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Art Review: Morpeth Gallery
Ruth Morpeth has paired two artists — Kirby Fredendall,
a painter, and Donna M. McCullough, a sculptor — to stunning mutual
Morpeth takes the business of running a gallery as a no-nonsense enterprise.
There is no jewelry, pottery, or trinkets here, just persuasive art.
After four years in Pennington and two years in this bright, commodious
space on Hopewell’s Main Street, Morpeth appears thoughtful about
who she shows. The record indicates that she is not pressured by what
the conservative gallery public might want to see.
Fredendall was first seen at the Morpeth Gallery two years ago in
a group show, while McCullough had a solo exhibition in 1997.
The surfaces of Fredendall’s paintings are mysteriously expectant
like the surface of some primordial soup that is stirring with microorganisms.
She calls these works "Memory Portraits." They begin as an
oil stick drawing on canvas or tin. Her drawing technique has the
distinct feeling of automatic drawing on a Ouija board. There is a
sense of groping and foraging that precedes the actual figuration,
which evolves into a series of sweeping arcs.
The painted surfaces might be compared to a dry riverbed before a
flood. The wonderment is that when the flood comes, these arcs dodge
in and out of the roiling brew, leaving behind telltale tracks and
ripples. This artist’s painting is about layering and discovery. Fredendall
loves the pulse and spread of viscous layers of paint. She claims
that video ultrasounds of the human body influence her work.
In a series of large works on canvas entitled "Ancestors,"
these layers, for the most part, behave with an indifference to boundaries
as they spread like molten candle wax that swallows everything in
its wake. Only an occasional figuration survives, like a numeral 3
or a figure 8 or a broken ampersand.
In smaller works painted on tin — the average size is 10 inches
square — like those in the "Time in Repose" or "Time
Growing" series, shapes resurface like drowning sailors struggling
for survival in a sea of foamy color. The color rarely strays from
monochrome, but when it does, Fredendall produces wonderful chalky
oranges, brick reds, and creamy variations of lime, yellow, and salmon.
Her sensibility translates well to the oil-on-paper series: "Memory
Strands," "Division Series," and "Growing in Time
McCullough is another artist who works serially. In her "Drill
Team" series, six life-size, hollow sheet metal forms dressed
in colored cheerleader outfits are mounted on vertical metal shafts;
the three-part "Story Dress" series is paint-stripped natural
metal, except for one, "Red Hot Tomato." "Story Dress"
is installed in a solemn procession like so many abandoned somnambulists.
The six "Drill Team" members are brighter, enjoying their
second incarnation as containers for cheerleaders, their first having
been as containers for gasoline, circa 1945. McCullough says she acquired
these vintage cans on E-Bay. They have the inevitable pocks, dents,
In her welding shop, she chops, channels, and fuses one American icon,
into another — the cheerleader — renaming the results: "Team
Unico," "Team Mobil," "Team Texaco," "Team
Esso," and "Team Shell." She shapes the logos and company
banners imprinted on the cans into bodices, which are cut, riveted,
and spot-welded to skirts, split into ribbons of galvanized steel.
The two pieces called "Team Shell," strut their brilliant
red and chrome yellow; while "Team Esso" is an all-American,
flag-waving red, white, and blue. There is a Homecoming Day cheeriness
about these colors, even though they merely embellish what would have
to be called "ready-to-wear armor."
Pushing the container metaphor further, these pieces have been emptied
of their tenants, the nubile, gymnastic bodies that once filled them.
We love them as nourishing artifacts of the past — like the old
wedding dress, belonging to a long-gone grandma.
The work is provocative in much the same way as the famous fur-lined
tea cup and saucer, titled "Object," by Meret Oppenheim, in
the collection of the Museum of Modern Art. Like Oppenheim, who altered
the properties and utility of the cup, making the tea undrinkable,
McCullough has created unwearable garments.
The nostalgia evoked by McCullough’s sculpture marries beautifully
with the memory-based abstractions of Fredendall’s painting. The juxtaposition
of these two artists affords great pleasure to both the eye and the
— F.R. Rivera
43 West Broad Street, Hopewell, 609-333-9393. Gallery hours, Wednesday
to Saturday, 10 to 6; Sunday, noon to 5. Through September 30.
609-924-6700. Group show features painter Ken McIndoe, ceramist Connie
Bracci-McIndoe, and mixed-media artist Susan MacQueen. Gallery is
open weekdays, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. To October 4.
and Hope," an exhibit of contemporary painting and Chinese calligraphy
by Seow-Chu See. Artist’s reception is Tuesday, September 10, 5 to
7 p.m. Gallery open by appointment during school hours. To October
Nassau Street, 609-921-6748. "From Tow Path to Bike Path: Princeton
and the Delaware and Raritan Canal," an exhibition on the history
and creation of the canal, the life of death of its workers, and recent
environmental and preservation issues. Open Tuesday to Sunday, noon
to 4 p.m. Show runs to March, 2003.
