I attended the latest art-show opening reception at the Newark Print Shop ("NPS") on Saturday evening. My friend Jerry came in from Manhattan to accompany me. It's good to have a friend with whom to compare reactions.
NPS principal Samer (pronounced sáam.er) Fouad (f'úe.wod, or is it fúe.waad?) straightened the bottom leftmost of the smaller prints when he saw I was about to take a picture, then said, "NOW you can take the picture!" He's a good kid, and a (fotograffic) artist in his own right. I am NOT a fotograffic artist, only a fotograffic documentarian who works to show what is happening in Newark today.
This is the description of that art show from the emailed invite. (I indicate some minor corrections to the English, in brackets. Graffic artists are éxperts in the arts. Their texts, however, sometimes require correction by éxperts in English.
For an opening reception:
Saturday[,] Sept[.] 26th 6-10pm
Newark Print Shop
304 University Ave[.], Newark, NJ 07102
PRINTERS IN RESIDENCE III:
The artwork of Sharon Lindenfeld, Angela Pilgrim, and Luke Walter.
This exhibition showcases the artwork created by our 2015 resident artists[,] Sharon Lindenfeld, Angela Pilgrim, and Luke Walter. For six months, these artists have had unlimited access to facilities at the shop to explore and engage with fine[-]art printmaking processes in order to expand their artistic practice. This exhibition highlights the importance of accessibility to workspace and resources as it showcases work created in an active, cooperative print shop right here in Newark. The exhibition is on view from September 26 through November 13, 2015.
These large prints were, according to Pete Tuomey, created on copper plates cut from roofing copper. I thought the large figure on the left in the bottom two panels looked like a cat. Pete thought it more like a potato! That's the kind of variation you can get with abstract art.
Here's more info about the artists, from the NPS website.
SHARON LINDENFELD is a Weehawken, NJ[-] based printmaker whose work depicts ambiguous, dreamlike landscapes. She begins with small observational drawings, then blows them up into large-scale prints. The images are then transformed through the use of experimental printmaking processes. Sharon completed her undergraduate degrees in printmaking at Dartmouth College and The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and earned her MFA at Indiana University—Bloomington. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, including at the Krakow Print Triennial in Krakow, Poland; the Lu Haisu museum in Shanghai, China; International Print Center in New York; and El Minia University in El Minia, Egypt. She has worked the last two years as an editions printer at various printmaking studios across New York City.
Armed with that additional information, perhaps you can identify the artist who created each of the pieces I show today without my supplying ID's. I do, however, identify the works of two of the artists, so supplying the third should be no problem. Permit me to suggest to NPS that if you mention the year of birth of one of three artists you feature, readers would appreciate knowing the year of birth of the other two artists as well.
ANGELA PILGRIM is a self[-]taught artist born in Paterson, NJ in 1991. Pilgrim works predominantly in the medium of painting and Illustration, but has recently expanded her work to large[-]scale screen prints on fabric. Influenced by her African American background, the subject matter of her work is primarily people of color. Her work can be described as pop-infused contemporary art inspired by the styles of artists such as Henry Matisse, Kara Walker and Mickalene Thomas. She has shown work and is included in private collections along the East and West Coast. She is currently completing her 2015 Artist in Residence Program in Newark, NJ.
LUKE WALTER chose to pursue still photography at the School of Visual Arts in New York City following a year of film study at Ithaca College. He earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, acquiring a wealth of knowledge he would later implement in both personal and commercial endeavors. Luke has since done just that, continuously producing photo and video work for clients, and exhibiting his art in various venues. While he travels as much as possible, he resides in New Jersey, working throughout the NYC metropolitan area.
I found very interesting the different things that the prints in this show were printed ON. I spotted Pete Tuomey, a former principal of Red Saw Gallery and perhaps also its successor, Index Art Center, and he told me about some of the items in this show, which info I share with you now.
The prints below by Luke Walter were laid down upon castoff plywood from an Ikea crate, cut to appropriate sizes.
According to Pete, these next small works, each no more than at most 3" on the long side, are also by Luke Walter, and are printed on handmade paper. Pete participated in the papermaking workshop held outside NPS a couple of months ago, and regaled me with how some of these papers were made. I had wanted to get to that event to take pix, but it was too early in the day for me, in that I am still, years after retiring, on an evening- or graveyard-shift sleep cycle. Gallery Aferro also had a session on papermaking the day before NPS's workshop, but I'm not clear whether Pete attended both or just the one outside NPS.
In any case, the faint-blue rectangles above were made from worn-out denim (jeans, I assume). Pete told me how the cloth was smashed down into pulp to make the paper. Others of the rectangles in this picture were made from other sources of pulp. Once that freshly, hand-made paper had dried, perhaps in a locker outside the 2d-floor entrance to NPS, it was printed upon by, I think, silkscreen, all within this art-making complex at the corner of University Avenue and Campbell Street in Downtown Newark. The whole process, from beginning to end, from MAKING paper to printing on it to displaying it in a small gallery, was done right here in New Jersey's most cultured city. I don't know if you are impressed by that, but I am.
I just love Newark.
I saw at this show some people I hadn't seen out and about for a long time, such as Newark fotografers Sandro Gomes and his long-time (domestic) partner Luisa Pinzón. Sandro wondered if I remembered him, and I only vaguely did. I said, "You're from Portugal." Quite so. Once he told me his first name, I then came up with "Gomes" (pronounced, in Portuguese, góe.mesh), and he congratulated me on having a good memory. Unfortunately, that was largely wrong, and I couldn't remember the name of his partner, who I think is from Colombia — but don't quote me. I looked online to see if that was correct, but did not find instant confirmation. She told me her first name, because I couldn't remember it after perhaps as long as three or even more years of not seeing her out and about at Newark art events. And why would that be? It puzzles me that I often do NOT see major Newark arts stalwarts at various art events outside their own venue.
