Environmental/Installation Artist Closing Talk At Ocean Alliance

Environmental/Installation Artist Closing Talk At Ocean Alliance

In its second offering of the 18th annual Goetemann Artist Residency program, the Rocky Neck Art Colony (RNAC) invites the public to attend two talks by the 2022 Environmental/Installation Artist Resident Jonathan Latiano. This program is a collaboration with RNAC’s partner Ocean Alliance, conceived by current Board President Kathy Archer. Latiano will be creating a new site-specific environmental installation throughout September at Ocean Alliance on Rocky Neck. At the beginning of his residency, he will give a free talk at the Cultural Center about his extensive body of work. His residency will wrap up at Ocean Alliance with the presentation of his new installation.

About the Environmental Installation Artist:

Jonathan Latiano will spend the month of September exploring Cape Ann’s geology and ecology with the intent to make a site-specific environmental installation. Latiano’s artistic practice has been shaped by a longstanding fascination with the “complexity and scope” of the natural world. He describes his work as rooted in the study of time, the natural sciences and the viewer’s spatial awareness within the immersive installations he creates. He plans to work closely with both the Rocky Neck art community and Ocean Alliance in workshopping his ideas.

Latiano writes: “Environmentalism, ecology and the natural sciences are a constant in my work, and fields such as geology, taxonomy, paleontology and evolutionary biology are commonly employed as catalysts in my practice. My artwork weaves between science-fact and science-fiction, alluding to the more elusive qualities of our environment, and our own uncertain future on this planet.”

Latiano is currently the Director of the Art and Art History program at Merrimack College. His work has been exhibited in numerous solo and group public art exhibitions in cities including New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington DC and London. He earned his BA in Studio Art from Moravian College in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, and his MFA from the Mount Royal School of Interdisciplinary Art at the Maryland Institute College.

Simultaneous to his residency on Rocky Neck, an immersive solo exhibition of Latiano’s work, Love to the Letter and the Letters Spelled Death, will be on view at Boston Sculptors Gallery, 486 Harrison Avenue, Boston, MA, August 31 – October 2, 2022. https://www.bostonsculptors.com/artists#/jonathan-latiano/

Latiano will present two Public Artist Talks:

Introductory opening talk:  Wednesday, Sept 7, 7-9PM at the Cultural Center at Rocky Neck

Closing presentation and talk: Wednesday, Sept 28, 6PM at Ocean Alliance

For more information, visit https://rockyneckartcolony.org/2022-goetemann-artist-residency.

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