Grant Avenue Gallery
While you’re at the Axelrod Performing Arts Center, visit the Grant Avenue Gallery in the theater lobby. The Grant Avenue Gallery features exclusively New Jersey artists working in various media, including painting, sculpture, folk art and so forth. Artists interested in being exhibited should contact Arlene Mollow at email@example.com.
Visually-impaired patrons wishing an audio tour of an exhibit are welcome to contact Arlene Mollow at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a visit to the gallery.
Grant Avenue Gallery
ISOLATED: Past and Present
There are many reasons why people become Isolated, enforced Isolation due to contagious diseases, violent behavior or for their own safety and voluntary isolation. Andrea Phox with her photographs of Ellis Island and Pam Cooper with her paper structures are taking a look at Isolation, past and present.
Andrea Phox has been exploring and documenting America's historic gateway, the Ellis Island Immigration Station and its hospitals located at the mouth of New York Harbor. Since 2017 Andrea has been co-leading with Tony Sweet on his famous Ellis Island Tour for Photographers. The proceeds from these tours go to the Save Ellis Island Foundation’s efforts to restore the hospitals. Occasionally you might see a ghost or two in Andrea’s images some of which are huge wallpaper installations by artist JR. These oversized images are copies of photographs taken when Ellis was a bustling port of entry. Andrea has captured Ellis Island in all seasons and conditions; her recurring angles recorded over time provide the viewer a visceral visual relationship with the migrant experience. Through her lens one engages with Ellis' resonant story of enduring epic struggles of foreigner’s seeking better lives for themselves and their families.
Andrea Phox captures images to reflect and evoke feelings for the viewer. She often sees the end result while still working in the process of creating. The stitch panoramas are made from numerous images put together to create a 180 degree image. The infrared images are created with a converted camera, infrared sees the color spectrum beyond what the eye sees. After capture she processes utilizing various photoshop tools; and uses selections with a Wacom tablet, which is a pen allowing freehand manipulation of the digital image.
Andrea has exhibited her paintings and photos in many contexts over the years. She graduated with a BFA in painting & sculpture in 1980 from Minneapolis College of Art and Design. She attended Whitney Independent Study program and finally at the Gallatin Program at NYU. She spent 20 plus years in the IATSE film workers union Local 600 as a camera assistant on major motion pictures.
Andrea Phox is an award-winning Master Photographer. She has a busy portrait business at the Jersey shore which started in 2001. Andrea is an educator at Ellis Island’s Tony Sweet Photography Tours and she runs workshops in Cuba. Her approach to making images is primarily to utilize and discover the possibilities of this digital media. Her position as an artist is to learn to see.
Pam Cooper is exhibiting her series of paper sculptures ‘My Space’, ‘My Domains’ and Window Books. With all of these works the viewer is required to peep inside the structures becoming the voyeur. In the present with the meteoric rise in social media there has been an increase in voluntary isolation although we don’t seem to realize how isolated we are becoming. Hours spent online alone at our devices along with hundreds of ‘friends’ who we don’t really know and will never meet. Who tells the truth online, posts their worries, anxieties and insecurities, we only post the ‘good stuff’. It seems that everyone else is happier and having a better social life than we are which can push us further into isolation and depression. Our freedom of access to the internet wonderful but we must learn to use it as a tool and not let it define our lives.
Pam Cooper makes all her own paper to the size and shape she requires for each work. The images are Xerox transfers of her drawings influenced by the images of children on old sewing pattern packets and interior dioramas. Although the overall feeling is that these are from times gone by the issues she deals with in are very much of today.
Pam Cooper has exhibited widely throughout the U.S. She has been included in the New Jersey Art Annual a number of times and her handmade books are represented in several College collections. She moved from the U.K. to the U.S. in 1990 and attended Pratt Institute graduating with a BFA in 1994.