Monmouth Museum New Jersey Emerging Artists Series

Vidhi Mehrotra, Sound to Silence

May 4 – June 3, 2018


Opening Reception: May 4, 6:00 – 8:00pm | Gallery Talk: May 16, 7:00 – 8:00pm

The Reception and Gallery Talk are FREE and Open to the Public

Gallery Hours: Tue-Sat: 10:00am – 5:00pm Fri: 10:00am – 9:00pm Sun: 12:00 – 5:00pm,  Admission $8

Artist Statement:
My paintings are visual interpretations of music. As a child, growing up in India, I was fortunate to be immersed in a culturally rich household. Sufi and Hindustani classical music echoed throughout the halls while colorful textiles adorned the walls. These intricate textures, colors, and sounds that wrapped my childhood have become an inextricable part of my soul and what is expressed in my paintings.

A new painting begins with selecting a piece of music. Like a visual conductor of music, I paint what I hear, associating colors with the sound and then letting the musical notes guide my hand to create soundscapes on canvas. There is no blueprint rather a sheer flow of rhythms and harmonies as I experience the music and the silence in between. One brush-stroke interweaves with another, one color whispers to the next, all performing chaotically and yet result in harmony until the essence of the music has been captured on the canvas. The finished paintings resemble a tapestry of color. Like the threads of woven fabric, the resulting interwoven strokes, recorded with acrylic paint, morph the musical form into a visually harmonious color-scape.

Rafal Goraczniak, Beyond Badlands

June 8, 2018 – July 8, 2018


Opening Reception: June 8, 6:00 – 8:00pm | Gallery Talk: Wednesday, June 27, 2018 from 7:00 – 8:00pm

The Reception and Gallery Talk are FREE and Open to the Public

Gallery Hours: Tuesday-Saturday: 10:00am – 5:00pm; Friday: 10:00am – 9:00pm; and Sunday: 12:00pm – 5:00pm,  Admission: $8

Edward Abbey wrote “A man on foot, on horseback or on a bicycle will see more, feel more, enjoy more in one mile than the motorized tourists can in a hundred miles.”

For me, photography does exactly this thing. The camera is like a brake, that helps me slow down to engage more deeply with where I am in space and time. From the Pine Barrens of New Jersey to the high desert of the Colorado Plateau, I find inspiration in what is often overlooked, the simple things that are hidden in an intimate landscape. In my work, I strive to create unique but realistic images with a surreal twist; photographs that offer visual metaphors for thoughts and feelings, rather than simply record the reality surrounding me.

The desert landscape is my beloved subject. It is a place where, instead of chasing the light, I simply allow the light to capture me. My favorite moments are when desert light transforms ordinary sandstone into otherworldly formations. Viewers often see sunlit sandstones only for their radiant and saturated colors, so I deliberately chose black and white presentation to expose their beautiful forms, rich with textures and complex geometries. My approach to sandstone photography is to capture both its roughness and its softness, to show that it was formed from sand and will turn into sand again, to convey the message that nothing is lost in the universe.