For Immediate Release Contact: Hillary Jaffe Reimnitz
Montclair, NJ - August 19, 2010973.744.5100
New Exhibit at BrassWorks on Grove Gallery
Features Artists' Take on Manmade Structures
20% of sale proceeds to be donated to Children's Hospital of NJ.
The latest exhibition at Brassworks on Grove - New Jersey's off beat, alternative art space in a beautifully renovated loft building - features paintings inspired by industry.
Allan Gorman of Montclair, NJ will show his bold, colorful and dramatic paintings of trucks and industrial landscapes. These tight graphic works will offer counter balance to Jersey City artist Lynda D'Amico's lyrical and romantic cityscapes mostly based on scenes from the Jersey City and Brooklyn, NY waterfronts.
Gorman, who has been painting with a fury over the past three years, demonstrates the strong graphic sensibilities of a designer. His simplified, angular, semi-abstract canvases and prints show a kinship with the photo realists, but betray his love of abstraction and the touch of the painter's hand. Gorman himself admits he is nostalgic. His canvases transport viewers back to a simpler, quieter time and that is exactly what he's after. "There's something very comforting and safe there, and I like to make images - even if they're modern - that have the ability to transport me to somewhere familiar," he admits.
Gorman, primarily self-taught, began painting in the early 1980's while teaching ad concepts at The School of Visual Arts in NYC, and then took a hiatus of 20 years. Since his return to painting, his work has been seen in more than 15 nationally juried exhibits, including the NJ Arts Annual at the NJ State Museum in Trenton. He's also the winner of several ArtSlant Showcases, and is presently the featured artist for August on NJArts.com
Lynda D'Amico, a Jersey City resident, delights viewers with her muted, Latin American inspired palette and technique. She says her approach to art has been largely influenced by studying with a noted South American artist who inspired her passion for painting.
Although the scenes she paints capture reality, D'Amico says her work is actually guided by the principles of abstraction--to simplify in order to expose the subject's essence.
D'Amico states: "I have always been attracted to the warm tones and strong simple forms of the old industrial buildings that make up the area where I have lived for the past 30 years. On the surface, there is part of me that is interested in capturing the poetic beauty of these historic neighborhoods in the midst of their transformation. Beneath that, whether the inspiration comes from cityscapes or objects that make up a still life, my desire is that the finished painting is not merely a depiction of the real thing." Her work often captures a more mysterious and almost spiritual quality that is both delightful and transformational. D'Amico is the recipient of several fellowships and residencies, and her work has been purchased by many public, corporate and private collections.
The artist's give back. 20% of sale proceeds to be donated to Children's Hospital of NJ.
BrassWorks on Grove is a unique, alternative space located in the NYC suburb of Montclair, NJ.Curator, Hillary Jaffe Reimnitz coordinates 3-4 two-person exhibits a year in a beautiful contemporary space very well suited to displaying art."We're not running a traditional commercial gallery," says Jaffe Reimnitz, "but our standards are high nevertheless.We show only the best local artists, and Gorman and D'Amico suit our space perfectly."
"Since we don't have the same burdens that a commercially-run space does, we're able to come up with some creative business ideas too," she goes on."And since the economy has had such an impact on nonprofit institutions that help the less fortunate in our communites, we've all agreed to donate 20% of the proceeds from the sales to help the fundraising efforts of Children's Hospital of New Jersey at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center. It's a win-win for everyone, and we're all excited and expect a large turn-out at the opening."
Children's Hospital of New Jerseyis the state's premier hospital dedicated to caring for children. Due to unprecedented numbers of hospital closings in Essex, Hudson, Union, and Passaic counties, Children's Hospital has become the health care anchor for poor, uninsured children in northern New Jersey. Only about 10% of Children's Hospital's patients are privately insured. With Medicaid reimbursements in New Jersey close to the lowest in the country, Children's Hospital must rely on additional outside funding if it is to continue to serve this most vulnerable population.
An artist's reception is scheduled for October 15, 2010, from 6-9P,
where there will also be a presentation by the lead pediatrician from the Children's Hospital.
All are welcome.