Duets, 10/31/14 - 11/30/14
ARTIST RECEPTION, Sunday Nov 2, 3-6pm
Many exciting exhibits are going on at DRAWING ROOMS on the second and third floors this month! All shows are curated by James Pustorino and Anne Trauben.
On the second floor, our latest exhibit, DUETS, will features two-person gallery exhibitions from Pro Arts Jersey City artists:
Michael Teters / Jessica Lenard
Aileen Bassis / Trix Rosen
Candy le Sueur / Deirdre Kennedy
Howard Berelson / Kerry Kolenut
Greg Letson / Matt Colagiuri
Mimi Weinberg / Beatrice Mady
with Margaret Weber / Taiwo DuVall
Special Project Room on the second floor:
ALAN WALKER'S SOUL SURVIVOR features self-portraits from the artist's childhood
Special Project Room on the third floor:
RAINBOW THURSDAYS ARTISTS
Continuing on the third floor, DRAWING ROOMS CIRCLE features works by artists who manage, teach and help support our art center.
DUETS is a DRAWING ROOMS collaboration with Pro Arts Jersey City on the second floor. Each gallery room in DUETS features strong, independent bodies of work from two artists. How the two sets of work respond to each other, the similarities and differences, the varying solutions that two artists apply to similar problems, or how each artist explores a similar media makes this an exciting, intriguing show. Trix Rosen and Aileen Bassis both employ photography and explore the human spirit in their own ways. Trix’s Light Drawings are beautiful interpretations of women wrapped in physical light, Aileen’s deeply psychological portraits and schematic structures evoke another aspect of the human condition. Both Kerry Kolenut and Howard Berelson are working with digital images, incorporating photography and drawing. Berelson’s epic prints consist of many pieced-together photo and drawing images coming together into a fiery, stormy drama. Kolenut’s swimming pool series is elegantly low-tech; dark-pencil-covered silhouettes balance against blue-light reflected water images. In Matt Colagiuri and Greg Letson’s room, Letson’s paintings explore a complex myriad of organic and in-organic systems and his incredible leather construction is a world in itself. Colagiuri’s works which distribute squares of image and color through systems of photo-blocks are no less engaging. Michael Teters’ waxed paintings recall pictograms and ancient messages- paired with Jessica Lenard’s IN OTHER WORDS prints, a wall of desperately drawn contrasting definitives: yes/no, float/sink, love/hate, all makes for a room with an on-going conversation. The subtle natural forms of Deirdre Kennedy's sumi-e ink paintings pair off well with the brilliant abstract colors of light and dark in Candy le Seur's mono-prints. Mimi Weinberg and Beatrice Mady's works both are immersed in exotic cultures, Symbol, motif and relic figure into both series; Mimi recreating texts and landscape in long canvas columns, images that end in a sculptural shelf for an object that one senses could be sacred. Beatrice brings her motifs into a contemporary pictorial paradigm. Taiwo duVall's tall monochrome woodcut prints recall his African heritage and have much in common with the mystery and multi-layered imagery of Margaret Weber's collage works of drawn and stitched materials on Plexiglas.
In a SPECIAL PROJECT ROOM on the second floor, Alan Walker's SOUL SURVIVOR painting series is both portraits and self-portraits at the same time; Alan paints himself from photographs taken of him as a child by his father. The works become a collaboration with his father and a record of past experience. Alan Walker's brilliantly crisp paintings have a strong psychological undercurrent. "If Edward Hopper married Diane Arbus, they would begat Alan Walker", says JC Channel 1's, Stephanie Daniels.
A SPECIAL PROJECT ROOM on the third floor will show RAINBOW THURSDAY ARTISTS drawing selections from our art program at Windmill Center for artists with disabilities. The participants in our drawing program each communicate in their own visual language creating works of beautiful innocence. Artists include Ed Wheeler, Charles Cirillo, Debbie Lesane, Yahira Montanez and Wayne Lounsbury.
DRAWING ROOMS CIRCLE continues in our third floor galleries, featuring artists who manage, teach and help support our art center: Greg Brickey, Margaret Weber, Edward Fausty, Feng Xiao Liu, James Pustorino, Kim Wiseman, Ross Bonn, Stephanie Daniels, Taiwo DuVall, Robert Preston, Gilbert Giles, Cheryl Gross, William Stamos, Loura van der Meule, Stephen Cimini, Sandra DeSando and Jennifer Krause Chapeau. Highlights of DRAWING ROOMS CIRCLE include Robert Preston’s biting QUEENS (OF ENGLAND) series, a wall of Gilbert Giles’ sports sketchbook drawings, Stephen Cimini’s cold wax medium on canvas paintings, Loura van der Meule’s star drawings, a major new colored pencil waterscape by Sandra DeSando, Margaret Weber’s mysterious drawing collages on dark plexiglass, Taiwo DuVall’s totem woodcuts, multi-panel floating head drawings by Greg Brickey, William Stamos’ golden pallets, a horizon diptych by Jennifer Krause Chapeau, Ed Fausty’s Moving Mountains photos with Feng Xiao Liu’s calligraphy, and portraits by Cheryl Gross, Kim Wiseman and Ross Bonn. A projection room by Stephanie Daniels is also a must-see!
Victory Hall DRAWING ROOMS is a contemporary arts center for drawing, painting, 3-dimensional works and print by emerging and mid-career artists in a former convent building in Downtown Jersey City. With 10 rooms for individual artist or group exhibitions and the TENTH ROOM GALLERY SHOP, we are dedicated to providing a space where the arts communities and the public can gather, interact and enjoy new artistic experiences. Our innovative and exciting exhibitions, public programs and publications enrich the lives of our community through an appreciation of and involvement with contemporary art.
DRAWING ROOMS is operated by Victory Hall Inc. a 501c3 non-profit organization producing exhibitions, programs and public art projects in the NJ/NY area since 2001. Other projects include RAINBOW THURSDAYS* art classes for developmentally disabled adults, THIRD FLOOR ARTIST WORK SPACES, VICTORY HALL PRESS, and exhibition development for SHUSTER'S ART PROJECT* at Art House, The Oakman, Hamilton House and Gallery at 109 Columbus.
James Pustorino, Director
Anne Trauben, Curator / Exhibitions Director