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Issyra Gallery Presents exhibit “Transculturalism” November 9th 5:30pm-9:30pm

The recently opened Issyra Gallery, which specializes in African Art has another exhibit coming soon to Hoboken…

Issyra Gallery, the Hoboken African art gallery

is proud to present the exhibit “Transculturalism”

“Transculturalism is defined as “seeing oneself in the other”. Transcultural is in turn described as “extending through all human cultures“or “involving, encompassing, or combining elements of more than one culture“.*

On the Friday 9th of November Issyra Gallery in Hoboken will be hosting a unique exhibit featuring two artists: Darin Defield and Ronnie Mae Painter.

Hoboken African Art - Issyra Gallery

Darin Defield’s mixed media collage explore race, gender, sexuality, and identity. He will present his famous “Head Series” collection. Many of these heads appear to be fixed representations of indigenous tribal masks and many can be interpreted as spiritual leaders, masters and gurus that are derived from African sculpture as archaeological artifacts being recovered.

Ronnie Mae painter, who was interviewed on the eye witness news story about the opening of the Hoboken African Art gallery last month (http://abclocal.go.com/wabc/story?section=news/lifestyle&id=8816882).  Ronnie will present her black Madonna series by explaining her techniques and inspiration. This series on drop cloth canvas, using acrylic paint and graphite pencil embodies spirits whose chest bones and spines are gray white crucifixes or hash marks which represent life’s injustices. The Madonnas are always faced with a dilemma. What to touch? What to hold on to? What to reach out for? What to connect to in life, in this moment. Some of the Madonnas are wracked with pain and have organs for the whole world to see.

The works of these two artists is in harmony with the gallery’s collection of traditional African art. According to Issa sow, the gallery’s curator “it is the reunion of two continents, of contemporary and traditional African art – we could nearly call this exhibit tolerance”

Issyra Gallery welcomes art collector, dealerships and the public to discover this unique exhibit on Friday November 9th from 5:30pm to 9:30pm 313 First Street, Hoboken NJ

Please RSVP at issyragallery@gmail.com

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