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CROSSING: Paintings by Jasmine Hsu

(image: Jasmine Hsu, Crossing Series 1, 2018, acrylic on canvas, 36 x 48”)

(image: Jasmine Hsu, Crossing Series 1, 2018, acrylic on canvas, 36 x 48”)




Hamilton Square Condominium Association



CROSSING: Paintings by Jasmine Hsu

May 9th, 2018 – August 26th, 2018


Opening Reception: Wednesday May 9th 6-8pm


Hamilton Square

232 Pavonia Avenue

Jersey City, NJ 07302



SILVERMAN and Hamilton Square Condominium Association present CROSSING: Paintings by Jasmine Hsu, a selection of vibrant new abstract paintings inspired by photography and photographic processes from this Jersey City, NJ based emerging contemporary artist, curated by Enrico Gomez. 


CROSSING: Paintings by Jasmine Hsu, offers works that exist simultaneously within the genres of abstract expressionism, minimalism, and color-field painting. Large panels containing areas of neon hue overlaid by mercurial, mineral pigmentation imbue these works with a geological temperament whilst layers of paint, sanded and cut away in various sections, reveal a multi-media approach concerned in equal measure with the powers of intention and chance.


Coming to her painting practice from an established background in photography and its various printing techniques, the artist shares that her art making is in some ways inspired by the technique of “polaroid emulsion lift”. In this photo printing process, a Polaroid Instant print is submerged in water and the emulsion film, containing the photographic image, is gently separated from its original base. The result is a somewhat fluid image, floating cloth-like in water, which can then be reapplied to any number of new substrates including paper, fabric, wood, etc. That this process seems to focus on water and the separation of layered and printed imagery, has direct relevance to the textural works of Jasmine Hsu. 


Comprised of fields of colored media, the paintings of Jasmine Hsu are inspired by the placid, watery stains of Helen Frankenthaler and also the active, accretive terrains of Anselm Kiefer, holding as “main event” the revealed histories of their own creation. As the sheer face of a rocky mountainside can reveal the various colorful strata of its own mineral composition and an urban brick wall can be the site of an incidental visual collage, comprised of years of wheat-pasted printed ephemera and partially decipherable adverts, Jasmine Hsu’s paintings reveal shifts in inspiration over time, a respect for material agency, and a good deal of pop sensibility.


It is this sense of paradox and mash-up in Hsu’s work, between vibrant hue and subdued tone, bold gesture and nuanced passages, that give these paintings an additional sense of tension and insistency. Recalling the neon palettes of the street-art murals of New York, Miami, and Mexico as well as the pensive and reflective silver flashing on the surfaces of aging, vintage daguerreotypes, the paintings of Jasmine Hsu are both vociferous and restrained, declamatory and tranquil, existing squarely in the overlap and commonalities between all painterly and photographic concerns, namely those of composition, intuition, materiality and light.


Jasmine Hsu is a Taiwanese-born American artist. She graduated from SCAD Savannah College of Art in Georgia with an MFA in Photography and Computer Art. Painting from her own experience, Jasmine creates abstract visualizations using mixed media to convey just how different and similar her two cultures are. The artist currently lives and works in 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 August 26th, 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.


CROSSING: Paintings by Jasmine Hsu is the twelfth exhibition that artist/curator Enrico Gomez will organize for SILVERMAN. For additional information on the exhibiting artist Jasmine Hsu, please visit: For additional information on the curator, please visit: and


SILVERMAN has presented the works of Doug Madill, Bruce Stiglich, 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, 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!



(PATH Train to Grove Stop: PATH Trains from WTC, 33rd, 23rd, 14th, 9th, and Christopher St)

To reach us from Newport PATH Train Station:

Access PATH Train at 6thAve & 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 Ave.


To reach us from Grove Street PATH Train Station:

Access PATH Train at above locations and/or WTC Oculus Hub in Manhattan, ride two stops and 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.

Hamilton Square is wheelchair accessible.


For press images, exhibition checklist, or additional queries, please contact curator Enrico Gomez at: 917-719-1447 or

Earlier Event: March 2
Doug Madill: Painting Jersey City
Later Event: August 10
BATHERS and The Backroom