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Color Theory

An art exhibition featuring Santiago Cohen, Robert Forman, Jan Huling, Deb Mell, Curated by Sandy Martiny

November 2- December 2, 2017

Opening Celebration Thursday November 2, 7-9pm

Public Program: ArtStory: A demonstration of artist’s technique Saturday December 2, 2017 from 1-3pm.

Gallery hours: Monday-Thursday 11am-4pm and by appointment. Free Group tours by appointment. Contact smartiny@southorange.org

The Pierro Gallery presents Color Theory, an exhibition of paintings, prints, sculpture and collage that examine different ways of making and using color.  Each of the four exhibiting artists uses color in the customary ways: to create pattern, to define form, to symbolize and codify ideas, to describe, enhance and delight. Conversely, they approach their materials in very different and surprising ways. The colorful stuff that makes this art is the material of everyday life transformed into stories, portraits of people, friendly monsters, birds and animals. And while each of the works exhibit an artist’s particular obsession with materials and form, all reveal lives lived thoroughly and thoughtfully, through the practice of their art. 

Santiago Cohen’s work is bold and cinematic.  Rather than re-describe the world we can already see with our eyes, Cohen lives large with color, using it imaginatively, to define the world of each painting. Whether the content is the past or the present, each painting is evidence of the artist’s quest to understand and describe what it is to be alive today. 

Born and raised in Mexico City and now living in Jersey City, NJ, Cohen is an award winning artist, illustrator and animator. His work has been published in major US newspapers and magazines. He was an art director for the Ink Tank Animation Company in New York under the wing of R. O. Blechman where he designed 24 animated episodes of Troubles the Cat for the Cartoon Network and CTW (Children Television Network), designed and animated Children Shorts films for HBO (two of the programs won an Emmy and a Peabody award), he designed openers for the French TF!. Over the last 10 years he has illustrated close to 20 children's books for editorial companies like Marshall Cavendish, Viking, GP Putnam, Zanner-Bloser, Houghton Mifflin, Warner, Golden Books, Zondervon, Chronicle, Blue Apple books and Skypony. He received a grant from the Xeric Foundation to self-publish his graphic novel "The Fifth Name". As a fine artist Santiago has individual and collective art shows in galleries and museums in New Jersey,  New York and Mexico. Santiago was the artist in residence for the RNA in Jersey City for two years in charge of the Day of the Dead big puppet parade. In January 2015 he completed a mural in Gateway South Orange.

Robert Forman makes complex “paintings” from thread and glue, a painstaking process that you might imagine would result in small precious works of art. The works in this show defy that logic. For Color Theory, Robert has created a series of masterful almost life size pictures of “blended” portraits.  He layers several images of opposing subjects (man and wife, for example) and then precisely renders them using the color, sheen, and texture of very fine strands of thread. The surfaces could be described as precious and jewel like, but the ideas and feelings embedded in the images reveal a large shimmering, moving, and unmistakable respect for the complexities of human nature.

Forman lives and works in a converted firehouse in Hoboken, not far from where he was born in Jersey City. Forman’s work is in numerous public and private collections including the Renwick Gallery, National Museum of American Art, Washington D.C., The Noyes Museum of Art, Oceanville, NJ and the White House collection, Washington D.C. He has received a Fulbright Fellowship, a grant from the Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation, grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, New Jersey State Council on the Arts and the Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation among other honors.

Jan Huling uses color to radicalize form. Her medium of choice: beads glued onto a three dimensional substrate. Her technique: extreme pattern and decoration. While Robert Forman creates paintings with thread, and Santiago Cohen presents us with stories as paintings, Jan Huling transforms iconic objects from popular culture into amazing creatures of fancy that delight and coerce viewers into embracing the imaginary. It’s not Jan Huling’s world you enter when you look at this work. It is your personal world, triggered by recognizing these familiar forms wrapped in beautiful mysteries.  For Color Theory, Jan will assemble a flock of magical birds, transforming a small gallery room into an aviary from a fairy tale.

Jan Huling was born in Chicago and raised in St. Louis. She now lives in Hoboken, NJ. After attending the Kansas City Art Institute she started her art career designing greeting cards. Later, she worked in New York City as a product designer, children’s book author and most recently, beadist. She has traveled extensively in Mexico and India and this, along with her insatiable curiosity about the world of color, pattern, humor, lore and legend feeds her work. Huling is represented by the Duane Reed Gallery and regularly shows her work at SCOPE Miami, SOFA Chicago, ArtMarket San Francisco, and at the Palm Springs Fine Art Fair among numerous other Art Fairs and Markets. More locally she has exhibited the Hunterdon Museum Clinton, NJ, Mobilia Gallery in Cambridge, MA, Porter Contemporary in NYC, the Noyes Museum, Oceanville, NJ, the Jersey City Museum and the Montclair Museum. She currently has a monumental piece on exhibition at the American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore, Maryland.

