Last days to see…

A Short Survey of Contemporary Abstraction.

As curator of this exhibition I’m very proud to have been able to work with such strong artists. The show is up till the end of the month.

A Short Survey of Contemporary Abstraction
curated by James Austin Murray & presented by Jake Chung

Exhibit Dates: April 1 – April 30, 2019
Reception: Wednesday, April 10 • 6PM-8PM
Location: Sandy Bennett Art Gallery

James Austin Murray will curate “A Short Survey of Contemporary Abstraction” in the Sandy Bennett Art Gallery during April with a reception on Wednesday, April 10 from 6-8 p.m. The show is presented by Jake Chung.

James Austin Murray selected works from Tamar Zinn, Don Voisine, Nikki Terry, Jeanne Heifetz, Lorrie Fredette, Celia Johnson, Yoonah Kim, Paul Corio, James Gilbert, Laura Fayer, Suzanne Kammin, Joanne Mattera, Mark Zimmermann, Walter Markham and himself.

He notes in the show’s artist statement that abstraction in art is barely more than one hundred years old.

“That is not a very long time for an idea and visual concept to become part of a new paradigm,” he says. “As it turns out there are many different kinds of abstraction: a number of veins that are running through our current art world.”

While this exhibition is by no means a comprehensive survey, it does touch upon the general state of contemporary abstraction. Each of these artists are worth looking up and finding out more, Austin Murray says.

“What we see affects us deeply. What we see on television, online, in a movie, on the street, or in a gallery. It all affects our perceptions and our emotions: from a car accident to a beautiful sunset to an unforgettable artwork. They leave an indelible mark on our memory,” he said. “Abstraction is not separate from the physical world. It is a dimension of it. It is a form of thought. We see these artworks and thought is conveyed in a code invented by each specific artist.

“As curator of A Short Survey of Contemporary Abstraction, I invite you to take in the exhibition and to spend a few minutes with a work or two that make you feel something.”

Austin Murray is a graduate of Parsons School of Design and Murray opened and managed the Hartnett-Murray Gallery and The Markham-Murray Gallery in Tribeca, New York in the early aughts. He has exhibited throughout New York City, Brooklyn, Chicago, Atlanta, Miami and East Hampton, NY. He is a recipient of the Dedalus Foundation Fellowship Award for residency at The Vermont Studio Center, VT and has completed residencies at The Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild in Woodstock, NY and Bermis Center for Contemporary Art in Omaha, NE.

A portion of the proceeds from sales of the artwork support bergenPAC’s nonprofit mission.

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