WHERE: Studio Montclair Gallery, 127 Bloomfield Ave., Montclair, NJ
Studio Montclair presents Absolute Abstraction, featuring the artwork of 49 artists, embraces non-representational art as a way for artists to express themselves—and viewers to respond—without the kind of public “agenda” that has been jockeying for position in nearly every aspect of our lives in recent years. (Above, left: Debbie Galant: Cacophony, acrylic paint, and paper on canvas)
About the Curators:
The Artists and Curators Group is an independent curatorial organization with a mission to promote emerging and established minority artists through exhibitions, education, and professional opportunities.
Onnie Strother is an artist, educator, lecturer, and curator with degrees in Fine Arts and Educational Administration and Supervision. Born in Newark, NJ, his artwork is often
inspired by issues of race and power. Onnie’s artwork can be seen in exhibitions, galleries, and online. He is the founder of the JC White Creative Aging Project, an arts enrichment program for seniors in Newark Public Housing.
Bisa Washington is a Newark, NJ-based artist whose work is in both national and international collections. Bisa’s work hovers at the crossroads between the synthetic and the organic. Her mixed-media works combine historical, political, and religious traditions of the African diaspora to form what she calls “sculptural statements, visual narratives, and shrines for contemporary rituals.” Her work is inspired by and dedicated to ancestral spirits and modern African-American cultural icons transforming ordinary objects into
objects of power.
Peter Allen, Patrick Binns, Nancy Blankenhorn, Jessie Bloom, Gyorgyi Bors, Pasquale Cuppari, Mary Dajnak, Luz Donahue, SK Duffs, Mikel Frank, Yolanda Fundora, Debbie Galant, Richard Gilles, Anita Gladstone, Curtis Grayson, Michelle Harpster, Donna Jordan, Claudia Kreiss, Jade Lam, Joe LaMattina, Emma Larkin, Claude Larson, Stuart Larson, Edie Locke, Patricia Malarcher, Cassandra Martin, Brian McCormack, Chuck Miley, Ann Marie Miller, Barbara Alice Moir, Bryan Murray, Mansa Mussa, Ruth Bauer Neustadter, Nancy Pantirer, Diane Patmos, Kay Reese, Katy Repka, Bryan Robertson, Gregg Rosen, Fausto Sevila, Michael Sherman, Dorit Shmuel, Abbey Stace, Mark Stanley, Oni Strother, Katie Truk, Miroslav Vrzala, Sue Eldridge Ward, Juno Zago (Right: Untitled (Soda Label Panel 2) , acrylic and mixed media collage on wooden panel)