"Danny Sze at Ground Zero," an exhibit of photographs by Danny
Sze taken on September 11 and over the course of several months at
Ground Zero of the World Trade Center. $10 donation benefits the SGI
USA Soka University September 11 Scholarship Fund. Open Monday to
Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. To October
Dining room show of original paintings by Livy Glaubitz. Fond of capturing
scenes and architecture in watercolor paintings and pen and ink drawings,
she was first place winner in the 2001 Garden State Watercolor juried
exhibition. Part of proceeds benefit the Medical Center. Show may
be viewed daily from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. To November 13.
Mixed-media works by Beth Haber. Using mixed media and painted Japanese
papers, Haber explores cultural myths, legends, and quirks through
the ornamental imagery of nature. Her Biblical Bestiary Series plays
with folk associations and relations between Jewish tradition and
the natural world. Gallery is open Monday to Thursday, 9 a.m. to 5
p.m.; Friday and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Closed Saturdays. To October
"Images of Cuba" featuring works by photogournalist Donna
Clovis. Also on display, photographs by Lauren Draper and paintings
and sculpture from Guyana, Grenada, Jamaica, and Haiti. Gallery hours
Friday and Saturday, 1 to 6 p.m. To October 5.
Clovis was invited to Cuba to exhibit her digital photography and
multimedia art in the Museum of Fine Arts in the Salon for Arte Digital
in Havana. Says Clovis, "because Cuba has interesting architecture
and culture that seems `paused’ in the 1950s, I wanted to photograph
and document everyday life in Cuba before it is changed by external
forces. Side by side with the tremendous need, I found beauty in the
spirit and happiness of the people. Despite the conditions, they were
elegant and enjoying life. A festive spirit operated on the island
day and night."
Anniversary Group Show of photography by gallery members Jay Anderson,
Robert Borsuk, H. Gartlgruber, Jay Goodkind, Ed Greenblat, Rhoda Kassof-Isaac,
James Lattanzio, David Miller, and Ingeborg Snipes. Saturday and Sunday,
noon to 5 p.m. To October 15.
Phillips Mill juried exhibition, a prominent showcase for art of the
region, with $10,000 in awards. Regular admission is $3 adult; $2
senior; $1 student. Show is open daily, 1 to 5 p.m., to October 27.
Road, 609-921-3272. "Shared Visions: Fourteen Women Artists after
Fourteen Years of Collaboration," a show by members of the group
Root Talk. Formed in 1988, Root Talk artists meet monthly to view
and critique work. Artists are Gilda Aronovic, Sally Davidson, Helen
Gallagher, Rhoda Kassof-Isaac, Margaret K. Johnson, Rosanne Kanter,
Leona Law, Marsha Levin-Rojer, Elizabeth Lombardi, Pat Martin, Lucy
Graves McVicker, Victoria Chu Moy, Barbara Oserman, and Barbara Watts;
to October 20.
In the Upstairs Gallery, "Painterly Approaches: Recent Works by
Patrice Sprovieri and Betty Reeves Klank," to September 29. Gallery
hours: Tuesdays through Fridays, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Sundays 1 to 4
the Visible: A Conservator’s Perspective;" to January 5. "Lewis
Baltz: Nevada and Other Photographs," an exhibition of recently
acquired photographs and series by Lewis Baltz; to January 19. "Guardians
of the Tomb: Spirit Beasts in Tang Dynasty China," to September
29. "Photographs from the Peter C. Bunnell Collection," to
October 27. Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday 1
to 5 p.m. Highlights tours every Saturday at 2 p.m.
School, Robertson Hall, 609-258-1651. "After September 11,"
an exhibition that explores how the work of area artists has been
influenced by the events surrounding September 11, curated by Kate
Somers. Gallery hours are Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. To December
609-771-2198. Art faculty exhibition of painting, drawing, sculpture,
ceramics, jewelry, computer graphics, fiber art, video, and animation.
Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, noon to 3 p.m.; Thursday
7 to 9 p.m.; and Sunday, 1 to 3 p.m. To October 4.
