28.07. - 17.09.2017

Made Here

GUTTENBERG ARTS GALLERY - 6903 Jackson St. Guttenberg, New York 07093

For Immediate Release:

Anne Muntges/ Yong Soon Min/ Florian Nitsch/ Jeremy C. Smith

Summer 2017 Group Show

FRIDAY, JULY 28TH 2017 6-9pm

Guttenberg Arts Gallery is pleased to present MADE HERE Summer 2017, a group exhibition of the current Artists in Residence; Anne Muntges, Yong Soon Min, Florian Nitsch and Jeremy Coleman Smith. On view July 28th – September 17th, 2017. The works included in MADE HERE were created during the artist’s residences this past summer. The title “MADE HERE” carries not only multiple definitions, but multiple conceptual meanings ranging from location to identity, the politics of materials and the historical nature of place. All of these new works deeply considered many of these issues and are only just the beginning points for deeper reflection.

Anne Muntges’ work focuses on the theme of the home and finding a place for herself within it. The imagery Muntges uses questions ideas about interior and exterior space and her interactions within it. Muntges often recreates the environments she inhabits through obsessive mark making in drawing and installation processes. Physically, this manifests through two-dimensional and three-dimensional environments. In her two-dimensional settings, she uses panel or paper to drawn on or manipulate with ink, paint, graphite, dirt, spray paint or screen printing processes. Muntges’ three-dimensional environments allow for her to create installations by building out home interiors and priming each surface to create a new blank palette for her drawn hatch marks. Muntges’ interiors then become interactive and function as a living drawing.

Yong Soon Min’s art practice engages interdisciplinary sources and processes in the examination of issues of representation, cultural identities and the intersection of history and memory. Min’s role has been varied including organizing exhibitions, being a faculty member, an activist as well as an artist. At Guttenberg Arts she has played around and experimented with a range of materials, some of which are both sculptural and print-based while using the discourse of historical events as source material for a new print.

Florian Nitsch’s works oscillate between ‘this and that’ and aren’t simply what they seem to be. If you ask Nistch what a work of art is he would reply with the questions, ‘Meaning? Knowledge? Reason? Solutions?’ The question ‘What is a work of art’ is something you can investigate for many years and he believes this might be the problem. Nitsch admits if you try to think then forget about trying. The viewer may still be in the meta-mood of a crowd who will never be that meta. Nitsch doesn‘t think it‘s worth being that ‘meta-moody’. Sophisticated? He doesn‘t think so. He’s just to need to explain.

Jeremy Coleman Smith’s work continues to investigate the relationship between people, objects of display and the interior spaces where they interact. Smith believes that in an effort to describe ourselves, we adorn our personal spaces and develop an image of self through the contents we choose to display in a room. The presentation of these objects helps fabricate an image of the occupant and becomes a depiction of self-narrative. Smith’s work questions what we cherish more, the image of the object, the idea of the experience or the object itself. In his recent work, Using lithography as his medium, Smith has been exploring textures of textiles and other materials within a domestic setting.

Exhibition: July 28th – September 17th, 2017

Opening Reception on Friday July 28th, 6-9pm.

For more information please contact studio@guttenbergarts.org or 201-868-8585.

Guttenberg Art Gallery is free and
open to the public by appointment.