Hamilton Square Condominium Association
ROUNDS: New Works by Bruce Stiglich
January 10th 2018 – April 29th 2018
Opening Reception: Wednesday January 10th 6-8pm
232 Pavonia Avenue
Jersey City, NJ 07302
SILVERMAN and Hamilton Square Condominium Association present: ROUNDS: New Works by Bruce Stiglich, curated by Enrico Gomez.
ROUNDS: New Works by Bruce Stiglich, offers a collection of paintings, drawings, and collage that engage a variety of subject matter and abstract inspiration within the enduring yet rare “tondo” or round visual format. Taken from the Italian word “rotundo” meaning round, the tondo format in artwork has been present since the Greco-Roman era. Mythological scenes on the painted vases and wine vessels of antiquity eventually gave way to depictions of religious significance, where the circular form was taken up iconically by artists like Michelangelo, Rafael, and Botticelli. The tondo entered contemporary consideration through the works of such artists as Picasso, Pollack, and most recently the Spin and Spot paintings of Damian Hirst.
Artist Bruce Stiglich engages this longstanding and unique visual format with a working methodology that includes collage, drawing, and painting. Taking his initial inspirations from found objects, fashion advertisements, editorial magazines, and doodles, Stiglich builds his initial studies in an accretive way, where layers of image and object completely fill a circular frame. The artist will then take this foundational imagery and extrapolate from it, building his larger investigations in paint on panel and on canvas.
Stiglich’s all-over compositions combine omniscient and multiple viewpoints with a variety of symbolic subject matter, including timepieces, matchsticks, jewels and traces of planetary cosmology … forms disintegrating and coalescing in equal measure. The circle, as a presentational format, typically lacks a fixed horizon line or defined entry point, allowing the viewers gaze to “spin” freely and explanatorily throughout. Symbolizing unity, wholeness, the planet Earth, and/or the human eye, the sphere, as a structuring device, cannot help but inform the visual read of the contents therein. The artist shares that his concerns “deal with issues of time, memory, accumulation, loss, mysticism, puzzles and pieces.” As every abstract artwork is both a statement and a question, his work provides discernible clues for the attuned viewer to compile.
Inspired by the artist’s background exposure to fashion, design and luxury merchandising, the semi-precious jewel-like “Rounds” in this show present ocular meditations on such relational themes as excess/restraint, overload/composure, and color/line. Kaleidoscopic in feel and captivating in effect, the Rounds of Bruce Stiglich suggest free-floating orbs, spontaneous and organized worlds, lacking only the eyes and intrepid spirit of a sagacious observer to complete them.
Bruce Stiglich, born in Philadelphia, received his BFA from the Philadelphia College of Art and his MFA from the University at Albany, New York. He has exhibited at numerous venues including Pierogi Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, White Box Gallery, New York, NY, The Gallery at Kent Place, Summit, NJ, Lorimoto Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, The Benjamin J Dineen III and Dennis Hull Gallery, Jersey City, NJ, James Fuentes Gallery, New York, NY and Honey Ramka Gallery, Brooklyn, NY among others. He has been awarded The Adolph Gottlieb Grant, The ESKFF Studio Residency and Grant, The Rockwell Artist Grant, and The University at Albany’s Presidents Award, among others. A Professor at Parsons School of Art and Design since 2002, the artist lives and works in both New York City and Jersey City, NJ.
The exhibition is open to the public during normal business hours and by appointment and will be on view at Hamilton Square through April 29th, 2018. For further information, please visit us at SILVERMAN or call number (201) 435-8000. Hamilton Square is located at 232 Pavonia Avenue in Jersey City, NJ.
ROUNDS: New Works by Bruce Stiglich is the tenth exhibition that artist/curator Enrico Gomez will organize for SILVERMAN. For additional information on the exhibiting artist Bruce Stiglich, please visit: brucestiglich.com. For additional information on the curator, please visit: enricogomez.com and thedoradoproject.com.
SILVERMAN has presented the works of Deborah Freedman, Pete Hocking, Gretchen Kummer McGinnis, Larry Wolhandler, Barbara Friedman, Michael Steinbrick, Jeanne Tremel, Eliot Markel, Debra Drexler, Mark Van Wagner, Rob Ventura, Robert Hendrickson, Sarah Becktle, Kati Vilim, Mark Dagley, Candy Le Sueur, Ed Fausty, Anna Mogilevsky, Ali Harrington, Sara Wolfe, Anne Percoco, Shauna Finn, Melanie Vote, Paul Lempa, Fanny Allié, Michael Meadors, John A. Patterson, Charlotte Becket, Roger Sayre, Karina Aguilera Skvirsky, Tom McGlynn, Margaret Murphy, Valeri Larko, Tenesh Webber, Glenn Garver, Jennifer Krause Chapeau, Michelle Doll, Tim Heins, Megan Maloy, Laurie Riccadonna, Thomas John Carlson, Tim Daly, Ann Flaherty, Scott Taylor, Jason Seder, Sara Wolfe, Beth Gilfilen, Andrzej Lech, Hiroshi Kumagai, Victoria Calabro, Asha Ganpat, Darren Jones, Ryan Roa, Laura Napier, Risa Puno, Nyugen E. Smith, Amanda Thackray, and Kai Vierstra, among others.
Hamilton Square is located at 232 Pavonia Avenue, in the scenic Hamilton Park neighborhood of Jersey City. Surrounded by tree-lined streets and attractive brownstones, Hamilton Square is located just blocks from the Holland Tunnel, the Light Rail, the Pavonia-Newport PATH Station, and the Grove Street PATH Station — making it an easy destination from anywhere in the greater Manhattan and North Jersey areas, with just a swipe of your MTA card!
To reach us from Newport PATH Train Station:
Access PATH Train at 6th Ave & 32nd, 23rd, 14th, 9th, and/or Christopher Streets in Manhattan, disembark at Newport Stop. Walk through Newport Mall and exit through doors (by McDonald’s) on first floor, cross through parking garage to Marin Boulevard. Cross Marin (at firehouse) and walk west on 8th street. At Erie Street turn Right and we are a few steps on the left (west) side of street at Pavonia.
To reach us from Grove Street PATH Train Station:
Access PATH Train at WTC Oculus Hub in Manhattan, disembark at Grove Stop. Walk up Newark Ave, turn Right on Erie Street, and walk north a few minutes until Pavonia Ave.
On-street and metered parking is available.