Super 8

8th Annual Art Auction and Party
June 11th @ Gallery Aferro, 73 Market Street, Newark, NJ
VIP Preview 6pm – 7pm
Auction 7pm – 9:30pm
Afterparty 10pm -???

If you cannot attend, but would like to donate to support, please do so here!

Gallery Aferro is excited to announce the 8th Annual Benefit Art Auction and Party on June 11th, 2016. This festive event features an exciting auction of hundreds of artworks by emerging and established artists, live music, fun activities including interactive performances, strong signature cocktails and icy beer, fine catering, and dozens of wonderful door and raffle prizes!

All proceeds from tickets and purchases make possible Gallery Aferro’s year-round exhibitions, award-winning artist residencies, publications, education program, public art initiatives, and ongoing expansion. Stay tuned via our email list, Facebook and Instagram as the excitement builds.

*Tickets purchased at the event will be slightly higher. Advance ticket purchase option will be available until June 10th, end of day.

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Images through the eyes of homeless photographers

Gallery Aferro, Liminal Gallery
May 26th – June 11th, 2016
Opening Reception, May 26th 5-7pm

Photographs taken by homeless photographers in Newark will be on display at the Gallery Aferro from May 26th through June 11th, with a gallery opening on May 26th from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Bridges’ Project Connect brought homeless photographers and professional photographer Akintola Hanif, founder/editor-in-chief of HYCIDE magazine together to capture images as seen through the eyes of the homeless. The six month project, “We Are Forever,” culminates in this exhibit of approximately 30 curated photographs. All photographs will be on sale through the Bridges website, with the proceeds going to the photographers.

The catalyst for this project was a similar project in Paris, France, which received international publicity. In June 2015, Bridges received a grant from the Arts Council of Newark to give digital cameras to people in Newark who are homeless so that they could express their world through photography. The ultimate goal of the project was to give voice to homeless people in Newark. For six months the homeless photographers and Akintola Hanif worked together, with Hanif providing leadership and mentorship to the novices. A photojournalist and filmmaker, Akintola Hanif’s photography and film projects have been featured in such venues as RUSH Arts Gallery, MoCADA Museum, Columbia University, Princeton University, The Metropolitan Museum, the Newark Museum and the Guggenheim Museum. Lois Bhatt, Executive Director of Bridges noted that, “The interaction between Akintola and the photographers was genuine, respectful and inspiring.”

“For me this wore more than an exchange of photography skills, this was an exchange of love. HYCIDE Bridges photography program has been one of my most humbling and fulfilling experiences in my career as a photographer. I don’t see my students as homeless people I see them for their hearts and intentions and that is the place we connected from.” says Hanif.

In 1988, Bridges launched its first mobile outreach, and began to bring food, clothing and necessities to the homeless living on the streets of New York City. In March 2014, Bridges opened “Project Connect” at St. John’s Soup Kitchen in Newark to provide case management services to assess the complete needs of the homeless client and to provide administrative and financial support to acquire a NJ State ID (the first step in rebuilding a life), links to physical and mental healthcare, jobs and housing.

All are welcome to attend the opening reception of “We Are Forever” on Thursday, May 26th, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Gallery Aferro, 73 Market Street, Newark, or to visit the exhibit through June 11th.

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To My Father

Gabriel García Román
Curated by Evonne M. Davis

Gallery Aferro, Main Gallery
March 30th – May 21st, 2016
Opening Reception, April 2nd, 7-10pm
Artist Talk and Performance, May 21st, 6pm

Gallery Aferro is pleased to present Gabriel García Román’s first solo show, To My Father. Roman has already garnered national press for his stunning chine-collé and photogravure portraits of LGBT/non-conforming activists, poets, and artists of color, depicting his subjects as contemporary Queer Icons. Finding inspiration in portraiture styles of Renaissance, Flemish and Christian Orthodox paintings, the series aims to elevate these multi-dimensional, powerful and proud contemporary figures and give visibility to a population generally underrepresented in the art world. From the queer Latina fighting for immigration rights to the non-binary disabled Trans Filipino, Roman portrays these “outsiders” as central to the narrative, just like saints—figures that are inherently worthy of attention, emulation, and storytelling. Much like traditional religious paintings conferred a sense of safety and meditative calm on a home; the works in this series aspire to provide a similar sense of refuge that’s drawn from the inner grace of the subjects and projected outwards onto a world that might not always be safe.

