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The NJ State Museum presents the annual New Jersey Arts 2022: Reemergence


originally published: 06/20/2022

The NJ State Museum presents the annual New Jersey Arts 2022: Reemergence

(TRENTON, NJ) – The New Jersey State Museum (NJSM) features the New Jersey Arts Annual 2022: Resurface. New Jersey is home to a diverse and solid arts community; the annual New Jersey arts exhibit highlights the work of visual artists and artisans from across the state. The New Jersey Arts Annual: Reemergence exhibit runs from June 25, 2022 to April 30, 2023.

The theme of this year’s exhibition is “Resurface. ” Artists, like most New Jerseys, are taking steps to re-emerge in an altered landscape. The current COVID-19 pandemic, political and ideological polarization, and a collective showdown with systemic racism remain key to fulfilling the country’s promise.

“It is a privilege to present the work of these New Jersey artists as we all come to terms with the events of the past few years and consider how we move forward in the ongoing pandemic,” says Sarah Vogelman, assistant curator of fine arts at NJSM. “The 95 selected artists, working across disciplines and media, have each responded to the disruptions and challenges of life in the pandemic in their own way. In much of the work, themes of anxiety, isolation, surrealism and disconnection emerge, as well as the impulses to contemplate and communicate with the surrounding environment, be it an interior scene, a still life or a landscape. We hope that the exhibition will serve as a place where the public can engage and reflect while each of us imagines the re-emergence ”.

The NJ State Museum presents the annual New Jersey Arts 2022: Reemergence

He will be one of the local artists who will be featured at the New Jersey State Museum George Taylor, MAEPottery artist from Milltown, NJ.

“Self-representation by a black male artist is, in itself, a political act. It is even more heightened during an epidemic of prejudice, racism, sexism, political unrest and hatred, all intertwined with a deadly pandemic and now the possibility of a world war, “says Taylor, who found himself painting his image during the pandemic, not as a floor, but as accommodation.

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Several Taylor stoneware vases (pictured) will be on display from June 25 to April 2023. They have the title Self-portrait with hat, The artist as a young man, And Two poets.

“These current vessels mostly show representative images of the human face, mine and others,” says Taylor. “They bear little resemblance to the sake and perfume bottles that were at their origin. Grouped together they look like a cityscape complete with graffiti on the sides of the structures. But as a couple they seem to converse in silence. In any case, they speak “.

George Taylor has spent most of his life dealing with self-identification problems in a world that often seems to marginalize his existence, and therefore his art. He grew up in an African American family, one of only a handful of him in his he neighborhood of Jersey City, NJ, at the time. His expectations were that he would go into law or the clergy, while Taylor remembers only wanting to draw men with army hats, religious icons and peacock feathers.

As an undergraduate art student at Rutgers University, many of Taylor’s paintings were figurative, but they had an otherworldly vibe. These works, as Taylor describes them, were familiar, with rather confusing and paranoid landscapes. In graduate school at the Mason Gross School of the Arts, Taylor painted large-scale canvases celebrating the human body. He also explored an affinity for pottery and performance art, with the two disciplines often overlapping. In one memorable performance, he covered her body with clay and made images on the gallery walls that looked rough, provocative and primitive.

The NJ State Museum presents the annual New Jersey Arts 2022: Reemergence

Since receiving his MFA, Taylor has taught at numerous colleges and art schools in New Jersey. One of her current classes is To find Your inner consciousness in ceramic in which he uses his training both as a counselor and as a Buddhist priest. Taylor’s current work is three-dimensional, taking the form of towers / bottles upon which images of himself and some of those important to him are sketched or painted. His work has been featured in solo and group shows, most recently at the Ellarslie Open in Trenton, NJ. In addition to ResurfaceTaylor’s work will be presented at Aferro GalleryNewark NJ, in its summer exhibition through August 25: tell me about you.

“I have always loved human representation and I love working with clay. This recent work is a marriage between the two, ”says Taylor.

Each year, the New Jersey Arts Annual is presented by the State Arts Council, in partnership with the state’s leading museums, alternating between host institutions. These exhibits are open to any artist currently living or working in New Jersey. This year’s sworn show attracted 1,999 submissions from 393 artists, representing each of New Jersey’s 21 counties. One hundred twenty-seven works by 95 artists were selected for inclusion in the exhibition.

“The Arts Annual is an exhibition focusing exclusively on New Jersey artists and the State Arts Council is proud to support the many great artists who call New Jersey their home,” said Danielle Bursk, Director of Community Partnerships and Services for artists for the New Jersey Council of State for Arts. “Each year, the Arts Annual Exhibition is a way to recognize and highlight new works and offer the public the opportunity to see the works of art by some of the state’s most innovative and established artists. And our partners at the Museum of State have done an extraordinary job curating a timely, inspiring and powerful exhibit. “

The New Jersey Annual of the Arts: Resurface is a project of the New Jersey State Council on the Arts and the New Jersey State Museum. At the New Jersey State Museum, the exhibit is also supported by the New Jersey State Museum Foundation.

The State Museum of New Jersey is located at 205 West State Street in Trenton and is open Tuesday through Sunday, 9am to 4.45pm.

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