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A Transcendent Quartet

They’re dramatically different, these 43 works by four

artists with vastly different approaches. They’re also complementary.

They talk to and of one another, and visitors to the Gallery at

Bristol-Myers

Squibb can sense the relatedness and interplay among them, all

"Transcending

the Surface," each in its maker’s own way.

Entering the gallery, you first encounter the world of Margaret

Kennard

Johnson, a display of spare, suggestive, and elegant prints and

handmade

paper. Between two panels, a photograph by Susan Hockaday is visible,

hinting at what can be seen in the area beyond that’s devoted to her

work. Peripherally, you’re aware of vibrant reds, then multi-hues,

vivid and deep — Trudy Kraft’s mixed media works and Joy Saville’s

fabric constructions fill the left side of the gallery.

The four artists, all area residents with international reputations,

need no further introduction. In four different ways, their approaches

enrich and deepen what is ostensibly two-dimensional art, offering

the look of layers, color-studded depths, movements of hues, internal

and external interactions.

Incorporating mylar, graphite, handmade paper, mesh, and strands of

wire, Margaret Johnson’s 13 works convey an austere mysticism

influenced

in part by her years of living and making art in Japan. Intellectually

curious and artistically inventive, Johnson keeps pushing the envelope

in her genre.

While making paper, she wondered what effect embedding wire strands

might have: would they rust, and if so, how? Two results: her

"Collaboration

with Rust, I and II." Listening to music, she sketched what became

intaglio-relief prints, "Of Music in the Night" —

"Scherzo

Presto" and "Allegretto." These are landscapes, diagrams

of sound, whose color choices further add to the mood. Her punningly

titled print, "Story Upon Story," looks at once medieval and

distantly related to Paul Klee — but wholly Johnsonian. Its unique

shading adds to the mystical, seemingly-symbolic work, in which each

window is treated differently, and the overall effect is both

mysterious

and whimsical.

From her Egyptian travels, Johnson shows two intaglio relief prints,

"From Under the Shifting Sands" and "Preserved

Impression,"

both haunting and suggestive, with her own incised hieroglyphic marks

and a treatment in keeping with the subjects. Artists may eschew

descriptive

titles or labor to craft them. Johnson is in the second school, and

her intaglio, relief, and embossed work called "Quiet

Celebration"

is apt for both for that piece and this selection of her art.

"Photographs" seems an inadequate word to describe Susan

Hockaday’s

eight pieces on view at Bristol-Myers Squibb. Five of these large

pictures — also printed by the artist — involve and

incorporate

the "North Aspy," a river near her summer home in Nova Scotia.

Hockaday, whose art output has also included papermaking and

constructions,

in the last few years has developed an unusual photographic method

that made casualties of at least one camera and much film. An artist

keenly aware of natural phenomena — from seaweed and mussel shells

to light through water, pine cones and seed pods — she collects

natural elements that interest her, ultimately arranging and

photographing

them in double exposures. This results in a layered, and often lovely,

look, that can both capture and disguise its components. The resulting

ambiguity makes suggestive and sometimes mysterious images.

Currently also represented by one of her "Aspy" series in

the Fleisher Art Memorial Challenge show in Philadelphia, Hockaday’s

name was omitted from the list of area artists the Fleisher provided

for U.S. 1’s July 15 story on the exhibition.

Hockaday’s two "Towpath" pictures show blades of grass and

leaves in greens and browns, with a white rectangle that could be

wet paper, or a submerged drawing, among the layers of impressions.

One includes pronounced dark strokes, calligraphy-like, on white,

among the other elements.

Trudy Kraft’s mixed-media works — 14, in various sizes —

transcend

the surface through intricate patterns of luscious colors and shapes

that suggest depth and texture. Sometimes one shade, such as purple,

prevails overall; or a piece might present a controlled wild riot

of color and design that practically moves. "Gaia’s Gift"

resembles a fireworks-finale effect, with sprinkles and squiggles

and fizzes and loops and tails that look like all-over explosions

of color.

Using watercolors, sumi ink, gouache, and frisket, Kraft

achieves an amazing level of detail. For instance, in part of one

picture: a series of small orange circles, studded with four or five

yellow dots, on top of black and purple color bands. She uses colored

dots and stripes and dry-brush looks; she outlines forms with

surprising

touches of color — for instance, fire-engine red defining teal

shapes, with bright yellow dots further embellishing the reddish

outline.

Even fragments of some pieces would make rich fabric or wallpaper.

