New Hope Arts is presenting its first invitational showing of national and regional artists dedicated to assemblage and collage.
Dubbed “Selection,” the exhibition celebrates the materials, creative process and possibilities of assemblage and collage techniques. The work of more than a dozen artists is on display through April 9.
“We feature a diverse group of artists whose choices are the basis of the image-making process,” said Carol Cruickshanks, New Hope Arts director.
The development of collage is historically attributed to Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque more than a century ago as an “egalitarian confrontation on traditional art materials and themes.” Assemblage is a work of art made by grouping found or unrelated objects.
“While collage and assemblage are not new, putting together imagery is a modern way of art making with resonance today since the computer has shown us that sampling, collecting and reordering information is within everyone’s reach,” observed Cruickshanks. “The notion of ‘repurposing’ has also entered the vocabulary of contemporary art, when the commonplace becomes extraordinary.”
Participating artists in “Selection” include Tom Foral, Gloria Harrelson, Frances Heinrich, Lee Kaloides, David Lackey, Bill MacNamara, Alan Oswing, Nura Petrov, Stacie Speer Scott, Nancy Shill, Sam Strzelec and Annelies Van Dommelen. The artists’ reception will be held on Saturday, March 18, from 5 to 8 p.m. Several educational programs will be featured during the course of the exhibition.
Gallery hours are Friday to Sunday from 12 to 5 p.m. The exhibition runs through April 9, and admission is free and open to the public. New Hope Arts is located at 2 Stockton Ave. For more information, visit New Hope Arts online, or call 215 862 9606.