CRANFORD – Through Jan. 14, a solo exhibition by Hoboken artist Laura Alexander will be on display in the Tomasulo Gallery at Union County College’s Cranford campus. The exhibition, entitled “Laura Alexander” consists of oil on canvas paintings of different people in everyday situations. Her works are a petition against “sameness”.
Alexander uses color to display emotion in her pieces. In her artist statement she discusses that as a society we have a need for conformity. However, Alexander questions “why?” and “whose set of standards are we compelled to copy?” She has stated, “Can the search for homogeneity ever teach us tolerance?
“Howard Johnson’s was the first franchised business to open in America. With its core value being ‘sameness,’ this concept of franchising has permeated every aspect of our society, most destructively throughout the educational system. Most disturbing is the practice within this standardized environment of labeling individuals who are different from the selected standard as somehow psychologically ‘lacking.’ Are they lacking or in actuality, ‘in full possession of?’”
The Tomasulo Gallery is 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 Monday through Thursday and from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday. Evening hours are from 6 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday through Thursday. For more information, call 1-908-709-7155 or visit the college’s website at http://www.ucc.edu/go/TomArt.
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