On Thursday, March 14, nearly 100 people joined Morris Arts at the free opening reception for the Gallery at 14 Maple’s twenty first exhibit entitled seeing the unseen. The Exhibition Committee of Morris Arts and guest curator Greg Leshé selected works created by ten outstanding artists (painting, mixed media, photography, sculpture, collage, and digital art) for display at the Gallery, a distinctive space located on the 3rd floor of the LEED certified “green” building at 14 Maple Ave., Morristown.
L-R: Ed Kashi’s portrait of Ahmed, an African torture victim and US detainee before being granted asylum; Jeffrey Campbell’s digital composite/found photography, Here Be Dragons; Nyugen Smith’s mixed media and collage on paper, Bundlehouse: Like oil + water; Detail from Hanna von Goeler’s multimedia work, Rags to Riches; Tian Hui’s acrylic and oil on canvas, Friedrich Hayek .
The exhibit features works by a diverse and distinguished group of artists, many of whom have also had careers as curators, documentary photo journalists, and artists deeply concerned by injustice. The ten artists featured in this show include Jeffrey Campbell (Wanaque), Patricia Cazorla (New York), Angeles Cossio (Jersey City), Hanna von Goeler (Montclair), Grace Graupe-Pillard (Keyport), Tian Hui (South Orange), Ed Kashi (Montclair) , Nancy Saleme (New York), Nyugen Smith (Jersey City), and Wendel White (Galloway). Each artist brings a unique perspective to the theme of seeing the unseen, depicting people and aspects of our world that often remain “invisible” in our society.
L-R: Wendel White’s Woman’s Hood NJ WKKK, Southern New Jersey Cultural Organization, Cape May, NJ; Grace Graupe-Pillard’s oil, Dadaab Camp/Kenya; Patricia Cazorla and Nancy Saleme’s charcoal pencil, ink marker, liquid silver leaf and acrylic on wood, The Garden of Opportunities, little boy; Angeles Cossio’s styrofoam, coffee cups sculpture, Conglomerate.
Guest Curator Greg Leshé adds the following insight about the exhibit:
Within the show’s compass I regard the artwork as the beacon, the lighthouse, the signaler-object of the unseen, transmitting a critical light, projecting warning rays while asserting and proclaiming what’s out there that we can’t or choose not to see. These forces and realities pose a danger to an individual, a community, an environment, an ethnic group, a nation – and, if ignored or left untended, will imperil some level of our collective humanity.
Through these artists’ eyes, we visualize the beauty and poignancy of migrant farm workers, people who survived extended detention, political imprisonment, or torture as well as the working poor, tangible emblems of racism and, ultimately, our shared humanity. It is at once an exhibit of great beauty and profound awareness – making the viewer mindful of the truly important and fundamental matters in our world.
Additionally, at the opening reception, the winners of the Ehlers and Coladarci Arts Scholarships (dancer Leah Suskind and soprano Sophia Grace Donelan, respectively) were introduced and recognized for their achievements.
Here are some PHOTOS from the reception:
Morris Arts gratefully acknowledges support for this exhibit from:
The exhibit is open to the public Monday-Friday from 10am to 4pm and by appointment, and will remain on display until August 21, 2019.. Visit www.morrisarts.org or call (973) 285-5115 for additional information, including the exhibit catalogue which contains details and sale prices for all works. The Gallery at 14 Maple is a barrier-free facility. Individuals needing special accommodation should contact Tom Werder at (973) 285-5115, x 11 or email@example.com.