Public reception – February 21st, 6-8pm at Memorial Sloan Kettering
MIDDLETOWN, NJ – Both artists make very different work – but both capture different elements of their surroundings, in this case Monmouth County. Like all artists we exhibit at the Monmouth Gallery, these two are locals – Ellen lives and works in Red Bank, with Mike living and working just down the road in Fair Haven. Literally one turn and a quick few blocks away.
But as artists, what they take and reflect back to us couldn’t be more different.
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Mike Quon’s work in “Locally Known” focuses on the daily themes of a simple summer at the shore. These are things that usually bring us joy – the beach, the boardwalk, a lighthouse at the end of an island, going for a surf or a drive. However, the way he translates these ideas and motifs takes a turn from their serene and often mundane nature, instead addressing the viewer in a rather brash, quick, and energetic series of movements.
As a counterpoint to his work, the photographic work of Ellen Martin takes the discarded and forgotten, freezing them in a moment of beauty, serenity, and timelessness. Her images of abandoned buildings, reclaimed by nature, invite you to see the beauty in the scenes you might otherwise roll by. They evoke a sense of place and an unsure time – even if we aren’t familiar with the actual structures. In giving us these structures and the nature they convene with, we see a new beauty in what might not be something we think of as functioning, capturing that moment, for just a snapshot in time. Many of these structures are still there, sprinkling the landscape with memories and beauty.
With both of these artists, we can see a flip side to the usual narrative of a carefree summer to come, maybe finding the balance between frolic and fun, memory and mindfulness – a necessary exercise in our daily lives.
MSK Monmouth Gallery, Lower Concourse Atrium
480 Red Hill Rd., Middletown, New Jersey
2/7/18 – 8/7/18
*Aside from the reception and events, the exhibit is only open to the public for viewing with an appointment. Please contact Jay Davis / Curator for the Ambulatory Care Arts Program at Memorial Sloan Kettering – [email protected]