The New Jersey Photography Forum continues the celebration of its 25th Anniversary with “The Changing World of Photographic Abstraction” exhibit at the County College of Morris Art Gallery from June 13, 2019 – August 27, 2019. The Gallery is in the Sherman H. Masten Learning Resource Center on the college’s Randolph campus, 214 Center Grove Road. Hours are Mondays and Wednesdays, noon to 5 p.m.; Tuesdays and Thursdays, noon to 8 p.m.; Fridays, noon to 4 p.m.; and the first Saturday of the month from noon to 3 p.m. The public is invited to a free reception to meet the artists at the gallery on June 20 from 5-7 pm.
Charles Miller, the curator of the show says “The exhibit explores the differences between abstraction and extraction in photographic art. Abstract photography is non-representational and several images may be combined in a collage form, or manipulated with software to restructure the original image. Extraction in photography is the cropping or separation of a part of an image from a whole subject in order to focus on the design of just a few elements and emphasize the beauty in the details and the essence of the original image.”
The images in this exhibit exemplify these concepts of pure abstraction and photographic extraction as interpreted and created by each individual artist. Some of the artists have placed more emphasis on line, shape and/or form; while others have focused on color or movement in their final image. They have also explored how the manner of presentation changes the final impact of the image.
The exhibiting photographers are: Peter Alessandria, Dover; Alexis Alvarez, Middlesex; Sam Awad, Summit; Jamin Chen, Montville; Ken Curtis. Califon; Thomas E. Dackow, Summit; Jerry Dalia, Rockaway; Paul Donohoe, Point Pleasant; Theresa Hood, Stroudsburg, PA; Kathleen Kirchner, Stanhope; Dorothy Kuehn, Maplewood; Parvathi Kumar, Bridgewater; Leonard McDonald, Mountainside; Charlann Meluso, Berkeley Heights; Charles T. Miller, Ringoes; Nancy Ori, Berkeley Heights; Agnieszka Solawa, Summit; Mitch Speert, Flemington; and Heidi Sussman, West Orange.