LINCROFT: EMERGING INTO LIGHT

GinaDelia“Ephemeral Light is an observation of light and darkness, and how these two conflicting forces coalesce in a dance of curiosity and emotion,” explains Gina Delia, the Edison-based photographer whose work is now on display as part of the NJ Emerging Artists series at the Monmouth Museum. “Constant themes within my work include perception, identity, the subconscious, dreams, memories and interpreted reality.”

All well and fine, but we prefer to frame the fascinating photocollages of Ms. Delia as sheer wonderment for all those whose idea of a good time is tipping over an old cinder block, to see what lies beneath. It turns out there’s a riot of earthy, buggy life in these crawlspace explorations of the abandoned, overgrown places; all watched over by the artist’s eye and worth every encounter with the odd rusty nail, chipped lead paint, or shard of broken glass. The photographer will be present at the museum’s Nilson Gallery tonight, July 11, during an opening reception that runs from 6 to 8 pm.

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Delia returns to the museum on the campus of Brookdale Community College on Wednesday, July 23, for a 7 pm Artist’s Talk presentation on her techniques and inspirations. The exhibit remains on display during regular operating days through August 10 — check the website for hours and admission prices, and while you’re there, be sure to check out the ongoing group show in the main gallery, The Neo Outsider.