Oct
7
1:00 PM13:00

PES OPEN STUDIOS

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Tour 40+ Open Studios, Partake in Special Programs & Enjoy A Seasonal Bubbly Brunch! Join us October 7th for PES Fall Open Studios! Studio members explore a wide range of disciplinary practices ranging from music production to photography; from painting to video art; sculpture to immersive sound installations.

This event is free and open to the public. Presented as part of the 2018 Newark Arts Festival. Click HERE to learn more about our PES Studio Members including current and past Artists In Residents! 

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Sep
5
6:00 PM18:00

Opening Reception | jaret vadera: where the ocean meets the sky

where the ocean meets the sky explores the spaces that lie just beyond our vision. Artist jaret vadera brings together works in photography, collage, sculpture, video, and projection to weave together a constellation of multivalent stories about aliens, rude maps, and unreliable narrators. jaret is an artist scholar in residence at Project for Empty Space. For more information about the artist and exhibition, click HERE.

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Collage & Cocktails with Delano Dunn
Jul
17
6:00 PM18:00

Collage & Cocktails with Delano Dunn

Join PES Artist in Residence Delano Dunn for a tour of his current solo exhibition, Dreams of Fire and Starshine and learn more about his artistic process. Sip on summer cocktails (for those 21+) and learn about various materials and basic techniques that go into making a successful collage. This hands on workshop is open to all experience levels and all ages.

Materials provided. Participants are encouraged to bring in images, print outs and other ephemera they would like to include in their take home collage.

This workshop is FREE! However, space is LIMITED. Please be sure to RSVP via Eventbrite:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/collage-cocktails-with-delano-dunn-tickets-47476922754

Choose one of three options:

  • Free Collage Workshop: Materials will be provided for you to make your very own collage!

  • Free Workshop + Take Home Collage Kit ($29.50): In addition to making your collage on-site, participants with go home with a packet of supplies to continue their artistic journey!

  • Free Workshop + Limited Edition Print ($100): In addition to making your own collage on-site, participants will go home with a Limited Edition Risograph Print that has been Foil Embellished and Signed by the artist, Delano Dunn!

This public programming is presented in conjunction with Delano Dunn’s current exhibition Dreams of Fire and Starshine on view through August 10th at Project for Empty Space gallery.

About the Exhibition:

Delano Dunn’s Dreams of Fire and Starshine is a journey through past, present, personal, and potential futures in an intersectional feminist world. It is a contemplation on “real power” versus imaginary power and the internal reconciliation processes that we as a society go through in dealing with those perceptions of power. The overall aesthetic of the exhibition is definitively harkening back to a particular chronological perception of ‘the future’: Dunn pulls bright neon colors, neon lights, iridescent geometries and a Hollywood vibe that is specific to the 1980s.

The complete new body of work, which was created during Dunn’s year-long residency at Project for Empty Space, is presented in three distinct and nuanced phases. Understanding the intricate narratives of each section is an integral element to understanding the wholistic overture of the exhibition.

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Opening Reception | Delano Dunn: Dreams of Fire and Starshine
May
30
6:00 PM18:00

Opening Reception | Delano Dunn: Dreams of Fire and Starshine

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Delano Dunn: Dreams of Fire and StarShine
May 30th - August 10th.
Opening Reception: 6-8PM, May 30th, 2018. 
2 Gateway Center, Newark. 

Project for Empty Space is pleased to present Dreams of Fire and Starshine a solo exhibition by PES Artist in Residence Delano Dunn. This multi-component exhibition will open on Wednesday, May 30th with a public reception from 6 - 8pm, at 2 Gateway Center in downtown Newark, NJ.

Delano Dunn’s Dreams of Fire and Starshine is a journey through past, present, personal, and potential futures in an intersectional feminist world. It is a contemplation on “real power” versus imaginary power and the internal reconciliation processes that we as a society go through in dealing with those perceptions of power. The overall aesthetic of the exhibition is definitively harkening back to a particular chronological perception of ‘the future’: Dunn pulls bright neon colors, neon lights, iridescent geometries and a Hollywood vibe that is specific to the 1980s.

