Nilson Gallery

The Nilson Gallery features the work of New Jersey artists, including the New Jersey Emerging Artists Series, a unique and exciting forum for NJ artists who have never had a one-person show of their work in our State. The artists selected for this Series represent the diversity of talent in the State and demonstrate their creativity in a wide variety of media. Gallery talks scheduled during the exhibitions offer artists the opportunity to share their stories and provide insight about what inspires and drives them in the creative process. 

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Andrew Werth, Morphogenesis, Organized Organic Abstract Paintings
July 15- August 14, 2016

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Image: “Intentional Dance” Acrylic on Aluminum Composite Panel, 24″ x 24″ 2016
Artist Statement:

I have long been interested in the mind and how it is that we make sense of the world. Consciousness, embodiment, and mental “strange loops” are recurring
themes in my work, suggested through titles, formal elements, and a meditative painting technique. I describe my paintings as Organized Organic Abstraction:carefully designed abstract artwork full of curvy, biomorphic shapes.

The paintings (most of which are on aluminum composite panels) are constructed through a slow, deliberate process that consists of thousands of carefully applied interlocking brushstrokes of acrylic paint. Gradations of color in the underpainting interact with similar changes in the top layer of marks, allowing the mind’s perceptual apparatus to create a sense of depth, movement, and luminosity.

The title of this show, Morphogenesis, refers to the creation of shape in biological creatures, especially through a process first described by British mathematician Alan Turing. I simulate that process on the computer until an artistically pleasing equilibrium is reached and use the resulting patterns as starting points for my paintings. Turing Patterns provide a link to my previous career as a software engineer and show how simple processes can produce complex and beautiful designs in both nature and in art.

Upcoming Artists Talks

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Morphogenesis, Organized Organic Abstract Paintings
Artist Andrew Werth will give a Gallery Talk: Wednesday, August 3, 2016, 7-8 pm
Free and Open to the Public

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Cuban Culture and the Art of Decorative Humidors
Artist Emilio Ruiz Pérez will give a Gallery Talk: Wednesday, August 10, 2016, 7-8 pm
Free and Open to the Public

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Portraits on Recycled Consumer Boxes
Artist Dion Hitchings will give a Gallery Talk: Wednesday, August 31, 2016, 7-8 pm
Free and Open to the Public

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Artist Mauro Zamora will give a Gallery Talk: Wednesday, October 19, 2016, 7-8 pm
Free and Open to the Public