Everything is fair game. That’s how Deb Mell views the physical materials she uses to make art. That’s how she characterizes the content of her work.  Flashy colors, shiny surfaces, repetitive elements collected from everywhere seduce the viewer into looking and looking. But beware- these friendly monstrosities pack a punch.  You know these images. You’ve seen them before, at night, in the corners, under the bed, behind the curtain. They are us, actually. Mell takes the time each evening after dinner to draw a portrait of someone she’s seen during the day. The portraits take liberties with the usual notion of portraiture, exhibiting both animal and human attributes in the rayon colors of the crayon box. The artist takes liberties with convention to describe a remembered impression of a stranger. It’s primal. It’s benevolent.  She takes the same liberties with herself and her past in larger works, exploring family history and lore in symbolic language and glorious compositions that get you to scratch your head thoughtfully after you rub the dazzle out of your eyes.

Deb Mell grew up in Collinsville, Ill and currently lives in Truro MA. She has exhibited widely throughout New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Virginia, Louisiana, Illinois, Wisconsin and in Denmark, and was the recipient of the Dodge Foundation Fellowship for Virginia Center for the Creative Arts in 1999, 2001, and 2003.  Local people will recognize her name and her work from her long time association with the Book Arts Roundtable.  Her education includes studies at Illinois State University, Brooklyn Museum Art School, and in Garrigues, France. Her work can be seen in the collections of SUNY Plattsburg, Plattsburg NY, Sweet Briar College, Amherst Virginia, Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY, Illinois State University, Normal Ill, New Jersey State Museum, Trenton NJ, and the Pat Bell Collection, South Orange NJ.

Colby Bird

Fede Reano

Cut Loose

September 21- October 21, 2017

Pierro Gallery

5 Mead Street, South Orange, NJ 07079

Gallery Hours are Monday - Thursday 11-4pm and by appointment.

“Every act of creation is first an act of destruction.” 

Pablo Picasso

The Pierro Gallery is pleased to present the fall group exhibition entitled Cut Loose curated by Danielle Masters.   

There will be an opening Reception on Thursday, September 21 from 6pm to 9pm.  

This exhibition is about one’s ability to let go, be free, and to let your hair down. It will examine the unique ways art shakes up conventional perceptions.  The artists on exhibit have manipulated their materials either literally or conceptually by way of cutting, stripping the material away from its original purpose and finding a new context for it. This practice of artistic destruction brings a new life to the original idea, a rebirth into new forms.

This show will feature sculpture, paintings, photography, installations, and video.  

Artists include: 

Colby Bird

Julia Petra Briggs

Jeffrey Burdian

Samar Hussaini

Danielle Masters

Jen Neal

Raymond Saa

Fede Reano

Brian Wondergem

Andrew Zimmerman

Anabella Zubillaga

Colby Bird is a photographer and sculptor who engages conceptual and art historical ideas.  He will be displaying some photostatic prints with his meticulous hand built frames and hand carved blocks that reference the kodak color reference chart.  He will also be displaying one of his Tho-net-style bistro chair sculptures that are disassembled, sanded, sawed, painted, and reassembled as abstract forms. Bird sees these as a collaboration between himself and the original builder of the chairs.  His work has been exhibited widely and is held in prominent private and public collections including the Whitney Museum of American Art. Bird currently lives and works in New York.

Brian Wondelgem is a Brooklyn based artist whose unique approach involves sculpture, painting, and assemblage. He has exhibited in numerous public and alternative spaces, and often collaborates with non-traditional or artist-run venues to create site-specific projects. He participated in the EAF07: Emerging Artist Fellowship Show at Socrates Sculpture Park in 2007.  In 2010, he was invited to live and work in Zagreb, Croatia through Art in General’s Eastern European Residency Exchange Program with the Croatian Council of Artists (HDLU). While there he presented a show of public sculpture that was exhibited outside of the Mestrovich Pavilion. Wondergem’s work examines what makes a space meaningful and why people surround themselves with personal artifacts, symbols, and useful organizational tools.

