Posts by Maria Di Giammarco

  • CAMP Takes VOLTA

    A group interview with Idris Habib, Evelyn Politzer, Silvana Soriano, and Franck de las Mercedes.
    by Maria Di Giammarco
    CAMP Takes VOLTA

    The CAMP’s participation in VOLTA is particularly meaningful considering the way the fair’s ethos aligns with ours—an intentional and accessible relationship with art. Keep reading for a deep dive into Booth 215 with artists Idris Habib, Evelyn Politzer, Silvana Soriano, and Franck de las Mercedes.

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    Jerry Coker, 2022. Quilted thread painting made with cotton cloths and rayon threads. 24 x 24 in.
    Jerry Coker, 2022. Quilted thread painting made with cotton cloths and rayon threads. 24 x 24 in.

    This is Introducinga series of questions and answers sent to the latest artists joining The CAMP  in their own words: their journeys, their inspirations, and even some tidbits you may not find in a run-of-the-mill interview, this time featuring Mabelin Castellanos.

  • Como la cigarra: An Interview with Clara Fialho

    Fialho discusses Jungian constructs, the power of cicadas, and how not having a babysitter was life-changing.
    by Maria Di Giammarco
    Clara Fialho in her studio" Clara Fialho ©
    Clara Fialho in her studio" Clara Fialho ©

    "I like it when people come up to me and tell me that that my work has brought them joy, or that it’s given them goosebumps. It means I must be doing something right, but then again, it is beyond my control. I can only hope that they will take something away from it."

  • by Maria Di Giammarco
    Derrick Okanta in his studio. @okantaart7 ©
    Derrick Okanta in his studio. @okantaart7 ©

    This is Introducinga series of questions and answers sent to the latest artists joining The CAMP  in their own words: their journeys, their inspirations, and even some tidbits you may not find in a run-of-the-mill interview. Today, we'd like to introduce Ghanaian visual artist Derrick Okanta.

  • by Maria Di Giammarco
    Behind the Scenes of The CAMP x FFC's Sip & Shop

    The magic of an opening night or event in the gallery is in the final product, but it doesn't mean that getting there isn't an experience on its own. Read on for Brianna's reflections on Westport's preparing for the closing of Not Dior's New Look III, and for the debut of the long-awaited CAMP Signature Cocktail (yes!)

  • Me: A Reflection

    Maria Gabriela Di Giammarco reflects on curating The CAMP's March exhibition and the bigger conversation around accessibility in Fine Art.
    by Maria Di Giammarco
    Me: I Am Not An Outsider, I Am An Artist
    Me: I Am Not An Outsider, I Am An Artist

    I imagine that centuries ago, “outsider” would include any women, Black people, Indigenous people—in other words, anyone who wasn’t categorically known as Man from the dawn of Gender and Race—who had the guts to defy social expectations and put their creativity out there. I’d like to think that the greatest artists across all media are people who are, in the deepest sense of the word, novices or art babes who either lacked access to “formal training” or weren’t considered person enough (which, like, gross) to be included in The Conversation, and decided they didn’t need that to express their innermost brilliance. 

     

    So, I gift these musings as creative fodder, and I present this exhibition, which was absolutely magical for someone who’s on an eternal quest to interrogate everything until its bones sing, as a moment of reflection on whether Art is a gatekeep-y, awkward stringing together or Western norms and attitudes that demands one to give in, or if it’s just something We do, love, and care for. 

  • Not Dior's New Look: Vicky Martin

    Martin touches on the "privilege" of being an artist and her connection to the feminine experience.
    by Maria Di Giammarco
    Vicky Martin. In This Style, 2015. Photography on Hahnemuhle Photo Rag Paper. 30 x 20 in.
    Vicky Martin. In This Style, 2015. Photography on Hahnemuhle Photo Rag Paper. 30 x 20 in.

    At The CAMP, we believe that linking up with other creatives is the key to making powerful changes in our world, and working with FFC is only a footstep on that journey for both of us. Following CAMP founder Melanie Prapopoulos’ commitment to donating a percentage of gallery sales to Fashion Fights Cancer, a non-profit organization founded in 2004 that offers innovative and therapeutic programs in fashion and design, what was once a fun digital exhibition has blossomed into a conversation, and ultimately, a force for good. 

