Artist’s Opening Reception Oyster Point Hotel RED BANK

An Art Exhibition at the Oyster Point Hotel
The Artist’s Opening Reception will be held
Thursday, May 4th: 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Run of Show: May 4th – June 30th, 2017
Oyster Point Hotel
146 Bodman Place
Red Bank, NJ 07701
Phone (732) 530-8200
Ellen Martin and Erica Geralds are up next in the continuing series of art exhibitions organized by Oyster Point’s curator Gerda Liebmann. Martin, a Red Bank resident, will be exhibiting 19 works from her “Abandoned” Series, and Geralds will be showing her new textile patterns.
Ellen Martin started shooting her “Abandoned” series of digital photographs in April 2015 as a reaction to a personal rejection. Now over 200 images, it has developed a parallel, and perhaps more significant meaning as a commentary on the American proclivity to destroy rather than reconstruct. “I had an exhibit at the Hotel Tides in December, but I’m excited to be showing work in my own town. Plus, I’m unveiling five new pieces people haven’t seen before,” says Martin, who recently won the City Without Walls Exceptional Merit Award for one of her “Abandoned” photographs during their METRO 31 exhibit.
For Erica, “As primarily a painter and admirer of textiles, I found myself merging the gap between the two disciplines. While experimenting with acrylic inks I attempted to test their interaction with other mediums. As a result, I developed an uncontrolled style of painting that stemmed from process. Once completed, the piece was then photographed and mirrored so that it took the form of a pattern. The symmetry, color and organic shapes involved contained a style and appeal that I equate with ornate wallpapering and other areas of textile. The symmetry in these pieces for me offers me a sense of control and order that was not visible in the initial process of creating them.”

Before going out on her own, Geralds was an Artist’s Assistant and Intern at the Wangechi Mutu Studio, and studied Fine Arts at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. While at the Wangechi Mutu Studio, Erica learned some sculptural techniques and gained some valuable insight into what it takes to organize exhibits. She is originally from Englewood, New Jersey