PAPER CONSTRUCTIONS 3/27/15 - 5/3/15
ARTIST RECEPTION: Sunday, 3/29/15, 3-6pm
PAPER CONSTRUCTIONS, 3/27/15 - 5/3/15, features 10 artists in 9 exhibition rooms working with various types of paper– including handmade paper, recyclable paper and cardboard, among others, creating narrative and abstract sculpture, installation, drawing and different types of collage. PAPER CONSTRUCTIONS is curated by Anne Trauben. Artists include: Etty Yaniv, Sylvia Schwartz, Jaynie Gillman Crimmins, Anonda Bell, Alex Paik, Margaret Weber, Liz Jaff, Austin Thomas, Diane Tenerelli-June and Ryan Sarah Murphy.
Paper is as basic as it comes in art. From childhood through adult, for both artists and non artists, the appeal and the immediacy of paper will always be there. Try as they might, technical devices will never replace it. Blank paper is so often the start of one's art making. Paper is a natural material, which add another layer of meaning to the abstract and narrative aspect of many of these artists’ works. Yaniv, Schwartz, Bell, Weber, Crimmins & Murphy’s works speak of nature and the environment, while both Thomas and June create their own unique collage languages. Paik’s connects the rhythm of music to the movement and harmony in color and shape, while Jaff uses the material to create ethereal beauty. This is a materials show and these artists love the material and know it well.
Some of these artists relay a sort of romance with paper. Liz Jaff’s work is elegant and refined and evokes an ephemeral experience in which two-dimensional surfaces become three dimensional shapes that play with light and shadow. Ryan Sarah Murphy's torn, recycled collage constructions are made of found cardboard and covers of hard-backed books and suggest the odd terrains of shifting perspectives– the concrete environment of the city and the interior dwelling of the self.
Margaret Weber and Anonda Bell's works explore different narratives about nature and the environment and how we as humans interact with animals and other creatures we share the world with. Sylvia Schwartz sculpts, draws and paints with her materials. Using liquid pigmented pulp, she casts forms from nature, leaving in the marks of her own fingerprints. Sylvia's process of making unifies the experience of nature, art and humanity, while imagining the objects as part of a common history. Jaynie Crimmins creates an elegant and unique language using recycled shredded mail and she also thinks of her process of artmaking as drawing, painting and sculpture in space. Inspired by the handiwork and frugality of her grandmother, whose home decor was arranged around rugs she crocheted from strips of rags, Jaynie shreds her junk mail and then scrupulously sews the shreds together. Individual elements become dense clusters reflecting the appearance and structure of marine ecosystems. Etty Yaniv's 3-D paper-installations float in mid- air. Sculptural, layered, and largely drawing-based, these immersive environments oscillate between urban architecture and biomorphic fragments, landscape and topography, diagram and gesture, typically drawing upon the urban places in transition in which she's lived. Austin Thomas's delicate paper collage constructions, often done in sketchbooks, are modest, humble in materials and self-effacing in effect, encouraging the viewer to address the “thing in itself". Diane Tenerelli June's fabric, paint, paper and drawn element collage search for a solidified connection, giving to seemingly imperfection and random surprise. Alex Paik's folded paper, patterned with bright colors, reflect a musical influence, mimicking the way that the voices of a fugue are continuously repeated, transposed, inverted, and folded into themselves.
The public is invited to the free Artist Reception on Sunday, 3/29/15, 3-6pm and to the free Artist Workshops on Saturday & Sunday, 4/18/15 & 4/19/15, 2:30-5:30pm, where they can meet the artists in a small-group setting to learn about their work and try out some hands-on art activities.
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