I still could not remember Luisa's last name! She then supplied it: Pinzón. I mentioned that I'm having some memory problems due to age, and have to take gingko (biloba, or just "gingko" — or "ginkgo", the stupid 'preferred' spelling — to help with memory). Pete Tuomey told me that Luisa had recently launched her own foto studio, which I found as being located on the fifth floor of 972 Broad Street, one of the two buildings in which Rebecca Jampol has created an art-studio empire, the other being Gateway Center 2. We are very lucky to have a young woman of Rebecca's drive. Unfortunately, I did not hear about that August event until this past Saturday, so did not attend.
Crowd in little gallery tries to listen to a brief presentation in the next room. I couldn't hear a thing.
I asked Sandro about his not carrying his big camera with telefoto lens, that I had become accustomed to seeing. He said he doesn't carry it in general, but pulled out a little, waterproof Samsung 'fun' kind of camera, largely yellow and black(?), that he does carry. I mentioned that I always carry my little GE, and have as well a camera in my cellfone, which I have used basically only when I TWICE exhausted my regular camera's batteries at the Turtle Back Zoo. He said he has been to that Zoo, in West Orange, only once, perhaps nine years ago. I think it's worth more frequent visits, but that's me. We discussed that the TBZ has hills, whereas many zoos would not impose hills upon patrons, esp. parents who have to push strollers.
The reception was well-attended. Here you can see, left to right, Newark artists Lisa Conrad (a principal of NPS), Gianluca Bianchino, and Stephen McKenzie (another principal of NPS).
I need now to 'fess up to an embarrassing memory lapse. I knew full well WHO Peter Tuomey was but could not for the life of me remember, at NPS, what his name is. And I'm very fond of him! I remembered him as being Irish(?), but could not think of any Irish name he might have (e.g., Sean, Kevin, Patrick, Hugh). I knew how to search for his name online, because of mentions I had made of him here, but did not need to do so because within a couple of hours after getting home, I remembered his name. Better late than never? I was intrigued to know that he has recently been interested in paper-making and printing, because I identified him with the casting of three-dimensional objects in molten metal, I think in some nearby burg, such as Montclair. I have not yet attended any such molten-metal casting. You'd think that Newark, with its industrial past, would be THE place in this county to cast metal sculptures. But it's apparently not, at least not yet.
In any case, after we checked out the NPS show, Jerry and I ventured to the Ferry Street Pathmark, soon to change to, I thought, a Stop & Shop due to the A&P bankruptcy. The slender, polite, white cashier I asked about when the changeover to Stop & Shop would occur, said that it is actually to become an Acme. Hm. Did I read the website wrong? He thought maybe the Bergen Street Pathmark was to become a Stop & Shop, but when I had, before then, investigated, I saw no reference to that store. We will in time see.
I thereafter drove Jerry to Newark Penn Station for his trip back to Manhattan, and headed home myself. This was a short nite out, and both pleasant and interesting. I like the fact that NPS held its opening reception on a Saturday rather than what is more common in Newark, Thursday. Newark arts are helping to revive nitelife in Downtown Newark, and Saturday is much more appropriate a time for people to stay up late Downtown than is Thursday.
Let me now put up a few fotos from the last NPS show I attended, May 17th, "Not Your Type". I had intended to do a short post on that show long before now, but I'm backed up badly. I keep taking pictures — HUNDREDS of pictures — but cannot generate the texts to show them. This is what might be called "an embarrassment of riches". But it has become just an embarrassment, that I have been unable to use these many fotos in this blog because I am too pressed by the many other things I need to do online. I don't know for sure whether I am actually busier than ever before, or whether I am just no longer efficient. In any case, I find myself unable to put up all the posts I want to.
I have been seriously remiss in NOT putting up in timely fashion posts about the various art events I have attended, even tho I have taken hundreds of fotos at them. I get overwhelmed by how many fotos I have taken, and the next event or fotograffic expedition diverts me. I probably have fotos enuf for TWO POSTS A DAY, but nothing like the energy and time to CREATE such posts. I will try to catch up, albeit with many fewer fotos than I could have put up had I uploaded timely posts, so don't be surprised if, going forward, I put up posts about events MONTHS AGO, instead of just moving forward. I just have to find time, which is for me in short supply. And I am FULLY RETIRED!
The foto above shows a wide view of the "Not Your Type" show, inasmuch as one can get a wide view of a small exhibition space. NPS should do more joint shows with Index Art Center, which has lots of space, and which has presented one joint show already. NPS is producing many artworks, in multiple copies by printing press, but doesn't have the space to exhibit most of them.
Now, below, appears a close view, readable or not, of a transcript of an interview of a sex offender, very unusual stuff for an art show, no?
Below appear a group of printed signs that state, in case you can't read them in the foto, "THE FUTURE BELONGS TO THOSE OF US STILL WILLING TO GET OUR HANDS DIRTY." That's an interesting thought.
Finally, here is a close view of a small artwork comprising multiple pages of, what?, 5" x 4" size? You weren't supposed to pick it up to flip thru to read every word. So what's the point?
I really like the Newark Print Shop, even if I can't show everything in my fotos. It is a highly laudable addition to Newark arts. Here is info about its location and hours of operation for visitors.
304 University Avenue FL 2 [2d floor]
Newark, NJ 07102
HOURS: Wednesdays 6-10 (open studio)
and by appointment