     

    British photographer Vicky Martin's work is driven by a fundamental, nuanced reflection of the feminine experience, toeing the boundaries of “real” and “made up”. 

  • Not Dior's New Look: Christy Powers

    "I believe that art holds up a mirror to society, examining and exploring the world and times we live in."
    by Maria Di Giammarco
    Christy Powers. The Smoking Gang, 2020. Gouache, ink, pencil and acrylic on Yupo on wood. 8 x 8 in.
    Christy Powers. The Smoking Gang, 2020. Gouache, ink, pencil and acrylic on Yupo on wood. 8 x 8 in.

    At The CAMP, we believe that linking up with other creatives is the key to making powerful changes in our world, and working with FFC is only a footstep on that journey for both of us. Following CAMP founder Melanie Prapopoulos’ commitment to donating a percentage of gallery sales to Fashion Fights Cancer, a non-profit organization founded in 2004 that offers innovative and therapeutic programs in fashion and design, what was once a fun digital exhibition has blossomed into a conversation, and ultimately, a force for good. 

     

    Christy Powers engages with the concepts of memory and reality through an adept reappropriation of photographic principles.

     

     

  • Not Dior's New Look: Alice de Kruijs

    "I don’t even feel it is a choice. It is this primal feeling, a calling, a necessary thing."
    by Maria Di Giammarco
    Alice de Kruijs. Black & White Project 11, 2019-2020. Photography on Fine Art Huhne Print with Matte Finish. 15.7 x 11.8 in.
    Alice de Kruijs. Black & White Project 11, 2019-2020. Photography on Fine Art Huhne Print with Matte Finish. 15.7 x 11.8 in.

    At The CAMP, we believe that linking up with other creatives is the key to making powerful changes in our world, and working with FFC is only a footstep on that journey for both of us. Following CAMP founder Melanie Prapopoulos’ commitment to donating a percentage of gallery sales to Fashion Fights Cancer, a non-profit organization founded in 2004 that offers innovative and therapeutic programs in fashion and design, what was once a fun digital exhibition has blossomed into a conversation, and ultimately, a force for good. 

     

    Dutch photographer Alice de Kruijs challenges long-held ideas of just whom gets to be considered beautiful, highlighting that 'fashion' is more about energy than the standards that have been decided for us. 

     

     

  • Not Dior's New Look: Fares Micue

    Micue's playful, yet honest, approach blends the perfection of editorial photography with the boundlessness of magical realism.
    by Maria Di Giammarco
    Fares Micue. Dreams Are Made of Gold, 2020. Photography on High Quality Fine Art Canson Paper. Multiple editions.
    Fares Micue. Dreams Are Made of Gold, 2020. Photography on High Quality Fine Art Canson Paper. Multiple editions.

    At The CAMP, we believe that linking up with other creatives is the key to making powerful changes in our world, and working with FFC is only a footstep on that journey for both of us. Following CAMP founder Melanie Prapopoulos’ commitment to donating a percentage of gallery sales to Fashion Fights Cancer, a non-profit organization founded in 2004 that offers innovative and therapeutic programs in fashion and design, what was once a fun digital exhibition has blossomed into a conversation, and ultimately, a force for good. 

     

    Writer and photographer Fares Micue plays with aesthetics to tease apart the complex emotions, providing us with a vibrant foray into visual storytelling. 

     

     

  • Not Dior's New Look: Franck de las Mercedes

    "Aesthetically, I will dare say the treatment and execution of the garment in my subjects has been more important than the subject."
    by Maria Di Giammarco
    Franck de las Mercedes. Moda 1, 2002. Photography on Epson Archival Ultra-Premium Resin Coated Glossy Photo Paper. 10 x 8 in.
    Franck de las Mercedes. Moda 1, 2002. Photography on Epson Archival Ultra-Premium Resin Coated Glossy Photo Paper. 10 x 8 in.

    At The CAMP, we believe that linking up with other creatives is the key to making powerful changes in our world, and working with FFC is only a footstep on that journey for both of us. Following CAMP founder Melanie Prapopoulos’ commitment to donating a percentage of gallery sales to Fashion Fights Cancer, a non-profit organization founded in 2004 that offers innovative and therapeutic programs in fashion and design, what was once a fun digital exhibition has blossomed into a conversation, and ultimately, a force for good. 

