Information for:

  • visart_bnr

Visual Arts Gallery

  • The NJCU Visual Arts Gallery runs shows independently and in cooperation with the Harold B. Lemmerman Gallery.

    Currrent Exhibition
    Expect the Unexpected: Contemporary Jewelry Design
    November 3 – December 4, 2015
    Opening Reception: November 3, 4:30 – 7:30pm

    Curated by Cecilia Rozario and Victoria Rozario

    Featuring: Attai Chen, Emily Cobb, Teresa Faris, Jill Baker Gower, Kenneth MacBain, Sakurako Shimizu, Jennifer Trask, and Sayumi Yokouchi.

    New Jersey City University’s Visual Arts Gallery is pleased to present a group exhibition, Expect the Unexpected: Contemporary Jewelry Design, featuring artists with personal and innovative styles. The curators of the exhibition are current NJCU Art students, Cecilia Rozario and Victoria Rozario, who have taken jewelry/metalsmithing classes and enjoy the creative aspects of jewelry design. Curating an exhibition will combine their knowledge of jewelry making with the skills which they have learned while working as assistants at the NJCU Galleries over the past year.

    The focus of the exhibition is the various ways in which current artists have broken away from traditional jewelry making and developed unique concepts by incorporating unconventional media and techniques.

    Three of the artists in the exhibition often work with nature as both material and inspiration. Trask employs natural materials such as bones and wood to create macabre, imaginative and fantastic forms. Faris is fascinated by animals, especially birds, and in her own words she “collaborates” with her rescued pet parrot. Together, they combine manmade materials, such as sterling silver and wood, which are then manipulated by both the artist and bird. Cobb’s illustrative jewelries are based on personal fables, which involve animals as their central figures.

    The other three artists are concerned with social issues. Gower questions gender-biased expectations, particularly of women, through a series of satirical works. Among the various issues that inform MacBain’s work, issues of gender and his unorthodox approach wittily point to the social phenomena caused by gender disparity. Shimizu, on the other hand, observes the world of the internet and computer technology from a distance, translating its topology and nuances into jewelry design.

    The last two artists make imaginative use of found objects. Chen recycles twigs, toy parts, plastic, and metal by drawing on them with graphite, or painting them with pigments, glass color, or nail varnish, to fashion assemblages which symbolize gestation, growth, and decay. Similarly, Yokouchi mines the ephemeral and expendable materials of everyday life, such as bottle caps, and carefully crafts them into something definitively precious.

    Each of these artists demonstrates a unique approach to jewelry design. Boundless imagination, process, and techniques distinguish them and their craft. As the title suggests, the show will challenge the viewer’s notions of what jewelry making can be, and convey a sense of the surprise and wonder of the artists’ vision.

    From left to right: Sakurako Shimizu: Server Farm (Pendant), Emily Cobb: The Elk with Antlers That Never Stopped Growing (Headpiece), Jennifer Trask: Bolted (Panel with brooch), Jill Baker Gower: Finger Nail Protectors, Kenneth MacBain: Just like Kate (Middleton) (Ring), Sayumi Yokouchi: Secret brooch, Teresa Faris: Collaboration With a Bird (Ring), Attai Chen: Untitled (Brooch).

    Ongoing Exhibition

    Transformation: Art Faculty Exhibition
    Gilligan Student Union, Faculty Dining Hall, 2nd floor 

    “Transformation: Art Faculty Exhibition” will feature works by NJCU art faculty Mauro Altamura, Hugo Bastidas, Dennis Dittrich, Brian Gustafson, Deborah Jack, Martin Kruck, Ken MacBain, Winifred McNeill, Janet Pihlblad, Ellen Quinn, Jose Rodeiro, and Herb Rosenberg. The exhibit will be shown throughout the full 2013-2014 academic year. The Dining Hall is accessible Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.

    Brian Gustafson
    Bleeding the love out of roses
    Metal, glass, flora, 20" x 20" x 2"

    Martin Kruck
    Habitorium: Blaze

Web Analytics