Posted Tuesday, September 13th, 2016
On Sept. 21, from 6-8pm, Morris Arts will host a free opening reception for the Gallery at 14 Maple’s sixteenth exhibit, entitled In Flux.
For this occasion, the Exhibition Committee of Morris Arts and the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, with guest curator, Virginia Fabbri Butera, PhD, selected works by eleven outstanding artists, including Bascove (New York City); Ed Fausty (Boonton); Joe Freeman (Seattle, WA); Asha Ganput (Montclair); Sunil Garg (Summit); Danielle Masters (South Orange); Nupur Nishith (Bayonne); Ray Ogar (Little Rock, AR), Pamela Shipley (Hoboken); KC Tidemand (Ridgewood) and Michael Wolf (Murray Hill). The exhibit reflects the complexities and ever- shifting nature of our contemporary world, captured by the works by these very distinctive, diverse artists.
Curator Butera said, “…in the early 21st century, we are amazed, enthralled, bewildered and/or nervous at the ever-faster developments in: digital and scientific technologies, the world’s environment and climate, societal structure, international alliances and hostilities and an unstable art world trying to redefine itself. The works in this exhibition were selected specifically because they seem to herald and document some of these tremendous shifts.”
A trained physical chemist, Sunil Garg’s sculptures literally glow with light, color and organic energy while the exquisite precision of Joe Freeman’s stark black and white photos of clearcut landscapes testify eloquently against the destruction of precious natural resources.
Bascove’s works pay homage to Art Deco and demonstrate her masterful collage techniques while Ed Fausty’s keen fisheye lens spotlights the beauties of often hidden, miniature natural worlds. Asha Ganpat’s works blend mystery, depicting ephemeral smoke with her unique black and gold palette, and humor, with her Art Vending Machine (whose capsules contain an original work of art, available for $1).
By contrast, Danielle Masters’ art embodies millennial sensibilities, with energetic geometric shapes and bold, dramatic colors. Nupur Nishith provides a contemporary reinterpretation of traditional Indian artistic themes, whose intricate details, specific cultural references and striking colors intrigue the eye and mind.
Ray Ogar’s vision is disturbing and nihilistic – featuring the “redacted” faces of zombie-like modern workers whose individuality and warmth has been brutally excised. A softer side of technology is seen in Pamela Shipley’s works, data-derived yet humanistic, with delicate colors and softly delineated forms. KC Tidemand’s architectural, structural works reveal a world of extreme precision and order and Michael Wolf’s small sculptures explore multiple media (alabaster, gold leaf, metal and wood) and evoke a sense of home, history and doors open to the universe.
The public is invited to view this exciting exhibit and to meet the artists at the free opening reception on Sept. 21, from 6-8 p.m.,at Gallery at 14 Maple, a distinctive space located on the 3rd floor of the LEED certified “green” building at 14 Maple Avenue in Morristown, NJ. Refreshments will be served.
Morris Arts, located in Morristown, NJ, is a not-for-profit organization founded in 1973 dedicated to building community through the arts. Using the arts to inspire, connect and engage, Morris Arts serves as a resource for Morris County with a special focus on arts programming in the schools and in the community, arts advocacy, and support of the Morris Area community of artists and arts organizations.
The exhibit is open to the public Monday-Friday from 10am to 4pm and by appointment, and will remain on display until February 16, 2017. Visit www.morrisarts.org or call (973) 285-5115 for additional information, including the exhibit catalogue which contains details and sale prices for all works. The Gallery at 14 Maple is a barrier-free facility. Individuals needing special accommodation should contact Kadie Dempsey at (973) 285-5115, x 17 or [email protected].