Friday, January 8, 2016

Up Against the Wall

Tomorrow is the opening of a pretty exciting new exhibit curated by Doug Ferrari. Here's an article from the Red Bank Green website

It’s UP AGAINST THE WALL at a Saturday evening reception, as a special display of sculpture uses the Art Alliance of Monmouth County gallery itself as a crucial component of the work. 
It’s an installation that lends new meaning to the phrase “support for the arts” — as in this case, the Monmouth Street gallery space of The Art Alliance of Monmouth County is often the one thing that’s holding the featured work of art together.
Opening with a public-welcome reception on Saturday, January 9, the exhibit Up Against the Wall features the work of some of New Jersey’s most innovative creators of three-dimensional pieces; displayed in a way that utilizes “no pedestals…instead, the eleven participating artists will use the existing architecture of the gallery either as a source of support, or as an integral component of their work.”
Remaining on display through February 2, this inaugural Alliance exhibit of 2016 spotlights contributions by Fanny Alli√©Michael BeneveniaRiccardo BerlingeriMaggie BrownAlison GolderSeunghwui Koo, Brookdales CC’s Marie Maber, Laura Petrovich-CheneyRocco ScaryKatie Truk, and Michael Wiley; an eclectic group whose creations have been seen in parks, libraries, museums, college campuses and even public swimming pools — and whose materials of choice range from steel, wood, fabric, stone and glass to cardboard, found detritus and meticulously folded newspaper.
The exhibit is curated by Douglas Ferrari, a sculptor and collector whose background includes a stint as owner and executive director of one of Monmouth County’s most forward-thinking (and much-missed) galleries: Shore Institute of Contemporary Arts, whose old home inside a former olive oil canning plant in downtown Long Branch (and subsequent space on Asbury Park’s Cookman Avenue) represented an ideas-factory unlike just about anything seen on the local scene. Still guest-presenting the occasional show under the SICA brand, Ferrari now serves as assistant director of Arts Guild New Jersey, the Rahway-based visual art gallery and learning space that’s just a short NJ Transit train ride from Monmouth Street.
Refreshments will be served during Saturday’s reception, which runs from 6 to 8 p.m. For more info on Up Against the Wall, as well as upcoming exhibits and membership opportunities in the Art Alliance, visit the organization’s  or call (732)842-9403.

The  relationship of the works to the wall and architecture of the space is very impressive,  but for me, there was just a predominate sense of texture in the pieces that pulled the show together, as well.  I found most of the work to be tactile and visually charged. Here are some close ups of the work to get a real understanding of what I mean. Come on out Saturday night, 6-9 PM,  and see what I am talking about. There will be a nice reception and a chance to talk to the artists and curator. 

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