The Library is fortunate to have partnerships with the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, which provides our Gallery, and the Summit Public Art Committee, which provides the Art on the Lawn. Please click below for more information on the latest exhibitions.
The current exhibition in the Gallery is Passage, photographs by Jennifer Hughes, February 1 through March 31, 2019.
The artist says of her work:
Every life cycle is defined by passage, in one form or another. Be it the first passage of birth, the path taken from childhood to adolescence, or the journey from adulthood to old age, we are all in a continuous state of change, redefining and recreating ourselves as we move from one passage to the next.
Throughout our lives we find joy and abundance, endure grief and loss, and struggle through the process of self-discovery. We move forward, we stagnate, we regress...
From the quiet, imperceptible changes to the major life events that shake us to the core, every single passage is a transformative one. As we emerge from each passage, our identity shifts and reshapes itself as we shed parts of our old self and incorporate the new.
Passage is not exclusive to human beings, as nature itself follows the same cycles and progression. The budding seed that grows to flower blossom, or the lone tree giving way to a forest landscape. A mother who feeds and protects her young, or an ox silently traversing a river in search of shelter. A dead bird that lies in a state of decomposition, returning it,self to the earth once again.
Inanimate objects also experience passage. It’s the oxidation of metal to rust, the weathering of wood from sun, wind and rain, or the decay of a crumbling building facade. It’s the faded neon signs and rusting hulks of abandoned cars, remnants of a glitzy heyday that has long since passed.
This collection of photographs is a visual interpretation of passage in its various stages and forms. As you look upon each image, take a moment to reflect on your own life passages, and perhaps when you leave, take with you a new awareness of all the passages taking place all around you, every day, that you may not have noticed before.
Jennifer G. Hughes is a mixed media artist, photographer, and jewelry designer with a love of storytelling and penchant for the offbeat. Prior to her career as an artist, she has worked in documentary film, television, and event design in San Francisco and New York City. To view more of Jennifer’s work go to www.conjureimages.com
Jennifer Hughes, This Grand Show © 2019.