Monday, November 13, 2023

Final days to see the incredible exhibition "I Would Prefer Not To..." at Art150



Final week for I Would Prefer Not To...

curated by Kele McComsey



Death of Hector II by Sandra Cavanagh, oil on canvas 72 x 72, 2023



I Would Prefer Not To...

October 13-November 19, 2023

Art150 Main Gallery

157A 1st Street

Jersey City

1-4PM Sat & Sun and by appointment





Explode by Margaret Roleke, cyanotype 50 x 38, 2022


“Nothing so aggravates an earnest person as a passive resistance,” Melville wrote in Bartleby the Scrivener (1853) 

This exhibition seeks to show the importance that artists have in these times by connecting their work to the same spirit of Bartleby’s repeated line of passive resistance.

Like Bartleby, we need artists who “would prefer not to” live by the rules if it means overlooking the injustices, inequities, and failures of our systems and exploring the complexities of the human condition.

In these days of media overload and global connectivity, where considered language seems nearly obliterated, there seems to be only reaction and immediate response, then hit send. We need to be made to feel uncomfortable if the end result is that it makes us all think, reconsider, and have true dialogue that results in meaningful action.



Paper Bag 18 by Deborah Pohl,

oil on linen, 14 x 11, 2023



Father by Fabricio Suarez,

oil on linen, 18 x 14, 2022




I Would Prefer Not To... was curated by Kele McComsey, the Director of Mana Contemporary as part of Jersey City Art Week and JCAST.

Prior to Mana, McComsey was the Senior Managing Partner and President of SurroundArt, an exhibition design and fine art services company in Brooklyn, New York and Washington, D.C.  In addition, he was the Director of Art Services at PACE and Senior Project Manager of Artex. 



Abhishek Tuiwala and Kele McComsey with Tuiwala's sculptures

from I Would Prefer Not To...: The Economy Class (top) and Brain Wash








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