Local Jersey City artist and illustrator, Ana Benaroya, is curating a gallery show at Gallery 313, at 313 3rd Street in Jersey City. The show, entitled “Strange Bedfellows” will feature work from other local artists such as Bruno Nadalin, Ahu Sulker, Marina Kharkover, and Amy Tamayo.
The show will open on Saturday, September 14th from 5-8pm. Snacks and refreshments will be served.
The show will feature work that is mainly narrative and the pieces will be hung in such a way as to emphasize a continuous storyline between all the works. The viewer will have the opportunity to question why certain pieces were hung side by side and connect the images to create their own narrative. Though each artist has a different style and utilizes different subject matter, there will be one continuous string that ties all the pieces together – hence the show title, “Strange Bedfellows.”
The inspiration for the show concept came from a visit to the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia, where the work is hung in a similar manner.
Ana Benaroya’s work has been honored by The Society of Illustrators, American Illustration, and the PRINT Regional Design Annual. Some of her clients include Lincoln Center, The New York Times, The New Yorker, National Geographic, Panera Bread, The Cooper Union, Bloomberg, Cinelli, Simon & Schuster, and many more. Her paintings and drawings have shown in Portland, Paris, Washington DC, New York, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. Her colorful work is filled with frenetic linework, powerful shapes, and awkward massive human bodies whose gender boundaries are often ambiguous.
( www.anabenaroya.com )
Marina Kharkover teaches art to children in Bushwick and Crown Heights in Brooklyn. Her colorful collages and expressive painterly style is extremely raw and full of powerful emotion. She has done work for The Brooklyn Rail, the Jackson Heights Poetry Festival, and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. Her paintings and drawings have shown in the Deitch Gallery in New York and Migaro Gallery in Olympos, Greece. (http://www.marinakharkover.com )
Ahu Sulker works as a textile and graphics designer in New York. The voluptuous and sensual women in her drawings tempt the viewer yet also keep them at a distance. Each drawing has an incredible attention to detail and incorporates beautiful pattern-work. The graphics she creates as a designer have appeared on apparel sold in Urban Outfitters, Forever 21, Walmart, Target, and Aeropostale.
Bruno Nadalin was most recently the Artist-in-Residence at Bryant Park in New York where he created countless paintings and drawings of the park and its’ visitors. His work has a timeless feel and reveals Bruno’s close observation of the world that surrounds him. He creates a velvety world that embraces the beauty in imperfection.
Amy Tamayo’s work focuses on a decorative study of the human body with subtle nods to an irrepressible sexuality. Her pieces are delicate and poetic and ask the viewer to consider their own physicality while viewing the work.
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