Artwork by Ken Marchione on display at 4 Elements Studio

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UTICA — The public is invited to view the solo exhibition of painter and multimedia artist Ken Marchione at 4 Elements Studio, 730 Broadway, starting Monday, Aug. 9 and running through Friday, Sept. 17.

The solo exhibition is a collection of work produced between 2018 and 2021 and consists of a mix of drawings, paintings, and collages. Appointments to view in-person can be made online at www.4elementsstudio.org/marchione. The exhibition is sponsored by Kestrel Construction Services.

An artist talk and closing reception has been scheduled for Friday, Sept. 10. The artist talk will begin at 5:30 p.m. with a reception to follow. The artist talk and reception are free.

Artist bio

Marchione is an artist and educator currently serving as interim dean at the PrattMWP College of Art and Design. His work has been widely exhibited in the Northeast.

Before serving as interim dean, Marchione taught 2-D Design, drawing and painting as a professor of Painting and Drawing. He came to Utica after serving as Director of Art for the Stamford Museum and Nature Center in Stamford, Conn.

As art curator for the Stamford Museum, Marchione organized numerous exhibitions over a six-year period and was featured in the New York Times.

“While my formal objectives, influences, and stylistic choices reveal themselves on the surface, the motivational aspect are reflections of life that address the mysteries, ironies, and humors of what compels me to take the first steps through morning’s door, the last thoughts before sleep, and the first marks on the page,” said Marchione.

“Daily interactions that float between the observed, the reflected, and the memory, and vacillates through seconds, minutes or hours building to comprehension. I will experience laughter numerous times today, but I expect it will come in from many forms and prompts. So, if I were to paint laughter, the image could be a person, a comics-strip, a verse, a pattern, or a shape. The story builds in the process of creation and is best when told with a few surprises.”

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