Guttenberg Arts Gallery presents MADE HERE: Fall 2020 a group show of Fall Artists in Residence; Cheryl Hochberg, Tenjin Ikeda and Devon Stackonis. On view by appointment only December 5th – January 3rd.
The works included in MADE HERE: Fall 2020 were created during the artist’s 3 month Space & Time Artist Residency at Guttenberg Arts. To promote social distancing Guttenberg Arts is now open by appointment only and virtually on their website. Patrons can schedule their visit or view the virtual gallery by going to www.guttenbergarts.org/exhibitions.
During her time at Guttenberg Arts, Cheryl Hochberg has been experimenting with ways to integrate the various sources into a common image. She explains, “Over the past decade, my work has drawn its inspiration from traveling. But during the pandemic, my travel plans were cancelled, and instead, I gathered my material locally. Specifically, I explored along the Passaic River (with its swampy floodplains) that makes its way east, eventually creating the meadowlands that border Manhattan.”
“The resulting series, while made up of individual pieces, is also performative. The work begins with me, walking, and continues in the studio as the images and experiences are filtered through my materials and processes. The pieces, in total, form a diary of the pandemic, which begins in early spring recording the stunning proportional shift in emphasis between human and natural presence. It then continues through the experience of viewing nature under a backdrop of protests, continues through the fall into the partial re-opening that rearranged again the very tentative balance between the human and natural world, and goes on even up through the election with all its accompanying angst. The full group of works and the accompanying installation can be seen on my website at www.cherylagulnick.com/keeping-quiet.”
Tenjin Ikeda has been working on a series of relief prints with the phrase in mind, “I See You.” He explains, “It is a question, a statement, affirming as well as accusatory, as well as having deeper meaning and significance. During this time of humanities reset as I like to call it, these three words have conjured up all sorts of ideas and images that I would like to explore. We have seen people ignored. We have been asked to sacrifice individuals who have been cast aside because we feel like they have out lived their relevance in the name of safety and access. We have been shown who gets to be seen and why.”
Currently Devon Stackonis works primarily with mezzotint and intaglio techniques however her process is still heavily informed by her background in drawing, painting, and sculpture. She is drawn to imposing elements on the natural landscape such as abandoned structures, machinery, cemeteries and monuments.
She explains, “I am drawn to imposing elements on the natural landscape such as abandoned structures, machinery, cemeteries and monuments. These subjects generally evoke a sense of stillness or isolation but also suggest power or importance, even long after they have been stripped of the purpose for which they were built. I am compelled by the quickness with which they transition from being essential to obsolete, serving now as little more than monuments to the passage of time. Nothing is truly guaranteed to be permanent; buildings crumble, forces of nature wear on the strongest foundations, memory fades. Once powerful and commanding forms can in an instant become almost comical and diminutive, now nothing more than characters in a personal narrative.
“In my work, I create a world in which these monuments and structures are no longer forgotten but recontextualized and brought back into a sharp focus in a style reminiscent of early cinema. Recurring visual devices and the materials used expose the framework of my imagery and the method in which they were built. The depicted structure isn’t sincerely itself as it is barely held together by paper and tape, suspended or teetering, captured in a film still moment. I am interested in the implied permanence of these structures alongside the impermanence of memory, dreams, and human experience.”
Exhibition: December 5th, 2020 – January 3rd, 2021; Opening Saturday Dec. 5th by appointment only. Schedule your visit by going to www.guttenbergarts.org/exhibitions For more information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 201-868-8585. Guttenberg Art Gallery is free and open to the public by appointment only.