Raymond Saa, a NJ based artist, will be showing sculptural sewn paper works that involve the deconstruction of drawings and their reformation into layered sewn pieces. Saa has exhibited extensively and received various awards and residencies such as Public Art for Public Schools PS 357X, New York, NY; Joan Mitchell Center Artist in Residence Program in New Orleans, La.; Pollack Krasner Foundation, New York, NY;  Joan Mitchell Foundation, New York, NY.

Andrew Zimmerman’s wall reliefs straddle the line between painting and sculpture while examining pattern, repetition, and color. By fragmenting each work into modular segments he explores and exploits the contrasts between matte and glossy surfaces, organic and geometric shapes, and saturated and non-colors. Whether hand-carving undulating lines into wood panels with a saw or assembling hard-edged geometric shapes into a larger composition, the artist imbues his work with vibrancy and rhythm.

Andrew Zimmerman (b. 1968 New Brunswick, NJ) studied painting at the Rhode Island School of Design (BFA 1991), and Industrial Design at the California College of the Arts (BFA 2000). In 1990 he was the recipient of a Skowhegan Fellowship Award from the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine.  In 2000 he was nominated for the IDSA National Merit Award.  Public collections of his works include the Fidelity Investment Corporation, Boston, MA, Weill Cornell Medical Center, New York, NY and Alliance Bernstein LLP, New York, NY.   Exhibition venues include the Drawing Center, New York, NY, The RISD Biennial, (curated by Robert Storr) Exit Art, New York, NY, and Galleria Guido Carbone, Torino, Italy.

Anabella Zubillaga is a modern day pop artist transforming iconic cultural objects that resonate emotionally into sculptures through slip casting, plaster, handcrafting and mixed-media. Zubillaga lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.

Jen Neal is a Brooklyn based fiber artist. Her handwoven wall hangings are inspired by the pat-terns, colors and textures found in vintage textiles and handicrafts of the 1960s. Neal’s work in-corporates vintage, hand dyed and natural fibers as well as wood collected around NY State.

Fede Reano is a graphic designer, animator, and sculptor who will be displaying his sculptures of cut foam coated in polished resin along with a psychotropic animated film.  He was born and raised in Spain and currently resides in Brooklyn, NY.

Samar Hussaini is an Arab American fine artist and graphic designer who lives and works in West Orange,NJ.  Using specific Palestinian cultural iconography and interspersing it with mixed media, she shows a richness of identity suggesting a disruption from the preconceived ideas about Palestine and its people.

Jeffrey Burdian is a Brooklyn based artist whose drawings, paintings, and sculptures show a sense of rawness and grit that embodies the neo-expressionism movement of the 80’s. He has exhibited in various group exhibitions throughout New York.  Burdian received his BFA from New York University in 2006.

Brazilian born artist, Julia Petra Briggs is inspired by both whimsical and classical themes.  The owner of MADA, women’s shop in Maplewood, NJ, her art strives to both playful and minimal using various mediums.  A lover of all arts she studied French poetry at Fordham University, voice at Julliard, and shoe making in Buenos Aires.  Julia’s love for painting has remained throughout each chapter of her life.  With a passion for 20th century art, she traveled to the south of France to study painting in Montpellier where she discovered a love for watercolors.  Later on she played with collage and mixing mediums.  Briggs is currently working on large scale abstract painting where nature is the main theme.

The curator, Danielle Masters is a multi-disciplinary artist living and working in South Orange, NJ.  Masters work investigates line, color and texture with a splash of jeu d’esprit. Masters is an emerging artist that has exhibited with The Dodge Foundation and various other locations in New Jersey.  Masters has worked for contemporary galleries in both New York and Los Angeles prior to starting her family.  This exhibition was derived by the idea of wanting to showcase the way artists interpret their materials, whether it be repurposing everyday objects to finding a new way to utilize or reinvent the artists typical tools of the trade.  Artists speak visually, and with this exhibition we are allowing ourselves to Cut Loose and be free to express ourselves.


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The Blue Scarf Collective: Art in the Time of Resistance
May 10- June 17
Opening Reception: Wednesday, May 10, 6-9pm
Gallery Hours M-Th 11-4pm & by appointment

The Blue Scarf Collective members and guest artist Diana Fine feature their latest work in this era of resistance. This group of feminists believes that art should be used to promote social justice, change and empowerment - especially for the disenfranchised.

