AF/FA: Abstract/Figurative Figurative/Abstract
AF/FA or Abstract/Figurative - Figurative/Abstract, the new show opened on Friday, September 30th at Eonta Space for JCAST weekend, features work that moves back and forth between the descriptions cited. The title of the show uses words that are understandable and reasonable and yet looking at the work they provoke a dialogue, or quadralogue between what we are seeing, how we describe what we are seeing and what our brains do with the words our brains choose to describe the work before us.
TROUBLEMAKERS: A Group Show
TROUBLEMAKERS marks the return of Eonta Space, an art salon space in Jersey City. After a two and half year break for the COVID-19 lockdown, the gallery space is showing the work of 24 artists both local, not so local and international.
The theme comes from an epithet applied to Eonta by a local arts reporter who referred to us as ‘productive troublemakers’. Troublemaking is an essential part of art making and the arts have often been accused of antagonizing the more rigid parts of our society.
The Precipice of Extinction: Cheryl Gross and Andrea McKenna
At first glance the work of Cheryl Gross and Andrea McKenna may appear at opposite ends of the contemporary art world. Cheryl, primarily an illustrator, comments fiercely about the environment with this large group of endangered animals and fish. Andrea's work is exotic in other ways, working with images of spirits or beings from the beyond, rendered with methodical precision but carrying an air of a crumbling gothic mansion or badly preserved Renaissance murals. Both artists see the world clearly and their art reflects their world views, but their tender approach to representation offers a glimpse into an emotional world of beauty, sadness and longing.
Bayard: THEME M PURR PURSE KNEW CLOSE OR HE NAY KID MOTHER FAR CURR
Pursuing the examination of fairytales, bayard’s massive indoor and outdoor fiber sculptures scrutinize alternate brain function, dyslexia and social awkwardness in an attempt to better understand the human condition and the artist’s place within the human community.
Jill Scipione: Undoing History
A celebration and memorial to human existence rendered as forty-seven pencil portraits of anthropological specimens. As Jill says, "Perhaps, the simplest answer is to say that the skulls represent, for me, individuals. They represent the essential singularity of each life. Each one is as unique as a finger print. They represent a specific person who lived at a specific time and in a specific place. Like everyone, external experiences and factors shaped them, their lives.
Jonathan Harris’s SAGITTAL is a series of static auditory scenes arranged to evoke an awareness in the listener of how we as individuals engage, psychologically and physically, with different acoustical spaces. Presented in conjunction with Jill Scipione: Undoing History, the work is directly inspired by Jill's drawings of skulls.
Adam Pitt: Work Day / After Hours
Work Day: speaks of long hours at the corporation, nervous, not accomplishing much but a paycheck, surrounded by other anxious people, reports, yelling bosses, deadlines, paperclips, computers, cell phones and unseen sweat.
After hours the antithesis: a beautiful woman, bright colors,
natural textures and voluptuous form to wipe away the work day.
Winter Print Show
A comprehensive collection of local and international printmakers using high and low tech techniques to make: woodcuts, silkscreen, collagraph, monotype, etching, letterpress, rubber stamp, cyanotype, embossing, embroidery, sweet potato prints.
The Eonta Space Biennial
Speaking horticulturally, biennial encapsulates a two year cycle from spark to fruition. Here our concerns are not as concrete as germination through seed (followed by death), but merely a framework, both rigid and wildly loose, that may guide or interrupt our understanding.
Preoccupations with daily life tend to blunt our greater revelations but art is always a doorway.
Monika Zarzeczna and Jonathan Harris: the stuff without not here
A two person show exhibiting faunae, 3 site specific sound works by Jonathan Harris, and of there, a site specific sculpture installation by Monika Zarzeczna. The show is a dialogue about the unnaturalness of the natural world and the border between nature and construct, and aims to expose hidden and conceal observable layers in physical and acoustical space, reorienting audiences’ connection to the present.
Natalie Giugni: Bones of Flight
In this body of work, classical themes such as death and rebirth, resurrection, liberation, beauty, exploration and hope are examined in two and three dimensional works. In “Bones of Flight” a new life is given to bits and pieces of birds and bones through Natalie Giugni’s deconstruction and abstraction of their imagery.
Dan Peyton's WATTLE AND DAUB
Self taught in early photographic chemistry and recently, basket making, Dan uses carpentry, sewing, natural products and defunct technologies to riff on themes of inter-connectedness and the passage of time. Eonta Space is showing both studies and finished pieces to track ideas from concept to fruition. Is what we have here a planned, defined collection of artwork with plainly stated intentions or a mad, metaphoric maelstrom?
Isabelle Garbani's MASS SUICIDE
Presented as a growing exhibition of our collective consumerist by-products (peanut styrofoam, plastic bags, bottle caps and any soft materials that can be used as ropes). Brought by members of the public to Eonta Space and fashioned into a jungle of trash ropes (one of the most common ways for people to commit suicide) MASS SUICIDE robustly reminds us that we consumers are unable to think long term about the well-being of our planet, thereby committing mass suicide.
BAYARD: 3 Bears 3
Goldielocks arrives for a sleepover with her crochet hook and is kept waiting so long she manages to create blankets for all and sundry, large and small. Child size beds and doll size beds play host to Bayards fibre throws paired with crocheted floor rugs, created from mathematical models that require counting, replication and rigid respect for the rules. Installed in the gallery as in a department store on the sixth floor 'bedding', they waver between delight and an air of unease. Why are we here? Where are the occupants of the beds? Are they for us?
Steve Agin: A 40+ year retrospective
An exhibition of the work of Steven Agin spanning over four decades to be presented at Jersey City's premiere creative expression salon, Eonta Space. Steve's work reflects the changing times in which he has been painting, expressionism, pop, post modernism all appear filtered by his unique approach to color, line and texture.