PROJECT ROOMS SHOW 2015: 2/20/15 - 3/15/15
ARTIST RECEPTION: Sunday, 2/22/15, 3-6pm
PROJECT ROOMS SHOW 2015, curated by Anne Trauben, features nine solo exhibitions in drawing, painting and print by artists Terri Amig, Enrico Gomez, Lisa Ficarelli-Halpern, Eileen Ferara, Jaz Graf, Carol Radsprecher, Eliot Markell, James Prez, and Max Velez.
This month each room in DRAWING ROOMS becomes a reflection of a single artist’s investigation of their experience of nature and of the nature of thought. These new sets of works by NJ/NY area artists explore the internal life by describing externals: animals, plants, landscape, people and text all become part of an internal narrative. Their work examines the natural environment as well as the very tools of narrative communication and thought, re-imagining all they see and endowing these images with meaning.
In Terri Amig’s paintings, MERCURY AND THE LITTLE MYSTERIES, the gulls and shells and sea-life of the Jersey coast become mythic, messengers with knowledge of eternity. James Prez' disarming drawings of birds in BIRD(S) ON A WIRE, a faux environment, recall our earliest attempts as children to depict what we considered then to be wondrous fellow-creatures. Eliot Markell's IMAGINARY SCULPTURE creates from nature; his drawings are nebulous and evocative forms on the verge of becoming. Eileen Ferara’s ESTUARY drawings pair expressive images from local waterways with text from Hemmingway’s Old Man and the Sea and graphic forms, to tell a contemporary tale of life and loss. Max Velez’ FACES presents frantically active and intensely narrative drawings- a depiction of the workings of his mind filled with text, self images, memories and beautiful natural structures. In contrast, Enrico Gomez' PAPER WORKS presents written language and graphic letter-forms in a way that is ordered and precise, and yet dissolved into a flood of saturated color. In Lisa Ficarelli-Halpern’s CHAMBER PIECES, lush, realistic oil paintings and prints employ decorative pattern that depict a cultivated image of nature and engage and subvert familiar traditional motifs and themes. Jaz Graf's IN OTHER WORDS creates a wrapped and shredded installation in print and muslin in which narratives from old sketchbooks and personal journals are “eviscerated” and disclosed in a new form. In Carol Radschprecher’s We’ve Escaped the Studio!, wildly chaotic yet playfully colorful images portray the calamity of everyday life.
The public is invited to the free Artist Reception on Sunday, 2/22/15, 3-6pm and to the free Artist Workshops on Saturday & Sunday, 3/7/15 & 3/8/15, 3-5pm, 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