Collage, Courtesy of the artist
Jersey City Museum 350 Montgomery St. @ Monmouth St.
Jersey City, NJ 201-414-0303
September 18, 2008 – February 22, 2009
Opening Reception: September 25th, 2008
This season, the Project Gallery features one of Jersey’s own. Rodriguez Calero-or RoCa-presents us with a gallery full of her cast of characters that include dancers, children, fashion models, and pop culture icons. A self-described NuJerican (Puerto Rican born in New Jersey), the artist fills her inimitable, impulsive collages with images inspired by the local urban landscape.
Each figure is made up from a variety of borrowed images, all gathered together from a selection of disparate sources, mostly contemporary urban magazines. Drawing on the history of collage-making, and particularly on collages from the Cubist and Dada movements, the artist creates a postmodern, hip-hop version of these early twentieth century models. Her images are alternately tender, moving, passionate, challenging and, at times, disquieting. Most of these collage works have never been shown publicly, making it the first opportunity to see a large selection of RoCa’s trademark works.
Jersey City Museum 350 Montgomery St. @ Monmouth St (Historic Downtown ) Jersey City, NJ 201-413-0303