Exhibiting members are Nancy Cook, Heather Hamilton, Samar Hussaini, Sarah Klein, Danielle Masters, Jennifer McClory, Sherry Sacks and Cat Tate Starmer.  Diana Fine is the special guest and featured artist in the show. Heather Hamilton and Sherry Sacks are the curators.  Blue Scarf Collective members are all local women who burst onto the creative scene last October with their inaugural pop-up show, Breaking the Static.

Art in the Time of Resistance will kick off the annual South Orange Maplewood Artists Studio Tour, which takes place 11am -5pm Saturday June 3 and Sunday June 4, 2017 throughout South Orange and Maplewood. During the studio tour, The Blue Scarf Collective artists will present the Button Resist Project, a hands on activity for people of all ages to design their own wearable message buttons. Donations will benefit the Rain Foundation of Essex County. www.studiotoursoma.org

Art in the Time of Resistance features light installations, photography, illustration, painting, fiber art, printmaking, and sculpture.  Guest artist, photographer and SOMA resident, Diana Fine will exhibit a series of portraits that address norms related to beauty and power, specifically in the globally pervasive yet toxic practice of skin bleaching to attain the desired "whitening".

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Annual Exhibition of Artists Books by Members of
THE BOOK ARTS ROUNDTABLE
March 17 – April 22, 2017

10:00-4:00 daily, closed Sundays and April 14
OPENING RECEPTION March 18th 2-4pm

...at the Pierro Gallery at the Baird
5 Mead Street, South Orange NJ 07079

FREE Book Art demonstrations:

March 25th, Sat., 2-3:30 - Shari Seltzer
Artist Books with Everyday Materials

March 29th, Wed., 1-2:30 - Suzie Tuchman
Creating an Artist Book

April 5th, Wed., 10-11:30 - Debbie Livingston
The Star Book

April 12th, Wed., 10- 11:30 - Susan Topper,
Elaine Golt Gongora and Melabee Miller
The Meander Book: Making a book with one sheet of paper.

All demonstrations will take place at the Pierro Gallery.
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TEXT ME
AN EXHIBITION ABOUT WORDS AND IMAGES

January 25 - March 4, 2017

Opening: Wednesday, January 25, 7pm-9pm

Art Talk: Wednesday, February 15, Pierro Gallery 7pm-9pm, featuring Catherine Delett, Betsy Meyer-Donadio  and Ann Vollum, moderated by Stephanie Damiano and Mahmoud Elbehairy. The Pierro Gallery of South Orange

The Baird Center
5 Mead Street, South Orange, NJ 07079
Monday- Thursday 11-4pm & by appointment

Co-curators Stephanie Damiano and Mahmoud El- Behairy, graduate students of Seton Hall University’s Museum Professions program, invite you to visit the Pierro Gallery to see 15 artists who use varied materials and methods to produce art that combines words with images. The artists use an assortment of styles and techniques including paintings, collages and installations to realize their visions. The use of words and letters in these artworks creates layers of meaning that adds to the spiritual and cultural content of each work.

Exhibiting artists come from all over the United States with a good representation of local and NJ artists as well. Artists include: Amber Eve Anderson, Alyssa Bogdan, Catherine Delett, Naomi Dwyer, Hannah Epstein, Adam Farcus, Leah Anne Floyd, Nicole Foran, Donni Later, Malik Lloyd, Ginny Martin, Betsy Meyer-Donadio, Heidi Sussman, Michael Teters, Kim Schmitt Thomas, and Ann Vollum    

The artists all differ in their approaches. For example, South Orange artist Ann Vollum creates book based works with imaginary beasts and added text and Ease Orange artist Heidi Sussman uses photography to create digital images with text found from her grandmother’s journals.

An Artist’s Talk will be held on February 15th at 7pm.  Featured artists will be Catherine Delett, Betsy Meyer-Donadio and Michael Teters, moderated by the curators Stephanie Damiano and Mahmoud Elbehairy.
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My Sense of Place
A Community Addendum to the Exhibition, A Sense of Place: Kiki and Seton Smith
 
Artists and community members were asked to share artwork and images that defined their personal sense of place. The works are in response to an exhibition at the Walsh Gallery, Seton Hall University, in South Orange, New Jersey, featuring the work of Kiki and Seton Smith.
 
