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Real and Unreal: Essential Portraits – The Works of Neal Korn and Paul XO Pinkman

Upper Gallery

Wednesday, September 3 – Sunday, September 28
Opening Reception: Sunday, September 7, 1 to 4 p.m.

Paul Pinkman, Sheryl1

Paul Pinkman, Sheryl1

This exhibit, in the arts center’s Upper Gallery, marks the first time that Neal Korn and Paul XO Pinkman have exhibited together in a two-person show at the Watchung Arts Center.

The work in this exhibit offers a variety of works that show how each of these two artists have examined the concepts of what constitutes a portrait and what information is essential to knowing the person being portrayed.

As Mr. Korn says, “The non-essential is still an important part of who you are. The exposed part of the drawing represents what I consider to be the very essence of that person. This choosing of what is and what is not essential is a combination of intuition and my familiarity with the subject.”

Neal Korn, Ily reflects on herself

Neal Korn, Ily reflects on herself

For Mr. Pinkman, the ideas come from an awareness of the disconnect between how each person views themselves and how others view them. “There is always an underlying impermanence to all things, and that includes who we are. We continue to fabricate a persona, or personality, that we use to identify us to ourselves and others. Nonetheless, this is not ‘real’, it is an ever changing perception. So, what it is that we know of someone and how do we recognize them?”

Both artists have long careers in the arts community that spread over many exhibits and arts related events. Both of these artists have come to explore similar territory in their portraiture, only recently having met and realized the connection.

Mr. Korn and Mr. Pinkman have worked in a variety of materials over the years as well, each examining the significance of process and material in the reading of the final works. This exhibit offers a chance to see how each one has captured their own understanding and investigations of similar material while maintaining distinctly personal results.

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"Time…Transition…Jazz"
Justin Vann Walden

Lower Gallery

Wednesday, September 3 – Sunday, September 28
Opening Reception: Sunday, September 7, 1 to 4 p.m.

Justin Vann Walden, Personified Elegance

Justin Vann Walden’s works, as he describes them, are intended “to create an atmosphere which the viewer can enter through perceptive means; and to create a ground that sets the viewer’s senses in constant motion, never allowing for static moments”. Vann Walden creates multiple centers, i.e. different areas of interest, in each piece that allow your senses to travel so they are never focused on one particular area.

His ongoing series, titled Chops, Pipes and Axes, focuses on biographical portraiture of jazz musicians and visual music translations. The purpose of these portraits is to tell a story of the musician’s life through use of detailed symbolism; also they may express the musician’s ideas, style of playing or life experiences. These portraits are not just images of musicians, but visual mini biographies. These visual music translations are pieces designed to bring physical life to any chosen composition.

Many of Vann Walden’s works use found materials, objects and antiques to covey his concepts. He states “There is something so pure about a found object because it has raw, natural beauty. My use of antiquity throughout is important because these components have breathed the same time and space as these musicians and eras which I portray.”

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Upcoming Exhibitions

October

Upper Gallery

Unique Vision Workshop

Lower Gallery

Ross Wagner

November

Upper Gallery

New Jersey Photography Forum

Lower Gallery

TBA

Form for Exhibitors

If you would like to exhibit at the Watchung Arts Center, please download and complete the Exhibitor Agreement.

If you have any questions or comments, please contact Ludmila Kalivoda, VP Visual Arts, Watchung Arts Center, 908-753-7237, e-mail pruhonice@aol.com.

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