Sep 06, 2016 -
Jul 31, 2017
190 University Ave 1st Floor, Newark NJ
Reception Thursday, October 20 5-7pm
Jaz Graf writes: “As an artist, I conjugate. I create lineages in different combinations of media which reflect variations in voice, tense, mood and of the mediums themselves. My body of work includes traditional and contemporary forms of print, installations, sculptural paper and drawings. The work is typically directed by concept and question, most often the starting point is writing. Language and text itself, can communicate ideas, convey emotion and act as an expressive motif. In my recent (and ongoing) series, Eviscera , narratives from old sketchbooks and personal journals are transcribed and printed lithographically onto muslin, referencing an act of evisceration in which guts appear outside the body (book). Markmaking is a form of writing. It is a visual gesture conveying sentiment, however muted or unidentifiable. I utilize scribble marks to suggest the coupling of the written word and drawn image.
“My approach involves deconstruction and reconstruction of materials and impressions with an emphasis on a physical process. I believe that my body of work, like a physical body, has both voluntary and involuntary functions. Balancing these forces is necessary in its sustainability. I am inspired by languages, nature, human nature, and the practice of play. Confronting dualities is part of my work; understanding relationships which are oppositional and contradictory yet indivisibly connected. I explore boundaries, areas that reside in between. This periphery is often where conflict can be confronted, and/or synergy can be developed. “
Jaz Graf works with paper and print, incorporating experimental techniques. She often combines materials while exploring variations and multiples. Writing and drawing are the starting point, followed by a tendency to deconstruct and rebuild impressions. Concepts dictate the medium and often explore personal histories, dualities and language. Jaz exhibits locally and internationally, has been featured in AM New York News, The Jersey Journal and on NJ’s Public Broadcast Channel, NJTV. She is a keyholder and former Vice President of Manhattan Graphics Center, a fine art print studio in NYC. For over 10 years, she has worked with a nonprofit focusing on freshwater conservation.
Curated by Adrienne Wheeler
This exhibition was made possible by funding from Chancellor Nancy Cantor’s Seed Grant Initiative.