Portraits of People We Love

Curated by Sarah McCann
October 5th – November 17th, 2018
Opening Reception October 5th 7-10pm
Gallery Aferro Main Gallery

Portraits of People We Love is an exhibition curated by Sarah McCann that invited artists to create and submit work that depicts a person or persons each artist loves. This love may be platonic, familial, romantic; someone they only know in passing, but are overjoyed exist in the world; someone they have never met, but appreciate in the deepest, most meaningful way or any and all other forms of love.

As human beings we struggle to find love — we enter into and attempt to maintain relationships, find romantic love, give love and love ourselves. This exhibition explores our continual pursuit for love, even when that love causes us pain.

The work included in this exhibition embraces portraiture in many forms: each artist has interpreted and embraced what a portrait means to them. The exhibition was originally on view at Maryland Institute College of Art in October 2017, but will travel to Gallery Aferro in Newark, NJ, in October 2018. The second version of the exhibition will feature many artists included in the first, bringing them together with artists from Newark and the surrounding area. A community wall will feature additional portraits of people who are loved by young people in Newark, gallery visitors and the general public.

Participating Artists:
Colin Campbell (Montreal)
Schroeder Cherry (Baltimore)
Nicoletta Darita De La Brown (Baltimore)
Aiden Dillard (Newark/NYC)
Gladys Barker Grauer (Newark)
Tiffany Jones (Baltimore)
Ken Krafchek (Baltimore)
Jo-El Lopez (Newark)
dominic t. moulden (Baltimore/DC)
Paula Phillips (Baltimore)
Kern Samuel (Newark)
Christine Stiver (Baltimore)
Genesis Tramaine (Newark)
Malik Whitaker (Newark)
Layqa Nuna Yawar (Newark)

Image by Nicoletta de la Brown.

Garrido Transformation Art Piece for Home Page

So What

Curated by Jo-El Lopez
October 5th – November 17th, 2018
Opening Reception October 5th 7-10pm
Eleta J. Caldwell and Rodney M. Gilbert Memorial Gallery

Whether inviting to the eye or to the ear, what is the purpose of art if not to evoke? So What, the opening track of Miles Davis’ — and jazz’s most famous — album, Kind of Blue, dares to answer that question.

While deceptively simplistic in structure, So What’s sophistication lies within the measured ease of its three soloists. In the case of So What: A Visual Interpretation, curator Jo-El Lopez makes a similar statement about what happens when a group of visual artists are given the same piece of music to examine and reimagine?

In this exhibition, each artist’s work independently represents a cross section of styles, political platforms, and purpose. And with Lopez’s curatorial approach, as well as Newark’s world-renowned WBGO Jazz 88 Gallery at the helm, the show presents itself as the perfect unification of visual art and interpretation of sound.

Participating Artists:
Anonda Bell
Michael Endy
Asha Ganpat
France Garrido
Steve Green
Geri Hahn
Red the Philosopher
Jillian M. Rock
Bleriot Mendel Thompson

Image by France Garrido.

Kir Sa, Mün Lün - Photo 1 Low Res

Elevator Music 5: Mün Lün Kir Sa

Elevator Installation, 2nd Floor Gallery Aferro
Curated by Juno Zago
October 5th – November 17th, 2018
Opening Reception October 5th 7-10pm @ Gallery Aferro

Mün Lün Kir Sa is a self taught musician who writes, records, and self-publishes both full length polished “LP” style projects, and more diverse sonic experiments. In most vocal oriented and structured song pieces, they use melody and harmony in a heavily layered way to achieve choral-like tapestries. Mixing and sound engineering is also a very important and personal process to Kir. Within their music, they enjoy creating various types of listening experiences, from sparse and wide soundscapes to loud and intense walls of sound.

Kir’s writing process usually relies on recording improvisation both vocally and on keyboard, then deeply reworking it into the desired structure. This ability relates to Kir’s lifelong love and obsession with music and music history. Though they wish to someday have a wider fanbase that could possibly provide support, the desire to work alone, self-publish without a label, and not playing live have likely kept Kir’s music fairly hidden deep in the folds of the internet. Currently Kir is working on remastering and re-recording a large grouping of music to be presented under their own name. This sound piece is from that process.

Elevator Music is a continuous rotation of experimental sound art curated for the permanent installation on the 2nd floor of Gallery Aferro. The installation is comprised of a very early Otis Elevator (single digit) from the early 1900s excavated from the basement of Gallery Aferro’s facilities at 73 Market Street. The elevator was cleaned up, refurbished, and equipped with a motion sensor activated media player. Guests enter the elevator and the audio-works are activated, analogous to the ways we may enter a functioning elevator ready to deliver us to our desired (or undesired) destination.

Elevator Music is a space where audio works can become accessible within a visual arts gallery experience. Over the years, the installation has taken on many forms, from musical mixtapes to experimental “studio sounds.” The original Elevator Music, Aferro Publication #17 juried by artist Adam Trowbridge, was intended for permanent loop in the Gallery’s freight elevator before the entombed passenger elevator was even discovered. Currently in it’s fifth iteration, Elevator Music has been curated by Spencer Frohwirth, Dahlia Elsayed, Jacob Lawrence Mandel, and Juno Zago. Entering Elevator Music brings the viewer to a new, personal space to listen and reflect on alternative forms of creative expression.

Image by Mün Lün Kir Sa.