Upcoming Exhibits

2017 Exhibition Schedule

 

Main Gallery

10X10 FUNDRAISING EXHIBITION

December 9 – January 6

Reception: December 9, 6-9pm

ABOUT THE 10X10

The Red Dot 10x10 Fundraising Exhibition is a chance for the novice to test the waters of the world of original art, experienced artists to help Artworks fund continued programming, and an opportunity for the collector to build their art collection.  Everyone wins!

How it Works

Red Dot + Artwork = Support. The Red Dot shows support of Community Arts in Trenton. Come to the Artworks Red Dot Fundraiser and put your red dot on the art that you love.

Over 200 Trenton area artists  will create works of art  on 10″x10″ canvas. Professional and novice artists can create works in oil, acrylic, mixed media, photography, pastel, watercolor and more.

Reception

From 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm on Saturday December 9th, each work of art will sell for $100.  Frames will be available for purchase as well, with the funds raised going to support Artworks.

Artwork purchased at the 10x10 show can be taken home that night.

 

 

Community Gallery

MEMBER'S JURIED EXHIBITION

December 9 – January 6

Reception: December 9, 6-9pm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is Artworks inaugural Member's Show.  Member's are invited to submit 3 pieces of art to this juried exhibition.  

 

2018 Exhibition Schedule

 

MAIN GALLERY

Human/Landscape

January 27 - February 24

Opening Reception: January 27, 7-9pm

Human/Landscape is a collection of work by four artists who share an interest in the natural world and an impulse toward personal narratives. Broadly, each artist uses the body/self as the vantage point for contemplating our relationship to the world.  This intention brings to mind Cuban-American artist Ana Mendieta, who said of her earth-body sculptures, that she wanted “to express the immediacy of life and the eternity of nature.” The four women have supported and critiqued one another’s work for the past ten years. They first met in 2007 as founding members of the Highland Park Artists Collective. Gravitating instinctively toward a smaller, more intimate, women’s group, they have evolved an ongoing dialog ever since. This dynamic has served as both support and inspiration for each.   Overlapping influences include Carl Jung’s writings on creativity, Frida Kahlo’s use of personal narrative, as well as the symbolism and pastoral settings of renaissance paintings. Marc Chagall, Jackson Pollack, JeanMichel Basquiat, and the Earthworks movement (Holt, Heizer, Smithson, Maya Lin) are also sources of inspiration. “She lived in poetry, she dreamed in poetry, and she believed in it more than almost anything else.” - Jens Peter Jacobsen Sharon Sayegh uses events in her own life to conjure evocative, dream-like scenes, inspired primarily by family events or memory. A bemused version of herself often appears to ponder questions both personal and socio-political. Her meticulous surfaces and clean lines reference classical painting and pop culture alike. “I paint my own reality.” - Frida Kahlo Jill Caporlingua’s landscape of the body is more internal. Fragments of skeletons, brain cells, and floating figures exist in both inner and outer space, drawing our attention to the universality of human experience. Her gestural marks are immediate and physical; her luminous colors evoke a primordial sense of deep space and timelessness. “I don't think about art when I'm working. I try to think about life.” – Jean-Michel Basquiat Katja Valeur works from intuition and impulse, starting with a discrete idea and developing it directly on the canvas in many layers, often using stencils and incorporating words in several languages. She uses oils, acrylics, spray paint and collage to create complicated, visceral, modern works. “We often forget that we ARE nature. Nature is not something separate from us.” -  Andy Goldsworthy Lisa Cameron’s figures are both in and of the landscape. Influenced by her career in landscape architecture, the scales and perspectives are mismatched in an effort to encompass the depths of the earth and the reach of the universe at once. The bodies are both distinct and universal, suggesting that though we each have a unique narrative, we are all taking the same journey of life. Filmmaker Jill Soloway recently described the female gaze as an “empathy generator” – distinct from the omnipotent male gaze, which is cast from the outside and sees women as other. The works of Human/Landscape, rooted in common experience and infused with familiar imagery, are immersive, inviting, and empathic. The approach to the female body, while occasionally erotic, bears no trace of exoticism. The figures occupy their spaces undecoratively. They are not the seen, but the seeing, holding sway over worlds bursting with organic matter, memory, physicality, pain, and mystery.

