Smoke on the Horizon: Rosemarie Fiore Brings Unique Art to Penn State | City and Dress

Rosemarie Fiore performs at the Museum of Contemporary Art and Space 42 in Jacksonville, Florida.

Rosemarie Fiore’s artwork is truly unique.

Fiore produces works of art from the actions of mechanisms by converting popular technology. In the past, she has turned rides, cars, fireworks, polishers, lawnmowers, pinball machines, and waffle irons into painting machines. The practice is known as smoking.

Needless to say, no one can make art like Fiore.

“The first project I did was in college in Maine and I started using my car,” Fiore recalls. “I used my car to create paintings, to do a series of works generated from the movements of the car.”

The rest, as they say, is history.

Fast forward to 2021 and Penn State’s HUB-Robeson Galleries are currently presenting “Rosemarie Fiore,” an exhibition of works from the last 10 years of her career. The exhibition, which will run until January 2022, features large smoke paintings, collages and tools by Fiore. The tools will be used at an upcoming show on the HUB lawn. Fiore will be at Penn State this fall for an outdoor smoke painting show. The performance, set to take place at three o’clock, will result in three large-scale murals that will be on display at the HUB-Robeson Cultural Center for two years.

“Each tool she builds creates its own brushstrokes or marks with colored smoke,” says Lindsey Landfried, curator and gallery director of HUB Robeson Galleries. “Two of the creations on display were inspired by his family’s legacy and the story of the ‘green men’ who were appointed to lead public processions, parades and festivals with a ‘fire club’ shooting sparks . “

Fiore, who resides in New York, is thrilled with her appearance at Penn State, although details of the event were still pending.

“The configuration allows me to work one mural at a time. There are a lot of tool changes… technical things to make sure the murals are done correctly, ”says Fiore. “I have done performances where there is no wall product and it is not that long. It will be a longer process. We are still trying to figure everything out.

The exhibition by artist Rosemarie Fiore, installed in the HUB gallery, is open every day from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Photo courtesy of HUB-Robeson galleries.

“The first project I did was at Maine High School and I started using my car,” Rosemarie Fiore recalls. “I used my car to create paintings, to do a series of works generated from the movements of the car.”

Fiore was selected through a competitive international call for applications. A panel of 16 jurors from Penn State and local communities selected the artist from over 150 applicants.

The date of the performance has not been announced.

“An event for the public lawn on this open campus offers direct encounters with art for a large audience and done with a team of collaborators, encourages ownership and collective action,” said Landfried. “This work celebrates the civic vitality of campus and State College.”

Fiore is no stranger to University Park. She worked with students at Penn State’s School of Visual Arts in 2020 to design and manufacture smoke drawing and painting tools. Penn State’s HUB-Robeson Galleries recently received a $ 25,000 National Endowment for the Arts Art Projects Award to support a performance celebrating inclusiveness in central Pennsylvania.

From now on, a solo exhibition spanning several years and corpora of works by Fiore will be on display at the HUB gallery for all to see.

Fiore says she is thrilled to give students, faculty, staff and the general public a chance to see how her art is created.

“There are a lot of things changing and changing, but it’s going to be a good part of the day. This will give people a chance to see it between their lessons or whatever they are doing. There’s going to be a longer period of time, a bigger window, to stop, ”says Fiore.

Photo courtesy of HUB-Robeson Galleries

Because Fiore uses such creative tools to create the artwork, each piece is unique. The tools used by Fiore engage the whole body – or in some cases, the bodies of many people – to move from a fixed point. Fiore is forced to react to the physics of the tools she uses. Once the tubes and cartons are lit, Fiore’s time with each piece is limited.

“Rosemarie’s drawing processes are her own branding language,” says Landfried.

The HUB-Robeson Galleries project is one of more than 1,100 projects across America totaling nearly $ 27 million that have been selected during this second round of artistic projects grants for fiscal year 2021.

Support for the project comes from Penn State’s Strategic Seed Grant Initiative, Student Affairs, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Fiore has an impressive CV, to say the least. She has participated in residencies at Kohler Arts / Industry Program, Yaddo, Saratoga, NY; Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Skowhegan, Maine; and MacDowell, Peterborough, NH His work has been exhibited at the Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro, NC; The SCAD Museum of Art, Savannah, Georgia; The Bronx Museum, Bronx, NY; The Queens Museum of Art, Flushing, NY; Socrates Sculpture Park, Long Island City, NY; and the Franklin Institute of Science in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Reflecting on her long and illustrious career, Fiore says that one of her favorite pieces of art has come from using a Scrambler. Yes, the popular amusement park ride.

“I used it to create a 64 foot painting. It was unbelievable. It was a lot of fun, ”says Fiore. “I was working with a non-profit gallery and we got a full-size Scrambler lathe and turned it into a painting machine by taking one of the cars and fitting it with a compressor and a spring. of energy, and we were able to use it with spray paint and capture the image it created when it shot.

Chances are there aren’t any rides on the HUB lawn, but Fiore is always good for a surprise or two, so you never know.

For more information on Fiore, visit his website at www.rosemariefiore.com.

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