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A Retrospective
Dolores Stewart

Curated by Evonne M. Davis

Gallery Aferro, Main Gallery
April 28th – May 26th, 2017
Opening Reception April 28th, 5-9pm


For Immediate Release: Gallery Aferro launches a 2017-18 quartet of solo shows by multiple generations of women artists of color, beginning with an extensive retrospective of ceramic sculptures by Dolores Stewart.

Born in 1932, Stewart’s work reflects life. She uses her recollections of her children’s youth, and those of her own happy childhood to create moving sculptures that evoke the African-American family experience. Her observations of people derive from her own family members, but also from history, mythology, and the changing social conditions of the world around her.  With several distinctive styles in use, her visualization of her pieces allows her to approach each one with fresh insight into the story that she is telling.

A 1952 graduate of Newark’s Arts High School, the first magnet arts school in the nation, Stewart continued her study of art at iconic institutions: The New School as well as the DuCret Art School, the Newark School of Fine and Industrial Arts, the Arts Student League, and most recently, with an ongoing engagement with the Visual Arts Center of NJ.

She has exhibited throughout the region, winning prizes frequently at the Plainfield Outdoor Show, the Parkway Festival of Art, Art in the Atrium, and at galleries in Atlantic City, Westfield and Summit, NJ. Her work is in significant collections throughout the northeast, and has been exhibited at the Newark Museum, the Montclair Art Museum, and the Morris Museum. She is a past member of the Tweed Gallery in Plainfield, NJ, and has been featured in multiple television stories, including the Steve Adubato Show on Channel 13, NJTV, and NBC Nightly News, and is included in two books on women sculptors. Most recently, she was included in a multiple location project by Women in Media, “Women in the World: a Visual Perspective”, curated by Adrienne Wheeler and Gladys Barker-Grauer at Rutgers University-Newark’s Paul Robeson Art Galleries.

She states that “My sculptures are a true dramatization of the American culture. More specifically, my technique lends itself to capturing the soulful nature of the human spirit.” Now an octogenarian, Stewart resides in Plainfield, New Jersey and is the mother of two sons, and grandmother to three grandchildren.

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Backwards View
Emma Wilcox

Curated by Evonne M. Davis

Gallery Aferro, Liminal Gallery
April 28th – May 26th, 2017
Opening Reception April 28th, 5-9pm

Emma Wilcox is a photographer concerned with environmental justice, land usage, eminent domain, and the role of individual memory in the creation of local history. Her solo exhibitions include Where it Falls, The Print Center, Philadelphia, PA and William Patterson University Galleries, Wayne, NJ, 2012, Emma Wilcox, 2010 at Gitterman Gallery, New York, NY, Salvage Rights, Real Art Ways, Hartford, CT, 2009 and Forensic Landscapes, Jersey City Museum, 2007. She is the recipient of a Harpo Foundation Grant, a NoMAA Creative Grant, a NJ State Arts Council Fellowship for photography, the Camera Club Of NY residency, the Newark Museum Residency and was a core participant in Night School at the New Museum in 2008. Her work has been reviewed and featured in Art In America, American Suburb X, and the New Yorker’s photo blog, Photo Booth, Women in Photography, Low Life, Black and White Magazine, and others. She has written for Bomb Magazine, Zing Magazine, and Influence. She participated in Emerge 7, Aljira, Newark, NJ and AIM 29, Bronx Museum, Bronx, NY. She is also co-founder, with Evonne M. Davis, of Gallery Aferro, a Newark, NJ alternative space. She lives by the river.

Wilcox writes “The work here isn’t new, consisting of images made from roughly 2005 – 2012. It hasn’t been much exhibited in Newark, which it depicts primarily though not exclusively. A “backwards view” has various meanings; either a retrograde, uninformed opinion, or accessing what is past, either visually or intellectually. It feels appropriate given events both local and national to consider what it is to remember, and to retain a record, whether visual, textual, or otherwise. What do you remember that has disappeared from view?”

She is interested in the density of the landscape: chemically, visually, textually. This density of markings includes human bodies, geological timekeeping, stories told in bars, news archives, and EPA documents. She makes photographs at or near night, on foot or via helicopter, and within a 5-mile radius of Newark. She makes photographs of things that can always be found, and are always about to vanish.

On Belonging and the Voids Between

Curated by Asha Ganpat

Gallery Aferro, Main Gallery
July 8th – August 31st, 2017
Opening Reception April 22nd, 7-10pm

Nisha Sondhe
Gwen Charles
Farideh Sakhaeifar
Donna Conklin King