Jersey City-based contemporary art gallery and project space, Curious Matter, will present the three-person exhibition “Along The Nerve” featuring artists Arthur Bruso, Robin Sherin, and Paul Simmons. The artists each explore the creative possibilities of paper, from the seductive sheen of foil, to coarse corrugated cardboard or subtle, fine-toothed, textured pages.
Exhibition: Along The Nerve
Location: Curious Matter, 272 Fifth Street, Jersey City
Opening Reception: Sunday, July 21, 2019 from 3 to 6 p.m.
Regular hours during exhibitions: Sundays noon to 5 p.m. and by appointment
Cost: Always Free and Open to All
Contact: email@example.com or 201-659-5771
Each of the artists of “Along the Nerve” cut the most essential lines. Edges and planes are reduced to concise, graphic shapes and rhythms. Their intention and focus is razor sharp. All work with paper, exploring surface — whether the seductive sheen of foil, coarse corrugated cardboard or subtle, fine-toothed, textured pages.
Arthur Bruso, Robin Sherin and Paul Simmons employ abstraction and minimalist strategies to investigate ideas that touch on balance, positive and negative space, language and musicality.
With a palette of greys, black and white, Robin Sherin creates cityscapes that, as she writes, “explore the boundaries between representation and abstraction.”
Paul Simmons writes of his exploration of “the fragile nature of language through a variety of media including painting, drawing, ceramics and found assemblage.”
Arthur Bruso’s drawings translate architectural form in a manner similar to Sherin, while his collages have a musical buoyancy nearer to Simmons’ sculptural installation.
The surgical precision of Robin Sherin’s work belies an ineffable effect. Paul Simmons takes the humblest material, in this case corrugated cardboard, and leads us into a reconsideration of signs, symbols and the delicacy of communication. Arthur Bruso exploits photography as both source imagery for drawing, and the raw, physical material for abstract compositional exploration.
These three artists are identifying, breaking down and rebuilding the most essential parts of their visual worlds and presenting us with the substance of their expression in a form that can only evolve out of their persistence.