Reflecting OUT: Hetrick-Martin Institute New Jersey at Gallery Aferro in Newark

    Abstract painting of many faces
    Reflecting OUT: Hetrick-Martin Institute New Jersey

    Date(s) - 12/05/2019
    9:00 pm - 12:00 am

    Gallery Aferro

    Categories LGBT New Jersey events

    Reflecting OUT: Hetrick-Martin Institute New Jersey at Gallery Aferro in Newark

    Reflecting OUT in partnership with Hetrick-Martin Institute: New Jersey
    Eleta M. Caldwell and Rodney J. Gilbert Memorial Gallery
    Gallery Aferro
    December 5 – 21
    Opening Reception December 5, 5-8 PM

    Victor A. Henry — @m00n.kd0
    Ivy Malbon — @ivys_art_world
    Angel Pagan — @ninqueen_1314
    Atlas Rose — @aesathe_
    Mew.exe — @xm3w.exex
    Samaad Oglesby @sams._yerd

    Reflecting OUT is an exhibit about small radical acts of love, featuring work created by six young artists, who formed a collective during a summer intensive with Barbara M. Bickart, Hetrick-Martin Institute: New Jersey Artist in Residence, and have continued to make work together throughout the fall.

    Self-portraits made by artists are nothing new or particularly radical in the course of Art History. Self-portraits made by young queer people, on the other hand, are. The basic premise of Self-portraiture is about looking at yourself, about being willing to look at yourself long enough to make a mark to honor that self. Self-portraiture is about the willingness to Look and to try and See, about the willingness to put yourself at the center of your own mark-making, to be the subject of your own mark-making — not an easy task when the world gives you so many reasons to want to turn away from seeing that self, from who you are as a queer, in a world still too fraught with homophobia, transphobia, misogyny, and racism. Self-portraiture becomes a radical act of self-love, a remarkable act of courage. The marks in this show are that — a courageous collection of self-portraits, experiments in expression, all small radical acts of love about the willingness to look at oneself and to dare to document that self through mark-making, a way of saying, “I see you. I love you.” Working for two intensive weeks in August as an artmaking collective, come together for the first time, meaning that everyone took up the challenge of looking at themselves while witnessing one another doing the same thing. We turned to look at one another, as well, through making some pieces we made — I see you. I love you. I want you to stay.

    Barbara M. Bickart
    Artist in Residence

    Hetrick-Martin Institute: New Jersey provides supportive services to LGBTQ Youth ages 13-21, at the main NJ location at 550 Broad St. in Newark.

    Gallery Aferro, founded and run by artists since 2003, is proud to host this exhibition as part of our annual end of year affordable art sale, artisan market, potluck, and party offerings.