CRANFORD – From Nov. 13 to Dec. 19, the exhibition, “Drawings, Papercuts, and Sculpture” by Montclair artist Tom Nussbaum will be on display at Union County College’s Tomasulo Gallery. Nussbaum’s work consists of figurative sculpture and works on paper that are humorous and universal in their themes.
Nussbaum’s images first take form as simple line drawings. He then develops the images into works of cut paper and sculpture. His work, “…is the result of a process of self-discovery, a personal mining of images that have psychological meaning.”
Some of Nussbaum’s works are an intuitive mix of images that have personal meaning for him, but his images are also open to interpretation by the viewers. Much of the work in this exhibition explores the links found in relationships. He explained that some of his sculptures, “…express interior feelings, and much of it focuses on relationships; between family members and friends, between the individual and society, and between the conscious and subconscious self.”
In 2001 and 2009 Nussbaum received the New Jersey State Council on the Arts Individual Artist Fellowship. In 2008 he received the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts Fellowship and was the 2007 Heathcote Fellow at the MacDowell Colony where he also received Fellowships in 2006 and 2005.
Nussbaum’s work can be seen at the Metropolitan Transit Authority in New York City, New York; Montclair Museum of Art, Montclair, New Jersey; Hirshhorn Museum, Washington, DC; State of Florida; Memorial Sloan Kettering Hospital, New York, New York; Neiman Marcus, Dallas, Texas, and St. Lukes Roosevelt Hospital, New York, New York.
His one person exhibitions include the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey in 2009, the Nicolayson Museum of Art in Casper, Wyoming in 2008, and in 2006, the Hunterdon Museum of Art in Clinton, New Jersey and Metaphor Contemporary Art in Brooklyn, New York. His work has appeared in selected group exhibitions as well, such as “Stayin Alive” at Metaphor Contemporary Art in 2009; in 2007 in “Sanctuary” at Rupert Ravens Contemporary, Newark and in “The Patricia Bell Collection” Domo Gallery, Summit, New Jersey.
As well in 2007, his work was in “Thirty by Thirty” in the Robischon Gallery in Denver, Colorado and in 2006 could be seen in “Critics Select” at The Shore Institute for Contemporary Art in Long Branch, New Jersey.
He is also known for his design objects that are valued by collectors. In 1985, he began The Acme Robot Company, a cottage industry producing night-lights and light fixtures of his design. In 1988, he founded Atomic Iron Works, designing and producing iron hat and coat racks and other useful items. In 1992, his activity book, “My World is Not Flat” was published by Universe/ Rizzoli.
To learn more about the artist go to www.tomnussbaum.com.
The opening reception for this exhibition will be held on Friday, Nov. 13 from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Tomasulo Gallery, located on the first floor of MacKay Library on the College’s Cranford campus, located at 1033 Springfield Avenue.
Gallery hours are from 1 to 4 p.m. on Mondays through Thursdays and from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays. Evening hours are from 6 to 9 p.m. on Tuesdays through Thursdays. For more information, call 1-908-709-7155.
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