609-620-6026. "Myself, My Camera, My World," the culmination
of the Ennis Beley Project, a four-week photography program for homeless
or formerly homeless teens sponsored by Young Audiences of New Jersey
and HomeFront; to September 30. In the Marguerite and James Hutchins
Gallery, "Materials Into Matter" by La Thoriel Badenhausen;
to October 4. In the Hutchins Rotunda, "Building a Teaching Collection:
New Acquisitions in Photography;" to November 18. Gallery hours,
Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to noon; and 1 to 4:30 p.m.; Wednesday and
Saturday, 9 a.m. to noon.
609-490-7550. Annual faculty exhibit with works by Tim Trelease, paintings
and photographs by Joan Krejcar Sharma, video and installation by
Michael Maxwell, and video by Kym Kulp. The gallery is open Monday
to Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. To October 11.
Library Place, 609-497-7990. "Celebration," paintings by Lee
Rumsey inspired by music, dance, and photography. Gallery hours are
Monday to Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Sunday, 2 to 8 p.m. To
West Windsor, 609-586-4800, ext. 3589. "Balance," a shared
show of recent works by John Franklin and Sarah Stengle. Gallery talk
is Wednesday, September 25, at 7 p.m. Tuesday to Thursday, 11 a.m.
to 3 p.m.; Wednesday evenings 6 to 8 p.m.; Thursday evenings 7 to
9 p.m. To October 3.
Brunswick, 732-932-7237. Exhibitions include: "The National Association
of Women Artists Collection at Rutgers," to December 8. "Identity
and Resistance: Abstract Painting from the Dodge Collection,"
to November 17. Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Saturday
and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. Spotlight tours every Sunday at 2 and 3
p.m. $3 adults; under 18 free.
"Un-Still Lives," a shared show of recent works by Lisa Mahan
and Annelies van Dommelen. The title, a play on the traditional still-life
genre, refers to the disquiet of these times of our lives. Friday,
Saturday, and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. To October 6.
609-773-0881. "Germany Collage I," photographic collage by
Laura McClanahan. Thursday to Sunday, noon to 6 p.m. To September
Suite 208, Morrisville, 215-295-8444. "Artists 4," prints,
drawings, and sculptures by Bucks County artists Diane Wilkin, Bill
Shamlian, David Kime, and William Double. Monday to Friday, 9 a.m.
to 5 p.m.; Saturday, 1 to 5 p.m. To October 19.
Hope, 215-862-2112. "The Early Paintings" by Gordon Haas,
40 paintings with subjects ranging from harness racing and wildlife
to landscape and city scenes.
"Gods and Guerrillas," new paintings by Ron English, Lisa
Petrucci, and Dalek. Thursday through Monday, noon to 7 p.m. To September
Tom Kelly, Jack Knight, and Isabella Natale, an introspective and
humorous show. Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Sunday,
1 to 4 p.m.
Sculpture by Larry Steele. Gallery hours are Monday to Thursday, 10
a.m. to 4 p.m. To October 3.
Summer Exhibition. In the Museum and Domestic Arts Buildings: Tri-State
Sculptors’ Guild, recent work by 35 artists of North Carolina, South
Carolina, and Virginia. New additions outdoors by Walter Dusenbery,
John Henry, Hartmut Stielow, Rhea Zinman, and others. Regular park
admission $4 to $10. To September 29.
Open Tuesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., year round; Sunday
is Members Day. Adult admission is $4 Tuesday through Thursday; $7
Friday and Saturday; and $10 Sunday. Individual memberships start
Brunswick, 732-846-5777. "From the Old World to the New World,"
recent additions to the collection featuring works by nine Hungarian
Americans who emigrated to the U.S. between 1920 and 1957. Artists
are Laszlo Moholy-Nagy, Bertha and Elena De Hellenbranth, Sandor Sugor,
Emil Kelemen, Willy Pogany, Tibor Gergely, Zoltan Poharnok, and Vincent
Korda. Museum hours are Tuesday to Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and
Sunday, 1 to 4 p.m. $5 donation. Show runs to April, 2003.
"Uncommon Clay: New Jersey’s Architectural Terra Cotta Industry,"
an exhibition of artifacts and written and oral histories of New Jersey’s
once booming architectural ceramics industry. Open Tuesday through
Friday, 1 to 4 p.m.; and Sunday, 1 to 4 p.m. On view to May 30, 2003.
"Fifty Years: The History of the Hunterdon Museum of Art."
Museum hours are Tuesday to Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. To November
17. @LT = Michener Art Museum, 138 South Pine Street, Doylestown,
215-340-9800. "Let Us Now Praise Famous Men," the seminal
1930s collaboration by writer James Agee and photographer Walker Evans.
Show features 76 Evans photographs, prose from Agee, along with letters
and notebooks documenting their process. Admission $10 adult; $7 students.
Open Tuesday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday,
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Wednesday evenings to 9 p.m. To October 13.
