Sept. 17 — Jan. 7, 2018
Intimate Lines: Drawing with Thread, curated by Carol Eckert
In Intimate Lines: Drawing with Thread, 16 artists wield a needle like a pen to compose intensely personal stories and record intimate histories.
In this upcoming Hunterdon Art Museum exhibition, which opens Sept. 17, artists deal with relationships, gender and identity; their works show exquisite textured drawings that expand upon textile traditions to make compelling contemporary statements.
“Stitching is an intimate physical act, closely connected to the body,” said Carol Eckert, who is curating this exhibition. “An often solitary process, it is at once time-intensive, relentless and contemplative. The artists in this exhibition create works that are inextricable from the process itself — intensely personal figurative images drawn with tangible stitched lines.”
Using thread as both a tactile and symbolic medium, these artists approach the traditionally painstaking process of embroidery with a modern sensibility. Building upon historic textile processes and working within the tradition of figurative imagery, they create dialogues between old and new — dialogues intensified by the use of found embroideries, vintage postcards, old photographs, and paper maps.
Viewers will also discover everything from the history of textiles and traditional toile patterns to modern pop culture references to comic book heroes and selfies.
For instance, artist Richard Saja employs traditional toile patterns – toile is French for cloth, and today refers to a one-color print typically of a pastoral scene or arrangement of flowers – and interrupts them. He’ll embroider, say, wings on a monkey or ladybugs on a flower.
Kelsey Viola Wiskirchen incorporates Latin American needlework practices and the women she has met and the stories they told are represented in her work. “My purpose as an artist is to examine the experiences women share: stories, skills, and traditions passed on to younger generations,” Wiskirchen noted.
Regarding contemporary references, Sophia Narrett’s work is drawn through pop culture references, whether it’s the television programs The Bachelor and Orange Is the New Black, or rapper Kendrick Lamar. She has three pieces in this show, including “I Can’t Stop Crying Except Sometimes When I Think About Ari Gold,” a reference to the character portrayed by Jeremy Piven in the TV program Entourage.
Eckert said Narett’s complex, colorful narratives were developed from her background as a painter. “Hand-stitched with vibrant cotton threads, her expressive compositions referencing pop culture and social issues float slightly off the wall, casting shadows that emphasize their three-dimensional qualities,” Eckert said.
Diem Chau, whose figurative images are stitched across porcelain vessels, creates delicate vignettes of fleeting memory, gesture and form, resulting in works that combine an egalitarian sensibility with a minimalist restraint. Her work touches on the value of storytelling, myths, and how those connect us all.
And, while most of the show’s artists use hand stitching, Paul Nosa works with a solar-powered sewing machine to construct intricate narratives that often include map imagery.
Also featured in this exhibition are artists Pinky Bass, Mary Bero, Patricia Dahlman, Michelle Kingdom, Daniel Kornrumpf, Aurora Molina, Mark Newport, Iviva Olenick, Stacey Page, Ehren Elizabeth Reed and Melissa Zexter.
Intimate Lines: Drawing with Thread’s opening reception is Sunday, Sept. 17 from 2 to 4 p.m. It runs until Jan. 7, 2018.
This exhibition is generously supported by the Coby Foundation, Ltd.
An online exhibition of art work by twenty artists
Katherine Aoki, Deborah Harris, Nicolas Lampert,
Cicely Cottingham, Art Hazelwood, Ilse Schreiber-Noll, Priscilla Stadler, Tim Fite, Anne Q McKeown,
Anne Dushanko Dobek, Robyn Ellenbogen, Joseph O’Neal, Donna Coleman, Robert Geshlider, Michael Dal Cerro Leona Strassberg Steiner, Barbara Madsen,
Ray Must, Carol Radsprecher and Patricia Dahlman
Join us for an exciting collaborative event featuring two venues on the same block in downtown Newark featuring more than 30 artist’s open studios, 4 exhibitions, and multiple storefront public-art installations. Gallery Aferro, and Index Art Center will all open their doors to the public for an Art Block Party!
Artist's and Exhibitions at Gallery Aferro:
Info coming soon!
