HIGHWAY ’67 REVISITED: Photographs by Charlie Steiner January 14th to February 18th, 2011

OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, January 14th 7-11pm
1967
Keith Richards is sentenced to 1 year in jail for drug possession,
Che Guevara is killed, the Israeli Six Day War is waged in the Middle East, race riots explode in Tampa, Boston, Cincinnati, Detroit and Newark, 50,000 people attend the Monterey Pop Festival in Southern California and gas was 33 cents per gallon; these are just some of the things that define 1967 as a year forever burned into our collective memory.
Between 1967 and 1969 Photographer Charlie Steiner was documenting the whirlwind of activity that captivated some of the decade’s cultural ambassadors. From Frank Zappa to Bob Dylan to Andy Warhol to the Kennedys (all of which are in the exhibition), Charlie’s pictures have captured some of the most iconic personalities of that period, many of whom went on to greatly influence succeeding generations. Over forty years later and for his first showing in Newark, we are pleased to offer original prints of Mr. Steiner’s work as part of this exciting exhibition.
The Photographer
Charlie Steiner has been a widely published photojournalist since 1969. His photos have appeared in the major magazines of Europe, Japan, North and South America, including LIFE, Newsweek, New York Times Magazine, TIME, Paris Match and Stern. He is best known for his coverage of the Shah of Iran in exile and the last years of Marcos and the People Power Revolution in the Philippines.
Steiner has an extensive archive of photos he made during the years of protest and pop culture in the 60’s and 70’s for magazines and album jackets: Bob Dylan and Robert Kennedy to Jagger, Warhol, Yippies and Zappa. He has been a photo editor and photography teacher. Steiner did industrial/architectural work, and continues as a fine art photographer.

 

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LUMINOUS ANGLE
New works by KATI VILIM
October 21st to November 19th, 2011
RECEPTION: Friday, October 21st 7-10pm
ARTIST TALK: October 30, 4-6pm

Kati Vilim is a geometric abstract painter addressing the discipline of Constructivist tradition incorporated with mathematical concepts. The elements of structure, ratio, color and rhythm, with their varied qualities, are organized into new forms that seem to suggest musical or architectural harmonies.

” We cannot perceive the wholeness of the world, but if we identify its structures and patterns, we can decode its complexity. Abstraction makes possible the transition between the reality of the outside world and the inner entity.” Kati Vilim.

Born in Hungary, Kati Vilim undertook her formal training in Europe and the United States. She has had solo shows both overseas and in the US. 

“Kati Vilim appears to have inherited the Constructivist mantel work, which deals with the classic issues of form, color and movement. She says, “I am composing the elements of structure, ratio, rhythm and color… reminding us of musical or architectural concepts where these different qualities are organized in a new form. Her methodical approach is evidenced by the painstaking process of color mixing, which she undertakes `to create exactly the directed shade. This approach is also seen in her geometric forms, bypassing other contemporary technical tricks to paint hard-edged objects …

Before commencing a painting project she creates many experimental drawings as a way of comprehending the space and shapes she wishes to work with, prior to embarking on a painting. By limiting her language purely to planes and lines, and developing a unique and undiluted schematic approach, Vilim experiments with implied rotation and synthesized movement to create harmonious union.”

Anonda Bell, Kati Vilim in Neoconstructivism, Art, Architecture, and Activism

http://www.kativilim.com/

She will present her recent paintings, etchings and drawings. The artist’s reception is scheduled in conjunction with Newark’s annual Open Doors Studio Tour, Oct 20th to Oct 23rd.
 

 


 


TERRY BODDIE
: COAL MAN
May 19th to June16th, 2012
RECEPTION: Saturday, May 19th, 7-10pm
ARTIST TALK: Friday, June 15th, 6-9pm

PRESS RELEASE
All around the world, charcoal is made by an ancient process of carbonizing wood through controlled burning under mounds of earth over a period of weeks. The resulting coal is often the only affordable source of fuel for families in many parts of the world. Making charcoal is backbreaking, dangerous work for the men and women who do it. In this new, documentary styled exhibition, Artist/Photographer Terry Boddie, looks at the life of coal man Cuthbert Clarke, casting him as an embodiment of the culture of charcoal making in Terry’s home island of Nevis in the Eastern Caribbean. With contemporary issues of energy, deforestation, tradition, post-colonialism and the need to make a living all at play, Mr. Boddie will present his sensitive, conflicted and moving perspective of a man whose practice was passed onto him by the artist’s own family.