 

COMMUNITY GALLERY

Decomposing Vistas – Jenna Howell

January 27 - February 24

Opening Reception: January 27, 7-9pm

The waterfall that once poured into a clear pond at my favorite hiking spot   doesn’t even trickle anymore.  This waterless waterfall is horrifying, but also strangely   beautiful.  The sun still hits the peek and glimmers off the sedimentary boulders   bouncing from top to top until it reaches the now small mud puddle at its basin.  These   striking scenes are the catalyst to my current body of work.  My wish is to present an   exhibition that speaks to both the vast picturesque landscapes we see on postcards and   the beauty I find in the decomposing vistas. I am investigating such imagery through silk painting, wax and stitching.  In its   deteriorated state the wax speaks to the landscapes’ decay and destruction.  The layers   of the work –  dye, then wax, followed by dye, then stitching –  allude to a landscape that   was formed, then altered, then formed again just like the many landscapes that   surrounded me as a child.  I use horse hair in my work to stitch pieces of the landscape   together or to mend it.  The continuous repetitive step of piercing and tying each hair on   the surface forming a mountain feels cathartic.    Making almost surgical-like stitches   somehow works through the feelings I have about the destruction of the landscape.   Through the ripping and tearing apart and then mending and repairing, I feel I express   my distress about what we are doing to nature.     Behind this exhibition will be several dualities:    permanence and impermanence, the beauty of a pristine landscape and the beauty in its decay, my condemnation of the   devastation of nature and my appreciation of the beauty that can result.    The work is not   political, seeking to call attention to the devastating results of environmental   unconsciousness rather, it investigates my conflicting emotional response to landscape, now so often ruined by humans, a conflict that I see as fertile ground for art making.

 

 

MAIN GALLERY

Transcendence – Kata Mejia

March 10 - April 14

Opening Reception: March 10, 7-9pm

The title, TRANSCENDENCE, refers to a common thread in my work in which spiritual transcendence is explored through various symbolic elements. 

After the death of my youngest brother in 2006, who was kidnapped and murdered by Colombia’s Farc terrorist guerrillas, I started a series of performance art installations that I used as a mechanism to help me deal with pain and sorrow as well as a platform to talk about violence and human rights. 

In my paintings, paint strokes are layered to create abstract images suggesting physical transition and spiritual transcendence, similar to the way places and images blend in dreams.  Painting for me is meditative.  My unconscious thoughts and feelings are revealed through imagery that often reflects various aspects of my life and is reminiscent of places I have visited physically, or mentally in dreams.

 

COMMUNITY GALLERY

ARTWORKS 5th Annual Juried Print Exhibition

March 10 - April 14

Opening Reception: March 10, 7-9pm

 

ARTLAB GALLERY

Mercer County Youth Art Month - AENJ

March 10 - April 14

Opening Reception: March 10, 2-4pm

 

Showcasing the works of young artists from around the Mercer County area.

 

 

MAIN GALLERY

The Painterly Photo – Thomas Dodd

April 28 – June 2

Opening Reception: April 28, 7-9pm

Thomas Dodd is an Atlanta -based artist and photographer who is known for his unique style of "painterly photo montage". In this solo show, he will display his surreal images which often refer to the Old Masters of art while bending in archetypal Jungian themes and modern sensibilities.

 

COMMUNITY GALLERY

The People of Trenton Photo Exhibition

April 28 – June 2

Opening Reception: April 28, 7-9pm

 

 

ARTLAB GALLERY

All Parts of a System – Kate Eggleston

April 28 – June 2

Ongoing exhibition and teaching space for the month

 

 

MAIN GALLERY

ARTWORKS Art All Night Selects Exhibition

June 30 – July 21

Opening Reception: June 30, 7-9pm

The Art All Night Exhibition showcases the works which stood out at this year’s Art All Night.  Works were selected by Artworks and Art All Night Staff, Artworks Board Members, and select sponsor representatives. 

 

COMMUNITY and ARTLAB GALLERY

ARTWORKS Art All Night Sold Works

June 30 – July 21

Opening Reception: June 30, 7-9pm

This celebratory exhibition is a way to see the works that sold during Art All Night, and a time for the artists and buyers to meet. Purchased works can leave with the buyers the night of the opening.

 

 

MAIN GALLERY

Pride and Prejudice – Andre Jackson

August 11 – September 8

Opening Reception: August 11, 7-9pm

My process of making is like hip-hop: I sample my life, family and friends; I remix visual references from history, pop culture, and diasporic cultures; I rap about the different facets of identity and experience. In the black vernacular “doing the most” means someone is behaving in a way exceeding what is necessary; as a maker I embody this. By obscuring text, invoking esoteric imagery, and working abstractly, I challenge the viewer to investigate and question my work, and hopefully their assumptions about identity politics. As such, presentation, representation and performance are critical sites of investigation.

