Featured Artists: Jon Conner, Michelle Elzay, Tory Fair, John Guthrie, Kara Hamilton, Nick Herman, Zak Kitnick, Esther Klas, Cameron Martin, Medrie MacPhee, Jeffry Mitchell, Chris Mottalini, George Rush, and Shannon Smith
Fully Illustrated Catalogue with Text by Kevin Zucker
The works of the fourteen artists in Waiting Ground build on the psychological landscape and circumstances of the protagonist of J.G. Ballard’s 1974 novel Concrete Island. Architect Robert Maitland finds himself stranded on a traffic island between three converging motorway routes after his Jaguar crashes through a safety barrier. As time passes he becomes less inclined to attempt escape from the “island,” which comes to closely reflect his state of mind. Reading the book, it is increasingly difficult to determine what of his absurd predicament is real and what is imagined. Maitland’s acceptance of his fate could be a rational response to his situation or evidence that he is losing his mind.
James Vanderberg is a talented painter and active member of the Fowler community. Read on for James’ bio and for some exciting news!
- James Vanderberg was born on Long Island, New York. James received his MFA from CUNY Hunter College working with color and abstract painting. While there, James was awarded a Luetz/Riedel Fellowship to study for one semester at École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-arts in Paris, France. There, James immersed himself in the study of Monet’s Les Nympheas. After graduating from Hunter, James was honored with a Tony Smith Foundation Award. He presently lives and works in Brooklyn and teaches undergraduate art at Fordham University’s Rose Hill Campus in the Bronx, New York. He is the guest curator for Fordham University at Lincoln Center’s Alumni Exhibitions.
- James Vanderberg recently collaborated with his brother, Peter Vanderberg, on an art book to be released this July. Weather-Eye is a book of poems, drawings and paintings by two brothers from Long Island. James (the artist) and Peter (the poet) grew up on the south shore, spending their summers exploring the waters and beaches of the Great South Bay. After many travels, education and varied pursuits, they have both returned to their native shores with renewed interest in this place and the personal resonance it holds for them. Check out http://weather-eye-book.blogspot.com/ for news and events this summer.
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