     

    Franck de las Mercedes, a Nicaraguan artist based in New York who is best known for having a signature aesthetic, digs through his own archives for Not Dior's New Look III.

     

     

  • Not Dior's New Look: Isher Dhiman

    Dhiman speaks on the relationship between her artwork, curiosity, and philanthropy.
    by Maria Di Giammarco
    Isher Dhiman. Alexander McQueen II, 2022. Fashion illustration using mixed media on 350gm paper. 11.7 x 16.5 in.
    Isher Dhiman. Alexander McQueen II, 2022. Fashion illustration using mixed media on 350gm paper. 11.7 x 16.5 in.

    At The CAMP, we believe that linking up with other creatives is the key to making powerful changes in our world, and working with FFC is only a footstep on that journey for both of us. Following CAMP founder Melanie Prapopoulos’ commitment to donating a percentage of gallery sales to Fashion Fights Cancer, a non-profit organization founded in 2004 that offers innovative and therapeutic programs in fashion and design, what was once a fun digital exhibition has blossomed into a conversation, and ultimately, a force for good. 

     

    London-based artist and illustrator Isher Dhiman is playing her part in the conversation about whether "art" and "fashion" are as mutually exclusive as we've been led to believe.

     

     

  • Moving Parts: An Interview with Laetitia Adam-Rabel

    "While I do pray to God, I am a little burnt on what male leadership has brought us to. So I feel it’s time to revere the female and the male alike."
    by Maria Di Giammarco
    Laetitia Adam-Rabel. Courtesy of the artist.
    Laetitia Adam-Rabel. Courtesy of the artist.
  • In Conversation with the Women Pulling at the Threads of Social Discourse

    Laetitia Adam-Rabel, Viviana Romero, Sandra Onetti, Maria Lino, Leslie McKinley, Laura Marsh, and Nancy Billings reflect on fiber artistry and their purpose as creatives.
    by Maria Di Giammarco
    In Conversation with the Women Pulling at the Threads of Social Discourse

    As we continue our third-annual collaboration with Fiber Artists Miami Association, the exhibition, Women Pulling at the Threads of Social Discourse, continues to reveal just how layered the original premise is at its core. If there's anything we've learned over the years, it's that fiber's adaptable quality extends beyond its material capabilites. The idea that textile art holds a dual nature in its capacity to be equally tender and jarring brings about necessary, albeit poignant, questions of its role within the context of "fine" art, as well as just how much validity our societies are willing to afford to the feminine experience. 

     

    This year's edition, which features 100 pieces displayed as massive quilt, can be explored from perspectives totaling to the same, whether they're present subconsciously or explicitly. What is certain and unquestionable is that the democratization of the fine art industry allows us, the audience, to interrogate ourselves better, and more deeply, than a run-of-the mill homogeneity allows. Whether one feels uncomfortable, affrimed, or like they've learned something they weren't expecting to, what unites both the artists and the audience is the idea that self-expression isn't something personal, and instead something that is more often than not done in the same of unity.

     

    In typical CAMP fashion, we're interested in what the artists have to say—about their relationship with textiles, whether fiber art and fine art are as mutually exclusive as we've been lead to believe, and about their nature as artists. Read on to get to know Laetitia Adam-Rabel, Natalia SchonowskiViviana Romero, Sandra Onetti, Maria Lino, Leslie McKinley, Laura Marsh, and Nancy Billings.

  • Juliana Torres: When Art Embraces Real Life

    The Role of Non-Artistic, Ordinary Materials in Art Democratization
    by Maria Di Giammarco
    Juliana Torres. the secret life of pictures, 2020.
    Juliana Torres. the secret life of pictures, 2020.

    The Contemporary Art Modern Project is also known as The CAMP Gallery—but we've grown to become a platform for artists and artistic endeavors across the board. 

     

    As such, we're honored to feature Juliana Torres' final thesis When Art Embraces Real Life: The Role of Non-Artistic, Ordinary Materials in Art Democratization.  You can view Torres' contribution to our upcoming exhibition, the third-annual installment of Women Pulling at the Threads of Social Discourse, opening October 1, 2021.