The complete new body of work, which was created during Dunn’s year-long residency at Project for Empty Space, is presented in three distinct and nuanced phases. Understanding the intricate narratives of each section is an integral element to understanding the wholistic overture of the exhibition.

Part One: Jane Crow
Jane Crow is the first phase that one encounters when entering the Project for Empty Space gallery. It is a section that acknowledges not only an understanding of women’s rights today; but also, explores the history of how this foundation was built through the lens of the judicial system. Jane Crow laws are the female equivalent of Jim Crow laws: they restricted (and arguably in many ways still restrict) the movements and basic rights of American women, particularly American Women of Color. The pieces in this phase of Dreams of Fire and Starshine highlight the ways in which these laws were combatted by actors such as Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the ACLU, and Women’s Rights Project, and more.

Part Two: Everlasting Twilight
The second section is the most introspective and vulnerable examination of the artist’s own understanding of male identity. Dunn explains his self-analysis as a ‘realization of my shortcomings,’ and his belief in ‘an imaginary power I possess to change the world for my daughter so that she would not face the inequalities that are imposed upon women.” The raw vulnerability of Everlasting Twilight is not only a reflection of the artist’s own personal perspective; but can also be seen as an example of the type of male introspection, insecurity, and emotional fragility that exists, but is often hidden by the expectations of American society.

Part Three: Were Neon Bends
The final component of Dreams of Fire and Starshine is what Dunn refers to as an ‘all in’ exploration of what the world could have been if women from the future arrive in a constructed version of 1980’s Los Angeles, CA. In this fantastical future narrative, which is inspired by the Jackson Five video for Can You Feel It and the classic film Tron, imagines this group of women giving the world the gift of gender equality. The consequence of their arrival is the utter divestment of male dominance, and a reshuffling of power that ultimately leads to a new hierarchy where a select group of women is dominant. The glimpse into this potential future that is presented to the audience is a hodge-podge dystopian cult shrine to the matriarchy. Through this complex narrative, Dunn forces the audience to grapple with the misconstruction of feminism: Feminism is not about female dominance or gender hierarchies. It is about true equitable space for all genders, Male, Female, Trans, Non-Binary.

Dreams of Fire and Starshine will be on view at Project for Empty Space through August 12th, 2017.

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May
4
6:00 PM18:00

Shoshanna Weinberger: Screening & Talk w/ Girls' Club Collection

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Please join us this Friday, May 4th, 6-8pm, for a screening of Women Painting, created by Girls' Club followed by an Artist Talk with our Artist In Residence Shoshanna Weinberger. This program is in conjunction with Weinberger's current solo exhibition "invisible fruit: stories of camouflage from the periphery," currently on view at Project for Empty Space through May 18, 2018.
 

Screening Time: 6:30 PM
Artist Talk: 7:00 PM

Space is limited! Please RSVP on our Facebook. 


About Women Painting:
Women Painting is a video project produced by Girls' Club Collection, a non-profit private collection and alternative art space focusing on contemporary art by women. Inspired by the historic 1970s documentary Painters PaintingWomen Painting explores the world of contemporary painting, from the perspective of female artists in the collection of Francie Bishop Good and David Horvitz, Girls' Club's founders.

The project included an exhibition of 52 works from the collection, on view at MDC Kendall Gallery (just closed last month); a catalog with texts from Wanda Texon, Ann Landi of Vasari21.com, and a fiction piece by Denise Delgado; and a documentary-style video interviewing 11 artists from different backgrounds and generations on the topic of "Women painting".

The video interviews artists Harumi Abe, Elisabeth Condon, Julie Davidow, Louise Fishman, Joanne Greenbaum, Sharon Horvath, Amy Mahnick, Beatriz Monteavaro, Vickie Pierre, Joan Snyder and Shoshanna Weinberger in their studios in Miami, Hollywood, New York and New Jersey. Interviewed and filmed by Girls' Club directors Sarah Michelle Rupert and Michelle Weinberg, the artists share their personal history, backgrounds, and theories on arts, life and feminism. The film is edited by award-winning artists/film makers Cara Despain and Kenny Riches.

View trailer HERE

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