Artists include:
Luz Aguba, Olga Alexander, Quinn Barnitt, Marianne Barcellona, Aileen Bassis, Alisa Berlin, Shannon Bryan, Amanda Burns-Elhassouni, Cameron Calder, Mary Jean Canziani, Elyse Carter, Ana Cowie, Betsy Meyer Donadio, Sofia Donald, Joshua Ewing, Luciano Fileti, Norma Greenwood, Emily Glynn, Ellen Hanauer, Lauren Henry, Anna Herbst, Imani Hudson, Sara Klar, Elisa Leung, Laura Lou Levy, Kathryn McGinley, Nancy Nikkal, Meredith Olin, Lily Sickles, Leonel Soares, Jane Sterrett, Kelly Vetter, Skyler Hurdle, Talia Rhinehart, Turner Andrasz, Vivi Charlap
 
My Sense of Place is a collaboration of the Pierro Foundation, Seton Hall University's Walsh Gallery, the Pierro Gallery, and the South Orange/Maplewood Public Schools. This outreach is in conjunction with the exhibition, A Sense of Place featuring works by Kiki and Seton Smith, produced by the Pierro Foundation at the Walsh Gallery, Seton Hall University.
 
Prints of selected artists’ work can be seen at the Pierro Gallery, 5 Mead Street, South Orange, NJ. All works can be seen digitally above, at the South Orange Public Library digital art installation, 65 Scotland Rd, South Orange, NJ 07079, and at the Seton Hall Walsh Gallery website, and via the Pierro Foundation website.

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The Book Arts Roundtable will have two exhibitions on display in the Pierro Gallery December 8 – 19th during gallery hours, Monday – Thursday 11am-4pm and by appointment.

A Day in the Life is a collaborative piece presented in the graphic novel format. Each participant tells their story in black and white, taking us through the day, from dark to light and back to dark. This dramatic work is presented in the form of a long accordion book that will stretch along the entire length of one wall. 
 
Despoliation: the action of despoiling or the condition of being despoiled is the theme of the second exhibition. BAR members were given the same size substrate and asked to create a piece based on the theme. The substrates are scored, creating panels that may be used as book pages or wall pieces. The possibilities for exploration of this timely theme are many.
 
A gallery talk about the exhibitions will be Saturday December 10 from 2:30 – 4:00.

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POL!T!CO: (DO YOU) KNOW YOUR PLACE?
Wednesday, November 2, - Saturday, December 3, 2016
Opening Reception, Wednesday, November 2, at 7-9pm
The Pierro Gallery of South Orange
The Baird Center
5 Mead Street, South Orange, NJ 07079
Monday- Thursday 11-4pm & by appointment
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“Know Your Place”- an idiom often used to keep people from challenging the status quo, seems particularly relevant in this election cycle just as one national party has for the first time in US history nominated a woman as a candidate for President while the opposing party's nominee stands charged with racism, bigotry and misogyny.   Curators Raleigh Ceasar and Sandy Martiny investigate the ways artists have responded to the election issues regarding race and feminism. Artists include: Aileen Bassis, Luis Alves Collage, Ronald Freeman, Evelyn Graves, Ruth Hardinger, Nette Forne Thomas, Trix Rosen, Florence Weisz, and Charmaine Wheatley.

The work pictured above is part of a series by artist Charmaine Wheatley. "30% Of Buffalo... Is Functionally Illiterate" features portraits of adult learners and tutors from Literacy Volunteers of Western New York and Erie County whose stories provide insight into how the ability to read can impact lives. One in three residents in Buffalo, NY is functionally illiterate. On a national level, between 41% and 44% of adults with the lowest literacy skills live in poverty. 60% of prison inmates are illiterate. 76% of adults on public assistance are illiterate or unable to read more than the simplest of texts.*

POL!T!CO is a collaboration showcasing four local arts organizations: SOPAC, The Pierro Gallery of South Orange, Arts Unbound and Valley ARts Firehouse Gallery.

This four-part exhibit gives artists a voice in some of the sizeable issues that are informing the 2016 presidential elections. The exhibitions can be enjoyed separately, as well as in conjunction.

POL!T!CO: ART & The Humanities
SOPAC
On view at The Herb & Milly Iris Gallery
September 8 – December 8, 2016
Explores the cultural influence of politics and the humanities through the uses of various mediums of visual art.

POL!T!CO: ACCESS ABILITY
Arts Unbound, 544 Freeman St. Orange, NJ 07050
October 20 – November 19, 2016
Opening reception: Thursday, October 20, 5pm to 8pm, Special screening of Jason DaSilva’s video, When We Walk, at 7pm
Explores political issues that impact people living with disabilities.

POL!T!CO: MONEY AND EFFECT
Firehouse Gallery, 580 Forest St, Orange, NJ.
October 20 – November 13, 2016
Opening Reception: Thursday October 20 7 to 9pm
Explores the role of money in politics.

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