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.
Current Exhibition: NJ Emerging Artists Series Archeology: Shared Wisdom by Kevan Lunney
“Viewing my work, I want you to feel you are listening to an ancient conversation, that others are reaching through time to speak to you.”
~ Kevan Lunney
Inspiration for Lunney’s work comes from a radio program reporting on the discovery of papyrus documents from an ancient Egyptian rubbish mound. She realized it was doubtful the authors anticipated their debris would be unearthed and inspected 2,000 years in the future. Imagining someone examining our garbage two millennia from now caused Lunney to reflect upon the quality of items we have previously discarded, and the way that knowledge will impact our decisions concerning what we will leave behind in the future.
Lunney is keenly aware that everywhere we walk we touch things that have come before us; with everything we leave behind, we affect the future. This evokes questions for the artist. What has lasting value? What is permanent? Lunney’s conclusion is shared wisdom, nature’s elements, and time, and she interprets these concepts through her work.
Rows of stitches represent words of wisdom shared across generations. Metal leaf symbolizes the value of natural elements. Incorporating circles onto distressed linen conveys never–ending time and life cycles.
A mystery and dynamic presence exist between the darkness and light of Lunney’s creations. Perhaps a bit of despair is also revealed in the work. But her intent is to convey a hopeful message that time’s eternal presence provides endless opportunities for regeneration, if we hearken to the wisdom waiting for us from the past.
Photo from Kevan Lunney’s Gallery Talk
Selected artists give an Artist’s Talk during their exhibition, offering the public insight into their artistic process. All opening receptions & Gallery Talks are free and open to the public. An Artist Talk with Janet Tsakis will take place on Wednesday, October 7, 7-8 pm