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Guttenberg Arts hosts a wide range of exhibitions throughout the year which provides STAR artists and community members an outlet to showcase their work and garner exposure. In return we provide the public with a venue which offers unique presentations in an unexpected place... around the corner from their home.
MADE HERE: WINTER 2017 Group Show
milcah Bassel / joseph martin gabriel / ryan schroeder / jeremy coleman smith
April 7th – may 26th, 2017
Opening Reception: fri. april 7th 6pm - 9pm
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.
Sculptures and paintings by armando guiller
Curated by Elvis Fuentes
march 18th – april 30th, 2017
Open to the public: Sat. March 18th 12pm - 5pm
Opening Reception: Sat. march 18th 6pm - 9 pm
Guttenberg Arts is pleased to present Joint Ventures, the second iteration of our new Exhibition Program series. Joint Ventures is a solo show of Union City-based artist Armando Guiller, whose work bridges art and engineering. The exhibition features fifteen works through which the artist explores nature’s building blocks, crucial elements that allow for life’s development and growth.
Armando Guiller’s work dwells on jointures as metaphors of change and organic adaptation. He makes joints and junctions visible, bridging the gap between diverse materials, and piecing together disparaging forms. By combining shapes with a twist, straight lines bend and become curves; two-dimensional forms evolve into volumes. As the artist points out, “My sculpting process consists of stacking a chosen material in sections or layers to form a complex body, where the body refers to life, and the sections to those experiences that can turn its course.”
Armando Guiller is a Cuban-American artist, but also works as a civil engineer. He lives and works in Union City, New Jersey. He has participated in numerous exhibitions in the United States and abroad. He recently had a major solo exhibition at the William Paterson University. In Joint Ventures, he presents five mid-size sculptures of his signature style, as well as a series of decades-old works on paper never before shown. This exhibition will be open to the public from March 18th through April 30th at the Lake House at James J. Braddock North Hudson County Park in North Bergen.
Joint Ventures is part of a new Exhibition Program organized by Guttenberg Arts and curated by Meyken Barreto and Elvis Fuentes that focuses on artists living and/or working in the New Jersey area. This new series of exhibitions is taking place in two locations: the Guttenberg Arts Gallery in Guttenberg and the Lake House at James J. Braddock North Hudson County Park in North Bergen.