Jason M. Stewart, Abstract and Schematic Paintings Opening at the Monmouth Museum

Contact: Laura Oncea, pr@monmouthmuseum.org

The Monmouth Museum’s New Jersey Emerging Artists Series will present Negotiations of Place by Jason M. Stewart from June 2nd through July 2nd, 2017 in the Nilson Gallery at the Museum, located at 765 Newman Springs Road, Lincroft, NJ. The Opening Reception, June 2nd, will be held from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PMStewart’s Gallery Talk will be held on June 21st from 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM, both the Opening Reception and the Gallery Talk are free and open to the public.

“It is through the physical act of creating that I honor a past experience but also create a new place.” “Schematic drawings, which represent fact and accuracy, are drawn from memory; memories filled with emotions and inaccurate accounts.” – Jason M. Stewart

In Negotiations of Place, Stewart is concerned with the struggle that occurs between the real and the remembered, the rational and instinctual. “My process begins with an awareness of place and the way it is seen, experienced, and remembered. Through photographs and drawings, I study places of personal significance and transience,” said Stewart. These studies are abstracted through the improvisation and vocabulary of paint in a way that honors the locale while becoming something new. The abstractions develop in unknown directions. They are improvised and intuitive, reactionary and resourceful, quick but authentic.

“My intent is to juxtapose a painting with itself. Thick, organic, viscous layers are contrasted with delicate marks, transparent glazes, or geometric simplicity. While paint builds up, it destroys or limits what is underneath – creating a push and pull between the past and present.” Jason M. Stewart is a New Jersey artist working with painting, installation, mixed media sculpture and assemblages.

The New Jersey Emerging Artists Series, now in its tenth season at the Monmouth Museum, features six annual solo exhibitions in the Nilson Gallery which provide a unique and exciting opportunity for New Jersey artists to showcase their work. The artists selected for this series represent the diversity of new talent in the State, and demonstrate their creativity in a wide variety of media. Gallery talks scheduled during the exhibitions offer the New Jersey Emerging Artists the opportunity to share insights on their work.

The Monmouth Museum, founded in 1963 as a Museum of Ideas, presents changing art, history and science exhibitions to educate and entertain while providing a destination for creative expression and life-long learning to the diverse community it serves. Imaginative and informative changing exhibitions in the Main Gallery and Nilson Gallery present a wide variety of art in all media.

The Monmouth Museum, a private, non-profit organization, is located at 765 Newman Springs Road, in Lincroft, NJ. For hours and more information about the Monmouth Museum exhibits and programs visit the website at: www.monmouthmuseum.org or call 732-747-2266. You can also find them on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn and Pinterest.

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