Nick Canterucci art chosen for 2011 Festival poster

By Tamara Cook

Cooper-Young Festival celebrates the 2011 poster artist, Nick Canterucci. Nick, a current resident of Cooper-Young, is a self taught artist dating back to the late 1950s in Michigan. Over the years he has studied and worked in collaboration with many artists within the Ann Arbor and Memphis art communities. Nick is known for his eclectic folk art and his piece for the 2011 Poster Art is no different.

This year’s poster art is a pink and clear late model Apple iMac computer shell with images of Cooper-Young attached to the screen. Nick’s theme for the piece is fun in the 21st century. Nick explains that he wanted a high-tech, pop art feel for his poster art offering.

In the summer of 2010, Nick celebrated his first show in 30 years, Bellatrix, which was closely followed by another show, Pyjamarama, in early 2011. Pyjamarama was a group of crude American folk art pieces created under a pseudonym, William S. Paley. Nick attached some of these works to various telephone poles throughout the Cooper-Young area. Nick said, “These pieces from my Pyjamarama collection were taken from the poles as soon as I could put them up.” In his most recent show, The New Frontier, Nick used classic compact Macintosh computers and later iMacs as the medium for his art. The New Frontier celebrated how the technology of the early Macintosh computers changed the way people used technology and started exchanging information. Look for another Memphis show by Nick titled Polaris in the winter of 2011.

The 2011 Cooper-Young Festival Poster will be available to purchase early September at the CYBA offices, the night of the Art Invitational, or the day of the Festival in the Community Association booth. The original iMac artwork will be for sale the night of the 2011 Art Invitational at David Perry Smith Gallery on Thursday, September 15 from 6-9pm.

Author: LampLighter

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