Forty Paintings, Twenty Painters
Proto Gallery will feature a guest-curated group exhibition featuring paintings from European and American abstract painters. 20 painters, each presenting a pair of works that evoke a dialogue or conversation between them. The artists have been selected by artist Ian White Williams. The exhibit will be open through February 9, 2014. The gallery is open to the public Wednesday to Sunday 10:00 AM to 4:00PM or by appointment
Verde Vita Sneak Peek Along with Artists Robert Nardolillo, Joe Borzotta and Joe Velez at Tresorie Framing
Verde Vita will be giving a sneak peek of what they have to offer once they open their Hoboken store very soon. Until then, come by this weekend to Tresorie to get a first look at their Tuscan olive oils, balsamic vinegar and the many fine food products they have to offer.
Nardolillo says, "My paintings are the dreams I meant to write down before my alarm clock went off. They are freeze frames of the quiet moments that I steal for myself in the middle of a bustling day. Bright reflections of rain on asphalt streets after a summer shower, pedestrians expertly weaving in and out of traffic on their way to work, or simply a silent pause before crossing a hectic street. These are some of the moments that inspire me to create bold impressions. Watercolor is my medium. It best captures the mood and mystery of an energetic city.
"As a native of Brooklyn, New York, I spent afternoons with my friends walking the neighborhoods, sketching streets with chipped curbs and peeling street signs. I learned early on to capture the scene quickly, stripping away all distractions before the light changed the shadows. I knew it was time to go home when the sky began to darken, the street lights came on and I had trouble seeing my sketch pad. My paintings are my dreams."
About his paintings Borzotta say, "Many of these images explore peoples’ relation to society and themselves. How connected are they to what is happening around them, or right on top of them? The paintings are a visual exploration into existentialism - analyzing existence and the freedom, responsibility and isolation of the individual. Are they in environments that they created, or are forced to live in?"
"A gently intense presence, Velez seems a careful observer. His paintings feel at once contemplative and ephemeral."
- Maria Zingaro Conte
(The Jersey Journal)
Local artists Geraldine Gaines, Ibou Ndoye, and Liz Cohen art will be on display in the exhibition, Tradi-Moderne, at hob’art cooperative gallery, The Monroe Center for the Arts, #E208, 720 Monroe Street. The show runs through Dec. 28. There will be a gallery talk on Dec. 15 from 3:30-4:30 pm.
All three artists are influenced by the traditional arts of the indigenous peoples of the world. While they take their inspiration from these folk artists, they give their own modern interpretation to the orthodox. Gaines does this through her exquisitely carved and painted wooden doors. She will also be displaying beautifully made prints on canvas, which have been made from complex designs that she carves in wood. These major pieces have been inspired by her love for African art. Ndoye explores and reinterprets the technique of reverse glass painting, a tradition of his home country Senegal. He also creates intricate works on paper, paintings on carpet and fabulous sculpture from found objects. He is often inspired by his observations of the behaviors of people in the street. Cohen’s painting and sculpture are heavily influenced by the aboriginal culture of Australia. Her travels through Asia, Africa and Central and South America inform her aesthetic as well. Her pieces will focus on the “doll” creatures that she has been making and exhibiting for the last ten years. Please come out to see the unique blend of traditional art forms with the new interpretations of these skilled and adventurous artists.
Jack "Crying Raven" Anderson
Jack ‘Crying Raven’ Anderson is a self-taught artist and — as he puts it — a graduate of the NJ School of Hard Knocks, Brick City Campus (Newark). He works in multiple media including acrylic, oils, watercolor and collage on canvas. His work centers around indigenous traditions and jazz aesthetics.
"My life has been an overwhelming, but a fantastic journey. This life journey has been documented through my art. Color has shaped my life from the beginning and since I have been old enough to pick up a crayon, I have used color to express my loves, my fears, my sorrows and my joys. "
Singer/songwriter Nick Wager has graced D's stage on several occasions. This will be his first residency and they are thrilled to have him. Each week, you can expect to hear his own honest, insightful songs as well as a select few covers. And maybe a couple of guests will join in, too.
"I’ve been making up silly stories for as long as I can remember, and I’ve been writing songs for nearly as long. I then picked up a guitar to impress all the girls whose eyes I’d never even have the courage to meet. And now — by some wild turn of events — I’m here: A Theatre Studies/English double major at Montclair State University. I act, I sing, I write, I goof, I love; I’m not too complex."
"For a young Brazilian artist residing in New York, nothing would seem more natural than using her process of creation to evoke the rich cultural references of her native country. But Fer Veriga does not exploit this obvious course. Perhaps the sensual profusion of vibrant colors and forms in her pictures indirectly refers to that physical generosity and moral characteristic of her native land. Her work, however, transcends all culturally influenced perceptions of either the artist or the spectator. In the fleshy texture of the face, in the sensual curvature of a shoulder or a breast, Fer discloses the privacy of the body. The final image is presented bare of any cultural, territorial or secular reference with her overwhelming individuality. Out of this ostensive exposition of the body, that by itself is purely ephemeral and transitory, she seems to accomplish a direct relationship with an intimacy that hides under the surface of the forms and the colors. The goal of the incessant and obsessive work of creation in translated into exuberant images and individual enchantment and discloses the privacy of the human soul."
Gilberto Yamamuro, August 2003
Fer Veriga is an award winning artist with an international following whose artwork has been shown on four continents in cities such as New York, London, Sydney, and São Paulo. Many of Fer’s collectors have purchased her completed paintings as well as commissioned ones. Fer’s notoriety grew dramatically in 2002 as a result of her being named a winner in the 2002 SOHO International Art Competition.
In 2003 she was one of the featured artists in “The Latin American Fine Art Exhibition” at Agora Gallery located in New York City, 2003 A year later Fer was a featured artist in Brazil ARTSHOW, the 2004 art book celebrating Brazil’s newest generation of prominent artists.
Born in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Fer Veriga began studying painting, sculpture and drawing techniques at various schools in Sao Paulo before moving to New York in 2000 to focus on her painting techniques at the Art Student's League of New York
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