Thank you to everyone who made our first annual Casino Night a success! We had such a blast and can't wait for next year! You won't want to miss it!
& thank you again to all our great sponsors!
& thank you again to all our great sponsors!
Guttenberg NJ (March 28th), Guttenberg Arts Gallery is pleased to present “MADE HERE Winter 2017” a group exhibition of the current Artists in Residence; Milcah Bassel, Joseph Martin Gabriel, Ryan Schroeder and Jeremy Coleman Smith. On view April 7 - May 26, 2017. The works included in MADE HERE were created during the artist’s residences this past winter. The title “MADE HERE” carries not only multiple definitions, but multiple conceptual meanings ranging from location to identity, the politics of materials and the historical nature of place. All of these new works deeply considered many of these issues and are only just the beginning points for deeper reflection.
Milcah Bassel’s newest work incorporates traditional printmaking and ceramics, employing abstract geometric forms as compartments of body interiors and exploring the perpetual human need to measure and quantify the organic world. Like her previous performative time-lapse sequence “Grid Piece”, the work created at Guttenberg Arts continues to explore the phenomenology of spatial relations, questioning where experience and imagery converge and crossover. This new body of work continues to spins poetic, whimsical and philosophical perspectives on themes enhanced by Bassel’s intersection of clay and paper, which generates a complex dialogue between dimensions both literally and metaphorically.
Joseph Martin Gabriel’s current work draws upon the boundaries and subtle nuances between what we regard as natural and artificial. During his time at Guttenberg Arts, Gabriel experimented with collages, drawings, lithographs and ceramics resulting in numerous visual hybrids derived from contrasting urban horticultural elements and imagined natural forms. Gabriel’s works generate emphasis between fragile and rigid; familiar and uncanny; concrete and liminal. Most of his works reflect on this idea of existence and ephemerality where a simultaneous tension is created between something that exudes life and something that shows the lack or absence thereof.
Ryan Schroeder’s large scale oil paintings are relics that reflect reality. Through paint, Schroeder explores space as a phenomenological experience in that the subject matter is assembled through firsthand experience. His primary focus is finding a means to transmit the dominant psychological feeling of a place visually. His attraction to spaces that possess a residue of occupation and visceral sensation of human presence was amply met during his time at Guttenberg Arts. Working in New Jersey allowed Schroeder to continue his exploration of the historic significance of industry in terms of its impact on avant-garde culture. His latest work features the structures and framework of Guttenberg Arts studio space (formerly a textile factory then dental foundry turned artist space). Like previous paintings, this body of work evokes contemplation of the human factor and explores the aftermath of industrial developments.
Jeremy Coleman Smith’s work continues to investigate the relationship between people, objects of display and the interior spaces where they interact. Smith believes that in an effort to describe ourselves, we adorn our personal spaces and develop an image of self through the contents we choose to display in a room. The presentation of these objects helps fabricate an image of the occupant and becomes a depiction of self-narrative. Smith’s work questions what we cherish more, the image of the object, the idea of the experience or the object itself. In his recent work, Smith has been exploring textures of textiles and other materials within a domestic setting. He has recreated these scenes out of paper, cardboard and styrofoam in combination with various printmaking techniques. Throughlarge copper plate etching and photographic imagery, Smith used computer-generated, photographic patterning to create seamless images as it is printed onto long rolls of paper, ergo creating his own unique paper upholstery. Further exploration during his fellowship included the transfer of photographic images onto copper by silkscreening directly onto the plate with a sugar lift solution. In addition Smith enhanced these images with other aquatint techniques.
Artist Matthew Jensen, Curator Mary Birmingham and Book Designer Matt Barteluce visited GHP Media today for an in-person Press Check for Park Wonder. It's been a long road (or fast highway) for all of us but the longest for Matthew J. who began this journey many months ago when he first stepped into the four historic national parks of New Jersey documented in the book.
Read more about his upcoming interactive exhibition at VACNJ here which was supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts. Many thanks to Dan Bartlett and his team for guiding us through the book production. Check out GHP Media here
Sharon and Hrag discussing how to live and sustain a creative life at Strand Bookstore tonight. Looking for inspiration? Check out Sharon's new new book 'The Artist as Culture Producer,' a collection of 40 essays by visual artists breaking down how they extend their practices outside their studios. We got to hear some impactful stories first hand and now looking forward to reading the book and passing it around the studio!
Thank you to the Hudson County Cultural Affairs office and the NJ State Council on the Arts for the inspiring Public Board Meeting and luncheon today! Congrats to our fellow Hudson County Local Arts Program Grant winners (shown in this pic) as well as all the Hudson County NJCA individual grant winners!
Board member and friend Austin Thomas and I spent the afternoon with NJ's top creative thinkers setting a plan for 2017 to ensure the National Endowment for the Arts voice is heard. Folks from the NJ Council, Art Pride NJ and Hudson County spoke passionately about how we need to be the voices of the future now more than ever! If you are an artist, you are a truth seeker!
Did you know that the return in investing $146 million into the NEA annually is $700 billion?! $700 billion dollars generated through economic and social growth annually because of the arts. Get out there, visit the galleries, exhibitions and theaters in 2017 and show congress how important the arts are to your life! Meanwhile here are some helpful links that can get you more involved:
NJ Council on the Arts
Hudson County Cultural Affairs
NJ Art Pride
National Endowment for the Arts