Gabriel García Román was born in Zacatecas, Mexico in 1973 and raised in Chicago. He received his B.A. in studio art at The City College of New York. Garcia is a photo-based artist and craftsman. As an artist, he’s constantly looking for ways to counteract the flatness that’s inherent to photography: weaving, folding, cutting, interlacing prints or collaging are all different attempts at realizing that goal. Photography allows him to explore aspects of his identity and decode the world he lives in. Queer. Mexican. American. Immigrant. Secular. Catholic.

To My Father also includes works from another series, Defining You, hand-woven intricate images where the warp is a studio portrait and the weft is a collage of images selected from the subject’s childhood photo albums—images that speak to formative experiences or simply conjure up memories they’d like to relive. The unique woven patterns echo DNA structures that depict how our experiences are intertwined with our identity. This weaving can also be considered the embodiment of the artist’s own experience as a bicultural immigrant through which old and new ideals are merged into one. In titling the exhibit, there is an acknowledgement that the artist’s diverse body of work is indebted to his father’s insatiable curiosity. As a child, he eagerly watched as his father took apart countless items and put them back together in order to see how they worked. This inability to remain still, combined with perpetual tinkering and fiddling with things, instilled in the artist a similar curiosity that finds its embodiment in an ever-expanding artistic vocabulary.

Educators and activity planners are encouraged to contact the gallery to book a free tour of the exhibits for their youth or adult groups.

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I Guess It Wouldn’t Matter If
I Stayed A B-Boy The Rest Of My Life

Jaither West
Curated by Evonne M. Davis

Gallery Aferro, Liminal Gallery
March 30th – May 21st, 2016
Opening Reception, April 2nd, 7-10pm
Closing Reception, May 21st, 6pm

Jaither West (b. 1988) is a self-taught painter living and working in Philadelphia. His work focuses on his everyday life—from famous personalities like Michael Jackson and John F. Kennedy to the individuals he sees every day on his commute. West often incorporates his daily activities and experiences into his paintings through the presence of himself breakdancing or through his densely rendered paintings and drawings of his SEPTA commute. West has studied at Temple University and Fleisher Art Memorial and has participated in group exhibitions at Frame Works Gallery, AIRspace, Neighborhood Bikeworks, F & N Gallery, Fringe Salon and Art in City Hall as well as solo exhibitions at OCF Café and Starbucks in Philadelphia.

Jaither West is represented by Art|Works, a program of Community Integrated Services, Philadelphia, PA, that provides professional support to working artists with disabilities.

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Unseen and Unspoken
Evonne Davis and Emma Wilcox

The Propect St. Firestation Gallery
56 Prospect St, Newark, NJ
April 10 – May 26, 2016
Opening Reception April 10th 3-5pm

EVONNE DAVIS and EMMA WILCOX have worked together for more than 10 years as co-founders of Gallery Aferro, showcasing the work of local, national and international artists. Each also has their own distinctive practice as a working artist. Unseen and Unspoken is an outtake from an ongoing dialogue between life, art, and place.

