Radiant Energy, Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, Summit, NJ

Installation view of Radiant Energy: Gabriele Evertz, Robert Swain, Sanford Wurmfeld, Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, 2018

Installation view of Radiant Energy

February 2 – May 13, 2018
Opening Reception: Friday, February 2, 6:30-8:30pm
Gallery Hours: Monday-Thursday 10-8, Friday 10-5, Saturday-Sunday 11-4

Visual Arts Center of New Jersey
68 Elm Street
Summit, NJ 07901

Our first floor galleries are filled with works that challenge viewers to see color differently. The three painters showcased in Radiant Energy — Gabriele Evertz, Robert Swain, and Sanford Wurmfeld — investigate color sensations in abstract painting. While they utilize different geometric elements (squares, rectangles, stripes or bands, grids, and lines) they all explore how the interaction of color creates physical and emotional responses in the viewer. The large paintings in the exhibition provide viewers with multiple opportunities to experience color in uniquely personal ways. By changing the distances from which the paintings are viewed, and looking for longer and shorter durations, viewers may observe color as a shifting, nearly animated force. A series of smaller works on paper by each artist are also on view in the Robinson Strolling Gallery, providing a more intimate look at their individual practices. All three artists are longtime members of the renowned “Hunter Color School,” a group of painters who taught (or continue to teach) at New York’s Hunter College. Collectively, their careers span over 125 years and counting, as they continue to make work that dazzles the eye.