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Bud McNichol

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Bud McNichol
April 24 - May 24, 2014
Opening Reception April 26, 7-10 PM

Project Room

Does our present condition/incarnation live up to what we had envisioned for ourselves? Have the latent qualities within us begun to manifest or is there room for further growth? These questions are raised in Bud’s current series of large-scale paintings. McNichol paints the subject larger than life using class photos from their youth to reinforce a sense of wonder. Imagery from childhood, particularly, the rendering of eyes from popular children’s cartoon characters further convey a wide-eyed optimism. Ultimately, feelings of nostalgia are also explored as the inevitability of aging takes exaction on each passing generation.

Bud McNichol studied at the University of Scranton before receiving his A.A.S. in Fine Art from Parsons School of Design. He’s been a practicing artist for the past 15 years, focusing primarily on painting. He is a past recipient of two Geraldine R. Dodge grants and has been an artist in residence at Cooper Union, Vermont Studio, the School of Visual Arts as well as completing a residence at Gallery Aferro in 2013. Bud McNichol’s work has been exhibited in solo and group shows throughout New York, New Jersey, and in Philadelphia and Chicago. These exhibitions include the Lab Gallery, Montclair Art Museum, City Without Walls, Brooklyn Collective, Vox Populi, 2nd Floor Gallery, Artist’s Space and the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey. His paintings were also included in Studio Visit Magazine in 2012.

 

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Brick City Project
Malik Hardaway-Whitaker
April 24 - May 24, 2014
Opening Reception April 26, 7-10 PM

Liminal Space

Brick City Project is a series of found bricks painted with positive scenes of Newark as a way to educate the public on the positive events happening in the city that are often overshadowed by negative press. This is Hardaway-Whitaker’s rebellion against what the world and media has to say about his home town. Through Hardaway-Whitaker’s art, his passion is to show the world that Newark is more than a poverty stricken town filled with gang violence and drug addiction. Hardaway-Whitaker depicts Newark’s thriving culture, prosperous growth, and potential. These bricks show a different often unseen side of Newark. They show the Newark resident’s passion and commitment to overcome challenges that plague their city and continue to make it a successful and welcoming place to live, thrive, and work.

Malik Hardaway-Whitaker studied at Rutgers University and the Art Institute of America, along with several artist programs and workshops. He has been a mentee under some of the most influential artist of our time include New York sculptor Carole Feurman and Brazilian artist Duda Penteado. From his studies he has translated his style and technique into a complete disciplinary form. This form he has used to mentor inner city students who are interested in art on how to better their own art skills and then to apply these disciplines to their daily lives. His illustrations have appeared in many poetry books and publications. He is also an accomplished muralist and currently seeking to involve himself in more public art.