Opening Reception: Friday, May 19, from 6:00 to 9:00 pmExhibition runs from May 19 - July 28, 2017.
The Gallery at BrassWorks is pleased to announce the opening of CUTTING EDGES:The Art of Amy Putman and the Art of Pam Cooper.
Born in New York and raised outside of Boston, AMY PUTMAN received a BFA from the College of Visual and Performing Arts at Syracuse University, majoring in Advertising Design. Putman then moved to New York City, and spent 17 years as a Creative Director at CBS News. Putman co-founded Pinkwater & Putman, an award-winning marketing consultancy dedicated to making social impact by “Harnessing the Power of Good.”
Art has been a constant in Putman’s life, but she is new to collage. After the market crash of 2008, she threw her bank statements in a shredder and spent a year painting and collaging the pieces together, an undertaking that sowed the seeds for her current work. The 2015 attack in Paris at Charlie Hebdo spurred Putman to turn to collage again, and while taking a class with Barbara Minch at the Montclair Art Museum, she found her voice with hand cut paper collage. “As an artist whose career is about controlling the message I love that collage allows me to embrace the unexpected and express emotion, whether with humor, irony, sadness or fear. I’m motivated by issues of social justice. When I have no words, I have art.”
Currently Putman is focusing on mixing media, using paint with found materials. Her work has appeared in shows in New York City and is currently being exhibited in Berlin. She is honored to be featured in the recently published book “Making The Cut | Vol.1 The World’s Best Collage Artists.”
PAM COOPER emigrated from the UK in 1990 and became a US citizen in 2000. She spent her first four years in the US taking a BFA at Pratt Institute majoring in sculpture and graduating in 1994.
She is a mixed media artist using primarily handmade abaca paper and simple printing techniques to create room sized installations, sculpture and miniature books, her primary focus being that of familial, social and political issues concerning children. ‘My artwork depicts the pressures that the children of today have to endure. The increased divorce rate and coping with a split family; growing up in a society that values beauty, dress and popularity above almost anything else; vulnerability to predators and bullying exacerbated by the meteoric rise in social media. I have also been looking into the historical treatment by Western countries of problem children and more recently the thousands of unaccompanied minors arriving at our borders from Central America.’
Ms. Cooper makes all her own paper to the size and shape she requires for each project and also fabricates diminutive furniture for the installations. Found objects also play a large part in the work, often creating ideas for a piece. The pale parchment color of the paper and stylized drawings of the figures based on the images from old sewing patterns gives the work the look of times gone by but the subject matter is very much of today.
BrassWorks is located at 105 Grove Street, Montclair, NJ. Originally constructed during the early twentieth century, 105 Grove Street was, for many years, home to the family-owned George Rutledge Etched Brass Works company. The property was converted into a unique professional office building in 2007 and provides space for a community art gallery. Upon learning the site’s heritage as home to a family-owned brass works company, the partners decided to transform the building while honoring its past, by naming it BrassWorks on Grove. The present building combines modern amenities with faithful restoration of the original 1930 architectural details.