The Fall season at Drawing Rooms opens September 22nd with two exhibitions: a collection of works in honor of a beloved Jersey City artist and community leader, and five gallery rooms featuring artists who have each created unusually intriguing mechanical and interactive systems for producing their art. The exhibitions, curated by Drawing Rooms Curator, Anne Trauben, offer both a deep look into the human soul and a fun and fascinating engagement with artistic ingenuity.
Honoring Margaret is a mini-retrospective of works by Margaret Weber, a long-time Jersey City resident, art pioneer, arts organizer, mother, sister, local activist, teacher, co-founder of Drawing Rooms and friend to so many. This posthumous exhibit, produced with the help of her daughter Zoe, features drawing, painting and collage made by Margaret during the course of her lifetime.
Margaret Weber’s work looks deeply into the human soul, exploring both joy and darkness. Her bold, expressive imagery is boundless in its range. Figures move through broken spaces, skulls, helicopters, ravens and owls interact with symbols such as hands, eyes, and letter-forms that all tell a mysterious, urgent, tale. This vital sense of purpose marked her life in Jersey City as well.
Sup-A-Genius: is an exhibition that celebrates the artist-as-inventor. The works of the “five guys” in this show engage the creation of a situation, condition, or home-made machine or contraption that actually creates the art. The art moves, responds to human presence, requires viewer interaction to be A printmaker, made, or is made through specific conditions set up by the artist. Featuring artists: Anthony Fisher, Kurt Steger, John Morton, Joe Chirchirillo, Roger Sayre. John Morton's work is sponsored in-part by a Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant.
Here is a video on the art process of Anthony Fisher, one of the featured artists in the Sup-A-Genius exhibition.
Margaret Weber's book is available for sale. Click here to order your copy.