RAHWAY — Rahway Arts District, Inc., a non-profit arts and economic development organization, presents Stardust, a group exhibition of artwork inspired by the cosmos, celestial bodies, astronomical charts, at 1591 Gallery, 1591 Irving Street, Rahway. The exhibition opens on Sept. 25 and runs through Oct. 26. A free, public reception will be held on Thursday, Oct. 4, from 6-9 p.m. The opening coincides with Rahway’s Culture Crawl, an evening of video, sound, sculpture, performance and interactive art in the city streets, storefronts, and over 20 venues in downtown Rahway.
Participating artists include: Joy Drury Cox, Edward Fausty, Katarina Jerinic, Heidi Neilson and Tomomi Ono.
Joy Drury Cox shows a series of small, untitled photographs that require quiet looking. When viewed quickly, the photographs give the impression of constellations in the dark sky. Upon closer inspection, the viewer notices that the seemingly endless spaces are actually close-ups of cracked and oil stained pavement.
Edward Fausty explores his fascination with the night in a series of photographs of the night sky. Stars, moonlight, and streetscapes vividly capture the vastness of space, “putting our planet and lives in their proper context as very small parts of a very large unknown.”
Katarina Jerinic shows Big Bang, a video recreating the birth, life and death of the universe, with beer bottles and a broom.
Heidi Neilson displays two books. Tranquility Base is a visual catalog of items left at the Apollo 11 landing site on the moon, made with photos of miniature handmade models in diorama settings. Home Planetarium Survey is a digital-offset printed book of seven toy planetariums and photograms of the constellation Orion as projected by the planetariums.
Tomomi Ono’s delicate prints combine monoprint and lithographic processes with mixed media to create spacious prints of deep, velvety blacks of the night sky, filled with the light of many stars and galaxies.
Also on exhibit at 1591 are photographs by Summit -based artist Sue Zwick.
Sue Zwick works in photographic series. The largest of the portfolios is Built: Architectural Experiences in Black and White. From this body of work, a gallery show of fifty images was mounted at the Durst Organization in New York City. The curator of the exhibition, Lanny Powers wrote: “The texture of the future and the echoes of the past meet in these works like an analog of cities themselves”.
Zwick loves both sculpture and architecture as art forms. She respects both sculptors and architects for their vision. A common thread of Zwick’s work is the graphic, sculptural and architectural sense she brings to her images.
Also on display are images from her series Gesture – Fleeting Moments, examining the unspoken language and meaning of a silent gesture.
1591, a new gallery space in the heart of the Rahway, is run by Rahway Arts District, Inc. The gallery is named after the address of the building that houses it – 1591 Irving Street, Rahway. Gallery hours: Thursdays, 1-6 p.m., and by appointment. Call 1-732-540-1075 or email email@example.com to schedule an appointment.
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