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Ann Calandro
Flemington, NJ
Mixed Media

Artwork Details
Urban Renaissance
Mixed Media / Collage
16" x 20"

Ann Calandro grew up on the 20th floor of a Manhattan apartment building, with her father, a city planner.  This undoubtedly explains why many of her collage and mixed media artworks focus around the notion of the cityscape.  In her work, Calandro strives to make the real and the imaginary compatible by using various combinations of plain and textured paper, ink, pencil, acrylic and watercolor paint, pastel, charcoal, fabric, ribbon, small objects, and non-digital photographs.

Of her work, Calandro states, “I’ve been most influenced by the paintings of Henri Rousseau, who seems to have set out to reproduce the world photographically and instead ended up creating a world of enchantment. Other influences include Romare Bearden’s and Jacob Lawrence’s vivid cityscapes, Henri Matisse’s use of color, Edward Hopper’s insistence on light, and Charles Sheeler’s precisionism and photomontages.”

Calandro has exhibited extensively throughout the Tri-State area and beyond. She has participated in group shows at the Peter Jones Gallery in Chicago, NYU's Bronfman Gallery, Prallsville Mills in Stockton, NJ, Triumph Brewing Company in New Hope, PA, Tewksbury Historical Society in Oldwick, NJ, Remember When Gallery in Whitehouse Station, NJ and the Visions Gallery in Clinton, NJ, among others. Her artworks are also in private collections in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and California.  Calandro recently had a solo show at Bell’s Tavern in Lambertville, NJ. One of her collages will be published in the Women Artists Datebook 2008 by the Syracuse Cultural Workers publishers in late 2007.