PROJECT ROOMS SHOW 2016, 2/19/16 - 3/27/16
ARTIST RECEPTION, Sunday, 2/21/16, 3-7pm
In our annual PROJECT ROOMS SHOW, each artist turns their gallery room into a unique viewing experience. This year’s artists present a show that ranges from springlike watercolor abstractions, to elegant room reconfigurations. Innovative abstract works, moody night-life paintings and conceptual urban photography are also featured, as well as images that are constructed both out of painted wood forms and digital processes. PROJECT ROOMS SHOW 2016, curated by Anne Trauben, features nine solo exhibits by 8 New Jersey artists (7 from Jersey City) and one from Brooklyn. Artists include Alyce Gottesman, Beatrice M. Mady, Bruce Halpin, Greg Letson, Jeanne Tremel, Jeremy Coleman Smith, Kimberley Wiseman, Stephen Cimini and Tom McGlynn.
Alyce Gottesman, President of The Painting Center, NYC, presents watercolor works on paper, FROM THE PRISM SERIES that reflect the rhythms of the seasons and the energy of nature channeling the vigor and cadences from both nature and music. Beatrice M. Mady SHADOWS AND DREAMS presents prints and paintings. Beatrice’s ideas are sparked by things she sees on her travels or events in her life. “I might be made aware of new patterns, colors and light or try to express visually ideas for which I have no words..” Her works evolve from a dialogue between the drawn form and color creating a complex internal space. In Bruce Halpin’s SHORTCUT TO A LONG STORY, his paintings on wood constructions become intriguing graphic/architectural objects. The meaning of the works emerges through a dialogue of the artist’s intention and the materials used. His muted colors and subtle shades of light and dark grays are contrasted by his use of crisp graphic lines and abruptly cut structures that can make it seem as if two paintings are merging into one. In Greg Letson’s PICTURAE SIMPLEX paintings, he creates a set of small, abstract works he describes as “simple pictures with an emphasis on structure- images that were to be ‘discovered’ in the process of making them with no planning or pre-visualization.” Suggestive of mechanical, digital or biological systems, they appear to describe complex layers of real objects in harmonies of rich colors. The themes in Jeanne Tremel’s paintings are about change and growth, often using plant-life or biological forms to express this activity and movement. She thinks about mutations, accidents and adaptations that occur in nature, daily city life, and psyche. Her hope is that viewers find some scrap of beauty, or humor, surprise and humanness in her combinations of mark-making and connecting materials. Jeremy Coleman Smith’s work investigates the relationship between people and objects and the interior spaces where they interact. In his installation piece, SQUARE FORMAT (SINKING ROOM), he rearranges our concept of a room, turning it on its side, and disturbing our normal sense of living environment. He uses the temporary materials of drawing/printing: corrugated cardboard, paper and ink to make a representation of a room that seems to be real. Kimberley Wiseman’s watercolor painting series THE GOTHAM, explores the nightlife drama of bars and restaurants. She loves the blurry chaotic imagery of people letting loose in these closed compact environments. The works are almost monochrome in color, and dark, expansive and mysterious. “I often liken them to instagram photos which are blurry images of fleeting moments that we quickly breeze through on our phones.” Stephen Cimini’s DIVINING THE SPACE paintings originated from the linear landscape of Manhattan. His works focus on the relationship of geometric spaces within the framework of architecture. Stephen’s fascination with the mystery of color is also a vital aspect of his work. His gallery room features a video he created which shows the process of creating this series of work. Tom McGlynn's STREET PHOTOGRAPHS, 2012 - 2016 explore a combination of geometry and color that he finds in everyday, common architecture.
The public is invited to the Artist Reception for PROJECT ROOMS SHOW 2016 on Sunday, 2/21/16, 3-7pm, and to the free Artist Talks on Saturday 3/12/16 & Sunday, 3/13/16, and Saturday, 3/19/16, 2:30-5:30pm, where they can meet the artists in a small-group setting to learn about their work.
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