In many cases, their titles match the pictures’ exotic effect:

"Kashmir

I and II" (with brilliant, almost fluorescent greens on a ground

of reds, yellows, blues); "Kicho," a vertical piece with

flower

and palm suggestions, but such otherworldly flowers and palms;

"Palo

Duro," with a spinning, sun-like shape and rays at upper left,

and growing elements in the diagonal corner.

As Kraft’s work is densely ornamental and curvilinear, Joy Saville’s

eight fabric constructions — think of these as paintings in cloth

— are geometric, hard-edged, but multi-textured, and vivid in

quite another way. "Opus in Red," the wall-sized beacon

peripherally

visible from the gallery’s entrance, announces Saville’s presence

in the gallery’s fourth quadrangle. A wash of diamond-shaped, sewn

pieces of varied materials, this piece is simply spectacular.

Three of Saville’s eight works, the smaller ones, are framed in light

wood. This serves effectively to define, for instance,

"Antarctica,"

composed completely of pale tones — ivories, whites, beiges —

interrupted by a red, a green and a blue color triangle, for an

impressionistic

landscape in fabric. "Orange Study I" shows the coming and

going and contrasts of orange on a continuum of eight horizontal bands

of pieced fabric. In "Canyon Falls," gorgeous green tones

cascade in a diagonal movement of color shapes.

To "paint" a picture with both color and texture, Saville

uses pieces of cotton, linen, silk, and wool, all worked in a unique

way that resembles quilting only in as much as that, too, involves

fabric.

Pamela V. Sherin, curator of the Gallery at Bristol-Myers Squibb,

says she originally she planned to pair the artists differently. Of

her ultimate arrangement, she says now, "Till I got it up in the

gallery, I didn’t know how much I loved it."

Altogether, this exhibition invites — and deserves —

deliberate

viewing. To begin with, the gallery space is striking, even

monumental.

It demands works that live up to the setting — works that are

large in nature and in effect (and affect) — that have much to

say. In "Transcending the Surface," a quartet of highly

regarded

area artists offers dialogue and cross-conversations, contrasts and

comparisons, subtle elegance and joie de vivre.

— Pat Summers

Transcending the Surface: Layers, Patterns and Textures,

The Gallery at Bristol-Myers Squibb, Route 206, Princeton,

609-252-6275.

Featuring works by Susan Hockaday, Margaret K. Johnson, Trudy Kraft,

and Joy Saville. Gallery is open Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.;

Thursday to 7 p.m.; and weekends, 1 to 5 p.m. To September 7.

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Art in Town

DeLann Gallery, Princeton Meadows Shopping Center,

Plainsboro,

609-799-6706. "Six New Jersey Artists," with Malcolm Bray,

Dan Fernandez, Milt Liebson, Fran McIlvain, Doug McIlvain, and

Annelies

van Dommelen. To September 18. Gallery hours are Tuesday to Thursday,

11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Friday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to

6 p.m.

The Firebird Gallery, 15 Witherspoon, 609-688-0775. The

children’s folklore and fantasy gallery features works by Russian-born

illustrator Gennady Spirin. Gallery hours are Tuesday to Sunday, 11

a.m. to 6 p.m.

Gratella Gallery at the Forrestal, 100 College Road East,

609-452-7800. "In Focus: India-Nepal," a photo exhibition

by Bill Taylor, well known for his architectural photography, and

president of Taylor Photo. The show features scenic and portrait

photographs

taken on a recent trip to India and Nepal. To August 29.

Historical Society of Princeton, Bainbridge House, 158

Nassau, 609-921-6748. "Practical Photographers: The Rose Family

Studio," images from the collection of 10,000 glass plate

negatives.

The Rose Studio was founded in Princeton in 1873 by Royal Hill Rose

whose commercial photography studio stood on Nassau Street through

three generations of family owners, until its closing in 1951. To

December 30. Free. Museum hours are Tuesday to Sunday, noon to 4 p.m.

Marsha Child Contemporary, 20 Nassau Street, Suite 210,

609-497-7330. Works by European and East European artists. Friday

and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.; and by

appointment.

Medical Center at Princeton, Witherspoon Street,

609-497-4192.

Portraits and figure studies in water color and pastel by Carol Scott.

Part of sales benefits the Medical Center. To September 17. Open daily

from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Medical Center at Princeton, Merwick Unit, Bayard Lane,

609-497-4192. Show of work by the Senior Center watercolor class.

To September 10. Open daily, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The Williams Gallery, 8 Chambers Street, 609-921-1142.

