New Clay College Exhibit Features Work By Artist John Garretson

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VINELAND – Clay College, of Cumberland County College, is currently hosting an exhibit titled, Gaps, Stacks and Balancing Acts through Monday, August 10th. It features work by John Garretson.
“This art series is an investigation of the natural, familial, and abstract divisions between art and life,” said Garretson. “It has become clear to me that it is within the process itself of creative action that the disconnected aspects of daily life can be understood as interconnected, cohesive strands of the same fabric.”
Most of the artist’s pieces in the series began as a stack of paper drawings, prints, paintings, and photo transfers that focused on a theme or motif. After layers of manipulation, the artist resolves that the bulk of the series is complete. He then wraps the paper works around the sandwiched block forms, and then stitches and assembles the paper to create a wall-mounted piece.
“By reorganizing the series into a single condensed form, I find great satisfaction in its tightness and sense of completion,” said Garretson. “Through the restacking and stitching together from a multitude to singular clarity, my work strives to organize and balance my art and life simultaneously.”
An artist reception will take place at 6 p.m. on Friday, July 17th during Millville’s Third Friday event. The Clay College Gallery is located in Millville’s Glasstown Arts District at 108 North High Street. Gallery hours are: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Mondays through Fridays; 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturdays; and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays.
For more information, call Jackie Sandro at 856.765.0988 or email her at jsandro@cccnj.edu.

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