Along the interior of The Oyster Point Hotel hang the photographs, paintings, and stories of some of our favorite local artists. Every two months someone new will have the chance to showcase their work on our walls. Each new artist will be introduced to the public with an Artist’s Opening Reception; the details of which will also be posted right here! We encourage fellow artists, enthusiasts, and collectors to pay us a visit, as the exhibits will be available to view at your leisure. You may access information on past exhibits HERE – ARTIST ARCHIVES.
ERICA GERALDS & ELLEN MARTIN: Fabric of Time
Ellen Martin and Erica Geralds are up next in the continuing series of art exhibitions organized by Oyster Point’s curator Gerda Liebmann. Martin, a Red Bank resident, will be exhibiting 19 works from her “Abandoned” Series, and Geralds will be showing her new textile patterns.
Ellen Martin started shooting her “Abandoned” series of digital photographs in April 2015 as a reaction to a personal rejection. Now over 200 images, it has developed a parallel, and perhaps more significant meaning as a commentary on the American proclivity to destroy rather than reconstruct. “I had an exhibit at the Hotel Tides in December, but I’m excited to be showing work in my own town. Plus, I’m unveiling five new pieces people haven’t seen before,” says Martin, who recently won the City Without Walls Exceptional Merit Award for one of her “Abandoned” photographs during their METRO 31 exhibit.
For Erica, “As primarily a painter and admirer of textiles, I found myself merging the gap between the two disciplines. While experimenting with acrylic inks I attempted to test their interaction with other mediums. As a result, I developed an uncontrolled style of painting that stemmed from process. Once completed, the piece was then photographed and mirrored so that it took the form of a pattern. The symmetry, color and organic shapes involved contained a style and appeal that I equate with ornate wallpapering and other areas of textile. The symmetry in these pieces for me offers me a sense of control and order that was not visible in the initial process of creating them.”
Before going out on her own, Geralds was an Artist’s Assistant and Intern at the Wangechi Mutu Studio, and studied Fine Arts at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. While at the Wangechi Mutu Studio, Erica learned some sculptural techniques and gained some valuable insight into what it takes to organize exhibits. She is originally from Englewood, New Jersey. Wangechi Mutu is considered to be one of the most important contemporary African artists in years.
The Artist’s Opening Reception will be held
Thursday, May 4th from 7-9 pm
146 Bodman Place, Red Bank
Gerda Liebmann will be curating exclusively for The Oyster Point’s exhibitions.
“I am excited to be part of The Oyster Point Hotel and it’s contemporary approach to art. It is a rare delight to have a hotel reach out to the art community in a serious way.”
Gerda Liebmann attended the Kunstgewerbeschule in St.Gallen, Switzerland, where she studied graphic design. She came to the United States in 1981 and founded International Print and Design, a studio specializing in design services for global high technology companies. After retiring from the company to raise her two sons, she shifted to the fine arts.
Gerda works primarily in encaustics, but also in large scale acrylics. She specializes in installation pieces that invite viewers to consider scriptural themes in new ways. Her work has been exhibited internationally in China, Austria and Germany and Switzerland. Recently, she has been working in digital photography and video as well, winning an award for her short video “A Line in the Sand” at the FilmOneFest.
She has curated exhibits in Red Bank at Gallery135 and in Hong Kong at the Culture Center.