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 Robert Bernstein: Dishtowels.. June 1 through July 31, 2017.
Robert Bernstein debuts his first solo painting exhibition, aptly titled Dishtowels. He states, “As a youth I enjoyed mechanical drawing class. I was attracted to using the T-square and triangle to create basic shapes. I liked the ability to work geometrically. Fast forward many years later—I spend a lot of time in the kitchen. For some reason I developed a fascination with dishtowels, particularly those hanging on our kitchen pantry door.”
Through these paintings Bernstein elevates the simple utilitarian dishtowel to a subject worthy of fine art. He began the series by painting dishtowels hanging near his pantry door and refined his compositions by focusing in on the patterned dishtowels. He credits his simple compositions and emphasis on form from his years of experience taking photographs.
Bernstein is interested in dishtowels formally and conceptually. He finds the interaction of color and geometric shapes that form when several folded towels are next to one another to be aesthetically compelling. Bernstein also takes comfort in these ubiquitous objects. To him they represent a retreat from and a reflection on the complexities of today’s world. “I’m drawn to the subject matter because it appears a simple one. This isn’t rocket science. It’s dishtowels.”
Robert Bernstein lives in South Orange, NJ. In 1970 he graduated from Amherst College, where he developed a strong interest in visual arts. Through his years working in the financial markets, he sustained a lifelong interest in the creative arts primarily through photography. In 2008, he began painting at the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey. Over the years, he has exhibited his photographs at various group shows and his paintings in the Art Center’s Members Shows.
The exhibit is open to the public during regular library hours. The Gallery is a public-private partnership of the Summit Free Public Library and Visual Arts Center of New Jersey. Funding for the gallery was provided by a grant from the Summit Area Foundation. For more information on the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, please visit www.artcenternj.org.