TEXT/IMAGE Exhibit Opens Nov. 14 At Arts Guild New Jersey

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Joseph Waks, “You’all Come Back”, mixed media on canvas

RAHWAY — Arts Guild New Jersey (formerly the Arts Guild of Rahway), presents TEXT/IMAGE, an exhibition of artworks combining imagery or abstract forms with letters or words curated by Lawrence Cappiello, the Executive Director of Arts Guild New Jersey.

The exhibit will run November 14 – December 9, 2010, at Arts Guild New Jersey, 1670 Irving Street in Rahway.  The public is invited to attend the opening reception on Sunday, November 14, from 1:00 to 4:00 PM.  Light refreshments will be served.  Admission to the exhibit and reception is free.  This exhibit is handicap accessible.


Featured Artists: Andrew Leo Baron, Jeanne Brasile, Louie DeVito, Daniel Genova, Richard Gerstner, Bonnie Gloris, Wade Miller, Kara Rooney, Rita Maria Salpietro, Garry Waller, and Joseph Waks

Since the earliest days of Modern Art in the Twentieth Century, it became a common practice to include recognizable objects in dynamic, abstracted compositions. Some of those ordinary objects were commonplace and thus very familiar to the viewers –they included wine bottles and newspapers and posters all of which included words or phrases. This was a new element in picture making. While those inclusions in the early modern era were done for the sake of including the familiar, as art evolved through the century, words, distinct phrases (often comments by the artists to their viewers) and parts of words (individual letters) began to appear almost as a subject themselves, or for their CONTENT, or as valid elements of the composition included for their shape, color etc.

Modern Art also gave rise to a ‘collage mentality’— traditional composition has slowly given way to a flat design-oriented arrangement on the flat surface. It has much more in common with the practices of modern graphic design principles than it does with the history of composition as practiced by masters prior to the Impressionist era. An interest in depth, space and other such illusionistic practices used to ‘draw’ the viewer into the picture area has been superseded by a desire to create a balanced group of visual elements on a decidedly two-dimensional plane. Very often this includes Text (words or letters) and Images.

TEXT/IMAGE is a gathering of artists whose recent work includes both the written word and an image or abstracted motif. The words may be included for their coherent statement or context in juxtaposition with an image. It may be used for an ironic commentary or to create a narrative to further communicate the artist’s intent to the viewer. Or, as in the sense of earlier modern art, it may be included for its value as a design element, in a more formal sense. One way or another, it is a marriage of elements from the literary and the visual, combined to heighten and complement the effects of both and to create a more complex statement not achievable by the one part without the other.

Gallery hours are Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 1-4 PM. The exhibit can also be viewed during regular office hours: 9AM – 12 PM & 1-4 PM, Monday through Thursday or by appointment.  To view the exhibit during office hours, please enter from parking lot entrance.

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