Saturday, November 28, 2020

CLOSING WEEKEND FOR EXHIBIT @ DEEP SPACE GALLERY IN JERSEY CITY

Greetings, everyone!
 We invite you to join us at the gallery THIS WEEKEND for the final two days of our current solo exhibition, "SLOW SUMMER MACADAM," featuring new paintings, sculptural works and an on-site installation by Philadelphia based artist, JOHN G. SLABY. This is John's second solo show with us and his work always garners much attention and tons of new fans in Jersey City. This collection is really personal and special to him and he has spent the better part of a year working on it. Come through and catch this show while you can.
RSVP here or at deepspacejc@gmail.com to make a reservation to view the exhibition any time during this CLOSING WEEKEND, Saturday, November 28th and Sunday, November 29th.
The safety of our guests remains our top priority. We've made the closing of the show a two-day event so that we can continue to accommodate staggered visits and thus less visitors in the gallery at a time.
While walk-ins are welcome, we highly recommend reserving a time slot. Reply to this email or email us at deepspacejc@gmail.com to let us know when you would like to visit and how many are in your party. Closing Weekend visiting hours are:
*Saturday, November 28th from 2-11pm*
*Sunday, November 29th from 2-8pm*
Important Safety Considerations:
  • While walk-ins are welcome, those with reservations will be prioritized.
  • Only 6 people are permitted in the gallery at once and for a duration of a half hour at a time.
  • All guests must wear a face mask and respect safe social distancing (6 feet) from those outside of their "quarantine pod."
  • We have several touchless hand sanitizing stations throughout the space and we ask that you please utilize them.
  • If you are feeling at all ill, please stay home and take care of yourself. This show and all works in it are viewable and purchasable online herewe can also email you a catalog of available works; just send us the email address you'd like us to send it to. We're also happy to walk you through a virtual tour of the show—email us to schedule one with us.
We are asking everyone to please respond to this invitation via message on instagram @deepspacejc or by email at deepspacejc@gmail.com with the date and time that you would like to visit and how many people will be joining you.

About the artist:  

John G. Slaby was born in Wilkes-Barre, PA, and currently lives and works in Philadelphia. Much of his work draws from his personal experiences. Direct observation mixed with lore and an analysis of past experiences typically lay the groundwork for the content of his paintings. Over the course of his life, he has developed a fondness for solitude, reflection and unshared experiences. With a slow and meticulous approach to painting, he documents his appreciation for artifacts and domestic exploration, as well as his desires and the feeling of constantly being watched.

About the Exhibition:

Slow Summer Macadam” is an autobiographical account of growing up in rural northeastern Pennsylvania in the late 90s as the only skateboarder in the town's Catholic school. A loosened parental tether in early adolescence allowed for exploration beyond the backyard and organized sports. This led to the artist’s introduction to skateboarding culture, punk rock, and confronting authority, in addition to the danger and excitement of utilizing public spaces differently than intended and in ways never before imagined. He experienced all of this with the acute awareness of being seen as different.

As an adult, he’s fascinated that folklore was necessary in lieu of any actual record of the shared, outsider experiences of his youth and how the passage of time distorts memory. His nostalgia runs deep for the now-obsolete tools of documentation accessible at the time and the results of efforts to use them to furnish evidence of their exploits.

In the summer heat, blacktop tar slowly expands to occupy new space (like adolescents, pushing the boundaries of all that is outgrown). The title, “Slow Summer Macadam,” is a reference to skateboard wheels slowing down once they hit the heat-softened macadam blacktop.

We will be serenaded outdoors both days of the Closing Weekend by some of Jersey's finest DJs as well as by visiting musicians. Stay tuned on our social media pages (facebook and instagram) for updates on the schedule.