September’s Featured Speaker: Daniel Lanzilotta

Daniel Lanzilotta is a Bridgeport artist creating from debris, rubbish, plastic waste, Starbucks stirrers, copper wire, yarn, broom bristles, ikea plastic sheets, bottles, containers, and oyster netting. He uses what he finds to bring “greater significance to the seemingly insignificant.” The results are sculptures, jewelry, hats.

His background includes a full scholarship to Carnegie Mellon studying technical theater. He also has a culinary arts degree.

Daniel says, “My work is inspired and influenced by Gestalt Philosophy, ,” The whole is other than the sum of its parts”. My “whole” invites the viewer to find increased value and richness in the common and mundane. The world has become plasticized. I rescue this debris from landfills, oceans, beaches and other waterways. I recoup wasted, discarded materials. I repurpose insignificant items and give them a new purpose….

I use a principle of Gestalt Theory called: Functional Fixedness. What use does an object have other than its intended purpose. I manipulate elements to recreate objects of intrigue, conversation and discovery.

I offer the viewer to discover beauty in cast-off items of the insignificant by design, composition, ornamentation, color, form, movement and dynamic juxtaposition of materials

My artistic mission is to bring greater significance to the seemingly insignificant. I am a ‘plastician”. I work with plastic waste, detritus, rubbish, fragments of litter, trash, flotsam and jetsom. I work predominantly with plastics. My art supply store is the environment we live in.”

Following the presentation there will be refreshments and a viewing of any artwork brought to the meeting by members.

February Member News

  • ALICE is in a 2 person show at Art/Place Gallery until 10/1
  • Welcome new member, SUSAN WERNAU
  • LINDA will have a solo show at Atria in Darien all of October

FCAA Needs a New Logo

FCAA is looking for a new logo. This must be an original image, suitable for print and web. We would like to use our complete name: Fairfield County Arts Association with maybe a simple incorporated image. Send your ideas to Eve.

Shows & Calls for Entry

Thanks to our new Exhibit chairperson, PATTY, FCAA members will have the following opportunities to show their work.  ALICE has also arranged for a show at Independence Hall.

  • Greens Farms Church in Westport, 10/28-12/1 Theme of the show is “The Power of Color” at $20 for up to 2 wall pieces. Receiving is 10/23 and 24.  (Please send Patty jpeg images or email of what you plan to put in the show with title and size by 9/25. Entry form can be downloaded from our website)
  • Independence Hall in Fairfield, 12/1-1/11. Receiving and Hanging 11/30. Reception 12/21.
  • Fairfield University Bookstore 3/1. Information later on.