  • Stefano Ogliari Badessi: About Nomadism

    A Guest Feature by Kooness
    by Maria Di Giammarco

    Whether it is sculpting, painting, photography, design or fashion, even if someone once said that “the medium is the message”, within an artistic production there can often be a tendency towards a specific narrative, which is visceral and detached from the media that is used to express it. Stefano Ogliari Badessi (S.O.B.), opens up a world of joint ventures and collective collaborations, whilst always gravitating around the themes of nomadism and strayness.

  • by Maria Di Giammarco

    Welcome to CAMP Conversations, an editorial space brought to you by The Contemporary Art Modern Project, this edition featuring CAMP spotlight artist and fine art photographer Ellen Friedlander who was included in our recent online exhibition, The Fragmented Frame, a collection of photography works over a 10 year period that aimed to highlight the nuanced changes we are all experiencing in this time of COVID-19.

  • by Maria Di Giammarco

    This is Introducing, a series of questions and answers sent to the latest artists joining The CAMP and The CAMP Spotlight: their journeys, their inspirations, and even some tidbits you may not find in a run-of-the-mill interview, this time featuring Tracy Nicholls!

  • by Maria Di Giammarco

    This is Introducing, a series of questions and answers sent to the latest artists joining The CAMP and The CAMP Spotlight: their journeys, their inspirations, and even some tidbits you may not find in a run-of-the-mill interview, featuring one of our newest artists, Carol Erb!

  • by Maria Di Giammarco

    This is Introducing, a series of questions and answers sent to the latest artists joining The CAMP and The CAMP Spotlight: their journeys, their inspirations, and even some tidbits you may not find in a run-of-the-mill interview, this time featuring Molly Brocklehurst!

  • by Maria Di Giammarco

    To kick off 2021, we're bringing you a new CAMPerspectives series: Introducing.

     

    In this series, you'll learn about artists joining The CAMP and The CAMP Spotlight: their journeys, their inspirations, and even some tidbits you may not find in a run-of-the-mill interview.

  • by Maria Di Giammarco

    2020 is on its way out of our collective memory, though not without fully overhauling life as we’ve known it. In the spirit of growth and community, we bring you The CAMP’s 2020 Roundup, a small interview series featuring reflections from our CAMP and CAMP Spotlight artists.

     

    Except you’ll be hearing from the CAMP Gang this New Year’s Eve.

     

  • by Maria Di Giammarco

    2020 is on its way out of our collective memory, though not without fully overhauling life as we’ve known it. In the spirit of growth and community, we bring you The CAMP’s 2020 Roundup, a small interview series featuring reflections from our CAMP and CAMP Spotlight artists.

  • by Maria Di Giammarco

    2020 is on its way out of our collective memory, though not without fully overhauling life as we’ve known it. In the spirit of growth and community, we bring you The CAMP’s 2020 Roundup, a small interview series featuring reflections from our CAMP and CAMP Spotlight artists.

  • by Maria Di Giammarco

    2020 is on its way out of our collective memory, though not without fully overhauling life as we’ve known it. In the spirit of growth and community, we bring you The CAMP’s 2020 Roundup, a small interview series featuring reflections from our CAMP and CAMP Spotlight artists.

  • by Maria Di Giammarco

    2020 is on its way out of our collective memory, though not without fully overhauling life as we’ve known it. In the spirit of growth and community, we bring you The CAMP’s 2020 Roundup, a small interview series featuring reflections from our CAMP and CAMP Spotlight artists.

  • by Maria Di Giammarco

    2020 is on its way out of our collective memory, though not without fully overhauling life as we’ve known it. In the spirit of growth and community, we bring you The CAMP’s 2020 Roundup, a small interview series featuring reflections from our CAMP and CAMP Spotlight artists.

  • by Maria Di Giammarco

    2020 is on its way out of our collective memory, though not without fully overhauling life as we’ve known it. In the spirit of growth and community, we bring you The CAMP’s 2020 Roundup, a small interview series featuring reflections from our CAMP and CAMP Spotlight artists.

  • by Maria Di Giammarco

    2020 is on its way out of our collective memory, though not without fully overhauling life as we’ve known it. In the spirit of growth and community, we bring you The CAMP’s 2020 Roundup, a small interview series featuring reflections from our CAMP and CAMP Spotlight artists.