"Twentieth-Century Paintings & Prints," featuring Japanese

printmakers Rieko Fujinami and Kenichi Tanaka. To August 15.

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Art On Campus

Art Museum, Princeton University, 609-258-3788. "The

West: Recent Acquisitions of American Photography," featuring

20 photographs by 15 artists. Featured photographers include Barbara

Bosworth, Peter de Lory, Wanda Hammerback, Mark Klett, and Richard

Misrach. To September 6. Open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m.

to 5 p.m.; Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. Tours every Saturday at 2 p.m.

Free.

The permanent collection features a strong representation of Western

European paintings, old master prints, and original photographs.

Collections

of Chinese, Pre-Columbian Mayan, and African art are considered among

the museum’s most impressive.

Firestone Library, Princeton University, 609-258-3184.

"Sing Whatever is Well Made," an exhibition of Irish poetry,

celebrating the library’s acquisition of the Leonard Milberg ’53

Collection

of Irish Poetry, comprising more than 1,000 printed works by 50 poets.

To September 20.

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Art by the River

Bell’s Union Street Restaurant, 183 North Union,

Lambertville,

609-397-2226. Photographs of San Francisco and Paris by Joyce Gulick

and vintage photographs of Lambertville in the 1960s by her father,

the late Frank Gulick. To August 22.

Howard Mann Art Center, 45 North Main Street,

Lambertville,

609-397-2300. Featured from the collection, Marc Chagall color

lithographs,

including the suite of 12 Jerusalem Windows and original pencil-signed

posters. Wednesday to Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.

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To the North

Museum of the American Hungarian Foundation, 300 Somerset

Street, New Brunswick, 732-846-5777. "Victor Vasarely,

Retrospective

and Op Art" and "Arthur Podolini-Volkman, Artist and

Teacher."

Both shows to September 27. $2 donation. To September 27.

East Jersey Olde Towne Village, Middlesex Country Cultural

& Heritage, River Road, Piscataway, 732-745-3030. "New Jersey

Shipwreck and U.S. Lifesaving Service Artifacts," a maritime

history

exhibit. To December 31.

Johnson & Johnson World Headquarters Gallery, New

Brunswick,

732-524-6957. Leni Paquet-Morante, an exhibition of drawings by the

Trenton artist. To September 9. By appointment.

Quietude Garden Gallery, 24 Fern Road, East Brunswick,

732-257-4340. An outdoor contemporary sculpture gallery. Hours are

Friday to Sunday, noon to 5 p.m., and by appointment.

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Discounts are offered during Fern Road reconstruction through

early August. Call for alternate directions.

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Other Galleries

Brion Galleries, 1293 Route 179, Lambertville,

609-397-7030.

"Eclectica," the debut group show of the gallery recently

relocated from Chester, with painters May Bender, Karen Bokert, Lois

Brion, Cathy Lang, Aleksandra Nowak, and photographers John

Craig, Laurel Hills, and Gerard Scaglione. To August 30.

Cranbury Museum, 4 Park Place, Cranbury, 609-395-0702.

"Historic Trains," from steam engines to diesel locomotives,

are featured in photographs, models, and memorabilia. To August 30.

Museum is open Sundays, 1 to 4 p.m.

The Eurogallery, 37 West Broad Street, Hopewell,

609-466-6885.

Oil paintings by Etzir Desir, an artist born in Haiti, whose work

evokes the colorful spirit of the islands. Also Zsolnay porcelain.

Open Wednesday to Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sundays noon to 3 p.m.

Firehouse Gallery, 8 Walnut Street, Bordentown,

609-298-3742.

Murals by gallery owner Eric Gibbons. To August 21. Summer hours are

Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Printmaking Council of New Jersey, 440 River Road,

Somerville,

908-725-2110. Work by teachers and students in classes, workshops,

and the Roving Press programs. To August 15. Gallery hours are

Wednesday

to Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Saturday, 1 to 4 p.m.

Udo’s Small Talk Cafe, 20 North Main, Pennington,

609-730-0555.

"Four Stars Rising," a group show by four recent graduates

of College of New Jersey art department: Amanda Eckert, Domenick

Naccarato,

Kelly Anne Seymour, and F. Paul Shields Jr. To August 30.

World Artists for Tibet, Montgomery Cultural Center,

1860 House, 124 Montgomery Road, 609-921-3272. An exhibit exploring

themes of human rights, oppression, and freedom, to benefit the Tibet

Fund and the Siddhartha School Project in India. To August 30. By

donation.

