SUMMIT, NJ - Four new exhibitions will be opening this fall at the Visual Arts Center in Summit. The opening reception is set for Friday, Sept. 14 from 6 - 8 p.m. and is free and open to the public.
"Picture Takers" is a group show featuring artwork made from or inspired by vernacular photography. Using
pictures taken by others, the 10 artists in this exhibition create new narratives that explore ideas about history,
memory and identity. Some find photographs in historical archives, flea markets and antique stores; others
mine the vast field of stock photographic images available online. Several of the artists rely on news, social
media and photo-sharing websites for their subjects. By utilizing a wide range of sources, they examine our
consumption of photography and our evolving relationship to the photographic image.
The exhibition, curated by Mary Birmingham, showcases an international group of artists working in a variety of mediums, including painting, sculpture, prints, drawings and video. Participating artists include: Paul Chiappe, Willie Cole, Anne-Karin Furunes, Joy Garnett, Gail Gregg, Diana Jensen, Cassandra C. Jones, Whitfield Lovell, Penelope Umbrico and Aaron Williams.
The show runs through Dec. 2.
Among the programs related to "Picture Takers" are:
Fair Use & Contemporary Art: A Panel Discussion: Moderated by artist Joy Garnett, an artist featured in
Picture Takers, this event is free and open to the public. October 24, 7-9 p.m.
Art Afternoon: Make Art with Found Photos: This artist-led community art-making event is an opportunity to
create art based on one’s own photos or those provided. Free and open to the public. Nov. 4, 2-4 p.m.
Workshop: The Digital Collage. Instructor Peter Lester shows how to collect an assortment of high resolution
clip art from the Internet and to composite and sculpt individual pieces into one image using Photoshop.
Oct. 28, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. $150 plus $25 materials fee.
Also on view:
Susan Hamburger: Creeping Ornamentalism
Susan Hamburger’s work addresses contemporary social, political and economic issues using updated 18th-
and 19th-century European design motifs. The artist has created an installation in the Eisenberg Gallery that
simulates a period room, borrowing historic images from decorative and fine art sources. Her painted paneling
and faux moldings not only reflect Rococo designs, but they also imply a correlation between that period and
the present day, and examine the hidden costs of providing lavish lifestyles for an elite wealthy class.
This site-specific installation reflects New Jersey’s flora and fauna, incorporating images of endangered
animals found in the state, such as the vesper sparrow and blue-spotted salamander. Hamburger also
includes invasive plants into her design, reflecting the way human intervention infiltrates the natural world,
often with dire and irreversible consequences. Painted vignettes at the center of each of three large wall
panels highlight recent global climate disasters.
Susan Hamburger will be on hand in the Eisenberg Gallery on Sunday, November 4, from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
for an informal discussion of the work.
Margaret Murphy: Memory Theater
New Jersey artist Margaret Murphy uses inexpensive mass-produced figurines to explore gender politics,
consumerism and class issues in contemporary society. For this exhibition she has created new work
specifically for the intimate scale of Studio X. The artist has assembled wall installations that combine video,
photography, painting, wall drawing and found objects arranged on small decorative shelves sourced from
eBay and thrift stores. The shelf installations function as mini-theaters that reference personal and collective
memories, experiences and cultural signifiers.
The artist will also lead Making Memories: Master Workshop with Margaret Murphy. Participants will create
a shadow box to display a photographic image, a painted image and various objects that trigger memories.
Oct. 7, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. $150 plus $35 materials fee.
Painting Students of Enrique Flores-Galbis
Joe & Marité Robinson Strolling Gallery II
Recent portrait and still-life works from students and the instructor will be on view.
The Gallery is open Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Thursday from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.; and Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Please call to confirm holiday hours.