August 18 – September 17, 2017

NJ Emerging Artists Series presents: Jada Fabrizio: Photographic Fairy Tales

             

Opening Reception: August 18, 6-8pm

Gallery Hours: Tue-Sat: 10am-5pm;  Sun: 12pm-5pm

Artist’s Statement:

I consider myself an alternative reality photographer. I sculpt my own characters, build dioramas, and light the scene to create surreal visual fables or freshly minted fairy tales for adults. My work transforms grit into something that hints positive, leaving the viewer between safe harbors, hoping for the best.

The impulse to make pictures comes from my own urge to understand and reconcile childhood experiences and current day observations. Through the process of sketching to completion I come to a deeper understanding of complex issues.

The resulting images are small perplexing moments that leave the viewer with a feeling that they have been dropped into a somewhat familiar plot. Working with fictional scenes desensitizes the narrative and creates a haven for viewer sympathies. In safety, viewers are more likely to project their own history onto the picture.

Each image is purposely unresolved. They are, in essence, stories in need of an ending. I believe that we cannot always affect the narrative of life’s circumstances, only the attitude we adopt towards them.

Images above: Left: Working Class Hero, Photography, Archival Print 2016; Right: The March Hare, Photography, Archival Print 2017; Below: Left: Jada Fabrizio, artist; Right: Playmate of the Year, Archival Print 2016.

GALLERY TALK:  September 13, 2017     7-8pm

             

September 22 – October 22, 2017

NJ Emerging Artists Series presents: Peter Meadowsong: A Movable Feast

             

Opening Reception: September 22, 6-8pm

Gallery Hours: Tue-Sat: 10am-5pm;  Sun: 12pm-5pm

Artist’s Statement:

I obtained an MA in Art from California State University, Sacramento in 1973. During my last year of graduate school we cobbled together a few thousand dollars and purchased nine acres of overgrazed hardscrabble on the eastern side of the northern Sacramento Valley. We built a small house, planted a small orchard, and then worked the local economy for the little cash necessary to get by. Seasonal work proved drastically inadequate and in 1975 I accepted a position as a social worker. Thirty-five years later, after erecting ten out-buildings, helping to plant over a thousand trees and shrubs, raising twins, and constructing a hundred or so pieces of furniture to sate my need to build things, I retired and moved to New Jersey.

I had been accepted into graduate school on the strength of my portfolio of watercolor paintings and now with time available, I was able to return to them.

I paint with transparent watercolor because its immediacy and expressiveness contradicts my natural insistence on control. Previously, I had concentrated on rural landscapes: barns and junk yards, abandoned cars and rusted farm equipment. In the East Coast urban landscape I found the food cart. In my NJ Emerging Artists Series Exhibition, A Movable Feast, my intention is for the viewer to see why I think food carts are a delight to render. With the surrounding environment reflected and refracted by the quilted-metal siding, the rows of bottles and cans and condiment dispensers, the painted menus clipped to logoed umbrellas, the carts are paragons of efficient design, being able to offer an extensive menu of fast food in a portable establishment of just three hundred cubic feet.

Images above: Left:MoMA, NYC, Transparent Watercolor, 2015; Right:NYC, Transparent Watercolor, 2016

GALLERY TALK:   September 27, 2017     7-8pm