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PR # 16 August 20, 2008


Raritan Valley Community College?s (RVCC) Visual and Performing Arts Department will present FOUR AESTHETICS : Paintings bound by issues of the sublime as interpreted by four contemporary artists?Tiffany Calvert, Robert Di Matteo, Darren McManus and Wes Sherman. The exhibition will run September 12-October 3 in the Art Gallery at the College?s North Branch Campus.

Calvert (Brooklyn, NY), Di Matteo (Pittstown), McManus (Lambertville) and Sherman (Summit) are all adjunct instructors in the College?s Visual and Performing Arts Department. The show is being coordinated by Professor Ann Tsubota of Pittstown, RVCC Visual and Performing Arts Department chair.

An Artists? Talk will be held Friday, September 12, from 5:30-6:30 p.m. A reception will follow from 6:30-8 p.m. Both are free of charge and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

Calvert?s current work is concerned with the disparity of representational and abstract space in painting. Borrowing from studies of representational space and combining it with the measured chaos of imposed abstract gesture-making, her paintings are a tumultuous record of her relationship with her subject. Recent subject matter includes photographs of the decimated homes of New Orleans, which serve as a genesis for the scenes of destruction: a literal representation of the unpredictability of nature and its power.

Working with the visual language of color and shape, Di Matteo attempts to grasp ?that certain something that is ineffable? through painting. He will present abstract works that lead one towards ideas and perceptions that can foster an experience of the sublime?what is intuitive and irrational, real and unreal?as the mind is forced to reason its condition beyond logical conceptualization.

McManus will be exhibiting irregular-shaped paintings concerning the creation of a personal mythology. Bound by a micro versus macro framework, his work unfolds around nostalgia for a time that doesn?t yet exist. Through this paradox, he attempts to suspend the disbelief of his audience, creating a sense of displacement, both mentally and physically, akin to a meditative or contemplative experience.

Sherman?s work on display concerns the nature of painting and the act of painting as a tool to defining our lives while placing our existence into context with nature. For him, this act is a search for meaning, spiritual purity and grandeur within nature?s sublime, and is at the heart of the history of painting.

Gallery hours for the exhibition are Mondays, 3-8 p.m.; Tuesdays, noon-3 p.m.; Wednesdays, 3-8 p.m.; Thursdays, 2-6 p.m.; and Fridays, noon-3 pm. The Gallery will not be open on Friday, September 12, until the Artists? Talk. For further information, call the Visual and Performing Arts Department, 908-218-8876.

RVCC, located on Route 28 and Lamington Road in North Branch, NJ, and serving Somerset and Hunterdon County residents for close to 40 years, offers more than 90 associate degrees and certificates. In addition, customized training programs and non-credit courses are available for those seeking personal and professional development.

The College is committed to offering a quality and affordable education through effective teaching, liaisons with the community?s businesses and state-of-the-art technology. For further information, visit www.raritanval.edu .

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