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Roots of Origin: The Gorilla Campaign Project

  • Ely Center of Contemporary Art 51 Trumbull Street New Haven, CT 06510 (map)

Join us for our second weekly Open Studios with the 2019 ECoCA Artists in Residence. This week, artist Stephanie Lush-Mastriano will host “Roots of Origin.” All are welcome and this event is free & open to the public.

“Roots of Origin” is about recognizing, respecting, and celebrating our history and ancestry. We are all connected by our DNA. How do we come together around this theme as older and younger generations? The idea is to utilize the arts as a bridge to embrace and explore different cultures and forms of spirituality, promoting equanimity and healing and opening up lines of communication.

The goal of “The Gorilla Campaign Project” is to get younger and older artists/ audiences to connect through the history of 80s and 90s hip-hop and punk rock music and art culture, recognizing and appreciating its influence on modern pop culture today, while embracing the Gorilla as a marketing mascot.

In the Art world, the Gorilla calls to mind The Guerilla Girls, political activism and feminism, fighting out against injustices and standing up for equality. Guerrilla Art also is a reference to environmental art and street art, paying homage to artists like Shepard Fairey and Banksy. Guerrilla Art is more about the meaning of the art than it is about the art itself.

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Earlier Event: July 11
First ECOCA A.I.R. Open Studios
Later Event: July 25
July 25 Open Studios