The show is part of an international summertime awareness campaign

with 3,000 artists in 45 countries joining with support of Richard

Gere, Elie Wiesel, Harry Wu, and Diane Feinstein. The group of 30

participating artists, who donate a portion of their sales to the

Tibet charities, include sacred sand mandala painter Tenzin Dhodak;

painters Sabrina Gaydos, Jacob Landau, Chuma Okoli, Maria Owens, and

Seow-Chu See; and sculptors Gyuri Hollosy, Peter Chinni, and Colleen

O’Donnell.

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Art In Trenton

Artworks, 19 Everett Alley, Stockton Street, Trenton,

609-394-9436. "City to Farm," an exhibition celebrating the

`Plein Air’ or Fresh Air Art Form featuring works by artists,

sculptors,

designers, and gardeners. To August 16. Gallery hours are Tuesday

to Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday 1 to 4 p.m.

Capital Health System at Mercer, 446 Bellevue Avenue,

Trenton, 609-394-4095. Group exhibition featuring Sal Panasci, Helen

Post, and Patricia Rosenblad. To August 21.

Ellarslie, Trenton City Museum, Cadwalader Park,

609-989-3632.

TAWA Invitational members’ shows. Museum hours are Tuesday to

Saturday,

11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Sunday, 2 to 4 p.m.

Extension Gallery, 60 Ward Avenue, Mercerville,

609-890-7777.

"Heroes and Monuments," recent portrait sculptures in bronze

and iron by Gyuri Hollosy. The exhibit is dedicated to the World

Artists

for Tibet, an international campaign to promote peace and freedom.

To September 3. Gallery hours are Monday to Thursday, 10 a.m. to 4

p.m.

New Jersey State Museum, 205 West State Street, Trenton,

609-292-6464. "Abstraction from the Collection," features

works from the permanent collection by Clyfford Still, Arshile Gorky,

Vincent Pepi, Francis Picabia, Helen Soreff, Joseph Stella and others.

To August 30.

Also, "Building the Collections: Recent Acquisitions in the Fine

and Decorative Arts," works from the Zoltan Buki Fine Arts

Collection

by Tova Beck-Friedman, Victor Davson, Marion Held, Hughie Lee-Smith,

James Seawright, Mel Leipzig and others, to September 6.

On extended view: "Dinosaur Turnpike: Treks through New Jersey’s

Piedmont"; "Amber: The Legendary Resin"; "The Moon:

Fact & Fiction". Museum hours are Tuesday to Saturday, 9 a.m.

to 4:45 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. Free.

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Art in the Workplace

The Gallery at Bristol-Myers Squibb, Route 206 and

Province

Line Road, 609-252-6275. "Transcending the Surface: Layers,

Patterns

and Textures" featuring the work of Susan Hockaday, photography,

Margaret Kennard Johnson, prints, Trudy Kraft, painting, and Joy

Saville,

fabric construction. To September 7. Gallery hours are Monday to

Friday,

9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursday to 7 p.m.; weekends & holidays, 1 to 5

p.m.

Stark & Stark, 993 Lenox Drive, Building 2, Lawrenceville,

609-895-7307. "Innovative Imprints and Impressions," an

exhibition

of electroetch prints by Marion Behr and mesh prints by Margaret

Kennard

Johnson. Behr is a professional printmaker and co-inventor of an

ecologically

safe method of etching copper and zinc plates. Johnson studied with

Josef Albers at Black Mountain College and is co-author of

"Japanese

Prints Today." To October 23. Gallery hours are Monday to Friday,

9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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Other Museums

James A. Michener Art Museum, 138 South Pine Street,

Doylestown,

215-340-9800. "The Passionate Eye: Paintings by European and

American

Masters from Bucks County Collections," with works by Balthus,

Bonnard, Cassatt, Cezanne, Gaugin, Hopper, Picasso, and Monet; to

August 23. Also, "Contemporary Woodworkers," a Bucks County

invitational show of works by Jeffrey Greene, Mira Nakashima-Yarnall,

Phillip Lloyd Powell, Mark Sfirri, and Robert Charles Whitley II,

to September 13.

Also featured, "Creative Bucks County: A Celebration of Art and

Artists," an interactive exhibit honoring 12 maverick Bucks County

figures that include Oscar Hammerstein, Pearl Buck, and Dorothy

Parker.

Hours are Tuesday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Saturday and

Sunday,

10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Closed Mondays. Adults $5; students $1.50; children

free.


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