ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Artist Isabel Manalo marries art with social movement
BY KRYSTEN MASSA / NOVEMBER 10, 2015
“If you have something to express as an artist and you can do it in a way that is visually impactful then you should do it,” she said. “You shouldn’t deny what’s moving your gut.”
It was a busy opening night for the exhibition.
Guests were buzzing in and out and the live violin music, performed by Manalo’s sister, set the tone for relaxed art viewing as well as intellectual conversations.
Jon Millings, a junior biology major, walked around the room stopping at almost every piece. Millings attended the opening for a class he is taking, but said that he really enjoyed the art.
He said he liked to look at the pieces and read along with the program because he found Manalo’s process of creating her pieces to be unique and interesting. He said his favorite was a piece called “Serotonin”, partially because he is a biology major and partially because he really liked the structure of the painting.
Sydney Gaglio, a sophomore theatre arts major, also made her way through the gallery slowly, examining every piece.
She said she comes to all of the exhibits at the Zuccaire Gallery. For her, the incorporation of different social movements into Manalo’s artwork was a hit.
“I think it’s really cool to work social movements into art, because it’s about making a change,” Gaglio said. “I think art is specifically supposed to be about making a change and for a cause. Working things into art is moving. People see it and they get inspired by it.”
“It’s a real pleasure to have Isabel’s work here in the gallery,” Karen Levitov, the curator and director of the gallery said. She talked about how she has known Manalo for years and has watched her grow as an artist. Levitov had the idea to bring Manalo to the gallery to do an installation since she began working at the gallery about a year and a half ago.
While Manalo was on campus installing the exhibit she took time out to talk to a lot of students. She spoke to several undergraduate classes and visited the graduate student studios.
“It’s a real opportunity for the students,” Levitov said, “We’re really pleased with how generous and wonderful she has been.”
Manalo is just as pleased to have her art displayed at Stony Brook in the Zuccaire Gallery.
“It’s an amazing space,” she said. “I’m really excited to be here. This university community seems amazing with great people and very interdisciplinary thinking. It’s been a lot of fun.”
Manalo will return to Stony Brook for an artist talk on Nov. 18