Activate: Market Street 15
Curated by Jo-El Lopez
November 11 – January 12 2018
75 & 77 Market Street, Newark NJ
Opening Reception November 11th 4-8pm @ Gallery Aferro
Artists are their own worst critics. Many pick apart every small mistake when viewing and creating their own art. “Pointing Fingers” is about that process. It’s an intimate look at three artists’ work, the accepting of themselves as critics, and realizing that point of view can be valuable. Instead of passing judgment on themselves, they are allowing the audience to see the internal criticism that was all part of the process. Exposing this intimate part of their creative practice is done so the viewer can recognize the beauty of the artwork and understand the struggle between artist and artmaking.
Julie Ann Nagle employs the tools of archaeology for studying the origins of our ancestors, to excavate the material traces of her own personal heritage and interrogate those mythologies, beliefs, and identities. As time goes on we invent new tools to study the ancient past, while paradoxically moving farther from our initial connections to it. Julie Ann prefers to concurrently examine recent events and their open wounds against this past; the evolution of personal narratives alongside the transformation of physical remains.
Julie Ann Nagle is an artist working primarily in sculpture and installation. She is fascinated by uniting personal expression with science and innovation, and with the people who have found ways to do so to change the world. Her current work melds analytic investigations of specific sites with deeply personal narratives. After receiving her BFA at The Cooper Union School of Art she completed her MFA in Sculpture + Extended Media at Virginia Commonwealth University. Among the many residencies she has participated in, they have included the Museum of Fine Arts Houston Core Program, the MacDowell Colony and Yaddo. Additionally, she has been awarded a Jerome Foundation Fellowship and is a National Academies Keck Futures Initiatives (NAFKI) grant subawardee among others. She believes knowledge is power, and sees each project as a means for immersing herself in the study of her subject. Her position as an Assistant Professor of Sculpture at William Paterson University is an extension of her studio practice.
Genesis Tramaine’s work focuses on the shape and definition of the American Black Face, exaggerated features capture the spirited emotions of the untapped, underrepresented soul of Black people through a mixture of collage, acrylic and oil based paintings. Equally about the process and the finished piece, Ms. Tramaine’s faces are layer upon layer of real moments and imagined metaphors. She explores ethics and insanity, the mundane and the inhumane, spirituality, sexuality, and sentimentality. She digests the everyday and regurgitates it as work that evokes déjà vu, beckoning memories of past lives and glimpses of undiscovered futures. The blueprint of Genesis’ style is rooted in strong mix of 1980’s urban New York graffiti, and imagined images of gospel hymns sung on Sunday morning during church. Born in Brooklyn, NY Genesis is an Urban Expressionist painter who is excited about all things art, fashion, culture & education. Her passion translates, as she creates abstract portraits of men and women who transcend gender, color, and social structures as political or representative. Genesis earned her M.S from Pace University and B.S from Utica College of Syracuse University. Tramaine has exhibited nationally and internationally, including exhibitions at The Tree House, Governors Island, NYC, The Salt Space, Chelsea, NYC, The Raging Spoon Gallery, Toronto, Canada, AOF Gallery, NYC, and many others.
Ken Weathersby characteristically plays with and against conventions of paintings’ structure, by cutting out and inverting parts, and most recently by embedding photographic images. He has exhibited his work nationally and internationally, with notable solo shows at MINUS SPACE (New York), Pierogi Gallery (New York), One River Gallery (Englewood, NJ), NIAD Art Center Gallery (Richmond, CA), Some Walls (Oakland, CA), and the John Cotton Dana Gallery, Rutgers University (Newark). His work has been included in group exhibitions at the National Academy of Art Museum (New York), Honey Ramka (Brooklyn), Odetta Gallery (Brooklyn), 57w57Arts (New York), Parallel Art Space (Ridgewood, NY), Mixed Greens (New York), Aljira Art Center (Newark), the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation Gallery (Morristown, NJ), Barbara Walters Gallery at Sarah Lawrence College, the Visual Art Center of NJ (Summit, NJ), Seven (Miami), Toomey Tourell (San Francisco), and I.S. Projects (Leiden, Netherlands), among many others.
Weathersby has received numerous awards and residencies, most recently the Individual Artist Painting Fellowship by the Mid-Atlantic Arts Council/NJSCA (2016). His work has been written about in Hyperallergic, the Huffington Post, Brooklyn Magazine, the New American Paintings blog, Two Coats of Paint, Painter’s Bread, and elsewhere. Weathersby holds an MFA in Painting from Cranbrook Academy of Art. He was born in Mississippi and has lived in the New York City area since 1990.
Market Street Perennial
Patricia Cazorla and Nancy Saleme
for Activate: Market Street
October 2017 – October 2018
Project Launch October 13 , 2017, 6-9PM
65, 77, and 89 Market Streets, & 239 Washington Street
Newark, NJ – Gallery Aferro is pleased to announce an unprecedented new large-scale installation from artists-in-residence Patricia Cazorla and Nancy Saleme. Starting the weekend of Newark Open Doors, storefronts will burst into bloom, growing over time into a powerful affirmation of imperishable beauty and lasting grace.
Patricia Cazorla & Nancy Saleme (aunt and niece duo) began working together in 2010, focusing on immigration issues; specifically undocumented farm workers, including children, in the US. Since then, they have been awarded major commissions in North Salem, NY, Berlin, Germany, New York, NY Philadelphia, PA, and Copenhagen, Denmark. Market Street Perennial builds on the duo’s long engagement with the city of Newark, honoring the people who pass by the block and creating an enormous, vivid garden that never dies, even as the seasons change. Evoking hope and the power of working people in two languages, the work is a gift of art that will last for a year.
Their summer 2017 project, Flying High for Equality, was a commission for Joyce Kilmer Park inspired by American novelist Richard Bach’s bestseller Jonathan Livingston Seagull, using oversized, colorful sculptures of the city’s sparrows as a metaphor for the search for equality. Sparrows are creatures of resilience, audacity, intelligence, and beauty that mirror many of the qualities of New York City’s communities. An earlier installation for the Kaufman Arcade in NYC’s garment district, Across the Bridge, was a tribute to the Amtrak Dock Vertical Lift, a bridge built in 1937 that spans the Passaic River in Newark, NJ, and carries train traffic. This portrait symbolizes life’s challenges, the migrations that shape society, new horizons and confrontation with the unknown. Another earlier project, the Garden of Opportunities, visualizes the reality of migrant labor in the US: “every beautiful tomato we look at in the supermarket, and almost every fruit and vegetable we eat, is picked by a human hand.” Their work has been reviewed in Univision News, Remezcla, EFE Spanish international news agency, El Diario – La Prensa, Univision 41, Daily News- New York-Bronx, and Riverdale Press.