Index Art Center Open Studios
237 Washington Street, Newark NJ
Patricia Dahlman, Spencer Frohwirth, Colleen Gutwein and Joseph O'Neal, Kevin Durkin, 'and / or' Colin Sheilds and Frank Anderson, 'Afterlife' Jennifer Schwartz, Sohoah Lee, Agnes Deja, Linda Everswick, Heidi Lorënz-Wettach Hussa, Gabe Gutierrez, and Jillian Keats
Also on view: Landholdings featurings works by Nell Painter, Sara Fox, Mike Belleme, Anne Percoco, Ellie Irons, and Jamie Bruno
IAC Ground Floor: Art and Architecture of Newark:
AAN is part of Index Art Center's new curatorial residency program.
Our current Resident curator is Matthew Gosser- more info on the way!
“OUTRAGE: Artists Respond
to the Election of Donald Trump” an online exhibition of art work by 20 artists
Art Hazelwood, Aileen Bassis, Patricia Dahlman, Donna Coleman, Anne Dushanko Dobek, Vaughn Spann, Cicely Cottingham, Robyn Ellenbogen, Doug Minkler, Ilse Schreiber-Noll, Lisa G Westheimer, Ray Must, Anne Q. McKeown, Miles MacDiarmid, Michael Dal Cerro, Hubert Neal Jr., Ozlem Ayse Ozgur, Joseph O’Neal, Carol Radsprecher and Cheryl Harper
Ray Must, "Pale Rider" lift ground aquatint etching and collage, 16” x”18’
Wednesday and Thursday 9 a.m. - 1:30 and 2:30 - 5 p.m.
Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Newburgh Last Saturdays of each month 5 p.m. to 8 p.m
Intersection 2016- October 21 - November 17
Intersection features work by artists that have studios located at 31 Central Avenue in Newark. 31 Central has been occupied by artists and creatives for more than three decades, helping to establish an emerging arts community in the Halsey Street area and Downtown Newark. Intersection will also feature works by artists that have studios at 237 Washington Street – Index Art Center’s new location after a fire displaced the organization in 2013. Intersection was originally conceived of in 2011 as an annual exhibition to highlight artists that had been working at Index’s old location (585 Broad St.) and at 31 Central Ave. during Newark Open Doors. This exhibition follows suit, curated by Lowell Eugene Craig, co-founder of IAC and a studio resident at 31 Central.
There will be a parallel exhibition curated by Anonda Bell at Rutgers University located at the Robeson Campus Center Gallery (opening September 6 and closes December 22, 2016. Reception Thursday September 22, 5pm – 7pm)
(31) Katrina Bello, Akintola Hanif, Stephen Mckenzie, Kevin Merkel, William Oliwa, German Pitre, Kati Vilim,
Robert Shoup (237) Colin Sheilds, Patricia Dahlman, Agnes Deja, Kevin Durkin, Gabe Gutierrez, Colleen Gutwein, Lowell Craig, Heidi Lorënz-Wettach Hussa, Jillian Keats, Sohoah Lee, and Joseph O’Neal
Reception: Friday, October 21, 6 - 11 pm
Index Side Gallery: Pop Up shop by Fern & Fossil
27 Mix: Artwork by James Wilson
Gallery hours are by appointment.
Admission is free and open to the public.
This event is sponsored by our neighbors 27 Mix and Kilkenny Alehouse.
UNPACKING THE 21ST CENTURY: ARTISTS ENGAGING THE WORLD Aliza Augustine, Aileen Bassis, Patricia Cazorla, Patricia Dahlman, Nancy Saleme
June 4 - 25, 2016
Opening Reception: Saturday June 4, 6–8 pm
Sunday, June 5, 3–5 pm
Special Viewing for Children of Holocaust Survivors & Families with Aliza Augustine RSVP firstname.lastname@example.org
Wednesday, June 8, 7 - 9 pm
Prose, Poetry and Performance: Readings by poets Bhisham Bherwani, Terese Svoboda and Perfomance, „‚E‘ as in Event“ by dancer and choreographer Luis Lara Malvacias with spoken words by poet Judah Levenson
Saturday, June 18, 3 pm Artist Talk
55 Bethune Street (corner of Washington Street)
New York, NY 10014
Gallery Hours: Wed. - Sunday / 1 - 6
Hosted by Gallery Aferro, Index Art Center, and The Newark Print Shop
Picturing The Garden State (Now)
"Big Open Book"