Everyday People, Living Their Lives Openly and Honestly in LOVE AND EQUALITY by Natalie Gruppuso


Deb and Annie with Aminata and Zeno, Providence, RI

PROVIDENCE, RI – Yellow Peril Gallery is pleased to present LOVE AND EQUALITY, a photo series by Natalie Gruppuso documenting the faces of same-sex marriage, from Thursday, 14 June to Sunday, 15 July 2012. Preview Reception is Friday, 15 June 2012; Gallery Night Reception is Thursday, 21 June 2012. Gruppuso is the second artist featured in COLLECT ART, Yellow Peril Gallery’s Emerging Artists Series introducing solo exhibitions from fresh new talent to the global art market.

Marriage Equality is at its core a legislative issue, but behind all the politics and abstract ideology, there are people. Everyday people. Living their lives openly and honestly. This is exactly what Natalie Gruppuso reminds us of with LOVE AND EQUALITY, her documentary series of photographs of same-sex marriage. Family portraits, negotiating that fine line between formality and intimacy, provide a semi-public record of the lives lived and relationships forged. Gruppuso doesn’t catalogue statistics by race, politics or class; instead, she documents families at home, surrounded by their familiar objects, providing the faces behind the policies.

Portraits in LOVE AND EQUALITY include nuclear and extended families from all across New England (including a dozen from Rhode Island) and New York who have taken the vow of marriage since May 17, 2004, when then Governor Mitt Romney of Massachusetts ordered town clerks to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples as per the Supreme Judicial Court’s ruling in Goodridge v. Department of Public Health, which declared the state’s ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional. Out of state nuptials weren’t a legal option until July 31, 2008, when Governor Deval Patrick signed an act repealing a 1913 law that prohibits non-residents from marrying in Massachusetts if their marriage would be void in their home state.

LOVE AND EQUALITY will run at Yellow Peril Gallery from Thursday, 14 June to Sunday, 15 July 2012. Preview Reception is Friday, 15 June 2012; Gallery Night Reception is Thursday, 21 June 2012. Gallery hours are Thursday and Friday, 3PM – 8PM and Saturday and Sunday, 12PM – 5PM. Other days by appointment or chance.

About Natalie Gruppuso
NATALIE GRUPPUSO was born in Providence, Rhode Island and raised in nearby Seekonk, Massachusetts. She received her BFA in photography from Parsons School of Design in 2003. In 2011, Natalie was awarded a fellowship at the Camera Club of New York. Natalie lives with her husband in New York City.

COLLECT ART is an Emerging Artists Series launched by Yellow Peril Gallery in 2012 to feature solo exhibitions from fresh new talent in all mediums who have never had a one-person show.  Artists selected for this unique and dynamic opportunity are guided through the exhibition process, provided promotional materials and are required to give an artist’s talk during their exhibition to further increase their visibility.  COLLECT ART aims to introduce fresh new talent to the global art market.

About Yellow Peril Gallery
YELLOW PERIL GALLERY is located at The Plant, a historic mill complex in the Olneyville neighborhood of Providence, Rhode Island. The Gallery strives to foster modern art critiques on popular culture and society from established and emerging artists in the United States and abroad. We aspire to exhibit provocative and visually arresting artwork created specifically to ignite conversations long after viewers have left the building. Artists that we represent share our commitment to social responsibility, and a percentage from the sale of all artwork is donated to a charitable organization of the Artists’ choice. For more info about future exhibitions, visit www.yellowperilgallery.com.

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If you’d like more information about this press release, or to schedule an interview with Natalie Gruppuso, please contact Robert Stack at +1 401 861 1535 or e-mail at robert@yellowperilgallery.com.