The Library is fortunate to have partnerships with the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, which provides our Gallery, and the Summit Public Art Committee, which provides the Art on the Lawn. Please click below for more information on the latest exhibitions.
The current exhibition in the Gallery is Daze: Drawings by Eric Escobar.. August 1 through September 30, 2017.
Eric Escobar is a prolific artist known for his black and white portraits and surrealist style. This exhibition includes a selection of pen and ink drawings that depict women in moments of solitude or introspective reflection. The illustrations on view hint at scenarios that are strangely specific and ambiguous.
Often beginning with stream of conscious pen and ink drawings completed in one sitting, Escobar’s intuitive approach to line and gesture conveys sincere expressions in his characters. Many of the sitters appear to be caught in a distinct candid snapshot while their setting hints at unfolding scenarios. Some of the women directly engage the viewer while others are absorbed in their environment or internal selves—some even mask their faces from view.
Escobar addresses solitude with illustrations of particular moments that demonstrate a spectrum of subtle emotions. Many of the works include subdued facial expressions and uninhibited body language that project feelings that range from tranquility, to creative self-expression, to inner turmoil.
Unique to Escobar’s work is his ability to combine nuanced expressions and understated dramatic environments. Ranging from realistic to surreal to minimal, he composes each woman’s setting with elements that suggest a narrative. Escobar pays acute attention to detail even when using minimal lines. He implements various shading techniques such as crosshatching, stippling or painting with a brush pen. The artist comments, “Shadows play an important part in creating depth within the work.” Escobar blurs the lines between reservation and expression, internal and external world, abstract and reality.
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Summit Free Public Library, in partnership with Summit Public Art, welcomes the arrival of a sculpture by Phyllis Hammond to the library’s lawn. An additional piece by Hammond can be viewed inside of the library on our main display table. Both sculptures were made possible through a donation to Summit Public Art by The Pardo Family.