Our thanks to www.sumei.org

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Everyone In Their Own Way

A Group Exhibition Surveying Gallery Aferro’s Studio Residency
Curated by Alex Scott Cumming and Jacob L Mandel

Arts Guild of New Jersey
1670 Irving Street, Rahway, NJ 07065
March 20th – April 14th 2016
Opening Reception Sunday March 20th 1-4pm

The dichotomy of artist to work is mirrored in the concept of artist residency to artist. The process each artist embarks upon defines their product, while their participation in a residency program defines the community and history of that residency. In today’s political and social climate, there are innumerable pressures to pursue a career in just about any field besides fine art, yet artists are compulsively drawn to work, to their need for expression. In the face of these pressures, artists continue to create. Gallery Aferro’s Studio Residency has provided artists access to creative space and community for over 10 years. The residency makes the artist’s process possible on a scale that might otherwise not be possible. Each artist works to define a vision of creativity and expression, while Gallery Aferro works to provide an outlet for these artists, both in terms of productivity and access to community engagement. Everyone In Their Own Way is a look into the reciprocating relationships between community, process, cultural content, and artist.

Katrina Bello
Marcy Chevali
Hal Laessig
Yoland Skeete
Lizzy Storm
Amanda Thackray
Ambika Trasi

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Speaking In Tongues

Jo-El Lopez
Curated by Evonne Davis

Gallery Aferro, Main Gallery
January 27th – March 12th, 2016
Opening Reception, January 30th, 7-10pm
Artist Talk and Closing Reception, March 12th, 4pm

Gallery Aferro is pleased to present a major solo show by New Jersey-based painter Jo-El Lopez. Born in Juncos, Puerto Rico and raised in Paterson, New Jersey, Lopez uses the visual storytelling of traditional realism to convey complex commentary on the intersection of faith and modernity, the strength of family, and the multidimensional contemporary urban experience in his very first solo show, Speaking In Tongues. The decades the artist spent under the Pentecostal doctrine, a bold color palette informed by both abstract painting as well as older traditions of icon-making, all meld to create Lopez’s kaleidoscopic worldview. The collection of artworks on view from January 27 – March 12, 2016 reveal a restless, deeply engaged spirit closely observing not only his immediate environment, but the larger historic trajectory of national news.

Lopez asserts, “Originally, I studied business and fine arts at Kean University and at Montclair State University and was prepared for a life in the corporate arena. But my life’s journey has led me back to artmaking and my true passion. My work shows my voyage from that life choice to now.” In just four years since leaving the business world to focus on art, Lopez’s work has appeared regularly in tri-state area exhibtions at The Bronx Art Center, Gallery Aferro, The Center for Contemporary Art, New Jersey City State University Gallery, Rupert Raven Contemporary, and Jersey City’s City Hall.

Speaking In Tongues assaults the senses: acid greens, bright pinks, and golden tones vibrate against each other. The artist’s instantly recognizable sense of irony, the wit that is at turns ruthless and affectionate, can be seen in works such as “The Kiss at the 16th Avenue Baptist Church,” “The Black Face Jesus,” and “The Virgin Miracle.” Yet in works like “Walking on Water,” Lopez tackles his subject with restraint and reduced composition to compliment the visceral sentiments of life’s journey. There is a willingness to reveal yearning, and a desire for emotional transparency. Racial and ethnic identity, gender and sexual politics, and parallel as well as conflicting cultural traditions and narratives all are in play when Lopez turns his attention to a new canvas.

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Woodley White

Gallery Aferro, Liminal Gallery
January 27th – March 12th, 2016
Opening Reception, January 30th, 7-10pm
Closing Reception, March 12th

Woodley White (b. 1983) creates artwork that shows a keen eye for detail and a passion for his subject matter. It is not uncommon for Woodley to draw the same subject hundreds of times across all media and on various surfaces. Each aspect of Woodley’s work is deeply considered, from the placement on the page to the intense line quality. The repetitive nature of his work conveys Woodley’s passion for his subject matter and the focus of his observation. White’s work has recently begun to include portraits of people found in books and magazines. White has shown his work throughout Philadelphia, including exhibitions at AIRspace and the InLiquid exhibition space at Crane Arts.

Woodley White is represented by Art|Works, a program of Community Integrated Services, Philadelphia, PA, that provides professional support to working artists with disabilities.