 Each material I use acts as a single voice in the choir that is my body of work. Silicone, metal washers, yarn, acrylic paint, glitter, hair, etc. serve as individual singers, adding harmonies, and modulating keys, transcending their singular meaning and adding to the conversation about my intersecting identities. As such, collaging is vital to my process; each layer of material acts to dissect the complexity of issues addressed within my body of work. By balancing frivolity and utility I begin to question what we value. The juxtaposition of materials (hard/soft, stiff/flexible, glitter/shiny/matte), allows me to begin talking to the assumed contradictions within my life. By transforming and adapting common materials, I’m able to compel viewers to think differently about something they see everyday. 

 The commodification of beauty has led us to question aesthetic pleasure, often assuming beautiful objects lack meaning and gravity. I use that assumption as an entry point, a Trojan horse for complex issues. I contemplate what it means to be beautiful as a black person when “blackness”, as an idea and construct, has been used to dehumanize people, and traits associated with blackness have been deemed undesirable. When we talk about race, it is often in relationship to whiteness, with whiteness operating as the norm. Instead of centering whiteness, I center myself as a black, queer artist in an effort to normalize and celebrate my experiences. By exploring my intersecting identities, I begin to work through my own perceived contradictions of self.            

 

COMMUNITY GALLERY

TBD

August 11 – September 8

Opening Reception: August 11, 7-9pm

 

ARTLAB GALLERY

CYO Summer Camp Expo

August 11 – September 8

Opening Reception:  TBD

Showcase of works created by the summer camp kids at the CYO Summer Camp art program.

 

MAIN GALLERY

Art of the Counterculture - TPRFM

September 22 – October 20

Opening Reception: September 22, 7-9pm

This exhibition of works created by artists associated with the Trenton Punk Rock Flea Market, showcases artists who create art for the sake of art, and show a true punk, DIY ethic in their work.  Most of these artists create works that represent the counterculture presence in society today.

 

COMMUNITY GALLERY

Two Different Dimensions – Bill Ross / Mark Dormer

September 22 – October 20

Opening Reception: September 22, 7-9pm

The common definition of narrative art is art that tells a story. Pictoral storytelling dates back 40,000 yrs. to the earliest cave paintings and has continued throughout art history. Although representational art was considered dead in the 1950's - 70's, today, without a single dominating artistic movement, the narrative is popular again. Some believe that a single artwork is incapable of storytelling because it is impossible to offer sequence. However, Dornan and Ross are not concerned with trying to put forth a specific storyline, they encourage viewers to use their own imagination.

Freelance artist Mark Dornan has his narrative sculptures commissioned by Disney, Warner Bros. and Goebel to name a few. Mark works in all precious and simi-precious metals, wood, stone, resin and fiberglass. For this show only his own original artwork will be on view. Bill Ross shows his illustrative charcoal, colored pencil and ink drawings in galleries and exhibitions and has won numerous awards. Both artists are representational surrealists with a similar aesthetic. Old friends working separately but with a desire to display their artwork together. This will be their first joint exhibition as they prepare to collaborate more closely in the future.

 

ARTLAB GALLERY

The Things I.C. – Ms. Sue Ms. Sue

September 22 – October 20

Opening Reception: September 22, 7-9pm

 

 

MAIN GALLERY

ARTWORKS Art All Day Exhibition

November 3 – November 24

Opening Reception: November 3, 6-8pm

This group exhibition is a showcase of the exhibiting artists who participated in Art All Day.  If you missed this year's Art All Day, this is a great way to sample some of the participating artists works.  

 

COMMUNITY GALLERY

Doodles Diary – Alia Bensliman

November 3 – November 24

Opening Reception: November 3, 6-8pm

My artwork is contemporary art drawings that reflect my view of life and my sentiments about the current state of our society, socio political issues, taboos, religion, relationships, health, and human rights. It is also a depiction of my past experiences and how they have influenced me. My artwork is also a sort of diary of my everyday life.  I like to use a combination of intricate lines, shapes and repetitive patterns that I usually enhance with colors, ink, gold and silver paint and watercolors to create the desired textures and intensity mostly on Arch paper.  I like to call this collection of artwork “Doodles Diary”.

I have been interested and attracted to art and drawing since my early childhood. I grew up in Tunisia, North Africa. Tunisia is at a crossroad of eastern and ancient art and cultures on one hand and western more contemporary art on the other.  My art reflects a fusion of east and west with a penchant for North African and Berber art.  

