“Selfie” expressions by McKay Imaging owners Robert McKay (“An Opening,” above) and Elisabeth Koch-McKay (“I Love Lucy,” below) are among the works on display in the group show FEARFULLY AND WONDERFULLY MADE, opening with a Friday night reception at Gerda Liebmann’s Gallery 135 in Red Bank.
Leave it to Gerda Liebmann — the Swiss-born, internationally exhibited multimedia artist (and redbankgreen Clippings correspondent) — to discern the beauty in so tawdry a device as the cell-phone Selfie. Gerda, who established Gallery 135 in the second-floor space shared by Red Bank Community Church, has employed this maybe-misunderstood signifier of 21st century life (and its cousin in succinct cinema, the Vine) as the basis for her new group show, Fearfully and Wonderfully Made. Opening with a reception at 7 pm on Friday, April 25, the multimedia installation “will give viewers the opportunity to reconnect with the special intimacy and self-revelation that self-portraits uniquely offer,” through a display of works by Liebmann, Ellen Martin, Robert J. Vanderbei, and the visionary husband-wife team behind the neighboring McKay Imaging gallery, Robert McKay and Elisabeth Koch-McKay. Combined with a collection of Vine vids from Australia, Brazil, China, Denmark, Japan and Kuwait, the effect is to rescue the art of the self-portrait from the “narcissism and exhibitionism” of the typical Facebook fish-lips snapshot. Fearfully and Wonderfully Made continues through the weekend, with additional exhibit hours on Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 3 pm. Call Gerda at (732)687-3580 for more info — and Read More for the arty facts about some more extraordinary exhibitionism going on this weekend.