“Appropriation” art show at Hoboken Monroe Center
All this rain this week made you a little gloomy? Want some “art” to inspire your mind? On December 12th, the exhibition “APPROPRIATION” will open at the hob’art co-operative gallery, in the The Monroe Center for the Arts (720 Monroe St. – E208).
Ibou Ndoye and Liz Cohen will present mixed media art works. The exhibit will be open to the public from December 12, 2014 until January 4, 2015, and a reception to meet the artists will be held on Saturday December 13, from 6-8 pm.
Indigenous people inspire some to create art in Hoboken
Regarding this show, Liz Cohen says, “For years I have been fascinated by the art forms of the indigenous people of the earth, in particular, the Aboriginal people of Australia amongst whom I lived and worked for many years. The colors and symbol system I have created in my works are directly influenced by the art of the Aboriginal culture and other traditional artists I have met in Central and South America, the Caribbean, and Ghana and Nigeria.”
While Ibou Ndoye states, “I am a storyteller who uses the visual imagery of my life in Senegal and my new life in America to share the idea that art is universal and that art is for everyone. I like to mix up the traditional African perspective with what I experience here in the United States to make fresh new images.”
Cohen adds, “We love to show together because our aesthetic is the same, even though we are from very different backgrounds and experiences. Our work is often mistaken for the others’ – hence we often get accused of copying!” The artists take pride in the fact that their works are seen as appropriations from each other. They feel that this idea — that they are literally “stealing” each others’ work — shows their respect for each others’ vision. The public is invited to come and determine for themselves if they are appropriating imagery or creating art that influences and flows from one to the other.
Gallery hours are Thursday through Sunday, 1pm to 5pm. You can hear in-depth talks from each artist on Sunday, December 21st at 3:30pm, as well.