  • by Maria Di Giammarco

    2020 is on its way out of our collective memory, though not without fully overhauling life as we’ve known it. In the spirit of growth and community, we bring you The CAMP’s 2020 Roundup, a small interview series featuring reflections from our CAMP and CAMP Spotlight artists.

  • by Maria Di Giammarco

    2020 is on its way out of our collective memory, though not without fully overhauling life as we’ve known it. In the spirit of growth and community, we bring you The CAMP’s 2020 Roundup, a small interview series featuring reflections from our CAMP and CAMP Spotlight artists.

  • by Maria Di Giammarco

    2020 is on its way out of our collective memory, though not without fully overhauling life as we’ve known it. In the spirit of growth and community, we bring you The CAMP’s 2020 Roundup, a small interview series featuring reflections from our CAMP and CAMP Spotlight artists.

  • by Maria Di Giammarco

    2020 is on its way out of our collective memory, though not without fully overhauling life as we’ve known it. In the spirit of growth and community, we bring you The CAMP’s 2020 Roundup, a small interview series featuring reflections from our CAMP and CAMP Spotlight artists.

  • by Maria Di Giammarco

    2020 is on its way out of our collective memory, though not without fully overhauling life as we’ve known it. In the spirit of growth and community, we bring you The CAMP’s 2020 Roundup, a small interview series featuring reflections from our CAMP and CAMP Spotlight artists.

  • by Maria Di Giammarco

    2020 is on its way out of our collective memory, though not without fully overhauling life as we’ve known it. In the spirit of growth and community, we bring you The CAMP’s 2020 Roundup, a small interview series featuring reflections from our CAMP and CAMP Spotlight artists.

  • by Maria Di Giammarco

    2020 is on its way out of our collective memory, though not without fully overhauling life as we’ve known it. In the spirit of growth and community, we bring you The CAMP’s 2020 Roundup, a small interview series featuring reflections from our CAMP and CAMP Spotlight artists.

  • by Maria Di Giammarco

    2020 is on its way out of our collective memory, though not without fully overhauling life as we’ve known it. In the spirit of growth and community, we bring you The CAMP’s 2020 Roundup, a small interview series featuring reflections from our CAMP and CAMP Spotlight artists.

  • by Maria Di Giammarco

    What started off as an interest in American 1950’s Pop Art for artist Emma Coyle back in the early 2000’s, has grown into a multitude of work which represents a strong want to make very precise individual images.

  • by Maria Di Giammarco

    Welcome to CAMP Conversations, an editorial space brought to you by The Contemporary Art Modern Project! At The CAMP, we’re firm believers in the power of the intimate relationship between art and those who love art, and we’re happy to champion it in our approach to a nearly-inaccessible industry. CAMP Conversations are written to promote thoughtful dialogue exploring the art industry embedded with our sophisticated brand of snark, involving artists, gallery employees, and our beloved audience.

  • by Maria Di Giammarco

    The CAMP’s booth for this year’s 3D Hamptons Virtual Art Fair featured a selection of works by CAMP artists Joseph Ginsberg, Dominik Schmitt, and Drew Doggett. While their perspectives exist on different points of every spectrum imaginable, they unite in both their sentimentality for memories and the lessons they’ve tucked into their pieces.

  • by Maria Di Giammarco

    The beginnings of textile work are an incomplete picture, what with the perishable quality of early materials, but what is certain is that the craft has always been more than simply utilitarian. That much is clear considering that the items most representative of us—our personalities, cultures, our values, our memories—tend to be woven, embroidered, or sewed.

  • CAMP Conversations

    On "Collective Isolation" and Symbiosis: a Conversation with Beatriz Chachamovits and Khotan Fernandez
    by Maria Di Giammarco

    Welcome to CAMP Conversations, an editorial space brought to you byThe Contemporary Art Modern Project! At The CAMP, we're firm believers in the power of the intimate relationship between art and those who love art, and we're happy to champion it in our approach to a nearly-inaccessible industry. CAMP Conversations are written to promote thoughtful dialogue exploring the art industry embedded with our sophisticated brand of snark, involving artists, gallery employees, and our beloved audience.