Watchung Arts Center
“Stolen Identities,” the latest exhibit of work by the New Art Group. At 1978 Maplewood Arts Center, from April 29 through May 26, 2017.
Reception open to the public: Friday, May 12th, 6 – 8 pm
1978 Springfield Ave., Maplewood, NJ 07040
SPECIAL EVENTS held during the run of the exhibit:
Sunday, April 30, 2 to 5pm
Gail Winbury – Open studio/critique with advance sign up via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday, May 20, 2 to 5pm
Mixed Media demonstration with Heidi Sussman
Sunday, May 21, 2 to 5pm
“The Creative Process: Poets and Painters Speak” – Featuring poets Philip F. Clark and Robin Rosen Chang
and painters Gail Winbury and Paul XO Pinkman.
Artists’ talk held during the opening.
This provocative show asks the question, “What is identity, and what does it mean for it to be stolen?” Is an essential part of our sense of self being obliterated as racial, ethnic, religious or gender identities are compromised? Do we imagine hackers huddled over computers snatching social security numbers and all the confidential information connected to our bank accounts? Or, is it somehow more personal? Each artist interprets this hot button theme with his or her own distinctive approach through the use of various mediums including art books, ceramics, painting, photography and mixed media.
New Art Group
NJ’s Oldest Fine Art Collective
The New Art Group is a New Jersey arts organization consisting of fine artists with over 25 years exhibiting throughout the New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania visual arts communities. Our goal as a group is to seek exhibition opportunities for group members and regional artists as well. We do so by curating exhibits of regional artists in the Watchung Arts Center, in Watchung, NJ. We also seek out opportunities to exhibit the works of the current members with the goal of increasing the exposure to their contemporary art.
The word, letters, evokes a myriad of memories, images and thoughts both ancient and contemporary. The word, letters, evokes a myriad of memories, images and thoughts both ancient and contemporary. In its simplest form a letter is a symbol of a spoken word. Whether in the work of the author, Nathaniel Hawthorne, or a visual artist like Raymond Pettibon, a bright scarlet A can reek of shame, adultery, ruin along with other things; alternatively, an A+ demonstrates superior achievement. [MORE]
The show is comprised largely of triptychs, and one diptych, each of which are made of the works of two or three different artists in the group, along with individual pieces from each artist.
The formative idea of this exhibit was a desire to get all the members of the group to push themselves into different, sometimes difficult places with their work. In this way, each artist could experience what collaboration might do within their own body of work. The results are eye-opening for both the viewers of the work and for the artists themselves. [MORE]