SUMMIT, NJ - Guggenheim Fellow Matthew Jensen's Park Wonder, a new book detailing -- both visually and in words -- the unique landscapes of New Jersey, is now available for purchase at the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey.
Jensen is a Brooklyn-based conceptual landscape artist who combines photography, collecting, and rigorous explorations in each of his works. The book is a companion to Jensen’s current exhibition at the Art Center, 'Park Wonder: Rediscovering Northern New Jersey Landscapes'.
The 140-page book contains striking photographs and maps for nature lovers and adventure seekers alike. Says Arts Center Curator Mary Birmingham, “The objects and images Jensen finds while wandering in public spaces often spark wonder … he hopes his work inspires people to similarly explore their environments—to wonder and to wander.”
The artist spent months walking four New Jersey landscapes including the Watchung Reservation; Passaic River Waterway; Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge; and Gateway National Park, Sandy Hook Unit. The book and exhibition are the culmination of these walks and showcase images and objects that Jensen gathered while exploring these landscapes.
Park Wonder is divided into four sections, according to landscape, and includes photographs from each site and maps detailing walks designed by Jensen. It also includes essays by Ian Frazier, Ruth Canstein Yablonsky, Karl Fenske, and Tyler J. Kelley reflecting their personal connections to the areas. The Art Center co-published the book with Paper Crown Press in Guttenberg, NJ.
Beginning May 20, Jensen will lead the first of three artist-led walks he has planned in conjunction with the Art Center's hosted multimedia exhibition.
Park Wonder is available for purchase at the Art Center, located at 68 Elm Street, and retails for $49.