(MONTCLAIR, NJ) — Studio Montclair to “Evanescent!” on display until April 8. This exhibition is part of Studio Montclair’s Portfolio series, a curated exhibition intended to take an in-depth look at a few established artists. This features the works of five widely exhibited artists, Rodriguez Calero, Pam Cooper, Danielle Scott, Bryant Small and Katie Truk, is distinguished by its use of non-traditional approaches to reflect the ebbs and flows of life.
The works exhibited in the gallery are complemented by unique installations in the windows of the Bloomfield Avenue gallery. Curator Jo-El Lopez, “In every window, an artist’s imagination is on display. Inside the gallery, a deeper insight into the artist’s process is revealed.”
The gallery is currently open by appointment via their website, studiomontclair.org.
Curator Jo-El Lopez describes the show through his distinctive prose: “Evanescent! A brief memory that remains,
An existence that quickly fades and disappears. Ah! Evanescent!”
Born in Juncos, Puerto Rico, and raised in Paterson, NJ, Jo-El Lopez is a visual artist, arts advocate, and curator. Its aim is to connect urban audiences with a cultural experience in non-traditional artistic contexts. Since 2011, he has curated Newark’s critically acclaimed Aferro Gallery Activation: Market Street, a year-long exhibition that features two-dimensional installations and artwork in windows of one of Newark’s busiest streets. Along with additional shows and murals in Newark, Jo-El also held a variety of exhibitions in Paterson and Hoboken, among other locations. He is currently resident curator at the Aferro Gallery.
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About the artists:
Rodriguez Calero was born in Puerto Rico and raised in New York. Calero successfully combines his knowledge of mediums, taking them to another dimension of quality and visual sensibility and expression, which in turn produces a striking and stimulating impression. His unique, distinct and innovative style, not only technically, but also in the breadth of his subject and the depth of his vision, has been called ACROLLAGE.
Pam Cooper was born in the UK. Cooper uses handmade abaca paper with the addition of small wooden furniture and found objects to create his three-dimensional pieces. Her work is driven by social issues, primarily those concerning children and their safety, the role of women in society, and voyeurism.
Danielle Scott is a multimedia assemblage artist who grew up in Jersey City, New Jersey. His work expresses politically and socially charged messages. She creates using photomontages, found objects, paint, raw materials, old books and collages.
Little Bryant lives in Jersey City, NJ, and balances a career in social marketing and media in New York. Bryant loves culture, color and all things glitter. In his art he likes to follow the line of free abstraction with vibrant color blends and pushing beyond beauty. His alcohol ink pieces are fluid, unpredictable and levitate from the page.
Katie Truck creates a three-dimensional work with pantyhose, thread, sewing needle and yarn. Her pieces are a marriage between the sensual malleability of tights and the rigidity of yarn. The yarn binds and stretches aggression and vulnerability, echoing the twists and turns of life and pulling within our stringent regulations and expectations.
Studio Montclair is a national non-profit organization inclusive of exhibiting, professional and emerging artists and others interested in the visual arts. The mission of the organization is to promote culture, education, equality and tolerance through art. Studio Montclair is committed to diversity at all levels. Founded in 1997, the organization has over 500 members. Visit Studio Montclair’s downtown gallery or the Virtual Exhibition website (studiomontclair.online) to view and purchase contemporary art. To learn more about classes at SMI’s Academy of Art, go to www.studiomontclair.org/education.
PICTURES (TOP TO BOTTOM): Pam Cooper, paper doll; Bryant Small, Balance; Katie Truk, I love pink; Rodriquez Calero, twins; Danielle Scott, the death sentence of slave masters