SUMMIT, NJ - The Mayor’s Partnership for Summit Art, also known as Summit Public Art, has announced a new installation in the Bank Street Minipark, a series of photographic prints by Joan Pamboukes.

The large, colorful prints, UV ink printed on Sintra, are mounted on the trellis near Beechwood Road. They are titled (from left to right as they appear on the trellis) Late Afternoon, Morning, and Midnight, 2015. Late Afternoon and Morning were done in 2014, and each is part of a series of 5.

Joan Pamboukes, who teaches digital photography at the Visual Arts Center of NJ in Summit, said, “I am curious about the ways that new technology affects our humanity.  As a society, we’ve become comfortable experiencing life via a profusion of false realitie - spending much time in silence with our eyes affixed to a screen."

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Pamboukes added, "The images here document an ephemeral and fictional world that exists only as light and pixels.  The photographs are landscapes that emit from the screen, and though beautiful and serene, these landscapes are false.  Mesmerized by the beauty of these atmospheric digital surroundings, I intend to capture and re-emphasize this intangible, sublime and fleeting reality.”

Other works of temporary art that are currently installed and displayed in Summit include, on the Village Green, two sculptures by Maxmilian Pelzmann, Canopy and I Hear You, and Ammi’el & Amaryhu by Vaadia Boaz; in front of the Summit Public Library is Tadashi Hashimoto’s Maia; in the Promenade Park, on the wall ,is Charlie Swanson’s Breaking Out; and Pupae, by Tom Holmes, is on the island at the intersection of Whittredge and Lenox Roads.  

New work by Jason Middlebrook will be coming this spring, and more pieces are planned for the future.

Summit Public Art’s permanent pieces include Silver Sentinel, the Gateway ”Welcome to Summit” tree sculpture on Broad Street in the mini-park, and the faceted glass windows in the bus shelters on Broad Street near the Train Station.

Summit Public Art, which meets monthly in City Hall, is in its eleventh year.  It is an all-volunteer committee that receives no public money, raising its funds through events and from grants and public donations. For more information about Summit Public Art, visit cityofsummit.org/Arts ,or e-mail summitpublicart@gmail.com.