Traces Threading Through Time
Curated by Kathy Imlay
Opening Receptions: Friday, February 5th, from 6:00 to 9:00 pm
Exhibition runs from February 5th, 2016 through May 13, 2016
The Gallery at Hillside Square is pleased to announce the opening of
Traces Threading Through Time, an exhibition by Jon Taner.
Jon Taner’s work speaks of both the process of art-making and the attentive engagement of the artist with history and memory. Traces Threading Through Time is a collection of works from three series completed over the past ten years. While wonderfully varied, the works speak to Taner’s commitment to the primary act of painting, while honing his expertise as a collage and assemblage artist.
Taner is inspired by an attachment to place - and that place for him is Paterson, NJ. He was born and spent his childhood in the downtown neighborhoods. For the past seventeen years he’s commuted to his day job at a Frame Shop in Paterson.
Adeptly layering paint, picture frame remnants, found objects, collaged magazine images, and even his own repurposed work, he conveys the changing faces of places well-loved and our ability to hold on to what was once there.
In his River Street Relief series, Taner portrays the industry, warehouses and businesses currently along the Passaic River. Upon a closer look, you can peek through the layers to see underneath. Traces are left and you are the interpreter. Jon says of the urban landscape; “Many memories are stored in layers and can emerge after years of being buried. In some parts of “town” generations of immigrations leave unmistakeable colors and rusted remnants of their passage.”
In Utrillo/Taner series, the artist recalls as a youth, that nearly every home had an Utrillo-like print of a French street or banks along the Siene. When he rediscovered a catalog of paintings by Maurice Utrillo, (a French painter, 1883-1955), the images beckoned the creation of the series. Taner states: “I was moved, by the river and street scenes depicted, to add color and collage to enhance the old images. This is achieved not just from the shapes, colors, movement and texture, but also in the bringing of the past and present into the same sphere.”
A spirit of playful experimentation characterizes all the works, whose apparent simplicity belies their visual and conceptual sophistication.
Jon Taner’s work is in collections across the country and he is represented by galleries in New Jersey, Maine, and Connecticut. He is also the recipient of a Ford Foundation Grant.
The Gallery at Hillside Square is open Monday through Friday 9:00am - 7:00pm
For Sales inquiries contact Kathy Imlay at Imlay Fine Art
office 973-746-0644, cell 917-545-4707