Exhibition duration: February 18 – March 10
Open Studio: Friday, February 25, 6-9pm
Opening Reception: Friday, February 18 @ 7:00pm
Curator: Jewel Lim
About the Exhibition
From 2006 to 2009, Dennis Dalelio upheld a daily ritual of creating art. The Alfa Art Gallery is proud to present his exhibition “Three Years of Songs,” blended from songs, poems and visual art. This exhibition celebrates the compilation of works as a successful but endearing fight for creating something beautiful out of what most would see as mundane or common. Dalelio states that the things that tempt to distract him in his daily life become his content and, in bringing them into an illustrative and abstract form, he hopes to challenge them into being extraordinary. Throughout the years, Dalelio used a variety of materials, including clothes, rust and dirt, ink and acrylic paint. In collaborating with his wife and children, whether he was verbally recording them for a song or asking his toddler son to scribble the foundations of an image, this exhibition wonderfully places art as an integral and binding part of a home. Dalelio’s exhibition also serves as a tangible flow of changing day-to-day thoughts of individuals during the span of three years, making it undeniably human in its presence. It not only touchingly serves as a journal but confronts its audience as easy to relate to.
About the Artist
Dennis Dalelio received his BFA from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University and MFA from William Paterson University. For the past decade, he has been teaching art, ranging from photography to video, at Paramus High School, where he aims to introduce the idea of creating documentaries for social change to his students. In collaboration with others, he has worked on photo projects that gave insight on topics ranging from homelessness to health care in Elizabeth and New Brunswick, NJ. Since he married in 2005, Dalelio’s work has concentrated on his life as a father, responding to the economically, socially, and politically jarring world that still manages to hit his more rural lifestyle, and a celebration of the joys and mess of life. Currently, he continues to work from his home studio and has recently participated in several group shows in Newark, NJ.