Sunday, March 31, 2019


In The In Between: Contemporary Queer Portraiture

WHEN: on view March 29-April 21, 2019
SMUSH Gallery, 340 Summit Ave, Jersey City

SMUSH Gallery presents an exhibit of paintings, drawings and photographs by John Brooks, Adam Chuck, Mati Gelman, John MacConnell, Melody Melamed, and Joey Sbarro, curated by Joey Sbarro.

In The In Between unites six queer visual artists in the project of removing the barriers of the normalcy imposed by society. The artists in this exhibition use queer bodies to explore themes of intimacy, sexuality and gender identity, in addition to celebrating and and challenging conventional standards of beauty. Collectively, they explore “the in between,” a boundary-defying liminal space which affords a unique perspective on what is considered “normal.” 

The artists seek to mitigate the differences between queer people and the outside world by highlighting the desire of every individual for intimacy, connection and aesthetic appreciation. This drive for connection inspired the artists to bring their work together in time and place, in a shared physical location that provides for deeper, more substantial interaction than is possible on their standard social media platforms.

In addition to welcoming the public to the opening reception on March 30, the gallery and artists will host an evening of discussion, music, performance, and camaraderie April 13 from 6-10PM.

  • An artist panel discussion will take place from 6:00-7:00pm
  • music and performances 7:30-9:00pm
  • a mix-and-mingle reception from 9:00-10:00pm.
  • Details and tickets will be available at

All In The In Between events take place at SMUSH Gallery, one of Jersey City’s newest art spaces. SMUSH Gallery hosts creative and community work including visual art, performance, workshops, rentals and professional opportunities for working artists.