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at the PCCC Broadway Gallery

Updated 1-5-18

Paterson Falls.  2014, Acrylic; Michael Sherman

An exhibit of paintings by Paterson artist, Michael Sherman, is currently on display in the PCCC Broadway Gallery through January 31, 2018.  The gallery is located at Passaic County Community College, Broadway at Memorial Drive, Paterson.  Hours are Monday – Friday from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm and Saturdays from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.  Admission Free. 

The exhibition consists of 24 paintings – 12 in the lobby gallery and 12 in the adjacent library gallery - all in acrylic, and displaying an intriguing range of subject matter and style. Many depict scenes from Paterson, with several focused on one of the city’s most famous landmarks, the Great Falls. An impressionistic 2013 rendition of the waterfalls, called simply “Fall,” conveys an outpouring of light and optimism, while the 2014 “Into the Falls” employs an angular perspective on the waterfalls that suggests the danger contained in great power. In “Fall 2,” (2013) rock formations around the Falls resemble the mysterious moai statues of Easter Island, lending a sense of the ancient that natural wonders bestow on even urban locales.

The works in the library gallery focus largely on stick figure imagery that is sometimes dominant and at times obscured in the painting. The simple figures convey a complex range of emotions and themes from amusement and joy to isolation and violence.

Michael Sherman was born in New York City in 1962, and currently lives in the Essex-Phoenix Mills Artist Housing in Paterson. He received a BFA from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. Sherman participates regularly in art events in northern NJ, and has won several awards for his work. Familiar with the process of recovery, he recently participated in a show called, Healing through Art, a collaboration between Studio Montclair and the Healing Arts Program of Atlantic Health System. He has also exhibited at the Art Factory and the Paterson Art Walk, as well as in a solo show at the Fine Art Center in Passaic.

Reflecting on his paintings, Sherman says: “My work finds a narrative which connects to my life — family, friends, jobs, habits, health, limits and horizons. I find that this technique or that mark says elation or pain, angst or euphoria. I notice relationships that make illusions of light, depth, distance and form. My work is seemingly diverse, but as a whole, there is a common thread — a passion for the art materials — that brings them all together. One painting may be splatter while the next is refined realism. The usage of the materials change to best illuminate my passion for creating. I am in an ever expanding horizon of art that I want to make, limited only by my means for making it.”

This program is made possible, in part, by funding from the NJ State Council on the Arts/Department of state, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the arts.

The Broadway Gallery is wheelchair accessible.