Joseph Gerard Sabatino “Daily Rot”
Friday, November 7 –
Friday, December 12, 2014
Please join us for a second event on “Black Friday” November 29th for a chance to view the show, light refreshments and cocktails. Click HERE for more info.
R.Jampol Project(s) will present an exhibition of work by artist Joseph Gerard Sabatino. The exhibition “Daily Rot” will be on view from Friday, November 7 – Friday, December 12, 2014. A reception for the artist will be held, November 7, 2014 from 6 – 9 pm.
Daily Rot uncovers both public and private realities as a way to perceive and familiarize the challenges of everyday life. Impressions that are typically blinded as an adult may at times be apparent through the innocent eyes and unadorned mind of a child. Institutional products, direct language and industrial components are all subjects presented to the viewer, but poses as questions rather than answers.
Rustic steel plates with hand carved text from the series titled, Conversations, share space with an aged canvas, decrepit stretcher bars and hand made oxidized steel hardware in; The Looking Glass Self. Plumbing fixtures that are normally tucked away in crawl spaces or basements are now front and center. Lighthearted and noteworthy items are encased and mixed with industrial cement, then confined within intestinal sheaths. Visible yet partially concealed, the fleshy casings and substances pour from the spouts of brass plumbing hardware and shut-off valves that are fixed to the wall. A hand operated meat grinder was used as tool to pack, penetrate and reveal the encased shapes through the sheer skins, instead as a device made to support day-day-day provisions.
Joseph Gerard Sabatino began his journey as a photographer, but soon expanded into different materials and methods. After receiving his education from Montclair State University and Lorenzo di Medici Institute in Florence, Italy, Sabatino went on to exhibit in a variety of New York and New Jersey venues. Solo exhibitions include the AC Institute,, Paterson Museum and The Dryfoos Gallery at Kean University. He has exhibited in Northern Kentucky University’s Underground Railroad exhibition and participated in Bittersweet: The Chocolate Show at Rutgers University. Sabatino was also selected to participate in three consecutive New Jersey Arts Annuals. Internationally, Sabatino has featured work in Florence, Italy as well as in Graz, Austria. The artist was a recipient of Aljira’s Emerge Artist Fellowship Program and was one of ten artists selected nationally for the William and Dorothy Yeck Award for Miami University’s “National Young Sculptors Competition.” His work has been reviewed or featured in The New York Times, NY ArtBeat, ArtVoices Magazine, The Herald News,The Star-Ledger, The Record and The Jersey City Reporter. This summer, Sabatino will install a public work at The Gateway Center II Causeway.
R.Jampol Project(s) will present a special project by collaborating artists Nanook, Mata Ruda and Lunar New Year in the lower level exhibition space. The exhibition “Deracination” will be on view from Friday, October 17 – Sunday, December 12, 2014. A reception for the artist will be held, Saturday, October 18, 2014 from 6 – 9 pm.
Deracination (Deracinate [dih-ras-uh-neyt] to pull up by the roots; uproot; extirpate; eradicate, to isolate or alienate (a person) from a native or customary culture or environment.) refers to the coerced movement of a person or persons away from their home or home region. It often connotes violent coercion, and is used interchangeably with the terms “displacement” or forced displacement. – Wikipedia.
“Deraci_Nation” is a site specific installation that serves as a memorial to the unknown victims of forced migration, displacement and oppression throughout the history of the United States.
Drawing connections between recent events such as the mass exodus of Central American migrant children crossing the US border, the continued wars on drugs and the poor by established structures of power and the historical oppression of Native American populations, “Deraci_Nation” creates a social space of reflection and inquiry through a collection of sculpture, paintings, screenings and objects guided by the artist’s lived experiences, travels, investigative research, and creative collaborations over the last few years. Full schedule of events and partnerships to follow.
Nanook grew up in Massachusetts, he graduated with a BFA in Painting from Maryland Institute College of Art in 2012. Nanook creates work in public spaces throughout the world. His work can most recently be seen in Mexico City in association with Mammut Creatividad, the Navajo Nation for The Painted Desert Project, Cleveland for Collinwood Arts District, Atlanta for Living Walls Conference, and Buenos Aires for Meeting of Styles.
Mata Ruda is an artist who primarily creates public work that questions borders and challenges boundaries. His murals attempt to define the numerous faces of the contemporary American experience by using its landscape as a setting to explore themes such as displacement, idealism, disillusion, and dignity. He was born in San Jose, Costa Rica to a Colombian-American mother, and a Costa Rican-German father. He grew up in Caracas, Venezuela and came to the United States in 2000 when he was 11 years old and graduated with a BFA in Painting from Maryland Institute College of Art in 2012.
Lunar New Year is an artist and interloper defined by borders and hybridity. His artwork and murals question politics, injustice and crosscultural public identity by making visible the stories that are often left invisible to the environments they inhabit. His iconography spans a wide combination of mythology, portraits and secular signifiers. LNY is also an educator, curator and public speaker for such projects as Young New Yorkers in Brooklyn, Yollocalli Arts Reach in Chicago and City Without Walls in Newark. He was raised in the space between his Ecuadorian birthplace and his North American adoptive homeland of New Jersey, currently living and working in Newark as well as worldwide.