SUMMIT, NJ - The Summit Free Public Library and the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey have collaborated to present “Daze: Drawings by Eric Escobar,” in 'The Gallery' at the Library through September 30. The exhibition includes a selection of pen and ink drawings that depict women in moments of solitude or introspective reflection, hinting at scenarios that are strangely specific and ambiguous.

Escobar is a prolific artist known for his black and white portraits and surrealist style, which often begin with stream of conscious pen and ink drawings completed in one sitting, His intuitive approach to line and gesture conveys sincere expressions in his characters. Many of the sitters appear to be caught in a distinct candid snapshot while their setting hints at unfolding scenarios. Some of the women directly engage the viewer while others are absorbed in their environment or internal selves -- some even mask their faces from view.

Escobar addresses solitude with illustrations of particular moments that demonstrate a spectrum of subtle emotions. Many of the works include subdued facial expressions and uninhibited body language that project feelings that range from tranquility, to creative self-expression, to inner turmoil.

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Unique to Escobar’s work is his ability to combine nuanced expressions and understated dramatic environments. Ranging from realistic to surreal to minimal, he composes each woman’s setting with elements that suggest a narrative. Escobar pays acute attention to detail even when using minimal lines. He implements various shading techniques such as crosshatching, stippling or painting with a brush pen.

The artist said, “Shadows play an important part in creating depth within the work.” Escobar blurs the lines between reservation and expression, internal and external world, abstract and reality.

The exhibit is open to the public during regular library hours -- Monday to Thursday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday, 1 - 5 p.m. (note that the Library is closed Sundays in July and August).

The Library is located at 75 Maple Street.