Jersey-bound art Meadowlands paintings part of Union County exhibit
by Al Sullivan Reporter senior staff writer
Oct 06, 2003 | 574 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print

Tim Daly, one of the two artists selected to decorate the interior of the Secaucus Transfer rail station, is part of two-artist exhibit at Union County College.

Daly, of Hoboken, has done numerous scenes of the Meadowlands, some of which are appearing as part of an exhibit called "Jersey Bound."

Among the works will be scenes along old Route 7 and the Meadowlands south of Route 3 in the Secaucus area. Some paintings will feature the swing bridge across the Hackensack River connecting Hudson County with Bergen County, while others show scenes from the roof top of Hoboken.

Daly is known for playing with the scale of distance and perspective, with some paintings deliberately large in order to reflect the feelings he got standing in the places he made the sketches.

Most of the time, he sketches the scene on the spot and takes photos, then brings these back to Hoboken, where he can reproduce them on the larger scale.

In an interview conducted earlier for his work at the transfer station, Daly said his inspiration comes from knowing the area.

"It takes me a long time to know how a place looks and find the oddball part of it which are the things that interest me," he said, noting that his routine is one of driving out of town and parking his car. "I usually go until I hit water or something else I can't get around," he said.

Daly's work often encompasses the use of sky, water and earth, especially in relationship to industrial sites.

In 2001, Daly mounted an exhibition entitled "City Edge," Which was presented by the Hoboken Historical Museum. This exhibition was a composite of landscape scenes depicting areas throughout Hudson County painted or drawn by Daily over the past 27 years. Each of Daly's pieces, a painting, print or drawing, reflects a particular time and place, and every piece is dated and the location is noted.

Daly said he has found most of the elements he looks for in the Meadowlands area.

"It's the only place around here you can find them all in one place, even if they are landfill," he said, noting that often he seeks out places where he suspects these elements will come together. While considers himself a realistic painter, many of his works have a metaphoric significance, especially his paintings of bridges.
"In almost every culture, bridges have significance to people," Daly said. "As a sign of a journey or a marker in time."

Although when first presenting his proposal for decorating the inside of the Secaucus Transfer rail station in Secaucus, Daly envisioned a 360-degree circular painting of Snake Hill in Secaucus. The final product currently in place at the station featured 32 paintings, some of which include rail bridges. The project, Daly said, provided him with an opportunity to introduce and install his paintings as a permanent feature of the very landscape that served as his inspiration.

Daly's work will be displayed along with work by Westfield artist Gary Godbee at the Tomasulo Gallery in Union County College in Cranford until Oct. 30. The gallery is located on the first floor of Kenneth MacKay Library, 1033 Springfield Ave. For more information call (908) 709-7501.

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