Studio Montclair’s “InSide Out” exhibit, featuring eight site-specific installations, is on display now though August 30 in the windows of Studio Montclair Gallery (127 Bloomfield Avenue, Montclair). The first four installations will be on display from June 1 through mid-July; the second group will provide additional creative invigoration from mid-July through August 30.
“We are pleased to collaborate with Fresh Air Montclair Exhibits to activate the downtown area through art,” says Studio Montclair executive director Susanna Baker. “These installations, both exciting and thought-provoking, encourage the kind of interpersonal connection we seek during the pandemic without risk of contagion. We hope you will take the time to walk or drive by and enjoy art in the time of COVID.”
Group 1: On View now.
Window 1: COVID-19 Cut-ups, Joe Castronova
Joseph Castronova is an artist and educator living in Metuchen, NJ. His artwork uses the languages of abstraction, graffiti, and nature to talk about issues of conflict, resolution and visual harmony. Environment, both external and internal, is a key subject. Joseph shows with M Galleries in Washington, NJ and is represented in numerous collections including JP Morgan Chase. The work he is displaying was all created while “sheltering at home.”
Window 2: Drawing in Space, Linda Streicher
Linda Streicher is an artist whose paintings and installations depict two-dimensional representations of architectural spaces. Linda received her MA in Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania and practiced in Philadelphia, San Francisco, and New Jersey while continuing her painting practice for over 20 years. She has curated art exhibits for Studio Montclair, ArtSpace in Morristown, and Mondo Contemporary in Summit, and has shown her work throughout the NY metropolitan area. Linda received her MFA from the School of Visual Arts this year. Her installation, “Drawing in Space” interacts directly with the facade and display area architecture to alter the viewer’s spatial perceptions. “My goal is to break down the barrier and void between interior and exterior by creating a unique and somewhat odd in-between space.”
Window 3: Day of the Dead, Santiago Cohen
Santiago Cohen is a Mexican/American artist who has also worked as a designer, illustrator and animator and has written and illustrated more than 20 children’s books and graphic novels. He has had shows in galleries and museums in New York, New Jersey and Mexico, including a solo show at the Hunterdon Art Museum in 2014. He has been the Artistic Director the Day of the Death Parade for the Jersey City since 2014. His solo Show at the Barret Art Center in Poughkeepsie, NY, in 2018 won a National Juried competition curated by Natalie Bell from the New Museum. Santiago was chosen as an artist in residency at UCROSS in Wyoming in 2019. He is represented by Art Productions New York. Says Santiago in regard to his window, “The Quarantine is here and will be here for the near future; death and grieving are the two uninvited friends among us. I present you the string puppets we made for the Day of the Dead parade in Jersey City. In the Mexican culture Death is part of life. They are elegant and dignified, a reminder that we can laugh at the edge of our future.”
Window 4: Faux Forest, Suprina
Suprina lived blocks from Ground Zero during 9/11 and this changed her life forever. She “felt my mortality” which made her reevaluate everything. Shortly after this she committed to full-time art making. Since then, she has received grants from LMCC, UMEZ, and the Puffin Foundation, won numerous awards, and created both public and private art on social, political, and environmental themes. Her installation “Faux Forest” is a commentary on how much “stuff’ we consume and throw away. “I am fascinated with our ability to cherish an object and then later, deem it useless.”
Group 2 – Details about the second exhibit will be released in July.
Juror: Elie Porter Trubert
Studio Montclair Gallery
127 Bloomfield Ave. Montclair
On view 24/7, seven days a week