Opening Reception: May 2 @ 7-10pm
Exhibition Duration: May 2-28
Open Tuesday-Saturday 11am- 6pm
The Alfa Art Gallery is proud to announce the spring installment of our New Brunswick Art Salon. Because there were so many fantastic artists that submitted to our open call for artists, Alfa Art Gallery has decided to divide its Spring Salon into two separate exhibitions. Opening on May 2, 2013 at 7pm, “Infinite Layers” will be the second installment of juried watercolor and mixed media artwork featuring established and emerging artists.
The New Brunswick Art Salon has been a successful program for the last three years with the help of New Brunswick City Market and our sponsors. Previously twice, now three times a year, Alfa Art Gallery presents salons exhibiting fantastic artists in different mediums. The goal of these salons is to bridge the gap between artists and their communities, as well as unifying this diverse city of New Brunswick through the use of art.
“Infinite Layers,” the second installment of the Spring New Brunswick Art Salon Exhibition will feature the multi-media works of talented artists Andrea Abarca Coutts, Anuja Phansalkar, Chris Kapsaroff, Jane Dell, Jane Zweibel, Kristen Gillespie, Lauren Curtis, Lea Cattan, Miriam Lefkowitz, Renée Wysocki Levin, and Yelena Budylin.
The second part to Alfa Art Gallery’s spring salon of 2013 features a number of artists who fully embrace the freedoms of working in mixed media. Whereas the first part to our spring salon, “Quiet Moments,” featured artists who worked primarily in water color, in “Infinite Layers” the artists in the show combine the traditional painterly materials of water color, oil, and acrylic with a variety of outside materials. Another strong characteristic of the work in Infinite Layers is the trend towards abstraction. Artists like Chris Kapsaroff, Lauren Curtis, Lea Cattan, Miriam Lefkowitz, Yelena Budylin, and Jane Dell all work with abstraction in varying capacities, often combining it with figural imagery to create works that juxtapose familiarity and novelty. This bent towards abstraction in “Infinite Layers” also produces an overall effect much different to that of “Quiet Moments,” where the show is largely comprised of town, nature, and landscape scenes. In “Infinite Layers” the collective direction of the show is much different, as each artist employs a different technique to obscure or estrange their particular subject. For instance, in Renée Wysocki Levin’s work commonplace objects such as sea shells are magnified and rendered with extreme detail and clarity, the effect being one that brings a new, heightened awareness of a relatively commonplace object. Levin’s work is just one example of the exciting work being shown in Infinite Layers, a show that we hope will demonstrate the talent of each artist.
At Alfa Art Gallery’s second spring salon exhibition, “Infinite Layers,” there will be, along with the various works in mixed media and watercolor, a group of three sculptures provided by the New Brunswick Public Sculpture organization.
The NBPS is a not-for-profit organization, like Alfa Art Gallery, whose mission is to commission and place public art throughout the city to enhance the quality of life and encourage cultural tourism and commerce. The organization will commission a wide range of styles, primarily for outdoor display. The sculpture being exhibited in “Infinite Layers” was donated to NBPS in 2008 and is a group of three sculptures by the Metuchen based artist Edward Kolwicz. These life size sculptures are created from automobile parts and scrap metal, most of which was donated by the Charter Machine Company. In honor of the 1976 bicentennial Kolwicz sculpted three 6-foot high Revolutionary War soldiers, two of which are outfitted with drums and the third with a flute. Kolwicz has skillfully sculpted these figures in positions that imply movement and that add to their liveliness. The Drummer was perched on top of an aquatic float in 1980 along the Raritan River for the City’s Tercentennial Festival, reminding spectators of New Brunswick’s role in the Revolution. These sculptures fit in nicely with the rest of the exhibition, in which many artists make use of irregular and sometimes surprising materials. Alfa Art Gallery is proud to be able to exhibit works from the NBPS and looks forward to doing so in the future.
Photos from Exhibition Opening!
This program is sponsored in part by: