After an appointment on Friday I stopped by a new exhibition at Ramapo College of New Jersey to show some support for my Ramapo peers. Below is the Press release for the exhibitions. Sadly, Stephen Keene was not painting the day I went to visit.
Exhibition About Originality Issues Opens at Ramapo College
Stephanie Syjuco, Tidal Wave Vase Cluster, 2011, archival Epson photo prints mounted on lasercut wood, hardware.
(MAHWAH, NJ – An art exhibition about originality issues “The C of O Show” opens at Ramapo College on March 27 in the Kresge Gallery on campus. There will be an opening reception on March 27 from 5 to 7 p.m. Artist and curators’ talks begin at 6 p.m. The exhibition continues through May 1.
“The C of O Show” has been co-curated by Director of the Art Galleries Sydney O. Jenkins and Art Galleries Documentation Assistant Hannah Craft.
This experimental exhibition includes renowned contemporary artists as well as works from the College’s Bukstein (Asian) and Rodman (Haitian) Collections. The title is taken from the historical term Cult of Originality which is associated with notions of individual artistic genius in the arts.
According to Jenkins: “Many leading artists today work collaboratively, or have their art enacted or fabricated by others. In counterpoint, we have selected pieces from our Bukstein Collection which reveal differences in particular Asian traditions of art making, with emphasis on issues of the artist’s hand in relation to historical concepts of originality and the artisan. We hope to link current contemporary art practices with these and other intriguing ideas, past and present.”
Exhibiting artists include: Barbara Bloom, the artists’ collaborative HANIMAL, Joshua Knoblick, Liza Lou, Israel Lund, Yoko Ono, Michael Rees, Stephanie Syjuco, Kehinde Wiley, and Hennessy Youngman.
This program is made possible in part by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts.
Presented in conjunction with the adjacent Kresge Gallery exhibition “The C of O Show” is Painting Performance Artist Exhibition at Ramapo College
(MAHWAH, NJ) – Artist Stephen Keene will present an exhibition and performance “The Steve Keene Show” at Ramapo College beginning with an opening on March 27 in the Pascal Gallery on campus. There will be an opening reception on March 27 from 5 to 7 p.m. with an artist’s talk at 6:30 p.m. The exhibition and performance continues on view through April 19. The artist will be working in the gallery for many of these days.
Keene produces multiple paintings on site and has been called “The Assembly-Line Picasso” by Time Magazine. His popular works sell for low prices and he makes as many as a hundred a day. For his painting performances at Ramapo College, Keene will incorporate Hudson Valley imagery and other subject matter from the region. Described as a “conceptual folk artist” he received a BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University and an MFA from Yale University. His concept of art making grew out of his friendship with musicians, and he has worked with musical acts like Silver Jews, Pavement, The Apples in Stereo, Soul Coughing, Dave Matthews Band, Merzbow and The Victoria Lucas for music album covers, video sets, stage sets and promotional posters.
He has shown his work on site at The Moore College of Art in Philadelphia, Rice University in Houston, the Museum Ludwig in Cologne, Germany, the Santa Monica Museum of Art in Los Angeles, the Linden Center for Contemporary Art in Melbourne, Australia, the Gulf Coast Museum in Florida and the Czech Centre in London. Articles on the artist have appeared in the New York Times, Billboard, Time, the LA Times, and many other publications.