Portraits of Victims of Gun Violence
September 8 – October 1, 2021
Gallery Hours: Monday – Friday, 10:00 am – 4: 00 pm
Opening Reception: September 10, 2021, 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Program begins at 5:30 pm
Guest speakers: Dr. David Stout, president, Brookdale Community College; Laura Madeleine, executive director and curator, Souls Shot Portrait Project; Dr. Ashley Zampogna-Krug, assistant professor, History, chairman of Global Citizenship Project, and co-chair with Judith Ungar, assistant professor, Library Science, introducing their project, “The Human Library;“ Angela Kariotis, director, Diversity, and Inclusion/CCOG will speak, and Ave Latte, professor, Education, will introduce an upcoming initiative that she co-chairs: Civility Week.
Free and Open to the public.
2020-2021 SOULS SHOT PORTRAITS
Exhibition Statement by Laura Madeleine, Executive Director and Curator
“This exhibition chronicles the Third and Fourth Annual Souls Shot: Portraits of Victims of Gun Violence. The exhibition represents only a small fraction of those affected by the epidemic of gun violence.
The artists participating in this project were randomly paired with the families and friends of victims, or, in some cases, artists already had personal connections with victims. The artists set out to illuminate the lives of these victims. The varied approaches and mediums used by the artists are a fitting testament to the unique qualities of each of the souls portrayed.
Families of the victims constantly face questions and comments about their loved ones, mostly about the circumstances of the gun violence. We seek to focus on the lives that were lived before that split-second, unacceptable decision was made by the shooter. These people did not deserve the consequences of that devastating choice. These people were—and are—more than numbers.
This exhibition has over 40 artists and 56 paintings, sculpture, and constructions on display in this year’s Souls Shot Portrait Project. The exhibition will bring to the public intimate glimpses into the lives cut short by gun violence; to raise awareness of the terrible cost to our communities; to touch hearts and minds.
On behalf of all those who participated in creating this exhibition, we hope you will be moved by the images and that you will get to know the depth of these unique human beings; our fellow souls.”
Artists In The Exhibition
Elisa Abeloff, Tim Barton, Mary Brady Begnardi, Nancy Mulloy Bonn, Maryanne Buschini, Rhona Candeloro, Jennifer Coburn, Mercedes Delaguardia, Rusty Eveland, Linnie Kerrigan Greenberg, Helene Halstuch, Christopher Hardgrove, Ann Price Hartzell, Garth Herrick, Rebecca Hoenig, Melissa Joseph, Hilda Kaufman, Warren Keyser, Guy M. Kiernan, Anna Kocher, Janine Lieberman, Marie Naples Maber, Chenoa McDonald, Laura Madeleine, Helen Mangelsdort, Elisa Markoff, Nancy Bea Miller, Nathalie Miller, Jeannie Moberly, Laurie Lamont Murry, Laura Orfanelli, Marta Rose, Karen Ruggles, Celeste Schor, B. Douglas Smith, Caroline Stoughton, June Terrell, Wint M. Thu, Lauren Vargas, Juliette Watts, Keisha Whatley, Ruth Wolf, Julie Zahn
Photo on Home Page Carousel: Portrait of Messiah Chiverton by Warren Keyser, watercolor 12″ x 16″ 2020
Artist statement: This is my third year as a contributing artist with Souls Shot. This year I decided to try a different approach to the portrait. I decided to create a smaller watercolor painting based on the photos provided by Messiah’s loving family. The size of the painting gives a sense of intimacy to the portrait. Messiah’s gesture, both hands raised with 4 fingers each, represents his basketball jersey number. Messiah played in several sports as well as basketball. The lines of the bricks on the wall trailing into empty space represent a lifetime of potential ended too soon.
Statement by Messiah’s mother, Shameeka Moore: I would just like to write that losing him has left me shattered in a million pieces that I love him and miss him deeply. Life is not the same without him here.
Mari Elaine Lamp: Fixed Gaze
October 11 – November 12, 2021
Gallery Hours: Monday – Friday 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
The Center for Visual Arts Gallery, located on the Lincroft campus of Brookdale Community College, Parking Lot #2
Artist’s Talk: Thursday, October 14, 11:30 – 12:30
Opening Reception: Saturday, October 16, 4:00 – 6:00 pm
Free and open to the public. Masks required.
Mari Elaine Lamp has always been drawn to images of the intimate. Moving around a lot with her family when she was young meant that at an early age she developed an awareness of her own subjectivity, learning to see herself in relation to what surrounded her. Her interest in the most familiar space, that of the body, has taken her deep into artistic traditions of realism.
In recent years she has become interested in the objects and spaces the body inhabits. Her paintings of everyday domestic scenes present a world stripped of noise and activity. Observed in moments of stillness, light, shape, and texture become claustrophobic. The self-portraiture present in the work hints at a mind not entirely comfortable with itself. Skin often appears mottled and unnatural, and views are cropped or veiled. This is the artist, looking at her own looking, and the result for the viewer is a lingering, underlying sense of unease.
Of her work, Lamp has said “I’m interested in the blurred line between quietness that suggests rest and stillness that evokes desperation. Is my hiding place a sanctuary or a prison? Can the way I see myself really be trusted? These questions point to how my lifelong struggle with mental illness informs my work. I’ve come to think of the effects depression and anxiety have on my body as my superpower. My limitations require me to reckon with my own weakness and extend empathy where I might not otherwise. As I, along with the rest of the world, have been forced to slow down and spend more time indoors and more time alone with myself, these visions have become all the more potent.”
The work presented in Fixed Gaze straddles the pandemic timeframe, during which Lamp’s themes of isolation, domestic interiors and issues of perspective played out and were intensified through long months of quarantine.
About the Artist:
Mari Elaine Lamp is a painter and installation artist living and working in Philadelphia. She received an MFA from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in 2017 and a BA in Art and Writing from Houghton College. Her work has been shown at The Woodmere Museum in Philadelphia, On Stellar Rays in New York, the Workhouse Art Center in Lorton, Virginia, and at the Katzen Art Center at American University. In the summer of 2016, she attended the Chautauqua School of Visual Art summer residency. She is an art instructor at Holy Family University where she teaches drawing, and is a member of AUTOMAT, an artist collective and gallery in Philadelphia.