Mark Dagley in Out of Step, Harold B. Lemmerman Gallery, New Jersey City University, Jersey City, NJ

Mark Dagley, #11, 2011, Acrylic on canvas, 63 x 44 inches

Mark Dagley, #11, 2011
Acrylic on canvas, 63 x 44 inches

October 5 – November 7, 2013

Artists’ Reception: Tuesday Oct. 8, 5 – 8 p.m, with Curator/Artists Q+A at 6:30 p.m.
Sneak Preview during Jersey City Artist Studio Tour: Saturday Oct. 5, 12 – 5 p.m.

Curated by Brendan Carroll

Featured Artists: Sharon L. Butler, Mark Dagley, Enrico Gomez, Tom McGlynn,
Gary Petersen, Kati Vilim, Sara Wolfe

Given the new media of today—Internet art, generative software, digital projection mapping—why do artists continue to paint? And why do they continue to explore abstraction?

Out of Step is an informal survey of current practices in abstract painting. The artists may vary in style, subject matter, temperament, and conceptual framework, but they are unified by their no-nonsense approach to painting. Most of the work on view presents simple geometric shapes that are executed in broad expanses of pure color. From cerebral to laid-back, the artists explore line, value, color, and texture in their compositions. Despite the works’ superficial differences, each piece, however minimal, reveals the touch of the artist’s hand. For the artists in the show, paint is a means to an end, not the end. Abstraction, likewise, is not a cul-de-sac, but a living, breathing means of visual communication.

Harold B. Lemmerman Gallery
Hepburn Hall 323
New Jersey City University
2039 Kennedy Blvd.
Jersey City, NJ 07305