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      Exhibit "Il Circo" ("The Circus") by Larry DiSalvo - till July 14th in Staten Island

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      May 17, 2012

      Thursday   1:00 PM - 5:00 PM (weekly Thursday through Saturday until July 14, 2012)

      420 Tompkins Ave
      Staten Island, New York 10305

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      Exhibit "Il Circo" ("The Circus") by Larry DiSalvo - till July 14th

      A self-taught artist, DiSalvo says he learned how to paint by watching Bob Ross's TV show, "The Joy of Painting." He began making his exotic creations in 2001: "At a particular moment, I was struck by a creative impulse but had no art supplies at my disposal. I collected from my recycle and trash bins a wire hanger, a coffee can, a chopstick, some plastic, cord and a little paint and made an implausible maritime sculpture and called it ‘Boat.'"

      Now, with contributions from a friend who works for the Department of Sanitation, as well as broken dishes, tin can lids and plastic he salvages from his own trash and occasional forays to the curb, he has plenty of raw material. He then gets the inspiration for his surreal characters from the objects themselves: "I see them right away... I looked at a tea pot and saw a lady's face lurking out and made ‘The Fat Lady.'" Once his eccentrics are assembled, DiSalvo paints them in exuberent colors.

      "Il Circo" will contain ten of DiSalvo's carnivalesque characters from The Plate Spinners, The Tight Rope Walker and The Juggler to The Fat Lady, Il Pagliacci and even Emmett Kelly whose fantastic colors bring to mind the exotic quirky characters of Cirque du Soleil.

      DiSalvo hopes to inspire others to see the world differently: "It's fun to take something that should be thrown in the trash and make something from it, to make it alive. And when kids see my sculptures they love them, and come back and show me things that they make."

      Cost: Payment required - 5.00

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