Solo(s) Art Opening Friday; Jazz Events Friday and Tuesday
A very unusual event is to take place this evening, a combination art show and petting zoo at Rebecca Jampol's Solo(s) Project House. Is Newark's art scene more "inventurous" (I was thinking "inventive" and "adventurous", but thought to combine them) than other cities', or is every art center today inventurous? I don't know. I wasn't much involved in the art scene during my 35 years in Manhattan. Yes, I belonged to the Museum of Modern Art for a few years, and got to the Whitney (main and satellites), Met, and some other art venues on isolated occasions. But I became actively engaged in the arts, as observer, only after I moved to Newark.
ASHLI SISK: "BIG GAME"
March 23, 2012 - May 17, 2012
Friday[,] March 23, 2012
8 - 9 pm
Solo(s) Project House presents Ashli Sisk: "Big Game." The exhibition will live from March 23, 2012-May 17, 2012 and will open with a reception, Friday, March [23rd] from 7-11pm. The opening reception will include [a] live exotic petting zoo from 8-9pm.
Sisk brings to us a survey of fur, fantasy and the portrait of the beast. "Big Game" will introduce viewers to the ever-changing human perspective of a variety of animals. An animal in a dwindling population is branded a mascot and separated from the swarm of beasts. Slipping into extinction where it only exists in medium transforming then into the fantastical beast never alive - and unable to die, a Golem.
"Whether the animal is small or profoundly huge or weird looking, I endeavor to put these animals in a space that reflects the shifting human attitudes towards them - which meditates on the human implications of such attitudes as human animals reflect on nature changing, dying and extinguishing."
The frames and artifacts that surround her paintings serve as part of the work. Within this context also discuss the idea of the museum, and the mortuary, as well as the history of painting. Frames have their own language, expressing time and quality, cost, art conservation, and prevailing attitudes about how art is seen depending on the time period.
"The Art Museum and The Natural History museum Collide - one part Taxonomy, and one part Wunderkammer in this exhibition, the questions I am asking [are], Is there a way to preserve something without changing it completely? Where does the human animal fit in the natural world? And what is the natural world?" - Ashli Sisk
Ashli Sisk is from Northern California, [w]here she attended San Francisco Art Institute. As [a] recent transplant to the East Coast, she attends Montclair State University. She brings to her practice a background in Archeology and Cultural Anthropology, Animal Sciences and Biology, Gnosticism and Theat[er], Magic and Divination.
I don't know what all that is supposed to mean. I don't speak "art-ese". But perhaps I'll find out what it means, if I manage to get to the opening this evening, hopefully in time to pet the aminals. (Yes, I wrote "aminals", an obvious confusion that many children suffer, from an N and M, similar letters, occurring in close proximity within a single word. We should never forget the difficulties we had when learning to read English.)
If you want to see this show but cannot get to the opening tonite, gallery hours are Wednesday-Friday from 12-6pm.
Solo(s) Project House
972 Broad St.
Newark, NJ 07102
In looking for the date of the last Solo(s) show I attended, I found not just my blogpost about her
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Music Events in Newark Friday and Tuesday. Newark's own jazz songstress Carrie Jackson has two events in Newark in the next few days.
Carrie Jackson is an accomplished performer who sings throughout the NJ/Manhattan area, with various configurations of instrumental accompanists. But her home base is Newark, where she has her own recording company, www.cjayrecords.com.
Friday, March 23, 2012 7pm-11pm
Carrie Jackson & The Ladies In The Band
Music Tribute to Great Women in Jazz
Tomoko Ohno, pn, Kim Clarke, bs; Dee Ramey, drms
Priory Restaurant & Jazz Club
No music cover / charge
233 W. Market Street, Newark, NJ 07103 973-242-8012
Tuesday, March 27, 2012 2 pm-4 pm
Free to the public
Carrie Jackson Quartet Music Tribute to Sarah Vaughan
Lou Rainone, pn, Thaddeus Expose, bs, Earl Grice, drms
Institute of Jazz Studies - Rutgers University
Dana Library - 185 University Ave. 4th floor Newark, NJ
I saw Carrie's performance in an Essex County Parks summer concert in Weequahic Park in August 2009 (foto above). My blogpost about that concert has links to 4 little videos of portions of the performance. Nowadays I would merge those 4 short videos into a single video, with brief transitions, in Microsoft's Windows Movie Maker, but I didn't know how to do that then. If you check out those videos thru the links in that post, you will find that she is thoroly professional. Pay no heed to the shakiness of the visual portion of those videos. The camera was handheld. In these videos, in any case, the sound was much more important than the picture.