Discarded polluted land finds new identity and purpose in “One Year Walking” Exhibition
New Jersey artist, Deborah Sperry has chosen an 11 acre brownfield as the topic of a yearlong walking exploration. The site located in Edison, NJ was designated polluted ground (DEP # G000033386) after an industrial building burned to the ground in 1996. Deborah Sperry’s investigations are revealed in 12 mixed media sculptures that will be on exhibit for her BFA Thesis Exhibition “One Year Walking” at The Visual Arts Building Gallery of New Jersey City University in Jersey City, NJ April 6 – May 1, 2015.
According to the artist, “My work is not just about traversing this polluted ground, but also thinking about it, knowing its seasonal iterations, recording and collecting materials. These bits and pieces have been combined into constructions that become surrogates for memory, experience, and place.” Through my work, I hope to bear witness to the neglect and pollution and perhaps foster awareness of our urban places as sites of regeneration.
The BFA thesis exhibition is the capstone project of artists pursuing a degree in studio art. New Jersey City University Visual Arts Gallery is located at 100 Culver Avenue, Jersey City. The Gallery hours are 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday – Friday. The opening reception for the exhibition will be held on April 6th from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.
NJCU Visual Arts Building
100 Culver Ave
Jersey City, New Jersey