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BETWEEN WISDOM AND MADNESS: Works in Sculpture

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BETWEEN WISDOM AND MADNESS: Works in Sculpture


BETWEEN WISDOM AND MADNESS: Works in Sculpture

January 12- February 7, 2019

Opening Reception: Saturday January 12, 7-11pm 

Curated by Agnes Deja and Sarah Walko


The title of this show refers to the context of our times and the many levels of disparity we are trying to reconcile. As a renowned sculptor Magdalena Abakanowicz wrote “Art will remain the most astonishing activity of mankind born out of struggle between wisdom and madness, between dream and reality”. Despite our current political, environmental and economic climate which affects the morale of all of us, artists continue to create. They are looked upon for guidance, whether addressing issues directly, indirectly or providing a momentarily respite. Art elevates us to our shared humanity. This show is a survey of sculptural work by artists working in and around Newark and viewers are invited to experience the diversity of work and to draw their own comparisons and reflections. These works traverse the imagination using the democratic space of art to provide options on how we might be able to move forward. 


Artists:

Peter Allen

Gianluca Bianchino

Jerome China

Donna Conklin King

Lisa Conrad

Patricia Dahlman

Asha Ganpat

Sunil Garg

Adebunmi Gbadebo

Katherine Jackson

Joshua Knoblick

Julie Ann Nagle

Daniela Puliti

Kevin Blythe Sampson

Lisa Sanders

Hila Sela

Charlee Swanson

Amanda Thackray

Adrienne Wheeler


About the curators: 

Agnes Deja is a visual artist and an independent curator, based in NJ / NY area, a member of the closely knit Newark artists community. She holds a M.A. in Fine Arts from Montclair State University and a M.A. in Psychology from Jagiellonian University in Cracow, Poland where she grew up. As an artist working in sculpture Deja relates to her fellow artists’ struggles to find suitable working and storage spaces. One of Deja’s inspiration for curating this show was to bring together sculptors working in and around Newark, a city undergoing rapid gentrification, to facilitate networking, future collaborations and finding solutions to shared problems.

Sarah Walko is an artist, writer, director and curator with a BA in studio art practices from the University of Maryland and an MFA from Savannah College of Art and Design. For the past thirteen years she has curated for institutions, non-profits and independent projects, has served as a director of three arts organizations and has been a contributing writer on contemporary art, literature and film for numerous publications. She is currently the Director of Education and Community Outreach at the Visual Art Center of New Jersey.

Admission is free and open to the public. Exhibition viewing: Saturday Jan12th, 7-11pm (opening night), 12-6pm on Wednesdays 01/16, 01/23, 01/30, 02/06 and by Appointments. 

Index Art Center is located on 237 Washington Street in Newark, NJ 07102. For more information visit: www.indexartcenter.org, aW5kZXggISBnYWxsZXJ5IHwgZ21haWwgISBjb20=, Gallery ph. 862-218-0278



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