THE LURE OF SOUTH JERSEY: THE RESETTLEMENT OF MIGRANTS
- Fall 2017 - Spring 2018
- Opening Reception TBA
Stockton University’s Kramer Hall, Noyes Museum of Art, and South Jersey Culture and History Center have collaborated to raise awareness of South Jersey’s long-standing cultural diversity, cultivated through successive waves of immigration and migration.
Since the earliest days of European colonization within South Jersey, the area has provided homes to people of diverse religious, cultural, and ethnic backgrounds. The history is rich, engaging, and less-well-known than it might be. We hope to raise awareness within the wider community of this history of diversity along with its lasting impact on our area. Multimedia exhibitions presenting cultural contexts focusing on the underlying social causes of emigration and migration such as exile and assimilation. Artists will interpret the stories of immigrant communities through paintings, works on paper, photographs, sculpture and literature. The exhibitions will contextualize an empathetic understanding of immigrants both past and present and seek to answer unresolved questions.
MINGLED MEDIUMS: CHRISTINA MASSEY
- 07.07.17 - 10.01.17
- Opening Reception: Second Friday, July 14, 6 - 8pm
Christina Massey’s work teeters on the edge of both painting and sculpture. Her work is highly intuitive, reacting to the materials and building upon them as the work evolves. Her work indulges the senses with an overload of aesthetic qualities like textures, color, form and pattern. Artists such as John Chamberlain, Susan Bengali, El Anatsui and Lee Bontecou have influenced her work. Massey’s work shares a sensitivity to materials, form and process with an inspiration from textiles and re-purposed products. She blends and blurs the lines between sculpture and painting in her colorful, abstract, textural artworks.
Massey's process involves constant deconstruction and reconstruction of her works. She will frequently cut and tear pieces of her canvases apart, removing them from their stretcher bars and reusing parts of one to begin another. Some of her canvases have been re-purposed many times over. In this way, her body of work is a conversation with itself - a visual dialogue chronicling her creative endeavors.
"I’ll combine new canvas and other elements as needed for the current work, sometimes leaving the surface of the old painting as it once was, sometimes adding more paint on top of it, but still leaving it identifiable as the previous artwork. It’s a process of constantly constructing and deconstructing, always building upon the old for the new." - Christina Massey