The NJCU Visual Arts Gallery runs shows independently and in cooperation with the Harold B. Lemmerman Gallery.
Ōyama Enrico Isamu LetterQuick Turn StructureFebruary 6 – March 6, 2014February 12, 5 – 8 p.m. Artist ReceptionMarch 1, 3 p.m. Live Painting Performance The Visual Art Gallery at NJCU proudly presents the first U.S. solo exhibition of the Tokyo-born Italian-Japanese artist Ōyama Enrico Isamu Letter, titled, Quick Turn Structure. “Quick Turn Structure” is the term coined by Ōyama himself for his signature black and white angular motif, which multiplies to fill the space. While QTS originally developed from visual language in graffiti culture, it is not a “tag” for name writing. Despite its resemblance to an arrow shape and some letters, it does not reference anything and it functions as pure abstraction.In graffiti, the act of writing name is done in city space to get attention from general public. QTS, as an abstracted linear order extracted from graffiti lettering, is not essentially rooted in any specific medium, and goes beyond the borders with flexibility of application to various conditions of different surfaces and scales. In this exhibition, Ōyama presents a site-specific mural painting, wall-encompassing canvas paintings, as well as a series of small works on paper in which he experiments with the found figurative images, such as portraits of historical figures.Born in Tokyo in 1983 to a German-Italian father and a Japanese mother, Ōyama grew up in Japan while visiting Northern Italy every summer over two decades. His initial interest in graffiti in Italy led to his creation of “Quick Turn Structure” around the mid-2000s and he continued to develop his visual style after attending an MFA program at the Tokyo University of The Arts. His recent engagements include: a commission for the Japanese fashion brand, COMME des GARÇONS for its Paris Collection 2012 S/S; participation in the Artist in Residence program at the Clocktower Gallery in New York City; and the group show “Generating Visuals – Inspiring Circuits” at Takuro Someya Contemporary Art in Tokyo.Image: FFIGURATI #88, 2014 (work in progress), aerosol, Chinese Ink, graphite, paint marker and latex house paint on canvas, 243.8cm x 243.8cm See http://enricoletter.net/ for artist info.
Transformation: Art Faculty Exhibition Gilligan Student Union, Faculty Dining Hall, 2nd floor
“Transformation: Art Faculty Exhibition” will feature works by NJCU art faculty Mauro Altamura, Hugo Bastidas, Dennis Dittrich, Brian Gustafson, Deborah Jack, Martin Kruck, Ken MacBain, Winifred McNeill, Janet Pihlblad, Ellen Quinn, Jose Rodeiro, and Herb Rosenberg. The exhibit will be shown throughout the full 2013-2014 academic year. The Dining Hall is accessible Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Kenneth MacBainTea + Coffee Set2008Sterling Silver Acrylic
Martin KruckHabitorium: Blaze2013Photogravure
Location:Visual Arts Building100 Culver Ave.Gallery hours: 11:00 A.M. ‑ 5:00 P.M., Monday through Friday.Gallery Director: Midori Yoshimoto, (201) 200-2197
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