GARDEN, 2017, 30 x 40.5 inches, Photograph: Digital chromira print, by Susan Hockaday, Price $2,500 (image # 1020 549)
RED BANK, NJ – Susan Hockaday sees Global Climate Change as a daunting challenge for all of us. Her work in the windows of the Art Alliance of Red Bank seeks to bring together the global and personal aspects of Climate Change.
Hockaday finds that Plastic material has become one of the main tools in making her current photographs. It not only represents the vast reach of the petroleum industry, but it functions in every part of our lives. It is universal and very personal at the same time: familiar, intimate, and now actually part of our bodies. Plastic objects are a language we all share. They are often beautiful and very carefully designed for special uses. They mirror our lives.
The other part of her work is about studying nature, in all its complexity and profusion. It has always been a consuming interest and the focus of her art.
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In the Gyre Series photographs shows in the windows of the Art Alliance she has brought these two parts of our world together. They are formed from the same atoms, but now these realms are in combat, struggling for control of our environment.
ZUCCHINI LEAVES, 2017, 30 x 36.5 inches, Photograph: Digital chromira print, by Susan Hockaday, Price $2,500 (image # 1030 056)
In the photographs these elements are layered, intertwined, and arranged against vivid colors to suggest the complexity of our situation. She leaves the interpretation of the images up to the viewer.
Hockaday is an award- winning artist who is represented by SOHO20 Gallery in Brooklyn NY; her work is included in many public and private collections.
In the main gallery space at Art Alliance, Hockaday will jury work on the themes Serene and Chaotic. An Artists’ Reception will be held Saturday, March 2, from 6-8 PM. Refreshments will be served, and the public is invited to attend. The exhibition is on view March 2 – April 2, Tuesday – Saturday, 12-4 PM. Free of charge. Art Alliance of Monmouth County, 33 Monmouth Street, Red Bank, NJ.
Exhibitions at the Art Alliance change monthly. Six exhibitions a year are for members of the Art Alliance only. Three exhibitions, including the upcoming 28th Annual Juried Exhibition, are open to members and non-members. Every January, the Art Alliance hosts an invitational show, featuring work by notable area artists. During the summer months, the programming is open to artists selected by the Art Alliance’s curators who undertake their own shows.
Membership in the Art Alliance is open to visual artists at any skill level and to art lovers. Membership fee is $40 per year; $25 for students age 25 and under with ID. Benefits of membership include reduced entry fee for all exhibits ($5 per piece for up to 3 pieces for members; $10 per piece for non-members); affordable studio space; diverse classes and workshops; networking opportunities; the possibility of mounting an independent exhibit during the summer. In addition, the Art Alliance maintains a website, a bi-monthly newsletter, and a Facebook page.