Jerry Ross Opening January 8th
Press Release: First Friday in January Exhibit by Jerry Ross at In Eugene Real Estate 100 E. Broadway Ave Suite 100. Old and new works: paintings related to Italian history and society, Hooft family portraits, abstract landscapes, Angela portraits, abstract figurative works. Contact: Ben Fogelson, broker
Passeggiata con Cinghiale , 2011, Painting, 60 H x 84 W x 2 in
Passeggiata con Cinghiale (2011) is a painting that depicts the Italian concept of “passeggiata”, the evening stroll in most Italian towns. This is a metaphorical painting making a statement about Italy's current social and political crisis. I have been reading "The Dark Heart of Italy" by Tobias Jones which describes the post-war civil war that has been going on as fascist elements have reinserted themselves into the Italian state and secret services. Here a smartly dressed couple is out for the evening passeggiata (walk) and they are confronted by an enormous green cinghale symbolizing all that is wrong with contemporary Italy. Indeed, everything in this painting is a symbol. The couple on the left symbolizes the “cittadinanza”, the ordinary citizens out on a walk. As already mentioned, they are confronted by a large green boar, the “Cinghiale” which is a symbol for “Mani pulite” (“clean hands) also referred to as “tangentopli” a national investigation into mafia infestation and political corruption having to do with the construction of the ring-road around Milan but, more generally, to the system of bribes, kickbacks, and other corrupt practices, a vast conspiracy of Italian political parties to keep the left out of power and to ensure the continued existence of this system of corruption. The young woman on the far right symbolized the young generation of Italians with dwindling prospects for employment or a bright future given this entrenched system of corruption.
Fiorella Ciceruacchio Angela John
Portraiture is well representated in this exhibit. “Fiorella” is a portrait (Mayor’s Art Shw 2012). Portrait of “una vecchio donna italiano” -- a citizen of Tuscany near Montepulciano.. “Portrait of Fiorella is a depiction of a woman that defies popular femininity yet defines who she is, as a woman, boldly. It is an oil painting of an Italian nonna from Tuscany, thereby setting up the viewer to witness her as not only female but as a matriarchal figure. However, she is depicted outside of any motherly or grandmotherly setting, standing alone, with an expression that is the antithesis of the soft, submissive, and nurturing female stereotype. “ (review by Victoria Reis). “Ciceruacchio”is a portrait of Angelo Brunetti who fought with Garibaldi during the Second Republic of Italy's defense of Rome. Captured along with his 14-year old son by the Austrians, his son was executed and then it was his turn after he pleaded with the Austrians for his son's life. In this manner the Austrians showed their contempt for Italian patriotism.
Portraits of candidates from the 2016 election:
Trump Bernie Sanders Bernie Sanders Hillary Clinton
Note: some of these are giclee prints as the orginal oils
are on exhibit in Las Vegas. Jerry’s sister, diane Bush, is a well-known
photographer/arts activist in Las Vegas and she has created a project called “Dishing
It Out 2016” creating commemorative cups and plates around election 2016
themes. An exhibit will be held at Brett Wesley Gallery in Las Vegas
featuring many artists who have contributed original artwork for this project:
January 21st, Las Vegas Art Square, 6-8:30 pm. Jerry Ross is
organizing a “Bernie ReadOut” for January
14th at Tsunami Bookstore.
Landscapes of Italy and Oregon::
“Amazon Park” oil on canvas 24” x 36”
Amazon Park Tuscan Summer
Abstract Landscape Oregon Forest Veduta Mt Baldy
The Hooft Family Portraits
Detail from 4.5’ x 6’ painting, work in progress
Jerry has been commissioned by the Hoofts to create a large
family portrait featuring the Hooft chidren. Some of the working studies and
the finalized large portrait will be dispayed at In Eugene.
La Tavola Italiana, Villa Boromeo
Jerry Ross was in Milan, Italy earlier this year to create a
large 5 x 7 foot canvas for a documentary film. He returned with his wife
Angela this April for the screening of the film which was in the Villa San
Carlo Borromeo near Milan. The film "Richezza La Tavola Italiana"
treats food as art and celebrates the undisputed quality of food products and
handmade Italian products. "La Tavola Italiana", is also a
non-profit association, which was founded with the goal of raising public
awareness regarding the value locally grown products bring to the Italian food
sector, which guarantees its uniqueness and quality. The association promotes
the story of natural foods and traditional crafts, as well as agriculture
and food processing from raw materials, analyzing the products according to the
specifications of agriculture, food, environment, fine arts, and artisan
crafts. The film was recently shown at the Villa Reale's Galleria Dell'Arte
and at Menfi, a small town in the Province of Agrigento in the Italian
region of Sicily.
More recently (July-Nov 2015), the film was shown at "the Tank", a special project at the train station at Milan's Porto Romana: an abandoned old station that was transformed by Politecnico di Milano for display of Italian food and artusan products by the Association La Tavola Italiana. Other screenings are scheduled for The Museum of Art and Sciene in Milan, Pulsano, Monteprandone, Termine Imerese, Vincibando, and Prossedi.
Ponzi’s Triumph Martinsicuro Beach
About the artist:
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Galleryrepresentation: Rainbow Optics (13th ave, campus) and Drain DIVA.