Paintings by Patrick Fiore January 12, 2013- March 9, 2013 4:00 Opening Reception – Saturday, January 12, 2013 7-9pm
Utica-native Patrick Fiore has created a series of paintings inspired by Howard Zinn’s “A People’s History of the United States 1492 – Present.”
Introduction of the artist by the late historian Howard Zinn (c. 2009): “What attracts me to [Patrick’s] work is his profound understanding of the connection between art and social struggle. When the artist consciously joins that struggle, as Patrick Fiore does in his paintings, he or she is defying the warnings of those who say: stick to your art, don’t meddle in the affairs of the world. The artist is declaring: “I am not just an artist, I am a citizen, I am a human being, and in fact my work as an artist is secondary to my existence as a thinking, feeling member of the human race.
Patrick does not conceal his intention. He wants, by putting the people and events of the “People’s History” into graphic, startling form, to draw attention to the history of our nation, to the stories omitted, the heroes of dissent missing from the pages of the textbooks. He wants to reach people by his paintings and to inspire them to think for themselves about our society, to tell them about the way people through the centuries have behaved with compassion and kindness, against all odds, have thought for themselves, have organized and agitated, and refused obedience to laws and practices that offend common decency.
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