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Vernacular Visions

March 21 to July 12, 2015

The Contemporary Gallery Showcases the
Work of Four Prominent Long Island Artists

Vernacular Visions, opening at Nassau County Museum of Art on March 21 and remaining on view through July 12, 2015, reflects the diversity and vibrancy of Long Island's artistic community through the work of three prominent painters and a sculptor: Susan Cushing of Southampton, Richard Gachot of Old Westbury, Francisco Villagran, and Burt Young, both of Port Washington.

Susan Cushing's highly stylized narrative landscapes are inspired by the decade of the 1970s and are reminiscent of the lifestyle photographs of Slim Aarons and the post-modern figural style of Alex Katz and David Hockney. Cushing's casually elegant paintings, each a snapshot of the colors and themes of summer, can be seen as metaphors of life lived to its fullest.

Richard Gachot's witty sculptures are created of found objects. He explains: "An array of found objects of different sizes, shapes, colors and textures on my workshop floor is like a drawer full of paint tubes-a medium for me to work with or combine with painting and carving." Gachot says that the objects suggest "ideas I want to express." He says his rules are simple: "Make do with what you have, and have fun doing it."

Francisco Villagran, a native of Mexico, is well known for his artistic concept, Hispanic Latin Pop Art. He was inspired to pursue this style through an association with Andy Warhol, and later, with Jennifer Lopez. His painted ties, in particular, portray well-known symbols and celebrities of the Latino world. He defines his art as taking part in "a contemporary expression of the Latino presence and its influence with the American society and culture."

Best known as the coach of Sylvester Stallone in the "Rocky" movies, Burt Young's personal visual narratives explore the neighborhoods and characters that populate his life on Long Island and the environs of New York City. Colorful and exuberant in their portrayal of the novel and unexpected incident, Burt Young's art comprises a very popular second career after a lifetime in film and television.

Richard Gachot
Little Brown Spider
Metal found objects
4 x 32 x 32 inches
Collection of the artist