New Art Show at NPS TONITE
The Newark Print Shop is opening its most recent art show this evening (Saturday, September 20th) from 7-10pm at 304 University Avenue, 2d floor, in Downtown Newark. That is over the former Skipper's Plane Street Pub, across the street from Essex County College. This is the third art exhibition by NPS I will have attended since mid-July, two at NPS and one at Index Art Center.
My friend Jerry is scheduled to come in from Midtown Manhattan to join me for this event, so, with that invite and this post, I'm doing my part to get people to Newark art shows.
For an Opening Reception:
Saturday, September 20th from 7-10pm
at the Newark Print Shop
304 University Ave, Newark
PRINTERS IN RESIDENCE:
The artwork of Ariana Barat, Lizz DeSimone, and Brendan Mahoney.
This exhibition showcases the artwork created by our 2014 resident artists Ariana Barat, Lizz DeSimone, and Brendan Mahoney. 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 highlights work created in an active, cooperative print shop right here in Newark. The exhibition is on view from September 20 through November 2, 2014.
Please join us for the Opening Reception on Saturday, September 20th from 7-10pm
Artists on view:
LIZZ DE SIMONE
The "Intimate Utterance" show comprised seven pieces, one for each of the seven artists. I show two within this post, and two others in my "Newark Print Shop" album on Picasa Online. (See link at the bottom of today's post.)
In the next foto, you can see that my chalked signature, "Newark USA" from the opening of NPS's new space, was still on a much more crowded black wall during the "Intimate Utterance" exhibition's opening reception. It appears just to the left, and much smaller than, "NIDA", toward the middle of the picture.
The remaining fotos today are from the opening reception for the "Limited Edition" show at the much larger gallery space at Index Art Center ("IAC"). I wanted to identify the fotos, but I don't know where I put the price list that keys the little numbers next to each artwork, so cannot ID them. This is why I much prefer venues that put labels, in words, alongside displayed pieces.
I do know the artist who created the ceramic piece in this next foto: Lisa Conrad, a principal of NPS.
I initially thought these other two pieces, which are also ceramic, tho glazed, were by Lisa too, but they're not. She told me who the artist was when I spoke with her at the opening, but I forgot her name.
If NPS or IAC would like me to identify the artists, titles, etc., they should send me the information and I will update this post. I'm pretty sure that the two very large prints (compare them to the door on the left) in the next foto are by Stephen McKenzie.
More typical of print works in the show is this next piece of moderate size on handmade paper.
This other print of moderate size is very detailed and has a number of colors, so I suspect it required a number of silkscreens, very carefully aligned.
The foto below appears to show a print that appeared both as an individual piece and as the graffic for the poster for the "Newark Art and Artists, Part II" exhibition at the Newark Public Library from January to May of 2013. I think it's by Willie Cole. The rounded triangles appear to be steam irons.
This other foto definitely shows an artwork about a steam iron.
This third foto also appears to show a steam iron, perhaps also by Willie Cole. What I first thought looked like a finger pointing to the right, below the main object, turns out to be the area to the left of a power cord, ending in a plug at the bottom. Altho the device might be a radio, I think it looks more like an iron.
During the opening reception for the "Ready or Not", New Jersey Arts Annual show at the Newark Museum June 27th, there was one room on the second floor that was open in addition to the main temporary exhibition space on the first floor, and this unmistakable artwork about ironing appeared there. Newark is apparently very big on ironing. I can practically hear the old Saturday Nite Live character "Emily Litella" (played by the late Gilda Radner) saying "What's all this about ironing?" — except that that would not reflect mishearing, which is what Emily Litella was all about.
I don't want to mislead readers as to the size of the gallery within NPS, which is one small room that is unlikely to display more than 20 small pieces. But I did want you to see the quality of work NPS artists produce. I plan to attend this evening's opening. If you do too, and we have not yet met, please introduce yourself (my foto appears at the top left of this blog).
You can see all 101 fotos in my Newark Print Shop album on Picasa by clicking here. At top left of that album is an icon by which you can run a slideshow, with or without captions.