationally and internationally. His work has been shown at galleries in Tampa, Atlanta, New York,Chicago, San Francisco and Los Angeles. He now lives & works in New York City.
“I see my work as a continuous mix of influences and styles which are simultaneously simplistic and complex in realization. The combination of these elements has been present in my work since its inception. I am influenced by the color in the work of Hans Hoffman, the fluid passion of Willem DeKooning, the precision of Arshile Gorky and the originality of Frank Lobdell. I am predominantly self-taught and continue to paint and define my own style through experimentation. Painting allows me to express the beauty and ugliness which exists within each of us. I enter the studio with a commitment to create new and unusual work inspired by my interactions. Generally I work spontanious, I just start with a mark & continue to build on it, sort of like when a dancer makes up new moves, I dance & move with the canvas and just let it lead me! Pieces can take anywhere from 3 hours to 3weeks, Colors sort of set the mood for the viewers, some serene, some dark & chaotic, I am fully influenced by the Abstract painters of the 40's-50's from New York & California. My mood and the music I listen to helps set the tone for my sessions in the studio.”
About bergenPAC: Founded in 2003, the 1,367-seat Bergen Performing Arts Center, or bergenPAC, is the area’s cultural mecca. Housed in a historic Art Deco-style theater boasting one of the finest acoustic halls in the United States, bergenPAC attracts a stellar roster of world-class entertainment. The jewel in our crown is The Performing Arts School at bergenPAC – the innovative, educational performing arts initiative that reaches more than 30,000 students annually. The Performing Arts School provides community youth, age 2 months to 21 years, with unique, “hands-on” training in music, dance and theater by industry professionals. It is through the ongoing generosity of sponsors, donors, membership, and patrons that the not-for-profit 501 (c)(3) corporation bergenPAC and The Performing Arts School are able to thrive and enrich our community.