The Gateway Project’s next exhibition “GlassBook Project: Provisions,” a collaborative project by artists Nick Kline and Adrienne Wheeler with Endless Editions, Samantha Boardman and Rutgers University Newark, will be on display from June 4 to August 14.
“Provisions” is an exhibition of artist books inspired by the recordings of the Krueger-Scott African-American Oral History Collection, consisting of over 200 audio cassette recordings of interviews with African-American residents of Newark who migrated to the city between 1910 and 1970.
The title of the collection was influenced by descriptions of the boxes and bags used by individuals to carry food on their long journeys northward, a custom developed in response to “Jim Crow” laws that barred African-Americans from most public accommodations and restaurants.
The conceptual starting point for “Provisions” is the portrait series, “Elizabeth” by GlassBook Project founder and artist Nick Kline and artist-in-residence Adrienne Wheeler, whose mother migrated from the South during the Great Migration, and whose father was from a long-time Northern family.
Working with Kline to re-photographs the images from her parents’ wedding album, Wheeler examines a personal history through the focal point of her mother. Following the original narrative of the wedding album, the series is projected as a large-scale slideshow that alternates between entire images and carefully cropped details such as hand gestures, light fixtures, textures of church pews, and graphic elements of the bride’s dress.
Similarly, each of the artist books on display, created by students of Kline’s Book Arts class at Rutgers University Newark, is an abstract, conceptual portrait based on specific details drawn from the interviews.
Other works in the exhibition include a glass reproduction of the Wheeler family album, a Risograph publishing workshop, and digitized historic photographs from the City of Newark Municipal Archive.
There will be with a free reception on June 4 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. that will feature artists, curators and other key partners of the project. The gallery is located at 2 Gateway Center in Newark, adjacent to Newark Penn Station.
Featured Image information:
Provisions, Nick Kline & Adrienne Wheeler with Endless Editions and Rutgers University-Newark Book Arts Students, from GlassBook Project #10. 2015, (18)
Risograph artists publications, 3”x6.25”x8.5”, edition 150 + 5AP
Photograph by Nick Kline