Material Memory: Heather Hart, Nick Pilato, Sophy Naess
Curated by Barbara Madsen

February 22 – May 24, 2014
Opening Reception February 22, 7-10 PM

Main Gallery

Material Memory is an exhibition bringing together three heterogeneous artists whose work engages observers to create their own narratives whether they are rooted in quotidian encounters, material process, or triggered latent memories. One may look to material culture studies to frame the associations that cultures have with objects, structures and landscapes through collective experience and memory. The exhibition considers the artist’s choices when deciding which physical intransient substances to use, directly or indirectly manipulating perception based upon the audience’s experience with the material. It raises questions about mortality and the invaluable commodity of time, ever present and yet fleeting, concrete and yet intangible. It examines the artist’s daily observations, transmuting meaningful or mundane fodder into content. What roles do everyday objects play in our lives? How are inherent memories born from these objects? How do material objects, and structures generate communal memory? What triggers the decisions we make? Is it a simple fragment from the street? Shard? House? How are these impulses implemented?

James Horner

February 22 – March 29, 2014
Opening Reception February 22, 7-10 PM

Project Room

Masquerade explores the mundane faces people put on to deal with the everyday – happy, sad, hiding, and tough. To handle life and get from a to b, we sometimes have to mask our true selves to cope with reality. James Horner is a painter who lives in New York City. His colorful expressionistic paintings explore the psychological effects of the environment on individuals. Figures are abstracted and overwhelmed by their surroundings. Shape interact with figures in space as lines connect atmospheres in different directions, creating islands with systems of thought. Horner communicates his viewpoint thorough a unique style of painting, which samples from traditional and contemporary abstract/expressionist and surrealist art. The foreground and background are pushed and pulled with a battle that erupts between bright colors and muddied hues that develop a kaleidoscope for the eye to move around the surface.

Alexandra Desipris

February 22 – March 29, 2014
Opening Reception February 22, 7-10 PM

Liminal Space

MIROLOYIA (“fate words”) uses the form of rural Greek funeral rituals: lamentation, burial, and exhumation – as a means to explore moments of finality, memory, and the subject of death. The imagery presented in the poetic language of the MIROLOYIA is transferred into a visual language evoking the same sense of resignation, sadness, and eventual joy in the brighter moments of life. A sparse palette, minimal forms, and symbolic use of specific materials (steel, lead, stone) will draw the attendee into this ritual and include them in the artist’s acts of mourning and desire for transcendence. MIROLOYIA is ultimately a celebration of hope. Alexandra Desipris is a Greek-American artist based in Newark, NJ whose work focuses on deconstructing and examining ritual, religion, and ethnicity through the lens of her own cultural experience through painting, sculpture and writing.