About Art Shop
Art Shop offers extensive bodies of work by many local and national emerging and established artists including Gladys Barker Grauer, L.G. Carpenter, Katherine McGlynn, Heather Johnson, Chris Twomey (1954-2012) as well as artists by celebrated artists such as Ibrahim Ahmed III, Dahlia Elsayed, Jerry Gant, Jon Rappleye, Karlos Cárcamo and others.
Please ask to peruse our flat files. Every purchase supports artists as well as Gallery Aferro’s nonprofit programs. Please ask about our payment options, we accept every major credit card as well as transactions via PayPal and Venmo. In the interest of affording all buyers an opportunity to bring quality artwork home we also offer a 6 month payment plan to anyone willing to make the commitment.
Why should you collect art? Several perspectives influence the answer to this question. Some sources recommend studying what is new and influential and taking a more business-minded approach to art collecting in order to secure the artwork’s financial value. Other sources recommend looking for art beyond just big name galleries and museums and focusing on the cultural value your collection might accrue, arguing that in the end this is more valuable.
Regardless of your end goal, your starting approach should be to find art that fits your tastes, your budget, and most important that excites you. You will be undoubtedly happier acquiring art that you like instead of just art you think will be valuable in the long run. So if you want to begin a collection, set your eyes for art you really like, key in on what is it you like about this art and take it from there.
ArtBusiness.com and Openwallsgallery.com both have great written sources that tackle different ways of thinking about starting a collection and the steps to take in order to get to where you’d like to be. Artevolution.com and Saatchiart.com also provide good information on the safe-keeping of your new art collection. Finally Huffingtonpost.com and Wayfair.com offer tips on framing and hanging art, respectively.
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On October 5th Gallery Aferro celebrated the opening of two excellent exhibitions and one sound installation to kick off the Newark Arts Festival. Portraits of People We Love and So What will be on view until November 17th. Elevator Music 5 will stay open through the winter season.
This time around Art Shop has taken the liberty to present a rotation of artworks and books curated around Andrew Demirjian’s 2018 book “Pan-Terrestrial People’s Anthem.” The premise of his book is to bring together the lyrics of various country’s national anthems and the images of their national flags to create poetry and images that eschew borders in favor of humanism. In fact the book is only one half of Demirjian’s resulting work on this project, the other half is an album’s worth remixed national anthems music.
Demirjian performed select pieces from the “Pan-Terrestrial People’s Anthem” project on Sunday October 7th in As Dice: A Stampede of Aleatoric Phonemes. Joining him that day to perform their own works about pan-terrestrialism and the human experience were poet and programmer Allison Parrish, and poet and sound artist Tracie Morris.
The artworks displayed on Art Shop also center around themes of finding home and identity amongst different life experiences. These works are colorful and geometric, and several conjure images inspired by the flags in Demirjian’s book while others take a textual approach to life experience and present plainly spoken, but nonetheless impactful snapshots of lives like and unlike our own.
Gallery Aferro’s Art Shop Featured Artists
When Newark Had a Chinatown: My Personal Journey, Paperback, 2018, $19.00
Yoland Skeete-Laessig has been a documentarian, and artist for as long as she can remember. Although making her living in photography and film, her personal work is a ritual of how life is experienced utilizing any and every medium to accomplish her goals. Mrs. Skeete-Laessig has exhibited her video, photography, and multimedia installations in galleries and museums in the US and abroad including the Museum of Modern Art, the Queens Museum of Art, the Newark Museum, Museum of Contemporary Arts and Crafts in New York City, Biblioteque Nacional de Paris and The Musee D’Art Moderne De La Ville De Paris, Husby Konsthalle, Stockholm, Sweden, and Estesio Gallery, Beddingstrande, Sweden.
Enhanced Aptitude for Reproduction, photogravure and silkscreen, 11×17, 2004, AP, $350
Barbara Madsen lives and works in the New York metro area. She is a professor at the Mason Gross School of the Arts. She is also known for her work in photography, sculpture, and installation. Her art, a discourse with art history and popular culture, employs the tropes of ready-made objects, sited in meta-encapsulated spaces, while investigating hierarchies of consumption and waste.
Pan-Terrestrial People’s Anthem (cover detail), Paperback, 2018, $15.00
Andrew Demirjian is an interdisciplinary artist who creates image, sound and text assemblages. His work questions the systems, typologies and language that construct consciousness and guide behavior. Drawing from conceptual art, experimental music and computer science he creates poetry and audiovisual compositions that use constraint systems, chance operations and remixing. Demirjian’s work has been exhibited at The Museum of the Moving Image, Eyebeam, Rush Arts, the White Box Gallery, the Fridman Gallery, Cyberfest, Fieldgate Gallery, the Center for Book Arts, The Newark Museum and many other galleries, festivals and museums.
Exvida, a story of migration, Paperback, 21×17(framed) , 2016, $40.00
Born in Mexico, Santiago Cohen has a Communications Design BA from Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana, and MS from Pratt Institute also in Communication Design. He has worked as an illustrator for major newspapers and magazines in the US. He designed Christmas cards for MoMA, art directed different magazines and worked as one of the Art directors for the Ink Tank Animation Company in New York. During that time he designed for Cartoon Network as well as children short films for HBO. Over the last decade he’s done 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.
Untitled (detail), ink on paper, 12×99, 2012, $100
Sara Wolfe has exhibited in venues including the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, the 92nd Street Y, Gallery Aferro and The NJ Center for Contemporary Art. Wolfe has been the recipient of numerous fellowships, including the Geraldine R. Dodge and Joan Mitchell Foundations. Residencies include Yaddo and the Atlantic Center for the Arts, among others. Wolfe holds an MFA from Rutgers’ Mason Gross School of the Arts. Wolfe’s abstract paintings deal with creating the illusion of pattern and then breaking it. She plays with the suggestion of three-dimensional space within flat shapes and the possibility of breaking through layers of image.