March 31-May 31, 2014
- SOFT: Elisa D’Arrigo, Jeff Hand, Derick Melander and Lucy White
Curated by Wes Sherman
- Solo Exhibitions of New Works: Rebecca Simon and Dana McElroy
March 31-December 19, 2014
- “Breathing” by Garam Lee - Site Specific Installation
Opening Reception for all exhibits: Friday, April 4, 2014 from 6-8 p.m.
Bedminster, NJ January 31, 2014: Spring brings the opening of four new exhibits to The Center for Contemporary. “Soft” is curated by Wes Sherman and will present the work of New York area artists Alissa D’Arrigo, Jeff Hand, Derrick Melander and Lucy White in The Center’s first floor gallery. “Solo Exhibition Award Winners from the 2013 International Juried Exhibit: Dana McElroy and Rebecca Simon” will be on view on the second floor. Finally, a site specific installation by Garam Lee will occupy The Center’s lobby.
“Soft” brings together four artists who work with materials that are soft and supple, or appear to be so. The exhibit looks at how materials influence the creative process, and how, when they are used in ways that are incompatible to their intended function, our perception of them is altered. New York artist Alissa D’Arrigo creates glazed ceramic vases that gently twist and softly fold upon themselves in layers. Nashville native Jeff Hand grew up in a family of quilt makers. His work is constructed from cloth, felt, fabric and fake fur and offers a witty commentary on our culture. Derick Melander was born in Saratoga Springs, NY. He creates large geometric configurations from carefully folded and stacked second-hand clothing. The structures take the form of wedges, columns and walls weighing between five hundred pounds and two tons. Lucy White is known for creating art with materials as diverse as leaves, dirt and seaweed; and household products such as dishcloths, Handiwipes, Kotex and Band-Aids; as well as thongs, Tootsie Rolls and Kraft Macaroni and Cheese.
Rebecca Simon is based in Brooklyn, New York. She received a B.A. in Fine Arts from the University of Pennsylvania, and an MFA from Hunter College in 2010. Rebecca’s paintings seek to reflect the absurd, enigmatic, and often awkward elements of human experience. The figures in her paintings are victims of circumstance; they are often caught in vulnerable or uncomfortable situations. Her paintings invite reflection on cultural norms and expectations, gender dynamics, and feelings surrounding futility or inadequacy. While evoking an underlying sense of disquiet, these paintings don’t draw conclusions, but instead present narrative possibilities that ask to be considered.
Pennsylvania artist Dana McElroy received a BFA from Tyler School of Art of Temple University, Philadelphia, PA in 2009. She photographs hand-built environments that illustrate the details of often personal human relationships, drawing from examples in her own life to describe the ironies, tensions, and growth involved in our interactions with each other. Dana states, “Building these spaces allows me to free the moment from surrounding distractions and isolate what is significant in my memory.”
The Center’s first site specific installation is titled, “Breathing,” and was created by New Jersey sculptor and South Korean native Garam Lee who works with hot glue. For Lee, the creative process is a deeply spiritual one. “The method that I use with the hot glue is well connected with how Buddhism and Christianity consider breath as life…. The art works clearly do not have the actual life but have my breath paths on them. My art works are to show the final product of my breath of life.”
The public is invited to an opening reception for all four exhibits on Friday, April 4, 2014 from 6-8 p.m. “Soft” and the two solo exhibits will remain on view through May 31, 2014. “Breathing” will remain on view through December 19, 2014.