James Pustorino is an artist and arts organizer in the NY/NJ area.
He is Director of Victory Hall DRAWING ROOMS, a ten room art-space in Jersey City,
and Executive Director of Victory Hall Inc., publishing books of artists' works and producing exhibitions and public art projects in lower Manhattan and Jersey City involving hundreds of area artists, as well as directing various projects for students and developmentally disabled artists.
His work uses graphic, abstract and realistic form to explore concepts of narrative and spatial/structural composition
Jim's Past Curated Events
JUST LOOKING- Art and the Act of Seeing
January 30 - March 16, 2014
How can an artist convey not only what it is they are seeing but how they are seeing it? This exhibition of works in drawing, painting and photography explores the concepts of looking and seeing. The emphasis in these artworks is on how the artist sees over the importance of the object itself. Each of these artists has created bodies of work
concerned with the experience of seeing; elements of observation, distortion, reflection, movement and chance are all engaged to not only create their imagery but to bring the viewer into their experience. Through these works, the viewer can share in the view of the artists and make discoveries of their own.
The following nine artists will exhibit their work in this show as solo exhibitions in nine rooms:
Agnes de Bethune: Art in America Painting Series
Edward Fausty: At Home in the Woods Photographs
James Pustorino: Place in Space Drawings
Janet Tsakis: Self-Portrait Drawing
Jennifer Krause Chapeau: Road Series Paintings
Leona Strassberg Steiner: Kefitzat Haderech Photographs
Robert Preston: Diana Paintings
Sandra DeSando: Palisades Drawings
Susan Evans Grove: Used Cars Photographs
Pictures of Everything: Abstract Painting Now
Solo exhibitions by: Robin Feld, Stephen Cimini, Greg Brickey, Robyn Ellenbogen, Eileen Boxer, Glenn Garver, Elizabeth Gilfilen, Raymond Saa and Maria Pavlovska
March 27- May 4, 2014
Reception Sunday, March 30th: 3-6pm
Pictures of Nothing or Pictures of Everything? Does abstract art empty out content and subject matter, or does it pile on those concepts in order to make a painting that says even more than the thousand words a picture is supposed to have assigned to it? People have been debating the simplicity or complexity of abstract painting for more than a hundred years, and continue to be moved by new abstract works in one way or another, both emotionally and intellectually.
For our new exhibition, DRAWING ROOMS gathers nine artists working in the NY/NJ area who have taken on the task of exploring and re-inventing abstract painting to make their own personal, visual statement.
Several years ago Kirk Varnedoe, former Curator at the Museum of Modern Art, delivered an important series of lectures about Abstract art since the 1950s called Pictures of Nothing. Starting with the famous drip paintings by Jackson Pollock, he described how abstract painting moved from active, expressive imagery to the more rarified “empty” forms of minimal art and beyond. But what has happened since then? When we look around, much of the abstraction being made now seems full of content: ideas, emotion, form, color, drawing -- and sometimes even images that seem to be appearing or disappearing. In this exhibition we take a look at what is going on currently in the world of abstract art through the contributions of these artists, and the statement it suggests recalls the title of one of our exhibiting artist’s paintings: Everything Included.
This program is made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, administered by the Hudson County Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs, Thomas A. DeGise, County Executive, and the Board of Chosen Freeholders.