Terry Boddie was featured in HR, at The Studio Museum in Harlem, Infinite Island, at The Brooklyn Museum and Tropicalisms, at The Jersey City Museum.

This documentary project was awarded a 2011-2012 photography grant from the Helen and George Segal Foundation, which will help fund the second phase of the project. The photographs in the exhibition were printed at the Advanced Media Services Lab at New York University.

Monsters, Saints, and Cool Summer Dresses

September 16, 17, 22-24

Reception for the artist September 16, 7- 11pm

Monsters, Saints, and Cool Summer Dresses showcases three series of special-edition pieces created by Amy Young: Little Monsters III, ed. 50; Subway Saints III (mini), ed. 50;

and

See Me Tell Me Shifts (Graffiti), ed. 25.

Young explains: After a 17 year hiatus, (spent pursuing an MA, selling art for a living, and teaching), I have returned to art making. Since last summer (2010) I have created and placed hundreds of tiny pieces of street-art in New York, London, Paris, and Seattle. And, so that other people could participate in this project, I began the blog:  seemetellme.blogspot.com/ .

The See Me Tell Me series is based on the following set of rules and parameters: First – The materials should be non artistic low-art stuff found at any office supply store, hardware store, or notions shop, Second – While an idea for a work might take days or weeks to work out, the actual crafting of each object must take no longer than 5 minutes, Third – The works are placed into the world, or handed out for free,  Fourth – In contrast to many street artists/graffiti artists, I identify myself by putting my web-site address or QR code on the works. I do this to elicit viewer responses; I want to know who collects a work and why.

The Little Monsters series is based on the Greek, Roman, Romanesque, and Gothic Revival faces and gargoyles you see on buildings all over New York, Paris, London, Rome, Venice, and Athens. I found (or shot) a selection of these images and made them all into Little Monsters by mounting the images on the front of clear 2” x 1” x 1” plastic boxes, darkening the backgrounds with gaffer tape and lighting them with LEDs. I also filled them with silver balls to reflect the light and to rattle, when shaken.

The Subway Saints series is inspired by my obsession with (and daily immersion in) the subway. They are also inspired by Walker Evans’ great work, Many are Called.In 1938, Walker Evans began surreptitiously photographing people on the New York City subway. With his camera hidden in his overcoat he captured the faces of Depression-era riders, each wrapped in their own unguarded private thoughts. Evans’ work represents portraiture in its purest state. Inspired by Evans’ series I shot about 250 clandestine images in the subway. To create a Subway Saint I print each portrait in color and assemble it into an accordion-style book, complete with gold-leaf, beads, glitter, found papers and objects. I place each book into a 2” x 1” x 1” clear or colored plastic box. On the verso of each box is an image of Evans’ Contax folding camera.

The See Me Tell Me Shiftsare based on the thin, simple, summer dresses worn by fashionable New York women. For the first two series of See Me Tell Me Shifts the little dresses were decorated with the patterns I found in museums, galleries, and art fairs and heat transferred onto the surface of paper. But the imagery for this newest series is the street art and graffiti I have seen in London, Paris, Bushwick, Williamsburg, Chelsea and Soho this spring and summer. The front of each dress is made from Japanese rice paper cut in the shape of a shift or sundress. The back of each dress is a snippet from a shopping bag and provides contrasting sources – the free vs. the bought. Each dress is hung from a small, handmade, twisted-wire hanger.

Viewers of the exhibition are requested to take one of these works.

They register their acquisition on the tag beneath each work and comment at seemetellme.blogspot.com about the new addition to their collection.

Jan Riley, Review, SeeMeTellMe.Sculpture Magazine. May 2012