Visual Arts Center of New Jersey

Contemporary art center: studio school, exhibitions, education, and programming.

Painted Threads
Main Gallery
September 2019–January 2020

Painted Threads explores the intersection of weaving and painting in contemporary art. Beginning with the loom, the artists in the exhibition deconstruct elements of painting and weaving, and reconfigure paint, thread, and other materials to create unique hybridized works that blur the boundaries between fine art and craft. Participating artists include Mark Barrow and Sarah Parke, Samantha Bittman, Crystal Gregory, Hildur Ásgeirsdóttir Jónsson, Victoria Manganiello, Desire Moheb-Zandi, and Oriane Stender.

Nadia Haji Omar: Ascension
Mitzi and Warren Eisenberg Gallery & Marité And Joe Robinson Strolling Gallery I
September 2019–January 2020

Nadia Haji Omar’s intricate paintings and works on paper examine the intersection of language and abstract painting. A series of paintings titled Ascension will be on view in the Eisenberg Gallery. Inspired by the seven layers of heaven as described in the religion of Islam, each painting incorporates an Arabic numeral and represents a different aspect of heaven. Natural Selection, a series of drawings by the artist, will be on view in the Marité and Joe Robinson Strolling Gallery I.

Image Captions

1 Desire Moheb-Zandi, Maze, 2019, Paper, cotton, silk, linen, roving wool, wire, polyfil, nylon, rope, wood, paint, and cord, 90 x 41 x 11 inches Courtesy of the artist 2 Nadia Haji Omar, ٣ (detail), 2019, Acrylic and dye on canvas, 20×20 inches. Courtesy of the Artist and Kristen Lorello, NY
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