Artist H.R. Giger, an acclaimed Swiss surrealist, won an Academy Award in 1980 for Best Achievement for Visual Effects for his work in the science fiction horror film A L I E N. Mr. Giger’s eerie sculptures and silkscreens will be displayed, along with nearly 40 pieces by other world-class artists, when Visionaries: The Art of the Fantastic opens at the QCC Art Gallery on Thursday, July 12 at 6 p.m.
The show, a journey into a world of imagination, is equally a delightful lesson in artistic vocabularies: egg tempera, gouache, Giclée, acrylic, lithograph, mixed media, digital prints and more.
“In 2011, artists Olga Spiegel, Miguel Tio and I actualized the “Visionaries” exhibition. From its initial seeds to its fruition it has been an exploration of spirit, filled with hills and valleys. As the garden grows so did this project,” said artist France Garrido.
“The distinguished artists showcased in this exhibit are trailblazers in their own right,” said Faustino Quintanilla, Executive Director of the QCC Art Gallery. “There is much to ponder, much to enjoy and much to learn from this important and compelling show.”
Examples of the many renowned participating artists are Isaac Abrams, who founded the first gallery of Psychedelic Art in 1965. He has exhibited work at the Whitney Museum in New York City and notable galleries around the world.
Bienvenido Bones Banez, Jr. rose to international prominence when he was hailed as one of the greatest living Filipino surrealists by Terrance Lindall, president and executive director of the Williamsburg Art and Historical Center in New York.
Visionaries: The Art of the Fantastic will run through September 20, 2012.
The QCC Art Gallery, an educational and cultural resource for Queensborough Community College, as well as for all New York City and Long Island communities, boasts a superb permanent African Art Collection that has already received critical acclaim from The New York Times art critic, Holland Cotter who states, “Queensborough Community College has quietly assembled an impressive collection of African Art…with luck, other university galleries around the country will emulate it.” Over the years, the QCC Art Gallery has installed major exhibits of wide-ranging interests such as Post-Modernism paintings, Pre-Columbian Art, sculpture, photography, Chinese pottery, and works of established and emerging artists.