"Earth, River, and Light," an exhibition of important and
rarely exhibited Pennylvania Impressionist works drawn from the private
holdings of regional collectors. The touring show originates at the
Michener and is accompanied by a definitive study of Pennslyvania
Impressionism by Brian Peterson. To December 29. $6 adult; $3 child.
Also "Michael A. Smith: Landscapes," an exhibition of 13 works
from the recent acquisition of 40 prints by the self-taught Bucks
County photographer, to October 6. Five large-scale granite and marble
sculptures by Harry Gordon are on display in the Outdoor Sculpture
Gardens, to October 27.
"Homer’s Odyssey," a group exhibit by the Princeton Artists
Alliance, on view in the Community Gallery. The exhibition of mixed-media
works was developed by 25 artist members of PAA to reflect on Homer’s
epic poem. Museum open Wednesday through Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. To
1, North Brunswick, 732-249-2077. "Barnscapes: The Changing Face
of Agriculture in New Jersey," photographs of New Jersey barns
and farmlands, with 42 images by New Jersey landscape photographer
Louise Rosskam. On view to January 17. $4 adults, $2 children.
"Searching: New Jersey Photographers and September 11," works
by Stanley Brick, Donna Clovis, Donald Lokuta, and Phil McAuliffe;
to November 24. "River of Leisure: Recreation Along the Delaware,"
to November 3. "Cruising Down the Delaware: Natural History You
Can See," an introduction to New Jersey’s natural features by
the historic waterway, to November 10. Museum hours are Tuesday through
Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.; Sunday noon to 5 p.m.
State Museum’s Ethnographic Collection," to September 15. "A
Decade of Collecting, Part 1," to January 5. On extended view:
"Art by African-Americans: A Selection from the Collection;"
"New Jersey’s Native Americans: The Archaeological Record;"
"Delaware Indians of New Jersey;" "The Sisler Collection
of North American Mammals;" "Of Rock and Fire;" "Neptune’s
Architects;" "The Modernists;" "New Jersey Ceramics,
Silver, Glass and Iron;" "Historical Archaeology of Colonial
New Jersey;" "Washington Crossing the Delaware."
Trenton, 609-394-9535. Woodblock prints by Idaherma Williams, an artist
who prints all her editions without a press as a reflection of her
respect for the beauty of the woodcut. Sales benefit the New Jersey
State Museum. Meet the artist Sunday, September 29, 3 to 5 p.m. Show
runs to November 3.
State Street, Trenton, 609-292-6464. "A Decade of Collecting:
Works from the Museum’s Archaeological, Ethnographic, and Natural
History Collections." Open Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.,
to January 5, 2003.
sing music from Legrenzi, Faure, Thompson, Taverner, Handel, Yardumian.
Open auditions take place during September in Pennington and Princeton.
Rehearsals are in Pennington at Timberlane School on Monday evenings,
7:30 to 10 p.m. Call 609-637-9383.
short film to be shot weekends in Mercer County. No pay, but food
and VHS copy of the project. Send head shots and resumes to PO Box
9941, Trenton, NJ 08611.
holiday classic, "Scrooge." Auditions are Sunday, October
6, 2 p.m. at the Ritz Theater, 915 White Horse Pike, Oaklyn. Call
856-858-5230 for appointment.
and non-speaking parts and back stage help. Appointments available
Fridays and Saturdays, October 4 through 26. Call 609-443-5598.
Solo and Accompanying Piano Competition" must be postmarked by
Friday, September 27. For requirements and application, call 973-467-1348,
fax 973-921-0349, or visit website: www.andrewdegrado.org. The
competition takes place Sundays, October 13, and 20.
for the new "Spirit of Jane Rodney" annual award created in
memory of the organization’s director. Nominees should be connected
to the breast cancer community. Nominations (of 400 words or less),
should be sent to BCRC, 914 Commons Way, Princeton 08540; or e-mailed
to email@example.com. Deadline is Friday, November 15.
announces the formation of a Center for the Performing Arts with classes
at 50 Cherry Hill Road in Princeton. Classes and workshops in dance,
theater arts, and drumming, with guest artist performances take place
Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday, beginning Wednesday, October 2.
Education director is Cory Ann Alperstein. For complete information
and registration call 609-895-2981 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
list of New Jersey’s Ten Most Endangered Historic Places. Call 609-392-6409
for nomination form or on the website www.preservationnj.org.
Deadline is Saturday, November 30.
seek volunteer tutors and host families to work with foreign graduate
students, visiting scholars, and their spouses on improving their
conversational English and making a comfortable adjustment to life
in the United States. Call Hanna Hand at 609-258-1170.
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