Gallery Talk: ERIC WILLIAMS Light, Landscape & Longing
Date(s) - 04/03/2019
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
NJ Emerging Artists Series
Light, Landscape and Longing: Scenes from the Railroad Corridor
March 22 – April 20, 2019
Artist Gallery Talk: Wednesday, April 3, 2019 from 7:00 – 8:00 pm
Nilson Gallery Open: Tuesday – Saturday, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm; Sunday, 12:00 – 5:00 pm
Where the railroad laid its track, a narrow, long sinuous corridor is formed that creates a new landscape. Traveling across the country, I see this distinctive railroad landscape and my eyes follow the glistening silver rails as they recede into the horizon, but all too soon the tracks are enveloped by the surrounding landscape. Even though the tracks may no longer be visible, they continue on as one long unbroken line linking us geographically. But they are more than a conduit; for the rails also carry our imagination, dreams and memories. The rails have the power to bring us to a place unseen, a place we yearn to be.
The railroad’s relationship to the land and its ability to link us geographically and emotionally have inspired my vision. The railroad creates a geography of longing, for this narrow corridor originates much of the history, lore and evocative power that are embedded into our shared American psyche. Where will these ribbons of steel lead me – for the silver rails don’t have a beginning nor an ending.