HobokenArts 2019 Spring Showcase
Sebastian McLaughlin • Paul Leibow • Bryant Small
Saturday, May 11, 2019, 1-3pm
Project Studios Gallery
Neumann Leathers Factory
2nd Fl., Bldg. H
300 Observer Hwy.
Hoboken, NJ 07030
Starting us off is Sebastian McLaughlin—an artist from the seaside town of Buncrana in the northwest of Ireland currently residing in Jersey City.
He studied fine art in Ireland at Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT) and National College of Art and Design (NCAD), before emigrating to the U.S. in 2010 to pursue a career in the arts in New York City. During his journey here he has had solo exhibitions, numerous group exhibitions, and other music and art projects throughout the city.
Sebastian’s work in the 2019 Spring Showcase is part of the series “Place in Time” as it involved the study and exploration into the sentiment of place in time. As an immigrant to the U.S. the artist was intrigued at how a place like Brooklyn, New York, could feel so similar not only because it was in a different country to which was know but even in its stark contrast to a rural environment.
Sebastian will explain how through his visual exploration, he attempted to capture a specific moment to give the viewer the opportunity to reflect on the passing of time and how it impacts not only a place physically but elements within them as well. He wanted to carryover the sense of peacefulness to these urban representations.
Leonia, NJ artist Paul Leibow works in sculpture, mixed media, and film. His artwork ranges from depictions of the human figure to 2D/3D collage with anachronistic mixed media using films and gels illuminated behind acrylic glass. He considers his pieces not quite photography, not quite painting, not exactly abstract, and many of of them as being not perfectly permanent.
Included in the 2019 Spring Showcase is some of his large format paintings. A couple of which incorporate iconic imagery such as Felix the Cat which he calls his Feel Licks series. Paul will be talking about his inspiration and process for these works and answer questions about any aspect of his career as an artist.
Previous work includes a documentary video on his archival art was in the Metropolitan Museum of Arts (program for art on film) for 10 years until 2000, along with selected works for books and exhibitions by curators form the Whitney Museum and the Met.
Furthermore, Paul has a strange outsider vibe with poetry, that at times integrates words into his work. This relates to his artwork for recording artist Bruce Springsteen’s world tour books which helped brand his concerts with strong icons.
Bryant Small is a Jersey City abstract artist who works primarily in alcohol ink painting. Bryant has a love of culture, color, and all things sparkling. In his art, he loves to toe the line of free abstraction with vibrant color blending and pushing beyond pretty. His alcohol ink pieces are free-flowing, unpredictable, and levitate from the page.
Bryant will touch upon his work in the 2019 Spring Showcase and tell you all about how started as a fun activity. “Let’s sit down and paint.” And with that short sentence, a reawakening and resurfacing of his love and passion for art emerged. His work is driven by intense color contrasts, movement, and the need to make the mind spin through abstraction. According to Bryant, “art is life... artist life.”
Bryant has shown his work in several collective and individual shows in New Jersey and has pieces that are part of private collections around the world. He lives by the words, “Broken crayons still color... and a little glitter and sparkle NEVER hurt anybody!”
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