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Process and Practice

Curated by Evonne M. Davis

April 6th – May 25th, 2019
Opening Reception – April 6th 7-10pm
Gallery Aferro Main Gallery

Participating Artists:

Patricia Cazorla                                               
Dahlia Elsayed                                                 
Gilbert Hsiao                                                    
Robert Lach                                                      
Tasha Lewis                                                     
Jo-El Lopez                                                       
Jacob Mandel           
Lisette Morel
Nell Painter
Nancy Saleme 
Kern Samuel 
Joe Silvestro
Jesse Wright
Juno Zago        

Process and Practice honors the Aferro Studios Residency Program that has welcomed more than 100 artists to the multi-floor studio workspaces since 2006 to craft, build, paint and toil over their next great creation. Bringing together past and current residents in this exclusive exhibition, Aferro celebrates their diverse accomplishments, energy and talent with the creative community they represent.

Gallery Aferro, with its ground floor exhibition space coupled with Newark’s growing population of artists and the surrounding creative minds from New York, Northern and Central New Jersey, and beyond, makes for a focused center of artistic expression that is constantly engaged. The Residency Program not only grants access to that space and community, it  encourages incubation of ambitious self-organized projects that might otherwise have not been possible for the artist to achieve. Process and Practice reflects that mission and shines a spotlight on some of the artists, past and present, who have embodied it. 


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Folding The Line

Curated by Evonne M. Davis

April 6th – May 25th, 2019
Opening Reception – April 6th 7-10pm
Eleta J. Caldwell and Rodney M. Gilbert Memorial Gallery

On the second floor, Folding The Line features a visual survey of works by Anne Q. McKeown, long-time Aferro Studios resident, world-renowned papermaker, and beloved globetrotting mentor. This exhibition not only introduces her work to the Aferro community as the Gallery takes on its new role as her official curatorial liaison, but it also highlights her fountain of creativity that never ceases to move, encourage and provoke. In her own words, “I am not looking to create an order. I am recording a moment of being.”

Anne Q. McKeown is an artist whose practice includes painting, printmaking and handmade paper. McKeown has traveled to and worked in Egypt, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Korea, Cuba and South Africa. She has worked with artists at the Artist Proof Studio and Phumani Paper in Johannesburg, South Africa. McKeown has spoken on art discussion panels, including an interview with Richard Tuttle at the New York Editions and Artist Book Fair 2008, she has juried exhibitions, including the 2007 Philagrafika Invitational Portfolio, and has presented her work as a visiting artist at various Universities, including the University of Johannesburg, South Africa.

McKeown has taught Art Appreciation and Drawing courses at the University of Connecticut in Stamford and Papermaking at Mason Gross School of the Arts; as well as many workshops and demonstrations, including the 2010 Pulp Painting Symposium at the Southwest School of Art in San Antonio, Texas. Since 2001 she has been the Master Papermaker at the Brodsky Center for Innovative Editions. McKeown holds her B.A in Studio Art, 1992 from Skidmore College and her MFA in Painting and Printmaking from Yale University School of Art. Over the last three years her work has been shown at the SOHO20 CHELSEA Gallery, New York where she is a Fellowship member. She has shown at the Hall of Awa in Yamakawa, Japan JARFO Gallery in Kyoto, Japan; at Rupert Ravens Contemporary and Gallery Aferro in Newark, NJ, at the Noyes Museum in Oceanville, NJ and the Hogar Collection Gallery in Brooklyn, NY among others. Her work involves exploration, working with painting, printmaking, papermaking and wire drawings. She makes and takes apart systems using color, chance and intuition.


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Elevator Music 5: Daniel Shaw

Curated by Juno Zago

April 6th – May 25th, 2019
Opening Reception – April 6th 7-10pm
Gallery Aferro, 2nd Floor Installation

Elevator Music 5: Daniel Shaw, curated by Juno Zago, invites visitors to step inside an early-1900s refurbished Otis Elevator and experience Shaw’s world: upbeat instrumental music created from unlikely and imaginative sound palettes. At times, the music is aggressive; others, it is sprawling and melodic, yet certainly unlike anything you’ve heard this year.