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NYC artist Daniel Belardinelli exhibition at Studio Rubedo

Courtesy Photos Above and below are some artworks by NYC artist Daniel Belardinelli, whose solo exhibition opens at Studio Rubedo on July 26. All artworks are 8” x 10” each with a title incorporated into them, and are made with house paint and nail polish on distressed notebook covers. All artworks are $600 each.

ALPENA — A virtual, solo art exhibition by Daniel Belardinelli opens Sunday, July 26, at Studio Rubedo in Alpena.

The exhibition, entitled “Present Sense Impressions & Excited Utterances,” features 22 small paintings on old composition notebook covers and will be on virtual display until September 27.

Due to the ongoing pandemic, the exhibition will be available for viewing at www.studiorubedo.com and, by video, through the front window of the gallery Thursday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The opening reception occurs on Friday, July 31, from 5 to 8 p.m. (during the Alpena Art Walk). Please note that the reception will only be showing a video loop of the full online exhibition. No actual artwork will be on display.

As a special bonus, a 40-minute live Zoom interview and Q & A with the artist will occur at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 1.

Born and raised in New York City, Belardinelli began drawing at an early age, often sketching patrons of his family’s restaurant. At 15, he became a regular at Studio 54 and Xenon, where the young Belardinelli met legendary artists such as Antonio Lopez, Larry Rivers, Andy Warhol, and Christopher Makos, whose creativity greatly influenced him.

Belardinelli was inspired by his dysfunctional family and upbringing, which is represented in many of his pre-2011 paintings. The artist was also personally affected by the events of 9/11 — a last-minute change of plans prevented Belardinelli from joining an un-cle on the ill-fated Flight 93. Dysfunction, loss, love, struggle, happiness, and the sounds beat, and culture of the nightclub scene resonate through Belardinelli’s work, which has been described as a punch in the face — vehement, playful, powerful, honest, and strangely humorous.

Belardinelli is an autodidact that draws from experiences and living life and is compelled to document it in its truest form. For the past 20 years, Belardinelli has kept a daily painting journal which depicts events and feelings. These journal entries are the precursors to his larger works.

Belardinelli’s work has been included in “High On Life: Transcending Addiction” at the American Visionary Art Museum (AVAM), the traveling exhibition “Revelations and Reflections of American Self-Taught Artists,” and in the Outsider Art Fair since 1999. Belardinelli does not work for the simple plea-sure of creating but is compelled to create an almost historical account of the life and the world we live in. Many different cultures and socioeconomic backgrounds relate to his work because it speaks to each person directly and makes each person feel something uniquely their own.

For more information and to view the exhibition, please visit the website of Studio Rubedo at: https://studiorubedo.com/sun-and-moon-galleries. Studio Rubedo is located at 213 W. Chisholm St., Alpena. Email brian@brianschorn.com, call 989-657-9403 or visit www.studiorubedo.com.

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