Connecting Art to Life
Mills Pond Gallery
Apr. 15, 2023 - May. 13, 2017
Both Anthony Freda and Margaret Minardi’s journey with art began early on as a powerful and innate need to create. Both artists have the extraordinary ability to convey emotions and messages that speak a universal language. While each artist may express a personal emotion through their art, we hope viewers will create their own experience with it. We invite viewers to experience the works as visual conversations, even if they see the world in completely different ways.
Anthony Freda works as an editorial illustrator, visual political activist and as part of the adjunct faculty of the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York. In addition to many mainstream clients, such as Time, The New Yorker, Rolling Stone and The New York Times, Esquire and Business Week. He has also earned a reputation as the go-to artist for many alternative news websites and publication, such as Code Pink, Activist Post, Washington’s Blog, Global Research, Cindy Sheehan’s The Soapbox and The Trends Journal. Trained at Pratt Institute and Tyler Art School in Rome, Italy, his works often include an element of social commentary.
“My work is designed to make people think outside the narrow parameters defined by the establishment. I’m just an artist trying to make sense of the world, using my art as a vehicle to channel the passion I feel about the injustice I see everywhere.”
Margaret Minardi’s mixed media paintings juxtapose realism and expressionism. Combining years of classical training with a pure gestural mark making, she is inspired by the Expressionists of the 1950’s collage. “I am constantly in search of new mediums and processes that can be synthesized into my works. Important to me is serendipity. Mistakes keep me interested, intellectually challenged, and excited.
Within Margaret’s works the viewer is constantly challenged to interpret and reinterpret what they see. There is a narrative beneath the surface of all her works. “Each brushstroke is a voice for my inner world. I strive to provoke an uplifting emotional connection in the observer of my work.”