This is reflected in my piece “Nostalgia”. The piece reflects a bride in traditional Tunisian wedding garb. Her hair is decorated with letters from the Arabic alphabet.  She also has Berber tattoos on her face.  This piece represents my nostalgic feelings about my native culture, traditions and language. It is also about the joy of getting married and moving to the United States shortly thereafter. The colors, shapes and pattern I use also attempt to fuse eastern and western styles. 

The piece, “Grab’em by the D***” was my immediate reaction and anger toward the Donald Trump famous quotes: “grab’em by the pussy” and “nasty woman”.  I drew a topless woman, with a pen for a middle finger, a lightbulb for a head, and a book for a short skirt. This is my mind reflects her intellect, her boldness, her confidence, and her courage.  She is surrounded by the stars and stripes and the preamble to the constitution to show her patriotism and knowledge of civic duties and civil rights.  As a spoof on Donald Trump’s quote “grab’em by the pussy”, she is dragging an orange letter D on a leash to reflect my and women’s anger at the lack of respect to women, their bodies and their sexuality.

I also try to draw about my personal experiences and milestones in life including the birth of my son and the emotions and feelings that accompanied that event. This was reflected in two of my early pieces, the first was “motherhood”, and the second was “The Resting Goddess”.  In the first piece I tried to express my feelings of uncertainty, fear, and doubts about going into unchartered territories, about the responsibility of bringing a child in this world and about raising a child and being a good parent, in contract with the extreme joy of becoming a mother, of having a new connection with a new life: a son!  The second part of this adventure was a new feeling of confidence, of serenity, of getting used to the idea of motherhood and parenting and of being at peace and at ease.  I tried to show this in the second piece, “The Resting Goddess”, where a silhouette of a woman sitting on the ground and blending in with nature from the ground to the skies reflects this sentiment for me.

The main piece of the show is “The Judge” This piece talks about taboos when it comes to mental illness such as depression and bipolar disorder in our society.  I attempt to expose our lack of knowledge and sensitivity to this condition and how we are, as society, harmful and detrimental to those who suffer from mental illness. 

The Judge is a 9 ft by 52 inch piece that depicts three scenarios: The middle scene represents the illness. With the DNA strands I try to show that the person affected did not cause the condition that it is due to external factors and heredity and that the person did not have a choice. They struggle to balance between the negative symptoms and the coping mechanisms.  The left side of the piece illustrates the negative effects of the illness, the racing thoughts through the skulls eating the hair and the lack of self-esteem through the hair cutting.  The right side reflects the coping mechanisms and the outside appearance that the person shows to the outside world in an attempt to be accepted by hiding the illness.

All my drawings are full of symbols and meaning that explain my sentiments about milestones in my life, my past experiences and my everyday life.  I also try to express my views about current sociopolitical issues, health issues, religions and human rights.  But I also try to draw in a way that allows the viewers to interpret the pieces in their own way. The goal of my drawings is to intrigue, engage and provoke thought and reflection from the viewers.  The intricate level of detail in each piece allows the viewer to discover more details and make new interpretations each time they view the piece.

 

 

MAIN GALLERY

ARTWORKS Annual 10x10 Exhibition

December 8 – January 5

Opening Reception: December 8, 6-9pm

ABOUT THE 10X10

The Red Dot 10x10 Fundraising Exhibition is a chance for the novice to test the waters of the world of original art, experienced artists to help Artworks fund continued programming, and an opportunity for the collector to build their art collection.  Everyone wins!

How it Works

Red Dot + Artwork = Support. The Red Dot shows support of Community Arts in Trenton. Come to the Artworks Red Dot Fundraiser and put your red dot on the art that you love.

Over 200 Trenton area artists  will create works of art  on 10″x10″ canvas. Professional and novice artists can create works in oil, acrylic, mixed media, photography, pastel, watercolor and more.

Reception

From 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm on Saturday December 8th, each work of art will sell for $100.  Frames will be available for purchase as well, with the funds raised going to support Artworks.

Artwork purchased at the 10x10 show can be taken home that night.

 

COMMUNITY GALLERY

Members Exhibition

December 8 – January 5

Opening Reception: December 8, 6-9pm

This is Artworks Second Members Show.  This exhibition showcases the works created by Artworks Members, of all skill levels.  The Members Exhibition coincides with the Annual 10x10 Exhibition.