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Sculptor to Show Window Installation for Downstreet Art

07/19/2011

 

NORTH ADAMS, MA - Sculptor Cynthia Consentino will show her artwork on Thursday, July 28, during DownStreet Art Thursday, from 6 to 9 p.m., in a window installation at the PIP Postal Instant Gallery, 53 Main St.

The installation "When I was a Girl," co-presented with Ferrin Gallery in Pittsfield, focuses on violence and the obsession with guns in our culture, as well as the passive, good-girl role of the female. Consentino utilizes the figurine tradition, from British Staffordshire to German Hummel, to represent nightmare and fantasy with a subconscious symbolic wish for the powerful female.

With her artwork, Consentino replaces the mundane and saccharine figures of the past with a wry and contemporary comment on issues such as increasing violence among our youth and the objectification of the female body.

According to Consentino, "There are objects from our childhood, however commonplace or seemingly without import, that are compelling and hold an emotional charge beyond what is immediately definable. The plastic toy soldiers that my brother played with, my own dolls and my mother's ceramic figurines of little girls are such things for me. 'Girl with Gun' combines all three. By making these things the subject of my sculptures, the indefinable is brought into an arena for exploration and play, where new combinations of things are possible and new insights inevitable."

Her installation challenges the limited roles of women and girls, she said.

Consentino received her MFA from University of Massachusetts, Amherst and her BFA from The Cooper Union College of Arts and Sciences. She is a studio artist in Holyoke, Mass., where she also teaches as adjunct faculty at the community college.

DownStreet Art Thursdays will take place on the last Thursdays of July, August and September, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., and will run till the Open Studio Weekend on Oct. 15-16. These events will feature music, performances, gallery openings and other downtown activities. 

DownStreet Art is a project of MCLA's Berkshire Culture Resource Center, partnering with the City of North Adams, Develop North Adams, Greylock Federal Credit Union and the Massachusetts Cultural Council. The program is made possible through leading sponsorship support provided by Berkshire Bank, The Clark Art Institute, Excelsior Printing, Orbit Visual Graphic Design, Jarvis W. Rockwell, Scarafoni Reality and Williams College Museum of Art. Additional support is provided by: Adams Co-Operative Bank, Hoosac Bank, The Porches Inn at MASS MoCA and The Sushi House.

The initiative was designed to revitalize downtown North Adams by identifying the city as a cultural haven. The program serves not only to increase MCLA's visibility, but also to showcase what other local arts organizations have to offer. For more information about DownStreet Art and MCLA's Berkshire Cultural Resource Center, go to www.downstreetart.org and www.mcla.edu/bcrc.