May 17 2018 - Aug 02 2018
Robeson Campus Center Gallery | 350 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, 1st Floor, Newark, NJ 07102
Reception: May 24th from 5 to 7 p.m., with an artist talk at 5:30 p.m
Phantom Limbis a solo exhibition of recent works by Ceaphas Stubbs. The works in Phantom Limbsuggest the experience of desire and loss as altered states of embodiment. Stubbs creates sculptures from found, commonplace materials, such as discarded plastic bottles, scraps of fabric, bits of wire and yarn, chemically stained photographs, and pornographic magazine clippings. These sculptures are then arranged in and photographed against colorful, patterned backdrops, and the final image is printed at large scale.
The viewer is drawn to a photograph by its use of high key color and the flashes of flesh, like the line of a long neck or a muscled leg bent at the knee, all arranged in a fragile framework of string and scraps. The initial pleasure in looking is quickly followed by crisis of vision: determining the scale of the sculptures and the depth of the picture plane is a difficult task. This ambiguity is drawn out in the titles of works, with their repeated use of ellipses, pointing to the state of uncertainty and the temporality of anticipation. When in love or loss, the field of vision and feeling narrows dramatically. Phantom Limbpulsates with the claustrophobic effect of desire and puts the viewer in the position of the lover, always waiting, ever uncertain, obsessively analyzing the beloved’s words and gestures.
Phantom Limbis the culmination of Stubbs’ six-month residency at the Paul Robeson Galleries at Express Newark. The Artist-in-Residence is selected by a jury of art professionals and receives a stipend and free studio located in the former Hahne and Co. Department Store. During their six-month tenure, the artist is an active member of the dynamic community of Express Newark and Rutgers University – Newark.
Stubbs holds a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor of Arts in Visual Arts from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. His work has been shown widely, including in exhibitions at FiveMyles Gallery, Brooklyn; Reginald Ingraham Gallery, Culver City; Czong Institute for Contemporary Art Museum, Gimpo-si; Aljira Center for Contemporary Art, Newark; The Print Center, Philadelphia; and The Center for Photography at Woodstock, amongst others. He was the recipient of a Christopher Lyon Memorial Award from the University of Pennsylvania in 2013 and nominated for the Master of Fine Arts Fellowships in Painting and Sculpture from the Dedalus Foundation in 2012. Stubbs has previously participated in residences at Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning; Express Newark; and Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. His works have been reviewed in The New York Times; Brooklyn Rail; SPACE/LAUNCH; Expose Magazine; and Agave Magazine. Stubbs lives and works in Newark, New Jersey.
Mar 15 2018 - Aug 25 2018
The Box Gallery, Paul Robeson Galleries at Express Newark, 54 Halsey Street, 3rd Floor | Newark, NJ 07102
Opening Reception: Thursday, March 15, 6:30-8pm | RSVP on Facebook
The Shadows of Houses is a three-person show featuring black and white photographs from Terry Boddie, Shakia Lewis, and Cesar Melgar. The title of exhibition is taken from Newark native Amiri Baraka’s poem “Legacy,” a mediation on history and home. Melgar’s street photography cast a sharp eye on the inhabitants and city of Newark. Selections from Lewis’ series, The Value of Hope, focus on the small details of the subjects lives in an attempt to transform over-determined narratives of homelessness. Boddie’s pictures capture fleeting moments of intimacy between people and their environments.
Apr 12 2018 - Jul 07 2018
Window Gallery, Express Newark, 54 Halsey Street 3rd Floor, Newark NJ 07102
Opening reception on Wednesday, June 6, 2018, 6-8pm | RSVP on Facebook
This important and powerful portrait project founded by artist Christine Ilewski commemorates young victims of gun violence and offers support and comfort to their families. Local artists are invited to paint portraits of the victims, which are donated to the families. A digital image of the original portrait is incorporated into a quilt. The Faces Not Forgotten: New Jersey quilt will be unveiled for the first time in this exhibition, featuring artwork by Audrey Anastasi, Lawrence Ciarallo, Linda Karlsberg, Diana Kurz, Jimmy Leslie, Jennifer Mack, Amanda McCutcheon, Eric Velasquez. This exhibition is co-curated by Christine Ilewski and Jim Bergesen. Other quilts on display in this exhibition include Chicago, Houston, and Georgia. The quilts have been exhibited in locations including the Vaughn Cultural Center, the Central Reform Congregation, the Foundry, the University of MO-STL, Blackburn College, Soulard Art Market, the Maryland Heights Community Center, The Regional Arts Center, and Christ Church Cathedral. The project has been featured in St. Louis Post-Dispatch and recently on BBC news.
For more information, visit www.facesnotforgotten.com.
Feb 19 2018 - Dec 20 2018
Main Gallery, Express Newark, 54 Halsey Street 3rd Floor, Newark NJ 07102
Opening reception: March 1, 5-8pm | RSVP on Facebook
Mirror Mirror presents works in a variety of media from thirty-two international emerging and established artists and one artist collective: Manuel Acevedo, Zoë Charlton, Paolo Cirio, David Antonio Cruz, Kevin Darmanie, E.V. Day, Leah DeVun, Nona Faustine, Tatyana Fazlalizadeh, Anne-Karin Furunes, Phyllis Galembo, Chitra Ganesh, William Kentridge, Riva Lehrer, Ani Liu, Jessamyn Lovell, Hyphen-Labs (Carmen Aguilar y Wedge, Ece Tankal, Ashley Baccus), Peggie Miller, Anna Ogier-Bloomer, Polixeni Papapetrou, Patricia Piccinini, Wendy Red Star, Faith Ringgold, Kevin Blythe Sampson, María Verónica San Martín, Leo Selvaggio, Laura Splan, Dread Scott, Beat Streuli, Arne Svenson, Shoshanna Weinberger, Deborah Willis, and Martha Wilson.
Mirror Mirror plumbs the relationship between identity, cultural norms, and representation. In the most abbreviated of forms, a portrait is a depiction of a person, usually a face, occasionally a torso, sometimes more of the body, or even a symbolic presentation of an aspect of an individual’s character. The artists in the show have approached the subject of portraiture in a multitude of ways. Historically, portraiture was utilized in service of the ruling classes, and some of the works in the exhibition explore the machinations of the powerful, touching upon the fraught histories of colonialism, slavery, American inference abroad, and eugenic practices. Photography is presented in both documentary modes and as a means to deconstruct representations of femininity, adolescence, and motherhood. Other artists work in non-traditional media, exploring the portrait painted by our data and bacteria, and radical possibilities of self-invention through new virtual and bio technologies. Taken as a whole, the works in Mirror Mirror communicate the connected nature of representation and self-determination.
The exhibition is accompanied by a 140-page illustrated catalog with essays from Susan Bright, Amanda Cachia, Nell Painter, Dorothy Santos, Jay Stanley, Anne Swartz, Jorge Daniel Veneciano, and Carla Christopher Waid, amongst others. Mirror Mirror includes a dynamic schedule of free, public and educational programs that include a performance of David Antonio Cruz’s green,howiwantyougreen; artist talks from Kevin Darmanie, Riva Lehrer, Peggie Miller, Kevin Blythe Sampson, Laura Splan; curator tours; workshops, and more.