A sampling of Puerto Rican foods made from recipes passed down to him by his mother will be part of the exhibit during its opening reception. He will prepare them himself and views the cooking of these dishes as an extension of the body of work that will be on display. “I want people to experience Ritmos. I want them to walk into the gallery and not only see the colors of Puerto Rico in my paintings, but to also hear the sounds and taste the flavors.”
The opening reception, free and open to the public, will be held Saturday, September 8, 2012 from 6 - 9pm in Studio 4 of the Workhouse Arts Center (9601 Ox Road, Building 4, Lorton, VA, 22079).
Ritmos will run from September 6 to October 10, 2012. The exhibit is also free and open to the public during Workhouse Arts Center/Studio 4 business hours: Wed to Sat, from 12 - 7pm and Sundays 12 - 5pm. For more information or to R.S.V.P., see the Event page on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/
About John Gascot http://www.gascot.com
John spent the first twelve years of his life in Puerto Rico, a fact to which he attributes his love of bold color. His work, in particular the Latin Pop series, combines the visual, literal, lyrical and musical. His work is in various collections across the US and Europe. As one half of the dynamic art duo known as “The Art Monkeys” (with studio-mate MG Stout), he organizes exhibits and engages with the public via social media in impromptu videos that document their artistic collaborations. John is also a contributor to the Arts section of the Huffington Post (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/
About Workhouse Arts Center http://www.workhousearts.org
The Workhouse Arts Center, a program of the Lorton Arts Foundation, provides essential visual and performing arts studio and exhibition space as well as engaging arts education programs for people of all ages and artistic abilities. Set on 55 acres of land in the historic D.C. Workhouse and Reformatory, the Workhouse provides a home for more than 150 of the regions finest professional and emerging artists as well as cooperative studios, performance and theatre venues, dedicated gallery space, and event facilities.